Service Ministries

Serving God and Neighbor

Check out our on going ministries. We also have plenty of volunteer and service options that pop up thorughout the year so be on the look out for announcements on those!


Sleep Mats is a part of UMCOR International Methodist Missions.  It serves local community, national and international homeless needs. The mats are woven completely from plastic shopping bags.  The bags are collected/donated locally. Then they are flattened, folded, cut, tied into strips and woven together on a table top loom. This makes a large mat approximately 30″ X 68″.  Mats create a moisture proof, critter resistant, and thermal insulating barrier under bedding. Workdays are the first and third Thursday at 1:00 at the church.

If you are interested in joining in please call Florence Hacklander @ 507-526-2720 or Joni Jenkins  @ 651-307-8316. Please leave a message and your number.

Baby Hugs

Baby Hugs Mission is a local Hope mission project. The Baby Hugs is a gift for every baby born at U.H.D. Blue Earth Hospital.

It includes:

2- handmade flannel blankets

2- handmade large burp cloths

2- Bible story books

2-handmade hats

2-new bodysuit shirts

2- new pair of socks.

All are assembled and wrapped by Hope volunteers. Anyone interested in participating in this ministry may sew or purchase items, donate funds, and /or help assemble the Baby Hugs Bundles. We deliver a bulk amount every 3 months to the hospital. Work assembly days are announced as needed. Donations and sewing are always ongoing.

Contact Person: Joni Jenkins 651-307-8316 or Florence Hacklander 507-526-2720.

Bundle Up

We collect and give away new and gently used winter coats, boots, caps, mittens and gloves to anyone in need.  The main distribution takes place on Saturday mornings from mid-October to early-December.

Contact Person:  Al Roesler

MMDC Depot Drop Off

Hope serves as a collection site for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC). MMDC is a supply depot for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCORE). Throughout the year, MMDC puts on lists of needed items, and we serve as a collection site. We also take periodic trips to their facility in Jefferson, Iowa to help serve as volunteers.

Contact person: Rev. Judy Clark or 218-251-1939

Prayer Shawl Ministry

If you enjoy knitting we would love to have you help create prayer shawls for our community. These shawls are available in the library for people to take and bring to those in need of prayer. Or grab one for yourself.

The group knits at their homes and brings them to church.

For more information contact Nancy Steinke- or Lois Ankeny 507-526-3939

Church Bus

Because of Hope’s location north of the interstate, it’s not pedestrian-friendly from Blue Earth.   Soon after our building was built, the Trustees purchased a handicap-assessible bus with wheelchair lift.   Each Sunday morning, it makes rides available to those requesting pick up for worship services.  Simply call the church office by Friday noon and we’ll arrange to stop by your residence and bring you home too.   The bus is also available for other events at Hope and for the youth to travel.

If you would like to help drive contact Al Roesler

Sunday School

We have Sunday School during the 9am service. The students stay in church until after the children’s message. We rotate our teachers to allow for more people to be involved and to share the work.

If you would like to learn more about helping with Sunday School contact Brittany Parker, kids coordinator,

Wednesday Early Release

Each Wednesday from October- April we hold our after school programming for kids ages prek-6th grade. We gather from 2:30-4:15.

We have snack, play games, do crafts, and learn about Jesus in a small group envirnoment.

If you would like to learn more about helping with Early Release contact Brittany Parker, kids coordinator,

Lord's Acre

This is a decades old missions program from a couple of our congregations.   It still thrives!   A sign-up sheet in the Narthex by the drinking fountains shows “Farmers” and “Renters” who generate funds through our strong farming area.    Those who sign up meet once a year and give to local, national and world-wide missions.   Church camp scholarships, planting corn in Africa and Safe-T-Homes are just three recent Lord’s Acre recipients.

If you would like to learn more contact Al Roesler

Worship Team

We need many volunteers to make Sunday worship happen.

We need ushers, greeters, liturgists, nursery room attendants, tech booth workers, singers and muscians.

If you would like to help with worship contact the church

Kitchen Ministry

Food and faith are a match made in heaven and because of that the kitchen is a busy place in the church.

If you would like to assist in the kitchen please contact Megan Hanson Haase – (507) 525-1744 or

Safe T Homes

in 2022, Hope raised funds to purchase, ship and put up FIVE Safe-T-Homes through Go-Serve Global, a recent non-denominational organization based in Northern Iowa.   We are currently working on our SIXTH!

Each Safe-T-Home provides shelter for a large family or up to 35 people in areas of the world subject to hurricanes and/or earthquake.   Each costs $7500, so this is a good example of Hope’s generosity in “sharing our abundance” in missions.

If you would like to learn more contact Al Roesler


Our choir meets for practice following the 9am service. Practice is only a half hour and they typically sing twice a month during the school year and less frequently during the months.

The choir is always accepting new members!

To get involved contact Bonnie Miller -507-525-3013