2203 South 3rd Avenue
Marshalltown, IA 50158-4510
Pentecost, we celebrate the old Jewish festival as the birthday of the
For us, it
is a celebration of the working of God’s Spirit in our midst.
The many workings of the Holy Spirit are discussed throughout the
Bible, but in Acts we have the story of the Spirit’s work among the
apostles to reach across and beyond obstacles to bring diverse persons
together in faith.
in this story, as it always does, through hearing.
Peter stands and preaches the good news of Jesus; three thousand
people come to believe that Jesus is the Christ and are added to the
membership of the early Christian movement.
Whatever their differences, and there were probably many (language
and place of origin are mentioned in the text), God’s Spirit drew this
diverse group of people together into community.
never gives up on us.
The Holy Spirit came on
Pentecost with fire.
on the heads of the apostles and heated them until they could emerge among
the peoples of the nations to melt their misunderstanding.
God’s Spirit broke through the barriers.
Suddenly everyone could hear them speaking in their own language.
God did, in this case, as God always does.
God goes the distance to bring people together in community.
God did not require the peoples to all hear in Greek.
the apostles to speak in each person’s own language—a sign of grace and
was overcome by God’s Spirit and power!
The people became united and entered into close fellowship with one
Spirit is at work in our world, breaking through barriers and bringing
work has begun, and it continues through us.
We have joined ourselves to those first followers of Jesus.
We are united with them in faith and take a share in their
missionary work. What they have begun, we continue; but we do not do so
We have the same
source of strength, the same fire that they had.
God’s Spirit is moving among us, our community, our world, seeking
to bring people together in community, helping us to listen to and hear
It is good that we
not be surprised when the Spirit shows up, blowing among us and burning
its way into our hearts.
it draw us together in communion with all of God’s children as we seek to
live and grow in the kingdom of God!
With you on the journey of Hope!
SABBATICAL LEAVE APPROVED FOR PASTOR
announced at worship on Sunday, April 21, Bishop Trimble has granted
Pastor Scott a sabbatical leave beginning July 1, 2013.
During this time, Scott will continue his studies at the Institute
for Integrative Nutrition, learning more about the body, mind, spirit
Relations Committee is working with Rev. David Weesner, District
Superintendent, to select a new pastor for Hope United Methodist Church.
DINNER & DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAYS, 5:30 P.M.
Bring food to share and your own table
Devotions led by Pastor Lothe.
to say Thank You to each of our wonderful Hope friends and family for all
the kind and thoughtful words and deeds you blessed us with as we
celebrated our 40th anniversary.
They truly made the day amazing for us, and we will treasure it
Thank You and God Bless
Gary & Dee Ennenga
you to all who sent cards and best wishes for my latest surgery.
Thanks also to Pastor Scott for the hospital visit.
Your spiritual support and friendship is very much appreciated.
Mary Griffiths, who had
her second shoulder replacement surgery April 9 in Rochester, Minnesota;
who is recovering from April 16 foot surgery;
Kathy Weatherly, who was a
patient at Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center April 16;
Gerry Jensen, who was
hospitalized in Marshalltown April
21-23; Carol Maxfield, who was at MMSC April 23; and
who had a surgical procedure in Rochester on April 25.
EXTEND OUR SYMPATHY
Roger Wrage following the April 5
death of his sister, Marlys Siemens, age 87, of Grundy Center;
Joyce Salasek and family
following the April 9 death of her father, Delmar Runner, age 90;
Mark Minear following the April
12 death of his mother, Elsie Minear, age 92, of New Providence;
Ed Cox and family following the
April 17 death of his mother, Betty Cox, age 84, of Grinnell;
Margaret Simmons following the
April 22 death of her son, Scott
Gibson, age 45, of Des Moines; and
Lorin & Diana Miller following the April 28 death of their great
granddaughter, Lilith Kay, age 10 months.
devotional guide for May/June is available in the foyer—donations of $1.00
(regular edition) and $1.40 (large-print version) are appreciated.
