FYI: The Church Office at Hope UMC will be closed today (Wednesday, January 22, 2020) due to the weather and school cancellation. Stay safe!
Last Sunday, Pastor Kris lifted up the United Methodist Church in her prayers, since our denomination is at a theological crossroads. For those of you who may have heard bits and pieces of this on the news, this is an attempt to keep our church family informed about changes facing the United Methodist Church.
Currently, there are three primary factions in the United Methodist Church, each with strongly held, diverse viewpoints: the Traditionalists, the Centrists, and the Progressives. The main controversy has to do with the following of our Book of Discipline (the UMC “rule book”) which does not allow the ordination of pastors of the LGBTQ community or allow the marriage of members of that same community in the United Methodist Church.
At the end of the 2019 special General Conference, the traditional side won the vote, but the conflict did not end. Progressives and centrists made it clear that they would continue to resist and were not willing to leave the denomination.
On January 3, 2020, our Iowa Bishop Laurie posted the following press release:
“A diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved.
The agreement, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was achieved on December 17, 2019 and announced today.
The action comes amid heightened tensions in the church over conflicting views related to human sexuality after the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference failed to resolve differences among church members.”
The link to Bishop Laurie’s entire message is here: https://www.iaumc.org/newsdetail/united-methodist-traditionalists-centrists-progressives-bishops-sign-agreement-aimed-at-separation-13135069
For more information, read the UM News article: https://www.umnews.org/en/news/protocol-process-painful-but-fruitful
Please continue to pray for the UMC as a whole during this time, when separation appears to be inevitable for our church.
Worship Services and Sunday School at BOTH Havelock and Pocahontas are CANCELLED for tomorrow, Sunday, January 19th due to the strong winds, blowing snow, and sub-zero temps! Please help pass the word, and stay safe and warm! We “HOPE” to see you next week!
The January Newsletter can be found under the newsletter tab, as well as, the January calendar can also be found under the CALENDAR tab. A copy of it can be seen below.
Join us for our Free Saturday Supper this week from 5:00 – 6:30. We “HOPE” to see you there!!
The Mobile Food Pantry that was supposed to be at the Expo on Wednesday, November 27th has been CHANGED to Monday, December 2nd due to the weather forecast. Please be sure to help spread the word.
Volunteers will still be needed on Monday at 11:00 to help unload the truck, and then again at 4:15 to help distribute the items. Please be sure to lend a hand if you are able. We “HOPE” to see you there!
Thanks to everyone who came out on a snowy evening for our annual Soup & Pie Supper this past Wednesday, Nov 6th. A special thanks to all our church members who helped in so many ways, from setting up and tearing down, to making the delicious soups, to making and serving pie, to cleaning the tables in the dining room, to washing the dishes! It is truly an all-church project!
Come and join us for our Polka Worship Service this Sunday, Oct. 27th at Hope UMC in Pocahontas at 10:30 a.m. The Wendinger Band will be providing great worship music for the day. Grab and friend and come join this fun worship service! We “HOPE” to see you there!! And join us for coffee and cookies following the service!
We are excited to announce that King’s Kids after school program is starting back up! This is for Prep/Kindergarten – 6th grade, and the dates are on the poster below. Click Parents Letter to learn more details about this exciting new opportunity.
Also, parents will need to complete both the King’s Kids Registration Form and King’s Kids – pick up form by the end of the first King’s Kid’s date. You can either print them from the above links, or you can pick up a link at the church office. Office hours are Tuesdat-Friday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.