Our world has been in a crazy season of transition for the majority of this year. And while circumstances have been changing for everyone, they have been changing for us too. Through COVID, our church has lost our Sunday Service space. Our current facility has been a blessing but does not meet all of the needs to reach every generation in our community, a call we feel the Lord has put on us. Would you help us provide a space to minister to kids and teens alongside our current adult ministries and continue to watch Jesus changes lives in our community?
WHO WE ARE
You might know Hope Church as the Hope Bump church-- going around to different businesses and organizations in town to encourage them and remind them that they matter to this community and to the Lord. Maybe you think of Party in the Park on the south side of town, or a sea of blue t-shirts walking in the parade. Earlier this year, we became known as "Arik Matson’s church" as we have been able to support and encourage the Matson family through tragedy and hardship when Arik was injured in the line of duty. We believe that we are called to be a beacon of Hope in this community to shine the truth of the gospel. We are on a mission to remind people that God loves them, He is for them, He restores the broken, and redeems the lost.
From the very beginning of Hope Church six years ago, we met in the Marion Ross Theatre, in downtown Albert Lea. We were blessed to rent this facility from ACT under the City of Albert Lea. For six years we were able to hold our Sunday services with a place for families to gather with the small children being loved on by amazing nursery volunteers, kids being ministered to in children’s ministry and parents being able to fully-engage in Sunday services. When public gatherings were shut down in March for the safety of all because of COVID-19, we were forced to move to the Community Cornerstone. Since then, the City of Albert Lea has made the decision to keep the theatre closed until March 2021 or later because of concerns with the quality of the HVAC system in the building.
What that means for us is that the place we were able to call our home and minister to entire families in, is no longer an option. For the past eight months we have been doing our best to provide the best feasible and safe options to continue to carry out the calling God has on us as a church. The Community Cornerstone is a much smaller facility with only one gathering space in which our numbers and multi-generational ministry opportunities are limited because of covid guidelines. We have been praying for an opportunity to provide that space in which we can serve our kids and God has opened a door for us right behind the Community Cornerstone. We recently found out that the Color Wheel building is available and we are currently pursuing this building to purchase as a secondary space that will allow our kids and teens to gather, so we can continue to be a beacon of Hope to all generations.
HOW CAN YOU BE A PART OF IT?
Will you help us make this happen by:
Praying - Continue to partner with us in prayer asking for favor with the city, contractors, funds to make this possible, and God to continue to use us as a light! Share this Video - Help us spread the word about this need so we can continue to minister to our community. Giving - Join our cause by giving a tax-deductible gift of any amount .
All funds given will go to cover the cost of this building and make needed adjustments so this facility can better serve our community. Our longer-term goal is to raise $300,000 - $500,000 over the next 3 years to bring further renovations to the Color Wheel Facility and the Community Cornerstone buildings to provide ministry opportunities to all generations and people in every walk of life.
If for some reason, we are not able to purchase the Color Wheel building for our kids space, we do have plans to renovate the basement of the Community Cornerstone for kids. While this will not be an immediate solution like the Color Wheel, because of the construction process, we believe it is a solid second option.
Thank you for reading our story and considering our need. We don’t ask presumptively, but humbly as we are in need and have exhausted all other options. We serve a gracious God and no matter what, He is always worthy of our trust and our very lives! To God be all glory!
GIVE BY CHECK
Checks can be written out to Hope Church of Albert Lea with "facility" in the memo. Gifts can be mailed to:
Hope Church Office
130 N. Broadway Ave.
Albert Lea, MN 56007
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT HOPE
How Hope Got Started
Hope Church was planted out of “vision not division” by Crossroads Church in Albert Lea, MN in 2014. Since that point, we have strived to stay true to our mission and vision of trying to reach more people for Christ with the Gospel. Our heart is for the community of Albert Lea and the surrounding area to know Jesus deeply, to be committed to loving others well and be bold to share the love of Christ with their neighbors. We have a heart to reach those who are struggling in addiction or brokenness with the Hope of Jesus. Our desire is to continue being involved with the community in the ways we have already done so and more far into the future!
What We Have Done In This Season
In the past 8 months, we have provided families with weekly kids lesson videos, held a Driving VBS and other miscellaneous events to be a blessing, but there is nothing like having your kids together to learn about Jesus and be loved on by God-fearing volunteers…and to give those parents a break so they can go and be poured into as well!
More About The Color Wheel Building Opportunity
We have turned over every opportunity we saw looking for a feasible option. After spending time praying, one of our staff headed out again to knock on doors and look for a space to rent for kids and during that time was made aware that the owner of the Color Wheel was considering selling. This was amazing news!! The Color Wheel building is only separated by an alley from the Community Cornerstone, where we now hold adult Sunday services. While it is not a perfect solution (where everyone can gather under one roof), it’s an amazing, seemingly God-ordained opportunity! We are currently under contract to buy The Color Wheel and we are hoping the city will work with us to use it immediately and bring it up to their specifications over time. Funds will go towards these projects to make this building handicap accessible, meet assembly requirements, fun for our kids, etc.
Find out more about Hope Church:
Hope Church App: https://subsplash.com/hopechurch-mn/app