Music Ministry

Liz Raihala is our Music Director who is skilled and capable of bridging the gap between modern and traditional. With 30 years as a worship leader in multiple Christian genre along with our talented Hope Choir, Hope Singers, Team Hope,  Hymn enthusiasts and many other musical individuals.

Whether you prefer contemporary, choir, sacred, or hymn music; or simply want to try something new or just love quality live music. . .

You will find at Hope that our worship service is a quality blended tapestry of worship style and taste simply directed together with reverence and joy towards our God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   If interested contact:

  • The Hope choir is an enthusiastic, fun choir and we LOVE new members!  No experience necessary—just a willingness to sing!  We are blessed with four section leaders that are  music students from UMD, which adds to the energy and fun we have, as well as use of their tremendous talents!
  • The Hope Singers lead the music during worship.  Small Choir format. If you have a heart to sing join us. Songs are older contemporary typically out of the Green or Black hymnal. Hope Singers Leader,  Nancy DeArmond.
  • Team Hope is a modern contemporary, songs you may hear on today’s radio, worship team with instruments, microphones and a worship or song leader, Liz Raihala
  • Hymn Sings do not require practice. Come as you are, Congregational participation pre-service, led by Sally Herstad or Joanne Hubal
  • In addition we have piano and organ accompanists for the Choir,  Hope Singers, and Congregational Hymns.
  • Throughout the year there is an annual Concert of Hope, Preparation for Palm Sunday,  Easter and Christmas.

Practice night is Wednesday, depending on how the service is arranged one or several  groups will be practicing. If interested in one of the groups talk to anyone mentioned above.

Missions & Local Outreach


February ‘s CHUM dinner was a super success.  Thank you all who prepared the meal, served, brought desserts and cleaned up. The people at CHUM were so appreciative not only of the meal but of the warm atmosphere of the dinner.

March is Food Share Month. We will be collecting for the CHUM food shelf.  All food donations are needed, especially canned soups; chicken noodle, tomato and vegetable beef, plus canned tuna and salmon.  Donations will be      accepted through the month, there will be baskets set out to drop your food off.  Cash donations will be matched through various programs so you can double or triple your assistance with this kind of donation. .

There is an opportunity for you and your family to attend upcoming Mission trips.  One is in May to learn about UMCOR, the other one is in June to the Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Robyn Christianson or Pastor Laurie


United Campus Ministry Dinner

UCM  hosts a dinner most Monday nights for college students in the Hope Fellowship Hall at 5pm. Local congregations who support UCM take turns preparing and serving the meal to the students.  Hope will make the meal on Monday, March 12  Would you like to hang out with some college students for a night and feed them a nutritious meal?  Please let Pastor Laurie or Robyn Christianson know if you can help!

Easter Offering

This year’s Easter offering will be divided between two       organizations:

Hurricane Relief  through UMCOR to continue to help those in the United States and Caribbean rebuild their lives and their communities. There is still much work to be done all of these months after the hurricanes. First Witness Child Advocacy Center is a safe, child-friendly place for victims of child sexual and physical abuse to tell their story. The team protocol requires just one record, child-centered interview at the First Witness building in Duluth. Their goal is to make sure children are safe. The Services Include: Evaluation and Assessment, Family Services, Prevention & Training.


Kids Closet

Kids Closet wishes to thank the members of Hope for their colorful gifts of hats, mittens, socks, underwear and books. There were 102 items in all!

At the end of December we served 1003 children and they keep coming.


Where to take your Donations?
Are you in the mood to sort out your closets, the nooks and crannies of your house or apartment?  Well, we thought we’d let you know of some places around the Northland that accept donations of different types of items!

First, consider donating to the 50 Cent Sale the week of September 28th!  After that, here are some options:

Damiano Center (all types)
Safe Haven (women’s or children’s)
Seafarers (men’s)
Bethany Crisis Nursery (baby clothes)

Kitchen items and toys:
Damiano Center
Safe Haven

Harbor House in Superior

Aluminum cans:
To Hope’s fellowship hall, proceeds to Heifer Project

Glossy paper:
To Narthex, proceeds/Imagine No Malaria

There are drawers in the Narthex for the following items:
Campbell Soup Labels to Myers-Wilkins Elementary
Pop Tops for Ronald McDonald House
Box Tops for Education for Myers-Wilkins Elementary
Mini shampoos and conditioners for CHUM Shelter
Old cell phones

Ways to live out our Mission ~ Get involved!

