I remember it clearly - sitting at the dining room table getting ready to partake of our first group meal. It was great little bungalow, curved archways over all the doorway, beautiful warn hardwood floors, windows everywhere and a fireplace too. I can even close my eyes and see the exact position of people at the table. Bitzy and I, just dating at the time, on one side of the table, the host couple across from us and the fifth seat occupied by a single woman who had a great laugh. I was not prepared for what would follow that initial meeting. From that first coming together, with a bit of anxiety over what would truly transpire, having no idea what to expect or what would be required of me, this group started in me a lifelong pursuit of community. It’s strange what makes an impact and what gets burned into your memory. Why should a simple meal shared around a table with virtual strangers have such a lasting impact? It was the beginning of learning how much better life is in community, living exposed in safety among unconditional love.
We are Joe and Sarah Egan, and we have four children now. We have been involved in many ministries, small groups, and Bible studies over the years. Most recently, Joe loves serving in the tech booth doing lights. Sarah loves laughing, praying, and studying the Bible with the girls on Tuesday nights at Evening Edition. Our oldest child just turned thirteen at the end of October, and that’s how we always remember how long we’ve been at Hope Church. Our firstborn was only a few weeks old when we started attending. We visited after someone told us about Hope and we have been coming ever since!