The House of Hope at 1744 2nd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids,
52403 has over 75 women enrolled in classes and seminars
this session. Their wide variety of classes empower women
to thrive in their daily lives. Classes equip women with the
tools to live victoriously and create meaningful connections
to other women. The students range in age, experience and background, but have been united by a sincere desire to learn, grow, and heal. Many women both take and facilitate classes. House of Hope is a local faith-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower, encourage, and equip women and their families to live well. They connect women and their families to this mission through classes, therapy and residency.

March 31 – UMCOR SUNDAY (formerly called ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
In 1946, One Great Hour of Sharing began as a special effort of the Episcopal Church. In 1949 the observance became ecumenical. Originally, one special worship hour during the year was reserved for people of faith to contribute over and above their regular offerings. Today different denominations celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing on various dates, but the cooperative spirit remains. United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), General Board of Global Ministries, is the not-for-profit international humanitarian-aid organization of the United Methodist Church. Active in many parts of the world, UMCOR brings hope, provides relief from hunger and disasters, and teaches peace. One Great Hour of Sharing undergirds UMCOR’s entire ministry. Your gift helps a child smile, a family recover, and a community rebuild after disaster strikes.
***Please designate your offering to its intended purpose, i.e., General Fund, Building Fund, Missions, etc. by writing your instructions on your check or ‘giving envelope’. Offerings not designated will go to the General Fund.
Mission Kit of the Month
We are continuing the Mission Kit of the Month this year for the kits that we send to Fill the Truck and Thanksgiving Ingathering for UMCOR. So, there will be only 2 different kits and they will run from March--October during several different months. Note that the School Kit now contains 1 Pkg of Loose-leaf paper with 100-200 pages in addition to the 3 notebooks. Also, the Health Kit now has 10 Band-Aids instead of 6 and Toenail Clippers are acceptable along with Nail Clippers. If you would like to buy the items in the kit, you could do that yourself or share buying the items with another person. Or you could give a donation for the amount of the kit. Whatever you can do to help out would be appreciated. Thanks. Karen Hansen 448-4456.

March/April/July/August-School Kit: $11- 1 pr Scissors BLUNT with rounded tip (NO plastic), 3 spiral Notebooks (11" x 8 1/2", wide-rule or college-rule, 3-hole with at least 70 pages), 1 Pkg Loose-leaf paper with 100-200 pages, 1 Pencil Sharpener hand-held at least 2" long, 1 Ruler hard or flexible with centimeters, 6 UNSHARPENED Pencils with eraser, 1 Eraser plain 2 1/2" (Pink or White), 1 Box of 24 Crayons. (UMCOR)