MENTOR DULUTH:  With 250 kids currently occupying its waiting list, a local YMCA program, Mentor Duluth, looks to recruit 75 mentors in 75 days. Community members can apply to Mentor Duluth’s program and be matched with a child to help motivate, support, and make differences in their lives.
The idea to recruit 75 mentors was inspired by the program’s 75th   anniversary, which is being celebrated this year. Twenty-two members have joined since the program’s recruitment started on March 1, and the opportunity to enroll as a volunteer will continue through the second week in May.  Website:

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is recruiting volunteers 55 and older to fill the following positions. Call (218) 409-5991 for more information.

Activity helper: Lincoln Park Community Senior Center seeks friendly and outgoing volunteers to assist the coordinator in providing activities for guests. Responsibilities include distribution of food items for Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors, scheduling appointments, making popcorn and coffee, light cleaning and creating a warm and welcoming environment. Volunteers must have good people and phone skills.

Bone Builders: Class leaders are needed for Bone Builders, a weight-training program that prevents and reverses osteoporosis by increasing muscular strength and bone density. Other benefits include improved balance, enhanced energy and well-being and increased opportunities for  socialization. Bone Builders groups meet twice weekly. Training is provided.

St. Scholastica Monastery: Volunteers are needed to work in a variety of different positions such as the gift shop, front desk and driving. Volunteers must have good people skills.

Wisdom Quest

Wisdom Quest
Hope United Methodist Church recognizes the need for ongoing Christian education and dialogue for serious followers of Christ.  To this end, there is a monthly gathering in the hour following worship during the program year (September through May).  This occurs on the third Sunday of the month, known as our “Sounds of Hope Sunday.”  This is a less traditional worship service, during which the children stay.  Our “Kids Quest” (Sunday school for children) and “Wisdom Quest” (Christian Education for adults) meet during this second hour.

The Christian Education Team is very interested in pursuing subjects of interest to adults, and we are very open to your thoughts and ideas.

Kids Quest

Kids Quest

May was a great month for our awesome children.  Our lessons centered around Lydia, Paul and Silas and the wonderful truths of Pentecost.  The children were also excited about a song they learned during children’s time on May 20.  We are going to incorporate that song into our VBS program.

The summer celebration was a lot of fun.  Many activities after a great picnic lunch.  And the ever famous “cake walk”.   I heard there was a family who went home with 3 cakes!!

We will not be having a class time on Sunday, June 3.  That is Confirmation Day for 6 of our youth and we would like to have our children witness this special time.

Our summer session will begin on June 10.  The curriculum is ready and our teaching schedule is       complete.  Our June lessons will include some basics;

The Lord’s Prayer, The Birds of the Air and The Golden Rule.  Our summer class time is a little more relaxed so we may come up with some surprises.

Plans are all in place for our special Vacation Bible School.  This will be held from 9 am until noon on June 12-14.  We invite all children ages  3-12 to attend and BRING YOUR FRIENDS. We are excited about this venture.

Special dates to remember:

— June 3 – No class

— June 10 – Begin Summer Session

— June 12-14 VBS




Kids’ Quest is the children’s Sunday morning education time here at Hope.  We are on a “quest”, or a search to learn more about our God and how He fits into our daily lives.  He is there for us in the good times and the bad, just as He was for the people we learn about in the Bible.  We welcome children from age 4 through 5th grade.  Kids’ Quest meets during the worship hour every Sunday except the third Sunday of the month, which is our Sounds of Hope Sunday.  On those Sundays, children may attend the worship service with their parents, then meet for Kids’ Quest from 11am to noon.  Wisdom Quest, an education hour for the adults, is also held during this second hour on the third Sundays.

