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There were no open parking spaces at the bank this afternoon. I had to drive around the block. As I sat at the stop sign waiting to turn right I looked up and saw this sign. I laughed. Don't get me wrong--I love it! In the seat next to me was a large back of new Hope bracelets (yes, this does mean that the Hope Rangers have release more than 50 bracelets into the wild already! These new ones look a little different but have the same simple message:
                       may hope blossom in me
After finding still no parking slot at the bank or the street near the bank I decided to park across from the church with the sign and walk to the bank. Seeing the sign again I decided I needed to stop in and leave a bracelet. Surprise! I was met at the door by the Rector herself. I explained why I stopped in and handed her a bracelet, she put it on and invited me in for a quick chat. I shared my book, Heart Prayers with her and a little of story about myself, the writing and publishing of the book.  I am looking forward to sharing a cup of coffee and learning more about how The Church of the Ascension is fueling hope.

Kim
2/1/2012

Oh, do share what you learn. If we can fuel Hope in our neighborhood we'll have to put all the pews back in and add a second service:)

Jackie
2/3/2012

So glad you liked our sign and stopped to visit our wonderful pastor! I've sometimes wished our verbiage changed more often as it's a "feel good" for me when I drive near, which is often.

kj
2/3/2012

Jackie! Thanks so much for visiting partners4hope and for your comment--you are the second person for Ascension that I have heard from--love it! I look forward to learning more about Ascension and its hopeful attitude. :)

Laurie Weckel
2/4/2012

Wow. I'm so impressed that you felt called (fueled by hope) and that you followed that impulse (by trusting enough) to stop in. I hope and trust that it was only the first of many times to come.

kj
2/4/2012

Laurie, thanks! I am sure I will be back in the future. I am always interested in knowing how downtown churches are encouraging hope in members and in their neighborhoods. Thanks for your comment.


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