Posts by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

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Special Offering for Funding Future Leaders – Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ

Funding Future Leaders – A Special Offering for the Iowa Conference Training ordained clergy is an expensive proposition, leaving many pastors and seminary students/Members in Discernment deep in debt. You can help reduce the financial burden through scholarships. A special offering supported by the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ will be taken […]

COVID-19 Protocols

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

COVID-19 Protocols Continue as Omicron Variant Causes Surge in Positivity Rates The most recent 14-day positivity rate for Linn County was reported at 34.6% due to the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Thus a reminder for all persons that our protocols currently in place include: If you do not feel well, please stay home […]

Hope UCC Welcomes New Staff Member – Lora Wakefield

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Welcome Lora Wakefield, Our Office Staff Person Lora Wakefield is no stranger to Hope United Church of Christ. She has walked her granddaughters, Kate and Jacey Walker, during Vacation Bible School and Christmas programs and worshiped with us from time-to-time. She has been serving as our custodial person since November 2020. Now, Lora is taking […]

When the Weather Outside Is Frightful

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

When the Weather Outside Is Frightful As the weather has turned colder, it is the season to be caution about driving on ice and snow or to be careful as you walk in the parking lot or on the sidewalk.  Always consider your own personal safety whenever you make your way to Hope UCC during […]

Hope UCC Updates Protocols for Worship – July 2021

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Updates Regarding Protocols for Worship As the Council has done throughout these last nearly 16 months, they had conversation at their June 23 meeting about the best practices and protocols for worship in order to keep all who attend worship and use our building as safe as possible. With continued low positivity rates in Linn […]

Juneteenth – June 19 – Freedom Day

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Juneteenth – June 19th – Freedom Day Juneteenth (a combination of June and nineteenth)– also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day– is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States, with increasing official recognition. It is commemorated on the […]