Hope Community UMC is Connecting with the Community
With 'community' as part of its name, Hope Community UMC is finding a variety of ways to Invest - and reinvest - in the Young as well as the young at heart.
Principal Gloria Chomenko from Golden Acres Elementary School and teachers were present at Hope Community United Methodist Church’s “the Connection” service to receive a $1,100.00 donation to the school’s PTO. These funds were raised through church efforts including this summer’s Bill and Kim Nash Concert event. The school will be able to use these funds to help them provide a reading program that will enhance the reading skills of all grade levels for their students. Principal Chomenko and the teachers then presented an award from the Pasadena Independent School District to Hope Community United Methodist as Organization – Volunteer of the Year. The church-school’s partnership began in 2010 and has grown each year. Pastor Jack Womack welcomed all of the teachers and told the audience that partnering with the school in various ways was a primary focus of the Hope community.
Methodist churches across the conference interact with the community at this time of year when area residents venture into their Pumpkin Patch on the lawn of the church for photos and family memories. On October 15 at 2838 Lily in Pasadena, the patch officially opens and “also provides us with the opportunity to invite local elementary students to come for a special story time in the patch,” says Pastor Jack Womack. “Every student leaves with a pumpkin, and by the end of the month, we have sales proceeds tallied up for our missional fund to benefit youth and young adults in our community.”