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Hope United Presbyterian Church

7470 Hickory Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33967, t. 239-267-3331

HopeChurch@HopeUnitedChurch.net

 

Welcome to Hope Church! We are so glad you found us!

Join us for worship on Sundays at 9:30. Come as you are: anything from shorts, to jeans, to your “Sunday best” will fit right in.

Meet Pastor Kevin, our music director Mackenzie, and all of our Hope Family: the members and friends who share their lives and love of God every Sunday. Our little church is mission-oriented with plenty of opportunities to serve our Lord and community in ways big and small. Come, join us! We HOPE to see you soon!

About Hope Church

 We are a Christ centered community of Faith, led by the Holy Spirit to share God's love with others

Hope's worship style is a relaxed blend of traditional and modern elements, all united in bringing glory to God while binding us in friendship with each other. We are a friendly  church committed to spreading God's word across the Estero area through invitation and mission involvement. We love uniting in fellowship, and often organize gatherings and events. Independently and through our local Presbytery, we contribute to community organizations dealing with poverty and hunger. 

 

Kevin was born in Leesburg, Florida where he was baptized at First Presbyterian Church. His family moved to Sarasota when he was five, where his parents, sister, and their families still live. They attended Pine Shores Presbyterian where he was very involved in the life of the church and made his profession of faith. During his second year of seminary, Kevin was blessed to meet Kim, a lifelong Presbyterian and a "Georgia Peach," who was an attorney and worked outside of Atlanta.  After graduation in 1992, Kim and Kevin married and answered the call to serve two yoked churches in Greensburg, Kentucky.  The couple thrived while serving the Lord in Kentucky, and began a family - two children, Sharon and Joshua. For the next sixteen years Kevin balanced his life as a husband, father and minister.  Through those years he was blessed to lead a wonderful congregation,

move back to Florida, and become very involved in the Dade City

community, where he set an example to spread the Christian

faith outside the walls of the church through service and

fellowship.
Together, Kim and Kevin like walking and attending sporting

events. They faithfully attended the Bucs' home games for

years, although there has not always been a lot to cheer

about! Today Rev. Morris rises to new challenges in building

the body of Christ through service at Hope United

Presbyterian Church, leading us as we follow the Lord

together.

Rev. Kevin Morris

Pastor

 

Mackenzie Albert, 

Director of Music

Our music program is directed by Mackenzie Albert and includes a choir and a hand bell ensemble. She employs the diversity of musical talent in the church to provide a diverse and excellent program of music.

The Spirit of Hope Singers and the Spirit of Hope Ringers offer special presentations on holy days, as well as regular Sundays. Mackenzie invites all who are interested in music to come and sing or play their instrument in the program.  
Choir and hand bell practice times  change  throughout the year. Contact Mackenzie if you are interested.

Come and join a great group of Christians in glorifying God through song!

Meg Daradanova, 

Office Administrator

Meg works hard to keeps our office running smoothly: including daily office tasks, weekly worship publications, and monthly financial reports. She is the person you will talk to if you call us, and the person to contact if you need to publish an item in the weekly Bulletin! She also likes donuts. 

Meg and her husband Nick, moved from Bulgaria to the United States more than 20 years ago for their graduate studies. Since then, they've had two children (Sophia, 16 and Kallin, 9), and lived in Oklahoma, New York, and now, Florida. Meg contributes to the Estero community by volunteering for Junior Achievement in Estero schools, and being active in Three Oaks Elementary's PTO. In her spare time she cooks, reads and tries (not very successfully) to maintain a couple of houseplants.

Hope” is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune

without the words -

And never stops -

at all...

Emily Dickinson

 

Missions and Outreach

Volunteer Opportunities

Our two biggest partners are Interfaith Charities of South Lee and Mision Peniel. Both organizations harness faith into intrepid mission to help local families who deal with poverty every day. Even in these times of pandemic-related insecurity and turmoil, both organizations keep their services open and very active. 

Hope Church's members are well-known in these community organizations, and they have continued donating food, funds, and service during COVID-19 close-downs. If you wish to learn more about how to help, please contact us, or donate.

Garden of Fellowship

The Garden of Fellowship continues to be a blessing to the community in need, and to those willing to work and serve. With the help of many volunteers, various vegetables are grown and donated to the local food bank. The excitement and enthusiasm for the vegetable garden project continues among our members! This summer, our gardener-in-chief  Garth is harvesting cherry tomatoes, herbs and peppers. Among other vegetables, every year, the sweet potato harvest is blessed with a wonderful bounty! Volunteer opportunities also abound in this small gardening paradise!

Our statement of faith guides and directs our plans for outreach and mission.  We try to help make life in our corner of Southwest Florida better for migrant worker families, and local citizens of low income by providing food, service and funding to community organizations that deal mainly with issues of hunger, housing equality, education, and sustainability. We are actively helping local agencies such as Mision Peniel in Immokalee, Interfaith Charities of South Lee, the Immokallee Fair Housing Alliance, Echo, Cedarkirk Camp, and Peace River Presbytery projects. On a more global scale, Hope Church participates in worldwide offerings such as Christmas Joy, Operation Christmas Child, support for the Matanzas Seminary in Cuba and more. Our outreach also extends to our men and women in the military through care packages, cards and messages. We provide a monthly support and fellowship group for veterans.

"Act as if what you do

makes a difference.

It does"

William James

 

Contact

Hope United Church

7470 Hickory Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33967

239-267-3331

hopechurch@hopeunitedchurch.net

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 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Romans 15 : 13

News and Updates

 

Prayer Chain

 A prayer chain is a way for people to gain assistance in prayer for any serious and pressing problem. It is also a way for any person to act on God's command to love one another (John 13:34-35). Many people cannot engage directly in ministry but we can all pray. Prayer is a way for us to reach out of ourselves, to put aside our loneliness and pain for the sake of another. Jesus teaches us that if we agree on anything and ask in faith, it will be granted (Matthew 18:19). "I tell you, ask and you will receive..." (Luke 11:9, Matt. 7:7).
Our prayer chain is available to everyone. 

Please call the church office 239-267-3331 with prayer requests and also if you would like to participate.

Dear Friends,

While we have resumed in-person worship since June 14, we are prepared for all eventualities. We are broadcasting our service every Sunday at 9:30 am, and you can watch a recording of the broadcast after it ends. In the event the CDC guidelines advise us to close, we will go back to online-only worship in the best way the situation requires. Please stay safe, so we can worship together well past this pandemic.

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