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Hope United Methodist Church will celebrate its 20th anniversary Sunday.

Activities will include dedication of the 20th anniversary memorial quilt and special music by all four Hope UMC choirs and both quartets. A historical perspective will be presented during both the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services.

The church’s first service was held Sept. 13, 1981, in what was then the Pioneer Bank (now First Interstate – Heights) annex, with the Rev. John E. Pugh serving as pastor. The official charter service was held Nov. 1, 1981. The groundbreaking ceremony for the current building at 244 Wicks Lane took place April 17, 1983.

Now experiencing a renewed surge in the growth of its congregation, Hope UMC has begun a capital campaign to finance the construction of a larger sanctuary and additional classroom space.

In honor of this anniversary, the children at Hope UMC have each designed a stepping stone which will be used in the Meditation Garden when the building expansion is completed.

Immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service, the congregation will share a potluck dinner. Since a large crowd is expected for the dinner, St. Bernard’s Parish, next door to Hope UMC at 226 Wicks Lane, has loaned its reception area to Hope for the celebration.

For more information, contact Pastor Mike Dexter at 259-4673, or visit Hope’s Web site at: www.gbgm-umc.org/billings-hope.

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