July 1: Welcoming Pastor Jim Heikes!
Jim Heikes conducts his first service at Hope
Carol Mathew led the choir in two anthems: America the
Beautiful and Beautiful Savior
We enjoyed a pot-luck fellowship after Jim's first
June 24th: Pastory Gary's last regular
service as a full-time minister.
Quite a few of Gary's family and friends joined us
today. From left: Jeff and Wendy Speaect, friends of
Jan and Gary (why he thinks hiding
helped I dunno), and the Lehrkamps: Grady, Maddie, Page,
Kori and Michael.
Kori is Gary's daughter, herself a
recently ordained minister.
Jeff Speaect sang at Gary's first official service when
he was a third-grader.
That was 31 years ago, which
would make Jeff a 34th-grader.
Gary's devoted crew: Rochelle Isaacson, custodian; Teri
Kathy Ulrich, nursery, Carol
Mathew, minister of music
Jennifer Reiser presented Gary with a memento from the
congregation; John Evans presented our thanks
Becky Messman presented Gary with a bowl. Then her
plants filled the bowl with candy bars representing
Gary's future in retirement: Good n Plenty of things to
do, bones that may Crunch, and the 100,000 he is worth
After that? What else? A reception, of course
Turns out the cakes' pictures had to be in the right
June 9: Cleanup day! This is
what we mean by "our prayers, our presence, our gifts
and our service."
Dan Oakes installing lights, Beth Emard on windows.
Lots of yard work. Dennis and Rody Fergus working on the
playground, Steve Normand having a go at the hedges.
May 27: Graduation Sunday
Pastor Jim Heikes, our newly appointed
pastor beginning July1 (Oh, yes. High-kess)
Transition is going to be a process over the next year
or so. We'll have information
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING: Our
congregation piled up
1567 Food Items + $20.00 (cash) - Thank You!!
March 3: Pastor' Gary's Birthday! We
won't mention which one, but it's the 50th anniversary
of his 15th birthday.
This is also the day for the United
Methodist Women's Pie Auction. Some of us still miss
CHRISTMAS EVE 2017: We had two lovely
Persephone plays her flute before the 5 o'clock service
Acolytes light the Advent wreath
December 17th: Christmas Cantata.
Jody Coble, our traditional Cantata Narrator
Sarah Pinnow (candlelighter), Marlee Ball (cellist), Ana
Strong (violinist) and Jody Coble
W are grateful to Marlee Ball
and Ana Strong, Musical Guests
The Hope United Methodist Church Chancel Choir
Directed by Carol Mathew
As seen at Carnegie Hall in
The Messiah, November, 2016
SPECIAL SERVICE: Pastor Gary's two
congregations, Hope UMC and Huntley UMC, joined for a
special service on
Oct 15th for Pastor Appreciation
Leadership Transition: Hope UMC is
going to welcome a new pastor next July and there
will be important changes in worship,
scheduling and other things that mean a lot to church
members. If you have ideas about how our faith journey
forward, please make your ideas known to
members of the Admin Council or Staff-Parish Relations
June 25: We welcomed a family for the
baptism of their son and four new members of our church.
Jonathan & Meghan Duquette with newly baptized Jace
Karen Casterline, B. J. Herren, Nancy Matovich, and
Graduation Sunday: Emily Pinnow and
Brody Baumberger graduate from Skyview High School on
Mother's Day: Our Traditional Closing
Performance of Youth Choirs
Seniority/Co-edChoir Club. The tallest
boy in the back is Dick, who has been made an honorary
teenager for choir purposes
Children of Hope sing of family for
Staff Recognition Sunday: Kathy, our
Nursery Attendant, Teri, our administrative genius, and
Carol, our Minister of Music.
custodian, was unable to join us today.
Palm Sunday Cantata.
Jeanne Nitz, flautist, Carol Mathew,
Director, Paula Cordes, cellist, Ana Strong, violinist.
Paula Cordes is an exchange student
from Germany and is Ana's sister for a year.
35th Anniversary Celebration with a
sendoff for the choir members on Nov. 13th.
|District Superintendent Kama Hamilton Morton
presents Pastor Gary with a certificate in honor
of our 35th Anniversary.
||Founding Pastor John Pugh
|Charter Member Jim Reno reminiscing about
Pastor John's founding efforts
||Charter Member and Choir Founder Carol
|Dawson, Seleyah and
||Kathy Baumann leads
|Linda Ewert and Mary
Beth Helgeson designed and built the sanctuary's
stained glass window, original in the first
sanctuary/present Fellowship Hall
||Bill Benjamin, Admin
Council Chair, presents an award to recognize
Pastor Gary's 30 years in ministry.
|Tammy Fote and Jeannie
Nitz present an award to Carol Mathew for 35
years of music ministry at our church
||Awards for Terri
Normand and Kathy Ulrich, who have served our
congregation for more than twenty years each.
And Terri is just over 29...
Because Pastor Gary will be with the choir, Geoff
Brown will conduct the service on Nov. 27th at our usual