Posts by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

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Santa for Seniors Spreads Holiday Joy to Greater Cedar Rapids Area

December Mission: Santa for Seniors Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus … and we have the privilege of being “Santa” for a senior this holiday season! Home Instead, a source of in home elderly care services with caregivers who provide assistance with Alzheimer’s and dementia care and other home care needs, has provided us with 20 ornaments listing items that some of seniors want and […]

Grief and the Holidays

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Grief and the Holidays: Services to Tend to Your Heart The holidays can be a difficult time when there has been a loss in one’s life. Whether this grief comes from the death of a dear one, a move from one’s home to another setting, or if a transition to a new job has happened […]

Sunday, December 1 – Happenings Galore

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Notice of Annual Meeting – Sunday, December 1 Hope United Church of Christ will host its annual meeting on Sunday, December 1, immediately following worship.  Items on the agenda include, but are not limited to: election of persons to be part of our leadership teams, approval of 2020 budget, updates about our renovation and expansion […]

Renovation and Expansion Project 2019

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Renovation and Expansion Project 2019 After four months of diligent work by the general contractor, Kleinman Construction, their many subcontractors, and our architect firm, Sauter, Baty and Bloomquist, our renovation and expansion project is nearly complete. There are a few minor items to be finished, and of course, there will be things that we will […]

Annual Trunk or Treat Event a Howling Good Time

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

We had a cool, crisp delightful fall weather evening for our 2019 Trunk or Treat event at Hope United Church of Christ. With a dozen vehicles decorated and participants ready to hand out treats, we had lots of persons from the community stop by to enjoy this annual event.   Thank you to everyone who […]

Sunday School Activities and Events

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Sunday School Highlights Stories of Our Faith and More Our 2019 – 2020 Sunday School program began in early September with nearly 20 children participating on that opening Sunday as they enjoyed stories and games. Throughout the month of September, the focus was on First Testament stories about God’s Big Plan (creation), Noah, and Abraham. […]

Beef Dinner – November 3

by Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein

Beef Dinner ~ November 3 ~ 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available soon for this annual event! $12/ticket gets you: roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, homemade pie and drinks. Thank you to Andrew and Kayla Buck for lending their leadership to the organizing of our annual beef dinner. Help is needed in […]