Posts from June 2019

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Blood Drive Coming to Hope UCC in August

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Save the Date Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive here at Hope UCC on Monday, August 19, from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.  MVRPBC will be bringing their air-conditioned mobile unit for this event. More information will be available soon.  For now, please mark your calendar and help save a life […]

Lunch Bunch Fellowship Group Sets July Date for Event

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

July Lunch Bunch Outing Features One of Our Favorite’s Spots We are going to our favorite summer places, Kava House, 122 2nd Street SE, Swisher, on Thursday, July 18.  We will meet at the restaurant at 11:15 a.m. Kava House features delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and salads.  But save room for dessert because there is […]

Annual Christmas In July Mission Taking Place

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Christmas in July: Making a Difference in Our Community Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. In July, we’ll work to raise money for our Christmas families. The holiday season is an especially busy time, so the Missions Committee is asking for your help now. Our goal is to assist two families from HACAP by raising $500 over the next several […]

Congregational Meeting – Sunday, July 21

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Congregational Meeting Called to Vote on Financing for Renovation Project on Sunday, July 21 On Sunday, May 5, a congregational meeting was held updating members and friends about our renovation project.  At their June meeting, the Council voted to enter into a contract with Kleiman Construction, as our general contractor, for the renovation project. On Sunday, […]

The Rev. Chuck West Honored

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Congratulations to The Rev. Chuck West ~ 65 Years of Ordained Ministry At last week’s Iowa Conference Annual Meeting, The Rev. Chuck West, who served Hope United Church of Christ  from 1979 – 1992, was recognized for the 65th anniversary of his ordination. Well wishes can be sent to him at 215 E. McGregor Street […]

United Church of Christ Celebrates Its Anniversary

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 was the 62nd Anniversary of the United Church of Christ. The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. The UCC is a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where “…they may all be one” (John 17:21). […]

32nd General Synod

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

32nd General Synod of the United Church of Christ ~ June 21 – 25 Every two years, General Synod brings together thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ for formal church witness, inspirational worship, and fellowship with friends (new and old). The Moderator, Mr. Norman Williams, the Assistant Moderator, the Rev. Penny Lowes, […]

Tri-Conference Ministries Celebrate Together

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Tri-Conference Ministries: Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences Celebrate Together More than 200 delegates, vendors, guests and children were a part of the first Tri-Conference Ministry Gathering held at Countryside Community Church, Omaha, NE, on June 14 – 16. Each of the conferences that make up the Tri-Conference Ministries: Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, participated together […]

VBS Supplies Needed

Vacation Bible School Supplies Needed Our Vacation Bible School program is a shared venture with Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. Their volunteers are getting ready to welcome our children and youth to this great event, as we lend our support. Supplies can be donated for science and discovery projects, art and craft projects, and snack […]

Thank You, Howard James!

Congratulations to Howard James, postal carrier for parts of Hiawatha, including Hope United Church of Christ. After 26 years of carrying the mail in all kinds of weather, Howard retired on May 31. Thanks for all the deliveries and enjoy your retirement!