What's New -- Upcoming Opportunities

Grow Deeper -- Extra Learning Opportunities

January & February Verse of the Month: Hosea 6.3
Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
   his appearing is as sure as the dawn;
he will come to us like the showers,
   like the spring rains that water the earth.

Dig Deeper for all ages -- Sundays, 11:25 am - Noon. 
Throughout Lent -- Wednesday, 2/14 to Saturday 3/31 -- 'Virtual' Genesis-to-Revelation Bible Reading Relay, jointly hosted with Washington Shores Presbyterian and open to all -- with a shared Google Doc to confirm relay status and weekly conference call opportunities.
Week of 2/21 - Tuesday 2/28 -- Week 2, 'One Brief Word' Lenten Community. Read the Macrina Wiederkehr poem below and visit this link to see what others notice and also share what strikes you (there are no wrong answers!): https://board.net/p/Lent2018HopeOneBriefWordWeek2
Poem for Week 2
Rise Early

Macrina Wiederkehr
 
Rise early
when morning darkness
still enwraps the trees.
Walk into the dark forest
with only your attentive heart.
Gaze toward the east,
take a deep breath, and wait.
 
After a short while you will see God
carrying a lantern through the forest,
bits of light bobbing up and down,
in and out, higher and higher,
the light climbs, spilling over
into the spaces between the leaves
and on into the world
beyond the forest.
 
Then the beautiful darkness
hands you over to the light.
It slips away reverently
into the bark of the tree trunks,
into the black earth,
into all those other countries
that wait for its return.
 
Lift your face to the daystar now.
Experience the coming of dawn.
Bathed in morning light, pray
that the lantern of your life
move gently this day
into all those places
where light is needed.
***
Reflections from Previous Weeks of Lent -- Week 1, ''The Summer Day' by Mary Oliver at https://board.net/p/Lent2018HopeOneBriefWordWeek1
Sunday, 2/25 -- 11:25 am - 1 pm -- Confirmation Class. Confirmation students join Nancy, Michael Eckhoff and Heather Ramsier on the picnic tables outside for our introductory meeting, lunch and session 1. 7th grade and up may participate.
Sunday, 3/4 -- 10 am -- Worship with Communion
Tuesday, 3/6 -- 6:30-8 pm -- Bible Doing, Reading Scripture: Philippians 4,  Panera Bread, 9607 Lake Nona Village Pl, Orlando 32827. Dixie Gibbons leads.
Tuesday, 3/20 -- 6:30-8 pm -- Bible Doing, Reading Scripture: Philippians, Review & Remind.  Panera Bread, 9607 Lake Nona Village Pl, Orlando 32827. Dixie Gibbons leads.

Reach Wider -- Extra Service Opportunities

**For many of these opportunities, you may also sign up at church. Community service hours may also be available.
If you have ideas for Service activities, please notify Suzanne Eckhoff, our Volunteer Service Coordinator, or Nancy Graham Ogne.
All Year Long -- Document volunteer hours with non-profits or schools to qualify your organization for Hope's $5K Matching Fund. Submit hours to Suzanne Eckhoff, Volunteer Service Coordinator, or Nancy; hours should be documented on letterhead with signature or on a formal organization printout.
Til We Make It -- Raising Funds to Purchase a second Grain Bank ($1,500 each) through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog. For Christmas 2017, Hope raised and gave funds to purchase two Farm Bundles ($1,300 each) and one Grain Bank. Give alternative Christmas gifts and accomplish lasting good. Contribute through Hope toward the cost of these items -- to be provided via the Presbyterian Giving Catalog -- and receive a form which affirms your gift in honor of another. For more info, see presbyteriangifts.org
​Monday, 3/5 -- 5 pm - 9 pm -- Eat at Five Guys Burgers and Fries (select locations) and 10 percent of sales benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Visit http://www.foodbankcentralflorida.org/site/PageServer?pagename=events_fiveguys
Saturday, 3/31 -- 9 am -- 8th Annual Pig Run 5K of Lake Nona, beginning at Lake Nona YMCA. This community favorite returns for the "ATEth year, with runners and walkers stopping at the halfway point to enter the "Pig Pen" to eat doughnuts! Racers pick whether to eat 0, 3, 6 or 12 doughnuts. Join the team "Hopesters." Registration is $40, with proceeds benefiting Nemours Children's Hospital "Child Life" program and Camp Boggy Creek, which makes it possible for children with life-threatening illnesses to enjoy a camp experience in a safe, medically-sound environment. To register, visit   https://pigrunoflakenona.com/
Saturday, 4/21/2018 -- Paws for Peace Walk, Blue Jacket Park, 2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando 32802. A fun and leisurely stroll for pets, their families, and friends to raise awareness about domestic abuse and its effect on pets and their owners. The walk benefits Paws for Peace Kennel at Harbor House.
Ongoing -- Marvis J. Marlow 'Help Your Neighbor' Grants. Hope regulars may apply for modest grants, allowing the church to partner with you as you perform acts of service for others -- driving a widow to appointments, mowing a lawn or planting a garden for a sick neighbor, building a treehouse for a single-parent family, performing an oil change for a college student, etc. For more info, visit the "Marlow Grants" page under the "Reaching Wider" tab.
Ongoing -- Box Tops for Schools. Collected for Lake Nona Middle School.

Ongoing -- Pop-Tops from aluminum cans. Collected for Ronald McDonald House (to pay its electric bill). RMH provides affordable housing for family members of hospitalized patients.

​Ongoing -- Travel-size toiletries. Benefitting various agencies serving those in need.

​Ongoing -- Microloans through Kiva.