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We reach up to God by worshipping Jesus and continuing in prayer; reach in to each other through biblical teaching and authentic community; reach out
to the world by sharing the gospel and serving in compassionate love.

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58 Mt. Vernon Street Winchester MA 01890

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Serving the Lord Through Tears and Trials

Acts 20:17-38 17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that iI am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for jI did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. 34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. 35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 36 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, 38 being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

When the Lord Visits a City

1 And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. 2 And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,…

What the World Needs Now

Acts 17:16-34 16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new. 22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ 29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” 32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 33 So Paul went out from their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

On the Way to a Place of Prayer

Acts 16:16–18 Paul and Silas in Prison 16 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” 18 And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said…

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Bible Reading Plans

In the Bible’s most extended mediation on the benefits of reading and meditating on God’s word, Psalm 119, the psalmist writes, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (v.18). The assumption is that there are wonderful things to be seen in God’s word. Thus, if wonders are to be seen and beheld, then one be in God’s word. There’s no better way to be in God’s word than having a plan to do so.…

Peace is Not Found in Princes or Presidents

The calls and texts over the past few days, have stirred my heart.  Election stress. Vote counting chaos. It appears that for many there is a tsunami of despair about to sweep us away.  Are we really approaching “the end of democracy,” as so many national headlines proclaim?  If one fills one’s mind with cable news, one will certainly be unable to sleep at night.  I invite you to fill your heart and mind with the eternal words of God…

Is There Hope for the Future?

As I watch the world, sometimes I wonder if it will survive.  The stress points of society seem to continue to increase.  The virus was stressful enough by itself.  Then came the financial fallout as a result.  These were uncharted waters; a global pandemic and a recession worse than 1929.  Then the little boat of our country was pummeled by hurricane Racism.  We reeled in its terrible winds.  It seems to me that one more national crisis will be the…

Elders

Teaching Pastor, Elder

Todd Cravens

Todd is the Teaching Pastor and an elder at Hope and has been serving the church since 2008. He and his wife, Alisa, and their three children live in Woburn. In his spare time, Todd enjoys running, reading, and photography.
Family and Community Life Pastor, Elder

Steve Brown

Steve has been on staff at the church since July 2017.  He serves as the Family and Community Life Pastor. He has served as an elder since April 2018. He and his wife Merri and their two children live in Stoneham. In his spare time Steve enjoys hiking, trips to the coast, and watching Red Sox baseball.
Elder

David Gonzales

David Gonzales has served as an Elder since February 2015 and has been a member since 2009. David is actively involved in Men’s Ministry and small group leadership. He is currently working as an engineer for GE.

Staff

Teaching Pastor, Elder

Todd Cravens

Todd is the Teaching Pastor and an elder at Hope and has been serving the church since 2008. He and his wife, Alisa, and their three children live in Woburn. In his spare time, Todd enjoys running, reading, and photography.
Family and Community Life Pastor, Elder

Steve Brown

Steve has been on staff at the church since July 2017.  He serves as the Family and Community Life Pastor. He has served as an elder since April 2018. He and his wife Merri and their two children live in Stoneham. In his spare time Steve enjoys hiking, trips to the coast, and watching Red Sox baseball.
Youth Pastor

Anthony Colarusso

Anthony joined the staff as Youth Pastor in June 2020.  He has been attending Hope since 2015, served as a deacon for 6 years, and is a lifelong resident of Stoneham. He formerly was an accountant and in his spare time enjoys playing sports.
Office Administrator

Alisa Cravens

Alisa has been a member of Hope since 2008 but joined the staff as the Office Administrator in the summer of 2016. She has been blessed by being a part of Hope through the years and thoroughly enjoys serving in this way. She and her husband have three children.

Deacons

Deacon

Amma Bigbi

Amma has been at Hope since 2019. She has served in the youth ministry and currently helps with the children’s ministry and hosts a LIFE group. She works at Lexington Christian Academy and is a student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Amma began serving as a Deacon in June 2021.
Deacon

Roche Casseus

Roche and his wife, Vanessa, have been at Hope since 2018. They enjoy participating in their LIFE group and serving on the worship team. He works as a structural engineer. He began serving as a Deacon in June 2021.
Deacon

Vanessa Casseus

Vanessa and her husband, Roche, have been worshiping at Hope since 2018. They currently live in Reading. She serves on the Welcome Team and started serving as a Deacon in June 2021.
Deacon

Andrew Golter

Andrew has been attending Hope since 2018. He has served on the Security Team and helped with the A/V Team for both the morning service and the evening young adult ministry. He works in the area of physics research. He began serving as a Deacon in June 2021.

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Romans 15:13

May the God of Hope Fill You With All Joy and Peace in Believing, So That by the Power of the Holy Spirit You May Abound in Hope.