Hope United Methodist Church has been serving the community for over 50 years.
We are a friendly, open church, and our congregation will make you feel at home immediately.
Hope UMC is a vital congregation; we extend open and radical hospitality to a diverse community inclusive of persons with physical and cognitive disabilities. We strive to be a church where all persons come and experience the generous love of Jesus Christ. 
 Our growth in faith is revealed by active participation in worship, the development of new mission projects, heightened engagement in biblical studies, and empowering new leadership.


Service: 9:30 AM (baby-sitting provided) 

Children's Sunday School: 9:30 AM

Fellowship: 10:30 AM  (treats and talk)

Adult Sunday School: 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM(Faithlink)

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Preparing for Worship in September


a word from our pastor  Dear Hope Church Family,

It's here! It's here! Advent season is here! It is the time to anticipate, wait, reflect, traverse along with the time each day, and contemplate the reason for the season while we busy ourselves with all the shopping, decorating, cooking, holiday parties, visit family and friends, and enjoy the time. However, it is not the same for all. For some, the season can bring up certain memories, emotions, and even anxiety. It can be a time of sadness, missing a loved one, sharing in memories, lonely, overwhelming, and just blue. At one point or another, we all have been there, and it is okay to honor each other of wherever we may be. This is the season to recognize that Emmanuel, God with us. No matter where we are, or how we may be, God is with us all the time. God sees us through with steadfast love and faith in us. For that, I am thankful. This is actually the reason for the season. We look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus, God's only begotten Son, who showed us the way to love, to forgive, to be compassionate, and who gave us hope for salvation and life in Kingdom eternity. That is the reason we wait, reflect, anticipate, and celebrate. And if that's not where you are, God is still with you. God meets you where you are. And we are with you. Just as we will have the celebration of Christ in season, we will have Blue Christmas service to recognize the realities of life regardless of the season.

Remember, Emmanuel, God with us. As God meets us wherever we are, we walk with one another as the living body of Christ, serving, caring, and loving one another. Come as you are.

Yours in Christ’s Service,

Pastor Linny.

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