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Informational Meetings on June 18th & 25th

Hope UMC will be holding informational meetings following worship on Sunday, June 18th and 25th.

Worship is at 9:00 (our new summer schedule) and our informational meeting will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Both meetings will review the same information, yet some of the questions asked and answered may vary from week to week, so you are welcome/encouraged to attend both if you are able.

These meetings are to make sure that all of our church family have the same information as Hope UMC needs to evaluate how to best continue our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, including our county, our communities, our school, and our church.

Please mark your calendar so you can attend at least one (if not both) of these informational meetings!

We HOPE to see you there!

New Summer Worship Schedule begins June 4th & Farewell Brunch/Potluck

There will be a new summer worship schedule for Hope UMC starting  Sunday, June 4th.   There will be only one worship service at 9:00 a.m. at the Pocahontas Center.  This new schedule will continue for the remainder of the summer.

The Leadership Team decided this would be beneficial for a smooth transition as we prepare for Pastor Jerry’s last Sunday with us and as we allow our new pastor,  Pastor Elijah, some time to get to know his new church families.  Pastor Elijah’s first Sunday with us will be on July 9th.

We hope you will also be able to join us as we say farewell to Pastor Jerry and Amy this Sunday, June 4th.  It will be Pastor Jerry’s last Sunday to lead worship at Hope UMC.  There will be a brunch/potluck following the 9:00 a.m. worship service so we can thank them both for their service and witness to our Hope UMC family.  So, grab some goodies to share and join us in our farewell celebration.  We HOPE to see you there!

Save the Date: VBS is coming soon!

Okay, mark your calendars and spread the word!  Hope United Methodist Church will be teaming up with the Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp for VBS Day Camp again this summer from June 26th – 29th fron 8:45 – 2:00.   At Day Camp, kids will encounter a fun week packed with Christ-centered activities, games, arts and crafts, songs, skits, and Bible-based lessons.

Our VBS theme this year is “ROOTED” based on Colossians 2:6-7, and will be a great adventure.  Please spread the word and invite your friends, neighbors and family to come and join us if they will be entering first – sixth grade next fall.  See the flyer below, and get your registration in by June 9th to the church office!  We HOPE you and your friends will come and join us!



Only One Worship Service Memorial Day Weekend @ 10:00

This Memorial Day week-end, there will be only one worship service on Sunday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m. at the Pocahontas Center.

Stay tuned for upcoming schedule updates as we begin planning and transitioning for our change of pastors during the summer months.

Remember to give thanks to those brave men and women who have served their country for the sake of our freedom!  Be sure to tell them thanks!  We “HOPE” to see you on Sunday at worship!

Mobile Food Pantry – Wednesday, May 24th

The Mobile Food Pantry will again be at the Pocahontas Expo Center at the Fair Grounds this Wednesday, May 24th.

Volunteers are needed to help unload the truck and set up, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers are again needed to help with the food distribution and carrying food to vehicles from 4:30 – 6:00.

Please make sure you share the word about this to your neighbors and friends, especially if they need to help stretch their food!  Otherwise, come on down and lend a helping hand!


Free Saturday Supper on May 20th from 5:00 – 6:30

Our next Free Saturday Supper will be this coming Saturday, May 20th.

Serving will be from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (note corrected time!)

Please pass the word, and bring a friend, neighbor and/or co-worker for a night of food, fun, and fellowship!

We “HOPE” to see you there!

Only One Worship Service on Sunday, May 14th

There will be only one worship service this Sunday, May 14th at 10:00 a.m. at the Pocahontas Center.

Stay tuned for upcoming schedule updates as we begin planning and transitioning for our change of pastors later this summer.

Congratulations New Members!

On April 30th, we welcomed 13 new members into our Hope United Methodist Church family.

The confirmation class had 12 youth who made their profession of faith.  Becky Ives also transferred her membership to Hope UMC.  Together with these youth, we all renewed our vows to faithfully participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness.  May we all continue to encourage and support our new family members.

Hope UMC Confirmation Class – April 2017

Row one:  Ally Ersnt, Bobby Ernst, Sadie Anderson, & Kristen Davis

Row two:  Caleb Freeburg, Chase Cook, Jake Ferguson, & Josee Slama

Row three:  Christian Davidson, Rugar Bunda, Hannah Grothaus, Riley Hopkins & Pastor Jerry

A special thanks to Susan Oehlertz Photography for sharing the photo!


Join us for Supper tonight and Confirmation on Sunday

Tonight, April 29th, is our monthly Free Saturday Supper at Hope United Methodist Church in Pocahontas.

Supper is served from 5:00 – 6:30.

Grab a neighbor and friend, and come join us!


Then, tomorrow morning (Sunday, April 30th) please come and join us as we celebrate Confirmation Sunday during our regular worship service at 10:00 at the Pocahontas Center.  We have an awesome group of youth who will be officially becoming members of Hope UMC!  Come and join the celebration!

Come join us at the movie “LION” on Thursday, April 20th

The Adult Fellowship group has organized a night at the movies for this coming Thursday, April 20th to see the movie LION, which is based on a true story.

Please join us at the Rialto Theatre in Pocahontas for the 7:00 movie.  We would love to have you and your family, friends, and neighbors come watch this interesting story.  Lion is rated PG-13

The movie is LION is a story about five year old Saroo.  He gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

If you want to know a little more about the movie, please watch the trailer below:

                                                                                    We “HOPE” you will grab a friend and come join us for this night out at the movies!  All ages are welcome!!