We would like to invite all who are part of the Hope church family to participate in the “Weekly Prayer Focus” as part of your daily devotions, beginning January 14. If you don’t currently have a daily devotion time, we encourage you to set aside a time each day to spend with God. The focus for prayer will be shared during Sunday morning worship, in the newsletter and on our website.

January 14-20: The 2018 Iowa Legistlative Session, State Senator Jeff Edler, House of Representatives Mark Smith and Dean Fisher

January 21-27: Hope United Methodist Church Staff (Pastor Nan, Judy our office manager, Jeri our treasurer, Isreal our custodian, Megan, Kelly, and Jennie our music staff and Linda our Christian Ed and volunteer coordinator)


January 28- February 3: 

Colossians 4: 3 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Your speech should always be gracious and sprinkled with insight so that you may know how to respond to every person.

Those who serve the ministries of Hope United Methodist Church (our church family/membership, Leadership Council, Committee Chairs/members, Sunday School teachers/students, Wonderful Wednesday staff/students, our missionaries, UMW, Prison Ministry, Prayer Questers, adult small group studies, Piecemakers, Peace Initiative group, God’s work through us)


February 4-10

Colossians 1: 9 Because of this, since the day we heard about you, we haven’t stopped praying for you and asking for you to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will, with all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

The United Methodist Church worldwide, the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church.


February 11-17

John 15: 4-5 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit.

Faith (those who don’t know Christ, growth in our faith, growing as disciples, sharing our faith with others)


February 18-24

Psalm 46: 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

The homeless and their needs, especially during the winter season.


February 25-March 3

Philippians 4: 13 I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.

The Marshalltown Hospital, the patients and their health care, those who work at the hospital and the transition from MMSC to UnityPoint Hospital.


March 4-10

2 Corinthians 9: 7 Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.

Providing a “ripple” in our community by sharing a smile, being helpful, treating all people with respect, being cheerful, and sharing a friendly greeting.


March 11-17

1 Thessalonians 5: 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Those who have or are being abused physically, mentally or sexually. The agencies that provide assistance.


March 18-24

The police and fire departments (safety in our community, support for those who serve, respect and fairness)

Philippians 4: 13 I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.

March 25-31

Work/Employment (those seeking employment, job security, stress in the workplace, training)

Psalm 90: 17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – Yes, establish the work of our hands.

April 1-7

God’s creation (beauty of the season, new birth, stewardship of the earth, thankfulness)

Genesis 1: 1, 3 When God began to create the heavens and the earth… God said, “Let there be light” And so light appeared.

April 8-14

Worship (openness to understand God’s message through song, scripture and the sermon, praise to God, responding to God’s call, going forth to serve)

Psalm 119: 105 Your word is a lamp before my feet and a light for my journey.

April 15-21

Poverty (those living in poverty, the agencies that serve them, finding employment, meeting the needs of those living in poverty)

Psalm 9:18 Because the poor won’t be forgotten forever, the hope of those who suffer won’t be lost for all time.