Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Gala, Concerts and More!

For the past 25 years, Rising Hope has offered resources, fellowship, and spiritual support to men and women living in poverty. Rising Hope provides a number of services to relieve the pain of poverty and offer a hand up to self-sufficiency. But Rising Hope is about something even bigger than that. Rising Hope is building a community of faith that develops leaders and disciples that find ways to give back to the community. Rich and poor, black and white, educated and illiterate come together to continue Jesus’ ministry of demonstrating what God’s kingdom looks like.

Rising Hope is committed to ministering in love to the needs of everyone, especially those living in poverty and on the margins of society. Throughout this year, Rising Hope will be celebrating this milestone and working to continue fulfilling its mission to help men and women of all ages who are struggling to overcome poverty. 

“When I started this work out of the back of my car, I wanted to help as many people in our community as I could,” said Pastor Keary Kincannon. “With the support of our community, area businesses, and our many volunteers, our food ministries now provide more than 200,000 meals a year and our Hypothermia Shelter houses about 2,880 bed nights a year. We also provide clothes for the homeless, Christmas gifts for children, compassionate listening, Bible Study, fellowship, and worship for those finding their path through life.” 

There are several events planned throughout the year to celebrate these successes and help Rising Hope continue its mission. On Sunday, May 3, Bryan Bourne and the Dominion Brass will perform a benefit concert from 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The concert is sponsored by Washington Farm United Methodist Church and Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Dominion Brass is a large brass and percussion ensemble made up of professional musicians and music educators from the Washington, DC area.

Rising Hope’s 25th Anniversary Gala will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the Waterford in Springfield. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m. and there will be dinner, a live auction, and entertainment at 7:00 p.m. A silent auction of amazing items and experiences will also be held throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased at risinghopeumc.org/events and early bird prices are available until April 15. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities or to donate to the silent auction, please email events@risinghopeumc.org.

Additional events, including a summer concert and a fall harvest empty bowl and soup event, will be announced in the coming months.