NEWS & EVENTS

Sign Language Classes

Sign Language Classes are starting up! Join us for classes Monday evenings from 7:15 to 8:00pm at the Fraze Home (located at 1617 Churchill Lane in Mansfield). The classes will run each Monday until March 2. We look forward to seeing you there! Questions? Contact Renee Fraze or text (254) 707-3017.


Town Hall Meetings

Dear COHer,

This past Fall, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet in small groups with many of you. Together we shared our identity, our past, and our future. I truly enjoyed hearing your passion for this place of ministry we call Community of Hope. A part of each of these 15 “Coffee Talks” involved what the future holds for our property and the area around us on Debbie Lane. In these meetings it was revealed that several years of discussion had taken place regarding Community of Hope’s 17 acres. These discussions centered on how to maximize the use of the acreage for God’s glory, including an effort to reduce our crippling debt. The possibility of selling and/or developing a portion of the property is becoming more of a reality as the Action Team has worked diligently to develop plans for the future.

With that in mind, we would like to invite all members of the church to attend one of the Town Hall meetings to discuss the selling of 1-3 acres of the northwest corner of the property. The Finance Team has worked hard to develop a plan for the sale of the property and will present what the impact will be on our mission and ministry. The meetings will be held as follows:

Sunday, February 1, 2:00 PM – Town Hall Meeting and Discussion
Sunday, February 8, 2:00 PM – Town Hall Meeting and Discussion
Sunday, February 8, 2:45 PM (or the conclusion of the prior meeting) – Vote to allow the Action Team to move forward with the plan.
 
I look forward to seeing you as we look toward a bright future of mission and ministry at Community of Hope. May we prayerfully prepare for this time together as we recall the scripture from Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. (CEB) 
I’ll see you Sunday!

Peace and Grace,

Pastor Jay

 



Pink Impact Conference

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Pink Impact Conference
Women of Hope will be attending the Pink Impact Conference A at Gateway Church in Southlake on Thursday through Saturday (April 23rd through April 25th). Community of Hope has purchased tickets at a discount, so please contact Kellie Bauerle  to register (registration is $95 for the first 15).

Since 2006, Pink Impact has been a gathering place for women from all over the nation who come together to have an encounter with God, connect with other women and have a lot of fun along the way. A team of gifted communicators will take us on a spiritual adventure, where you can dig deep in the Scriptures and encounter the Holy Spirit in a whole new way. Join Women of Hope at Pink Impact for a life-changing encounter with God! For more details on the conference go to www.pinkimpact.com.



Online Statements Available

GIVING STATEMENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE
How to access your giving statement on the Hope Online Community:
1.) Go to the Hope Online Community by clicking HERE.
2.) Enter your user name & password (or click “sign up for one here” if you don’t have one.)
3.) Click on “your name” near the top right corner of the screen. Then click “Profile”.
4.) Next click on the “Financial” tab. There you will see your most recent transactions along with a “Printable Statements” heading.
5.) Click “Giving Statement”. On the next page, make sure the “Family” statement is selected. Under “Date Range”, select “Last Year”, and click the box next to the phrase “Show pledges on giving statement”. Finally, click “Create”.
6.) The next page will show your giving statement. You can either print it off for your files or save as a PDF to your computer. Any further questions? E-mail Kellie Bauerle.


Spreading Hope Initiative

The Spreading Hope Initiative is officially complete, and we are so thankful for your part in making it such a success!
 
• COHers pledged $259,855, and we collected $190,031.50. That’s 73.1%. (We estimated at the beginning of 2014 that
   we would have 75-80% of the funds come in by year end. We were pretty close, and that’s something to celebrate!)
• 113 families gave to the initiative over the two years (pledged and non-pledged).
• Out of the 77 pledges, 32 either met or exceeded their pledge.
 
The Finance Team included missions in the General Budget for 2015. For those of you who indicated that you would continue to give over and above and/or “extend” your Spreading Hope pledge, thank you! No separate designation is necessary on your check or giving envelope, as most of the funds that benefited from Spreading Hope (Habitat for Humanity, Michael & Allison Sherwin – missionaries, Connectional Mission Giving [aka “Apportionments”], Stephen Ministry, Erma Nash and Operation Christmas Child) are now a part of the General Budget.


Financial Peace University

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Financial Peace University at Community of Hope is here! This nine-week class gives you the tools you need to succeed with your finances, using God’s Word as the compass. The average family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 in the first 90 days!
 
Classes will be held Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm in the large group room on the Community of Hope campus beginning tomorrow, January 29-April 5 (with one week off for Spring Break). The cost of the class is $93 when you sign up on our class page. Questions? E-mail to Kellie Bauerle or Don Ryburn. More info is available at Dave Ramsey’s Website.


Jamaica Mission Trip

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Dear COHer,
This March, ten participants from Community of Hope will travel on a mission trip to the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf in Jamaica. While in Jamaica, they will work with the children, repair & rebuild school facilities and help the schools with their needs. Mission events such as this are crucial for those like CCCD who receive the ministry, and it is life-changing for the participants on the trip. These ten students and adults’ lives will be changed forever; this mission will have an eternal impact!

As you may suspect, the cost for this type of mission is substantial. The initial payment has been made but a final payment of $700 for each participant is due by the end of January. We are asking those who are able to consider a contribution toward the $7,000 for the group or to an individual. You may give in the following manner:
1.) Giving by check at the church office or in the giving baskets on Sunday morning, specifying “Jamaica” on your check or giving envelope.
2.) Online by clicking the link at the bottom on the letter.
(specify “Jamaica” in the description).

Thank you for your support of this mission through the years. Lives continue to be changed because of Community of Hope both locally and globally.
2015 Jamaica Mission Participants:
Max Phillips, Alex Griffith
Madison Sikes, Ashley Sikes
Caitlyn Crackel, Preston Martin
Renee Fraze, Reagan Fraze
Garrin Fraze, Jay Fraze

Sincerely,

Pastor Jay Fraze

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Alpha is coming…

ALPHA is here… Alpha is a 10-week course in which guests have an opportunity to explore the meaning of life and learn more about the Christian faith in a relaxed, friendly forum for asking tough questions. Come and see what Alpha is like at the Introductory Dinner this Sunday, January 25th, from 5:00-7:00pm in the Worship Center on the COH Campus. Childcare will be provided for children through 9 years of age. For reservations or questions, please contact Darlene Ryburn  or call (817) 988-9183. There will also be a sign up sheet in the lobby this Sunday. This is a wonderful opportunity to listen, learn, discuss and discover!