DEADLINE FOR JUNE NEWSLETTER:
Monday, May 20
is due the 20th of
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
Wednesday, May 15 at
9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
with hostesses Helen Fagerland and Greta Thomae.
Bonita Paige will lead devotions, and Patty Moon is in charge of
Thursday, May 16 at
6:00 p.m. at the home of
Caralee Hutchens, 2207 Wakefield Drive.
Thursday, May 23 at
Hurd’s home, 2710 West Lincoln Way.
Co-hostess Donna Packer will give devotions, and Mary is arranging
for a program.
Reading Program Reminder
are only two months left before the reading year ends.
UMW members participating in the Reading Program should turn in
their reading information to Diane Hart by June 30.
Mission u Plans Announced
(formerly called School of Christian Mission & Mission Education Event)
summer Mission u event will be held July 14-17, and the fall event will
occur October 18-20.
events will be held at Iowa Valley Continuing Education Center,
forms can be found in the Central District Communique, and event brochures
are posted on the UMW bulletin board in Hope’s main hallway.
The Central District offers five scholarships for first-time
attendees to Mission u.
Scholarships are available ($120) for tuition.
This does not include the cost of books, transportation, or motel.
The scholarships are given on a first-received, first-awarded
Whether you are young
or old, laity or clergy, a UMW member or not, a first-timer or attend
every year, you are invited to attend.
July Mission u deadline for applications is June 15.
u applications are due September 21.
HOPE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.
May 5 –
6th Sunday of Easter
– Communion – Noisy Offering
16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29 (sermon text)
“The Gift of
Chimes of Hope.
– 7th Sunday of Easter
16:16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17:20-26 (sermon text)
Reception of new members.
– Day of Pentecost
– Birthday Offering
2:1-21 (sermon text); Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17
Sunday School Singers/Bells.
– 1st Sunday after Pentecost – Trinity Sunday
with Justice Sunday Offering
8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15
Ellcey will preach.
ONE SERVICE ONLY.
– 2nd Sunday after Pentecost –
Communion – Noisy Offering
18:20-39; Psalm 96; Galatians 1:1-12; Luke 7:1-10 (sermon text)
8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Music to be announced.
Marshalltown Saxophone Quartet
(Ron Ohrt, Megan Assemacher-Umthun,
Meghan Schumacker, and Jodi Brintnall) will be at Hope on
Saturday, May 4 at
Refreshments will be served after the program.
A free will offering will be received for the organ fund.
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
ages 3 through 8th grade) are held at
last day of Sunday School for this school year is May 19.
adult class meets at
a.m. in the Rainbow
There are two more sessions of
“Immigration and the Bible,”
led by Judy Beane and Carolyn Salasek.
The class includes videos, readings, and discussion.
PROGRAM COUNCIL HAPPENINGS
April 20, we hosted a Card Bingo Night.
Twenty-one people attended (including our committee members), and
fun was had by all.
lots of yummy snacks and fun White Elephant gifts for Bingo winners.
next event will be
on Friday, May 17, to be held in Fellowship Hall at
We’ll provide the movie (to be announced prior to Movie Night) and
Bring a beverage and,
if you’d like, a comfy chair to watch the movie from.
We will, of course, have the regular Fellowship Hall chairs
We hope you will
RUMMAGE SALE PLANS
United Methodist Women would like to announce plans for the Annual Rummage
Sale. This year’s event will take
Members of the congregation are encouraged to start gathering items
for the sale.
appreciate good used items and ask that the following items not be
TVs, curtain rods,
shoes, purses, and coats.
These items do not sell.
Please do not bring items to the church until Monday, July 22.
Profits support missions.
All are welcome to get involved even if you are not a UMW member.
Thank you for your continued
Jeffries and Judy Nanke are planning a “Lunch with Scott” on
Tuesday, May 21.
The menu includes hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, and ice
cream. Cost to cover food will be $5.
Please let us know by Sunday, May 19 if you plan to attend so we
can have plenty to eat!
will be ready at 12 noon.
