New Hope Building
Pastor Terri and Linny

Pastor Linny Hartzell

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Associate Pastor Terri Novy

 and Pastor Linny Hartzell

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      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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or call us at 815-436-2209


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Preparing for Worship in January


a word from our pastorDear Hope Family,

Merry Christmas and Happy Blessed New Year!

Wow! It is 2018 already!

As we enter another year, we are blessed with another opportunity of newness, a do-over, if you will, or in a way, we get to push that proverbial 'reset' button to do things that we have been wanting to do, waiting to do, have failed to do, or starting something entirely new. It could be losing weight, which is one of the most popular resolutions by the way, eating less, shopping less, spending more time with our loved ones, to be more organized, finishing an unfinished project, etc. So what is your New Year resolution for this year? What was it last year? And how did you do?

One thing we know for sure is that in God, we never need to wait for a new year to make a resolution to seek for self-betterment.

In God's prevenient grace, God is always ready for us to turn to God. We can turn to God any day, at any given time and God is ready to receive us, our repenting of sins, and in forgiving us. Like the New Year resolution, turning to God takes commitment, intentionality, persistence, and perseverance. What is against our efforts is sin. Sinfulness is a part of the human nature and a pretty difficult one to work through. We tend to fall, give up, walk away, bargain, or even compromise to get things our way, sort of like cheating on our own New Year resolution. But if Christ is with us, who can be against us? The Scripture says,

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”~~Philippians 4:13

So this New Year, let us commit to finding newness and betterment of ourselves in walking a closer walk with Christ. Let us make turning away from our sins and following Christ's exemplary ways our resolution with faith in God.

Yours in Christ's Service,

Pastor Linny.

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