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The Plover Center had a wonderful day on Monday with all of their new RAGBRAI friends as they served “Hambrai” to RAGBRAI… (aka: the famous Plover hamballs)!  And, it turns out frozen watermelon pops were a welcome addition to their meal deal!  Thanks to those who helped to prepare and serve those bicyclists in need of nourishment and a place to rest and recharge!





Free Saturday Night Supper – July 22nd

Come and join us at Hope UMC on Saturday, July 22nd for our Free Saturday Night Supper from 5:00 – 6:30.

And please help pass the word to those who may need to help stretch their monthly food budget.   We Hope” to see you there!

Come Meet & Greet Pastor Elijah Nagbe this Sunday, July 9th

Please join us after the 9:00 worship service this Sunday, July 9th, to meet our new pastor, Elijah Nagbe.  There will be rolls, donuts, and other goodies in Fellowship Hall following worship to welcome Pastor Elijah to our Hope UMC family and communities!  We HOPE to see you there!

VBS – – almost 50 students ROOTED for Christ!

What a fabulous week of Vacation Bible School!  There were almost 50 students each day, with 14-16 teen helpers, along with the four energetic camp staff that help us learn the importance of being ROOTED in Christ.  A special thanks to Lori Baade, Moi Hopkins, Heidi Freeburg, and Angie Cook for the hours of prep work they did to help make this week such a great success!  Also, thanks to everyone who helped provide or serve snacks, helped with registration, or provided supplies for the week.  This is definitely a whole-church project!  Thanks for your part in helping us help get God’s Word ROOTED in their hearts!


Below are just a few pics from the week!

The theme:  ROOTED – in Grace, Christ, Faith and Truth

The VBS Camp Counselors:  Hannah, Sam, Greta, Liz, and Dani Cook

And what is VBS without great songs??

…. and more great songs!!

And of course, great snacks each day!  (Becky Ives, Pam Radig, and Vicki Kerns – Wednesday kitchen crew)

Fun and Games at the closing party – – thanks, Lori!

And each student attending VBS got to take home their very own tree on Thursday, so they could watch it get ROOTED!

Thanks for sharing the VBS songs with our family and friends!  It was a GREAT week!  We hope you can come back and join us when Sunday School resumes this fall!

Join the fun at VBS: Monday, June 26- Thursday, June 29

So, be sure to bring your friends, family and neighbors to  VBS Day Camp at Hope UMC from Monday, June 26th – Thursday, June 29th.  The theme is “ROOTED” and is based on Colossians 2:6-7.  We are again partnering with the Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp for a great time of Christ-centered activities, games, arts and crafts, songs, skits, and Bible-based lessons.

See the poster below for more details, but it’s not too late to come and get “ROOTED!”  We Hope to see you there!

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!