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919 Grand Ave
Spencer, IA, 51301


Hope Reformed Church in Spencer, Iowa

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Small Groups

The small group ministry at Hope Church is designed to assist people in a maturing process to make Jesus Christ their personal Lord and Savior. This is done through study, prayer, service and social interaction.

Small groups are for adults and have an average of 8 to 14 in a group with a point person leading the group. It is an excellent way to be “plugged in” at Hope Church. There are two 6 week church wide campaigns each year that coincide with the pastor’s message given at the Sunday morning worship services. Outside these two times, study material is selected by the individual group’s point person. This is a great way to increase your spiritual walk and meet other people which many times lead to close friendships. Contact Ray Meyer.

Take Them a Meal

If you or a loved one at Hope is in need of prepared meals for a short term due to hospitalization, please let us know. The meals are organized primarily through a web site (but not limited to the web site). After a need is requested an e-mail is sent to a group of volunteers. They in turn go to the web site and offer a meal for the person or family. Also, let us know if you would like to be one of the volunteers.

Journey 50 and Beyond

The Journey Group is geared for adults who are retired, near retirement, or for those wanting to experience Christian fun, food, and fellowship as they journey through life.

Regular pot luck meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of every even numbered month. Bring your own hot dish, salad, or dessert to share. The meal starts at 11:30 with a short program after eating. You may stay after the program to have another cup of coffee and another piece of dessert. This is a great way to meet new people and establish new friendships.

Prayers and Squares

A loved one, a Hope friend, or perhaps a neighbor who does not have a church home may be facing a difficult time. Hope Church wants to pray and our “Prayers and Squares” ministry team makes quilts to hold these prayers. Quilts make us think of warmth and comfort. It is a physical thing to hold onto to help a person remember the many prayers being said for him/her. While covered with the quilt the knots can be fingered as a physical sense of the prayers. What makes each quilt so special is not the pattern, color, or workmanship, but the fact that prayer is symbolically tied into each one. These comforters are a statement of faith, and a testimony to our belief in God and in the power of prayer. Let us know if you know of someone who would like to receive a quilt. You will see a prayer chain notification when there is a quilt to be tied. The quilt will be inside the church building.


The visitation ministry team consists of volunteers who stop in at least once per month to visit people in their homes, independent living, or care facilities. You can also volunteer to lead worship at Northshire/Longhouse Home periodically. Participate in helping take residents to worship at St. Luke's Nursing Home.  The visitation is done in a recurring schedule. Let us know if you or someone you know would like to be included in the schedule to receive calls. If you would like to be a volunteer for this ministry, please feel free to contact us.

Starting Point

Starting Point is our introduction to Hope Church. Held about three times a year, usually on two consecutive Sunday afternoons, Starting Point explains why we do what we do the way we do it. This is a great chance to get to know some other people who are relatively new to Hope Church, learn how we are like or unlike other churches you may have attended, and help you learn to tell your own God Story. This is also intended to help you make an informed choice about whether you want to become a member of Hope Church. Pastor Russell leads this class.

Local Outreach Opportunities

There are several opportunities throughout the year to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the Spencer community.

LOVE SPENCER    is a community wide annual event where the churches of Spencer unite as one big church and serve Spencer by through giving away drinks and hot dogs or by raking yards or doing clean up in ditches, etc. Watch for information in the Spring of how you can be involved.

FEED OUR CHILDREN      is an community outreach program hosted by Hope Church. The purpose is to provide food for elementary age children that otherwise would struggle to eat on the weekends. You can volunteer by being a part of a team that packs the bags on Wednesday Evenings, part of a team that delivers the bags to the schools on Fridays, by helping with collecting the monthly order from the grocery store and delivering it to the church or through financial contribution. Contact Jean Blok for more info or to get involved.

TRUNK OR TREAT        takes place on Halloween. The parking lot of the church is transformed into a place where families can come for a safe fun experience. There are cars decorated and handing out candy, there is food, games, train rides, picture opportunity, and a petting zoo. Watch in the fall for ways you can be a part of this event.

OTHER         Hope Church wants to reach out into the community and be available to help those in need. This is done through a variety of ways as is on a as needed basis. If you enjoy small home repairs, painting, cleaning, giving rides, etc. give your name and contact info to Jean Blok.

Places to Serve at Hope

DESIGN TEAM - Serve on a team that is responsible for the decorating of the church to go with the season or theme of a sermon series. Contact Russell Muilenburg.

TECH TEAM - Rotate with other members to serve on Wednesday evenings during rehearsal and Sunday mornings through operating the sound system, projection or video recording. Other holidays and special occasions may be an option. Contact Eric Meeter.

WORSHIP MUSIC MINISTRY - Be part of a team that leads the congregation with music or by offering special music through vocal or instrumental participation. Contact Eric Meeter for more information.

OUTREACH TEAM - Serve on a team that oversees the outreach opportunities at Hope Church. Some of the things for participation are delivering mugs to new attendees, after prom breakfast, Love Spencer, Trunk or Treat, etc. Contact the church office.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY - Volunteer in preschool or elementary areas on Sunday mornings, lead or assist Children's Worship, or volunteer for the monthly Kids Connection (early out) fun times. VBS occurs in the month of June and there are many ways to volunteer. Contact Kim Smith.

YOUTH - Choose an area to volunteer in through Middle School or High School Sunday School times or youth group activities. Contact Pastor Jay VanGelder

COFFEE - Be part of a team to prepares coffee for Sunday Morning Services. Contact Karmen Brown.

GREETING TEAM - Be part of a team that greets on Sunday mornings and special worship services. Serve two weeks out of the month. Contact Dave Johnson at 262.7403 or

USHERS - Volunteer as an usher on Sunday mornings or special services. Contact Ryan Blau.

SECURITY - Serve on a team whose purpose is to be a presence at Hope Church on Sunday Mornings during the worship services and Sunday School time in an effort to keep our children and others safe. Contact church office

NURSERY - Volunteer to serve in our Nursery for Children under the age of 3.
Contact Kim Smith.

LIBRARY - Serve on a team that is responsible for the upkeep of the church library. This includes ordering new books, display of books and checking in returned books. Contact Char Maertens.

MISSIONS - Support our missions by being a prayer partner with a missionary, write a note each month to a missionary, serve on the Missions Ministry Team or participating in a mission trip. Currently annual trips are taken to Haiti and to New Orleans. Contact Paul Rekow.

PROPERTY/GROUNDS - Serve on a team that supplies the ongoing up-keep of the church property inside and out. Some of the things include snow removal, event set up and tear down, yard work and cleaning projects. Contact Scott Heide.



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