Offering – May 5
(collected by Hope children)
Rainbow Covenant Stripe—United States Projects
Supporting the churches and ministries of the Alaska
Willow Church and Community Ministry, Alaska
Partnering with area churches and groups to meet emergency
needs of families.
Birthday Offering – May 19
Rainbow Covenant Stripe—United States Projects
Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference
Construction Project Fund—assisting churches needing help in
construction or repair of worship spaces or other places.
Parish Partners—providing salary support and health benefits
for pastors, enabling them to focus on the work.
with Justice Sunday Offering
– May 26
Gifts support Peace with Justice
ministries in the Iowa Conference as well as Peace with Justice work in
the United States and around the world.
Offering – June 2
Rainbow Covenant Third Mile Giving—Local and Institutional
Reach Out & Read, Marshalltown
wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
beginning to improve the world.
save a life and receive a donation for your church in the process!
your health by finding out your risk of having a stroke by participating
in the Life Line Screening that will be held at Hope United Methodist
Church on Tuesday, June 25.
Through ultrasound, the carotid arteries can be evaluated for the buildup
of fatty plaque, which is the leading cause of stroke.
Register today for the Stroke, Vascular & Heart Rhythm Package by
either calling the special Helping Hands registration number or by signing
up through the provided registration sheet (on flyers available at the
Hope welcome center in the foyer).
By signing up for this health event, not only will you be able
to receive $10 off any package of $149 or more but Hope UMC will also
receive a $10 donation for every member who signs up and attends this Life
Line Screening event.
Stroke, Vascular & Heart Rhythm Package includes four screenings:
carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial
disease, and atrial fibrillation.
To schedule your appointment and to receive this special offer,
please sign up on the flyers provided or by calling the designated Helping
Hands number at
You may also sign up online by visiting
Join in the fight against vascular disease.
IOWA CUBS GAME SCHEDULED
time once again to make an announcement for our annual trip to the Iowa
Cubs baseball game.
is planned for July 14.
That is a
Sunday afternoon game starting at 1:05 p.m.
Again, we will take a school bus, leaving the church at
we will be making a post-game stop on the way home.
This time we will be stopping at Jethro’s, a barbeque place.
the ball game and the bus ride will be $12 total.
If interested, contact Barb Green at 752-6426, Judy at the church
office, or Joe Griffiths at 752-1972.
There will also be sign-up sheets on the Sunday clipboards as we
get a little closer to July.
block of seats will be reserved for us.
sixty seconds, malaria claims another victim.
A completely preventable, treatable, and beatable disease is
bleeding the continent of Africa, and YOU can decide to do something about
No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the people of The United
Methodist Church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths
by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother.
Iowa Annual Conference is working together to “Imagine No Malaria.”
We are working to raise funds to eliminate death and suffering from
this deadly disease by the year 2015.
Already, our Church has made a difference through the Nothing But
Nets campaign and missions giving we have already undertaken…but there is
so much more that God is inviting us to do.
Marshalltown area United Methodist churches are partnering together to
plan an “Imagine No Malaria” event later this year.
Would you like to help plan this event with other churches?
Contact the Hope office at
752-5104 or sign an “Opportunities” insert in a Sunday bulletin.
WITH VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Monday-Thursday, August 5-8
Sunday School starts to wind down, we are starting to plan ahead for
Vacation Bible School.
activities for children entering grades 1-6 will take place from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., August 5-8.
Put the dates on your calendar now!
Registration information will be coming this summer, but right now
we are needing a number of adults to help out.
Youth entering grades 7-12 can also help.
You could provide graham crackers, frosting, and juice boxes or
pouches on Wednesday, August 7; serve snacks in the kitchen mid-morning;
help leaders with a class; or host 2-3 Riverside Lutheran Camp counselors
in your home (providing 3 meals most days).
To volunteer, sign an “Opportunities” sheet in a Sunday bulletin or
Erin Feingold—515-205-0760 or