Kids’ Quest is an active part of our church community.  We are involved in various projects and activities throughout the year. October is UNICEF month when we collect coins to help needy children of the world.  In December we sponsor a sleigh ride,  plan and set up a bake sale, and present a Christmas pageant.  The first Sunday of February, the children take part in the worship service by reading scripture, leading prayers and helping to serve Holy Communion.  This is a very special time for the children and they take the responsibility very seriously.  Easter Sunday brings the popular Easter egg hunt for all children.  In May, the children who have been in third grade are each presented with a Bible.  The month of May also brings our all church celebration.  A picnic lunch is served, then games and prizes are provided for the entire congregation as we celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer.

The goal of our Kids’ Quest is to provide the children with a learning experience that will bring them to realize the importance of God in their daily lives and understand how much God loves them and wants them to live for Him.  We also want the children to know they are an important part of the faith community here at Hope and they are loved here.

We appreciate any comments about our Kids’ Quest program.  Suggestions are always welcome.  We would like to hear how parents and students like the Sunday School hour after the worship service on the third Sunday of the month.  We need to know your thoughts on this project.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our Hope faith community for the support and encouragement given to our Kids’ Quest program.  It is such a blessing to know we are special and important to you, our family.


This summer, all willing hands can participate in weeding and watering in our Garden of Hope on    Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  We have a beautiful space for meditation, solace, enjoyment and prayer, thanks to those who volunteer their time.  Contact Sue Beeman or Karen Stocke if you have questions or are interested.

Have you noticed the new flowers and landscaping around the Hope UMC gardens?  This is all thanks our Hope Garden volunteers who diligently are working on keeping things looking lovely.  A special thank you to Susie’s Greenhouse for donating many of the lovely plants!

We need your help to adopt your own section of the Hope Garden! Please let Sue Beeman or Karen Stocke know if you can help keep our grounds pretty!

The Garden of Hope started as the brainchild of Minde Appold, a member of Hope Church who had a background in landscape architecture.   At that time we were looking at taking down the Campus Ministry House to make a larger parking lot and adding a garden area that could be used for weddings, baptisms, meeting area, etc.   The final design is really half of what the original design was, but due to costs this was reduced.  This was in the spring/summer of 2007 and the garden area was done in steps, starting with the brickwork.    Trees were added, perennial plants, benches and the last to be added was the picnic table.   Many of the bricks have been personalized as a memorial or in recognition of present and former members of the church.   It continues to be a “work in progress” as there continually needs to be weeding done, addition of annual plants for color, and adding mulch when appropriate.   Many, many volunteer hours have been spent on the Garden and we need volunteers all the time for weeding and maintenance.




Men’s Coffee

Men’s Coffee

Men’s Coffee meets every Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Mt. Royal Caribou. This group discusses many topics chosen each week. All men are welcome to attend! We welcome other men of our church to start their Wednesdays with us.

Quilting With Hope

Hope Quilters

Hope Quilters: Due to the Pasty Bake we will meet on the 5th Thursday, Mach 29th at 9:30. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed for March and April.   Deadline for your signature to be included on the quilt we are making for Pastor Laurie is Easter Sunday, April 1st.   

 The quilters –Sue Beeman, Barb Bergman, Mary Bowker, Celeste Daw, Sally Herstad, Rosemary Tripp and Barb Vatalaro – 

Help us spread the word for our annual Fabric, Yarn, Scrapbooking, Stamping SALE on Saturday April 28thApplications for tables are in the church  office. Sponsored by the Hope Quilters. For more information contact Sue Beeman 728-2406


Hope Quilters, includes members & friends & meets in the Fellowship Hall the 4th Thursday of the month, 9:30 to ??, so some bring a bag lunch.  Some sewing happens at church & some at members’ homes.  Quilts have been given to folks who are sick, shut-in, leaving our community, & some have gone to Project Linus & worthy fund raisers.  They are given “with love & best wishes from your friends at Hope UMC, Duluth, MN”.  Some members also mend for the folks at Aftenro & for the young people at Woodland Hills.

If you would like to be a part of Hope Quilters, contact Sue Beeman at 728-2406.  It is a wonderful fellowship & service opportunity & a willing spirit is the only requirement.

We are still active as we start our 8th year in January 2016! The original purpose of the group was to donate quality quilts to Duluth/Superior non-profit groups helping those in need. Quilt gifts have expanded to     Include our church family and graduates.  The fellowship generated with each other, the church and the community is a blessing. We meet the 4th Thursday of the month in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 am.

