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Taking Care of Our Neighbor

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein Many of you reading this have seen and/or participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, featured in the left portion of the picture above, that has been sweeping the nation in hopes of raising money and bring awareness about ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” This illness is a progressive neurodegenerative […]

One of Our Own in the Cast of Children of Eden

Anna Neumann, daughter of Jen and Doug Neumann, will be a part of the cast for the in the production of Children of Eden, which will kick-off the Revival Theatre Company’s  inaugural season in the estate’s natural amphitheater–September 4, 5, and 6 at 7:30 p.m. Based on the book by John Caird, and a concept […]

Our Stuff

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein Oh my!  Oh my!  Oh my!  I cannot believe how much stuff has been brought in for the garage sale, which will take place beginning tomorrow.  There have been numerous volunteers, at least sixteen according to my count, who have been very busy getting the room ready, and then sorting, stacking, […]

The Cry of Despair and Peace that is Offered

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein I cannot seem to escape the shadow of the valley of death.  Last week, I was wrestling with the deaths of the young men in various parts of our own area as well as the military death that had just been announced.  Over the weekend in the St. Louis area, a […]

Where are you God?

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein Three of the top nine stories listed on KCRG-TV 9 deal with death: Two-star general is killed in Afghan attack, four teens killed in an accident in western Dubuque County and one young man was the driver of the vehicle that hit them, and nine-year old twins killed in ATV accident […]

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Upcoming Events


Pet Blessing Sunday

August 31, 2014
9:30 - 10:30 am

It sounds like the weather is going to be great for our annual Blessing of the Animals.  Bring your furry and not-so-furry pets to be blessed during our worship service.  Children are invited to bring a stuffed animal.  Everyone is encouraged to bring their own lawn chair and/or blanket to use while enjoying our outdoor service that […]


Congregational Meeting

August 31, 2014
Immediately Following Worship

Hope United Church of Christ’s Council has called for a congregational meeting for the purpose of voting to amend our Articles of Incorporation regarding our non-profit status from a 50-year term (which will expire shortly because it was requested in 1964) to a perpetual status, which will allow us to continue acting as a non-profit […]


First Day of Sunday School

September 7, 2014
9:00 am

On Sunday, September 7 at 9:00 a.m., we will begin our Sunday School program year with our students and teachers.  If you would like to register your child for this year’s program or to update your child’s registration information, please click here or contact Mary Nus, Christian Education Coordinator, at Sunday, September 7, is also […]

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