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A Church Alive with the Spirit of God

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein I recently heard that there is some concern that there just might be too much going on at Hope United Church of Christ.  As a person who highlights my calendar to make sure I can keep track of events and appointments, my schedule is filled with color.  Special events for celebrating […]

Signs of Hopefulness

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein The leaves are beginning to show off their colors; the winds have shifted and come more briskly from the north; and the geese are making their way south as flocks fly across the blue sky.  The season of fall has come to Iowa. Recently as I was walking Sallie and Otis, […]

Friendship Committee Announces Upcoming Outing

When: Sunday, October 12, at 2:00 p.m. What: A Mighty Fortress Is Our Business Where: The Old Creamery Theater Company, Amana IA Ticket Price: $24.00 (if a group of 15 or more sign up to go, otherwise the price is $28.00) Deadline: Sign-up by September 27 A Mighty Fortress Is Our Business is a comedy about “The […]

Seeing is Believing

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein Perhaps only the most die-hard fans knew his name or even the team he played for until just a few days ago and now the name, Ray Rice, has been plastered throughout the various forms of media at our disposal.  The twenty-seven year old running back, who played for the Baltimore Ravens […]

Make Room

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein There is lots of activity happening at Hope United Church of Christ these days involving children and youth: students coming and going throughout the day as the preschool/daycare is in full swing, piano students coming and going for their lessons, and preparations for opening of Sunday school. Children and youth are […]

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Upcoming Events


Hope UCC Fall Beef Dinner

November 2, 2014
4:00 - 7:00 pm

Serving 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. $10.00 Adult / Donation for children 10 and under Workers are still needed to make this event a success. Contact Andrew Buck at or Cathy Evers at


New Members Gathering

November 6, 2014
6:30 pm

We will be having a New Members Gathering on Thursday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Adelitas Mexican Grill, 2833 Blairs Ferry Road, NE. This will be an opportunity for all those who are interested in joining Hope UCC to gather together for food, fellowship and the sharing of information. Please RSVP to Pastor Mary Beth, by Tuesday, […]


Once Again Christmas 2014

November 16, 2014
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

The smell of freshly baked cookies filled the air as the Hope United Church of Christ “cookie elves” were busy earlier this week preparing cookies for the annual Once Again Christmas event that will take place in just a few short weeks.  Mark your calendars now to come and enjoy this holiday event! This year’s Once […]


Star of Wonder Christmas Program

December 14, 2014
10:30 am

Hope UCC Sunday School students will present, “Star of Wonder” Christmas program on December 14 during the 10:30 am worship service. “Star of Wonder,” tells the nativity story from the perspective of some stars with pretty cute personalities. Students will share fun and inspiring music throughout the program that will make you want to tap […]

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