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New Hope is one of three union churches in Alaska and is affiliated with both the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church USA. It is a unique experience of Christian Unity that works because of God's grace and the action of the Holy Spirit. We emphasize those beliefs and practices that are common to most mainline Protestant denominations. From the Presbyterian perspective, we subscribe to the Presbyterian confessions found in the Presbyterian Book of Confessions and Brief Statement of Faith. We focus on those things that unite us as Christians but freely discuss our differences if or when they might arise. Most of those differences are not theological but rather issues of polity and church governance. We seek to serve our neighborhood, community, and world in the name of Jesus. People involved in our congregation come from a wide variety of Christian backgrounds and all our welcome in Christ's name. 

Our church was formed as a joint venture of the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches of Fairbanks to serve the fast growing community of North Pole located thirteen miles southeast of Fairbanks. Forty-four chartered members of New Hope Methodist Presbyterian Church held their first service in the North Pole Grange Hall on May 7, 1978. In November of 1981, ATCO buildings, used during the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, were purchased. A "decimal" error in the final billing, a moral dilemma resolved and, perhaps, some spiritual intervention, enabled the congregation to purchase the buildings for $1,800.00 instead of $18,000.00! The ATCO's placed on our present site at Bradway and Badger roads housed the sanctuary, Sunday School, fellowship area, a nursery, bathrooms, and pastor's study. In May 1995, thanks to thousands of hours of volunteer effort from the congregation and mission teams from the lower 48, a new sanctuary, foyer, and offices were dedicated. We have since added new restroom facilities and remodeled the original ATCO buildings into our New Hope Church School. This area also serves as our Fellowship Hall and Sunday School rooms. Today, the New Hope Congregation has grown to over 80 attendees. Together with our Pastor, we are a group of people from all walks of life including "Sourdoughs" or those passing through while serving their country at one of our local military installations.

Working together we live out our mission of "tending the garden to share spiritual fruit with the world." New Hope Methodist Presbyterian Church is a spiritual body of believers in Christ who nurture Christian disciples through reverent worship, responsive religious education, and active service in the world.

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