The Jesus Movement saw a rise in of home fellowships and small Bible churches. Some met corporately. HOF (not yet named) grew out of one of these fellowships. Some of us had left large churches, so our group had a more charismatic feel, freedom tempered by reason. We had informal agendas, rich worship sessions, Bible teachings, with little ones at our feet. The sense of family was strong. We met in a large home and shared a meal every week. We made decisions as a unit, each man having equaled say. As an original member of the fellowship, this writer sees small group meetings, outings, and input by all members, as the heart of church life.
In 1983 we decided on a name, in part to umbrella our home schoolers, in part to sharpen our vision. What did building a church look like? Early years filled with dedication to family and friends, and eyeball-to-eyeball contact nothing else equals. A few of our men functioned as elders but with no formal recognition. Growing from 5 families to 25, we moved to a YMCA. Our vision of close fellowship unchanged, we debated the merits of growing, and still met in small groups during the week. We supported the Crisis Pregnancy Center, a missionary family in Mexico and Morocco. Activities included retreats, basketball, weekend school field trips and activities, dramas, musicals, team teaching, banquets, sports excursions, New Years Eve
In 1992, renting the ground floor of our current home, we were 35 families, elders, deacons, woman’s core, an active youth group. Small groups still met during the week. Neighborhood ministry included dramas, coffeehouses, “The Absolutely Free Week”, and caroling parties.
Still supporting missionaries, we also helped one of our own as he worked with the Kurds.
A few years later we acquired the entire building. Remodeling gave us classrooms and enabled a larger coffeehouse and drama outreach.
In 1996, Quo Vadis Educators opened its doors to home schoolers, offering ??? and bringing more art and music opportunities..
We saw a ministry for foster parents grow, helped prison ministries and special needs children. Purchasing the house gave us playground, easing minds, saving elbows and knees. We still loved a good party. Weddings, anniversaries, home school theme parties, welcoming babies.
2008. Our 25th Anniversary. A look back. How our vision changed? Also a bittersweet time, remembering those now with the Lord, and seeing the never-ending thread in God’s tapestry as a new generation grew up. Ladies meetings, men’s meetings, Bible studies, youth meetings, Fire By Night, potlucks, parties, receptions, memorials, dramas, musicals, chorales, CEF, fostering, CPC, care groups for Mexico, Kenya, prison ministry, neighborhood needs, and other activities dot the HOF calendar landscape. Concert Pianist Sam Rotman has graced our stage many times.
Sunday morning worship brings a cacophony of sounds. Instruments heard from any seat, little ones make their own noise. The open mike still has many takers. The weekly tradition of taking the Lord’s Table as families is still with us. From small corners to the room’s center, families pray together over their cup. For this writer, it is a time of hope in a week filled with cares. The coffee break sees an exodus of children off to class, and for us a time of face-to-face instant messaging before the teaching hour.
At Easter and Advent, our own presentations make up the program, a lovely way to share.
Our church life has not been without pain. As with any group there were times of disagreement and introspection, losing precious friends and gaining new ones.
The majority of activities and ministries are chronicled in albums kept in the church library.