News & Events

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Dates to Remember:

June 3  Communion Service

June 17  Father’s Day Breakfast before worship – 9:15-10:15 a.m.

June 19  Fellowship of Hope Meeting, 10:30 a.m.

June 24  Book Club after worship

June 26  Consistory, 6 p.m.



Pastor’s Corner

In my MISC file, I found these two stories; they caught my attention, so thought I’d share them with you to think about.

During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions–until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman; she was tall, dark-haired, in her 50s. But how was I supposed to know her name! I handed in my paper leaving the last question blank.
Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. “Absolutely,” replied the professor. “In your careers, in your life, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.  I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. “How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “Fifty cents,” the waitress replied impatiently.
The boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. “Well, how much for just a scoop of plain ice cream?” By now, several people were waiting for a table, and the waitress was quite impatient and irritated. “Thirty-five cents,” she replied brusquely.
The boy counted his coins one more time. “I’ll have the plain ice cream.” The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table, and walked away. The boy ate his ice cream slowly, paid the cashier, and left.
When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, neatly placed beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, the boy didn’t have the sundae because he wanted to have enough left to leave her a tip.

These stories invite us to reflect upon our relationships with people beyond our close circle of friends.

May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.
Pastor Audrey



Consistory Notes, December Meeting:

Ron Walters was unable to attend the April meeting, but provided Consistory with a handout of maintenance repairs and project status to date.  Biff Mahn Construction will attempt to repair water leakage in the ceiling on both sides of the narthex without removing the A/C ducts. Werner has begun the loan process at First State Community Bank for the Accessibility Project construction.  The Spring Rummage Sale is postponed until the construction is completed. A highlight of the April meeting was news that Mark Landau has volunteered to fill the vacancy on the Cemetery Board left by his mother’s recent passing. Consistory heartily approved this appointment on an interim basis until the congregation can formally vote on it at the Annual Meeting in November.


Fellowship of Hope Notes:

The latest RUMMAGE SALE plans: We will reschedule the typical “spring” rummage sale as soon as the Fellowship Hall can be cleaned up. We still plan to have a second sale this year, but much later than normal. We decided to try a November sale and promote it as a “Pre-Christmas” sale. Although we typically have a Christmas table at our usual September sale, it is really too early to be effective. So if you have Christmas decorations or “re-gifting items,” perhaps this sale will be motivation to sort out and downsize to the benefit of our shoppers.

The sign-up sheet is on the table asking for volunteers to staff our church booth at DESOTO RAILROAD DAYS June 2. The booths will be set up along DeSoto Main Street, and we are asking for volunteers from our church family to work in 2-hour shifts. We will be displaying our brand new church banner. In addition, we will be selling raffle tickets on our quilt and giving away pens, brochures, water, and small snacks to people stopping by our booth.

We still plan to serve an all-church breakfast on Father’s Day, June 17. More details will be shared during Sunday morning worship services. Other activities are still being planned.

Finally, we responded to the financial needs of DeSoto Contact by sending a $200 donation. There continues to be much need in our community.

Several of us continued our socializing over lunch at Pogolino’s following the meeting. Hope you will join us next month Tuesday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m.



Book Club:

On June 24th we will discuss “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman, please join us!


Help Us to Promote Hope UCC Online!

Did you know that 353 people looked up Hope this quarter! It is important now more than ever to maintain our online image. In this digital age it is vital that we show the community how open and welcoming we are through our social outlets. Currently our website and Facebook are kept up to date with new information weekly. Hope’s online presence needs your help to demonstrate to others seeking a new church family how welcoming and friendly we really are. Each of you can help by sharing your thoughts on the value of your church. On the website home page there is a section toward the bottom for your favorite memory. Our website would have a larger impact if every person shared a memory. For those who do not use the Internet, feel free to hand write it and give it Rickie Ellis for incorporation. In addition to your memories, Hope also needs you to share your thoughts about how our church has been meaningful to you on Google. You can do this by typing in “hope united church of christ desoto mo” into the Google Bar and clicking on the “write a review” tab shown by the arrow here. For those who don’t use the Internet please see Rickie for further instructions and support.


Need Prayers?

Hope Church has a Prayer Circle of six people who will lift prayers for a particular person or a troubling situation. We shall pray for the highest good. We do not need specific details, just a name or a general situation. At this point there are no restrictions of requests. To receive prayers for yourself or for a person/situation important to you, please call Pastor Audrey to activate the prayer circle for you.


Some Reminders & Invitations…

  • Have a favorite CD you would like played as our pre-service music?  Please contact me and we’ll set a date for your music to be played.  Pre-service CD music is played from 10-10:30.
  • Adult Sunday School will continue during the summer months.
  • The Citizens’ Committee for Flood Relief meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Boyd St. in DeSoto. If you are interested in helping to stop the flooding in DeSoto, please attend.