Our concern for the world beyond Hope Church is expressed in many ways. We gather contributions to Our Christian Wider Mission and support the work of the UCC's Iowa Conference and the Worldwide ministry of the UCC in 63 countries. Members also contribute time, talent and heart towards these specific projects:
We provide space for AA to meet here every Wednesday.
Green Square Meals
Members from Hope volunteer on a Wednesday evening each month to serve food at our local soup kitchen.
Linn County Food Bank
Hope Church members contribute non-perishable food items in to the grocery cart in the Narthex each month. The collection is then donated to the Linn County Food Bank.
Nursing Home Ministry
Several Hope members serve on a nursing home Care Review Committee and other members provide regular volunteer assistance.
Restorative Justice Programs
Hope has had times being active in the Restorative Justice Programs. The recovery programs help to heal the victims of crime, the community that has been damaged and the offender, too.
Monday Morning Quilters
A group of women known as the Monday Morning Quilters meet each week to sew together at church. The quilts they create are donated to people who are seriously ill.
The Sunday before Thanksgiving, Hope Church members invite residents from Linn County’s Abbe Center to share worship with us. After church service, Hope serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for members of Hope and our visitors from Linn County’s Abbe Center. Women’s Fellowship plans and organizes the event. Church members provide the food and assist with the serving of our guests.
Just one hour a week of face-to-face time with a caring adult is proven to make a remarkable difference in the academics, attendance and attitude of a child who is falling behind. Hope Church members have shared lunch with children who would benefit from extra one-on-one attention. The children are chosen by the school staff from a neighboring elementary school.
Hope Church has a history of strong giving at Christmas time. Over the years, we have supported children, families, and schools through various efforts. We have organized a mitten tree, and angel tree, shopped for toys and clothes for children, and provided food and personal care items for families in need. Gifts are delivered during December. Watch the newsletter and listen for announcements on how to get involved with giving at Christmas.
Each fall members raise money for the fight against hunger by participating in the Crop Walk.