What is this place called HOPE? Who are we? We’re a group of people who love Jesus … and then try to love Him more. And, we want to share His love with others.
We believe that God wants to meet people, and so we meet with Him Sunday after Sunday and often in between, worshiping Him, listening to Him. We also fling open our doors to anyone who wants to know God better. And, we try to tell our friends and neighbors about Jesus, but not in an obnoxious way. The Bible tells us to do this with “gentleness and respect,” so we’re working on that.
We are a United Methodist Church, and that taps us into a rich tradition of following Jesus. Many of us haven’t been Methodist for very long – many haven’t even been Christian for very long – so we’re still figuring out what it all means. We know grace is very important. We are recipients of God’s grace, big time, and so we have to show the same grace to others.
We’re proud of our humility. That’s a joke. The fact is, we love to laugh, often at our own expense. We love children and music and mocha java and dodgeball and new ways of doing old things.
We believe that most people have a deep hunger for God. They may call it something else. They may feed the hunger with some other substance. But there is a longing that only God can fulfill. People want to meet God, and the beautiful coincidence is that God wants to meet people… and HOPE is a meeting place.