In order to make a quilt we rely on donated fabric,  equipment, and money to buy supplies (e.g.: batting and thread) as needed. One quilt can take anywhere from 30 to 100 hours to assemble, is tied or machine  quilted, then edge finished with binding. The majority of our quilts are sent out to be machine quilted by one person who has generously given her time and talent. A quilt label is attached and a blessing of the quilts by Pastor Laurie is the final touch.

Accomplishments since starting:
· Over 150 quilts given away plus
· Tied fleece blankets
· Quilts and other quilted items donated to fundraisers
· Mending for Aftenro residents, also for a short time Woodland Hills residents
· Sponsored Fabric and Yarn sales for the community
· Hosted functions for other quilting groups
· Sponsored day-time quilt retreats
· Helped individuals with their quilting/sewing projects
· Sewed dresses for little girls in Africa
· Made wheelchair/walker bags for Aftenro
· Over 100 pillow cases have been given out locally.

Rosemary Tripp has 40 kits with directions, ready to sew. A quick take home project to do this winter.

Our mission would not be possible without your continued support of fabric and monetary donations. A heartfelt “Thank you” from Sue Beeman, Barb Bergman, Barb Vatalaro, Sally Herstad, Mary Bowker, Rosemary Tripp, and new member – Nancy Sivertson.
In remembrance of former quilting member, Mickey Olson, we have placed a brick in the garden that reads – “Go now in Peace”

Quilting After Dark
Are you interested in learning about quilting or part of a quilting group but can’t make it during the weekdays? Don’t let that get in the way!
Call Sue Beeman at 728-2406 to discuss options for evening or weekend sewing.

History of Hope United Methodist Church

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History of Hope United Methodist Church

The Methodist churches followed the settlement of Duluth in locating their churches.  Duluth was building new homes beyond the near downtown.  Streetcars were running to the outskirts of the city.  People were moving out
It is there we find the story of a neighborhood Sunday School that met in a home at Eighteenth Ave East and Greysolon Road .  The membership outgrew the residence and moved to a room in the streetcar barn located at 16th avenue and Superior Street.  Members of the Sunday School decided it was time to organize a church.  By 1894, the little congregation had established and was in the Morley Congregational Church at Nineteenth Avenue East and First Street.  Following the Panic of 1893, the little church had financial difficulties.  Meanwhile a committee from the First Methodist Church in downtown Duluth was looking for a site to build another church in the eastern section of Duluth.  They were approached by representatives of the Morley Congregational Church.  The committee approved of the location.  There was a streetcar line on Superior Street and one on Fourth Street.  The surrounding neighborhood was built up.  People could easily walk to church.

In 1902, the Morley Church became the Endion Methodist Episcopal Church.  The Methodists paid the outstanding debts of the Morley Church.  A majority of the members of the Morley congregation joined the new church. They provided valued leadership for many years.  The congregation worked diligently and dedicated their new church in 1909.  The church is still in use but no longer serves a Methodist congregation.

The community of Woodland was getting settled by 1913.  A Union Sunday School was meeting at a home and soon moved Cobb School.  In 1915, a committee of Methodists organized the Woodland Methodist Episcopal Community Chapel.  Members of the Union Sunday School were invited to the new church.  The chapel was built on the hill at Owatonna and Kolstad Streets.  This was the first Protestant church in Woodland.  The Chapel burned in the 1918 Fire.  Services were again held at Cobb School while members worked diligently to build their new church at Winona and Elysian.  The congregation was in their new church in 1920.  The church building is serving another denomination.

During the 1960’s, the congregation at Endion recognized that a change in location could better serve their members and the Church’s responsibility for the Campus ministry at UMD.  The present site was selected for its proximity to the campus as well as other amenities such as parking space.  The University Methodist Church was dedicated in September, 1966.

In the late 1990’s, the congregations of Woodland Methodist and University Methodist churches were discussing the merits of becoming one church.  In 2000, the combined congregations were meeting as the University-Woodland Methodist Church.  The congregation decided they needed a different name and they voted for Hope.  September 2002, Hope United Methodist Church became the official name of the present church at the corner of Carver and St. Marie Street.

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