Rev. Michael S. Swimely
It is with great excitement that I begin my time with Hope United Methodist Church! My passion is for people to recognize God's activity in their life every day. I believe it is vital to see that God's word speaks to and intersects with our life daily. Finally, each I desire for each person to know that they are "hand crafted" by God, loved more deeply than can be imagined, and afforded the opportunity to spend eternity with God.
With this in mind, I invite you to come gather with other believers and non-believers, mature disciples and persons still searching; to experience God through relationships that connect us to God and others, Grow in knowledge of God and ourselves and Children of God, and our ever expanding ability to love God, ourselves, and others.
Rachel F.W. Ulsh
Hello everyone! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and share my education, experiences, and teaching philosophy with you. As Music Director of Hope United Methodist Church, I always look forward to the exciting plans God has in store for worship. A personal goal for me is to allow everyone to have a positive and exciting experience as they grow in their knowledge and appreciation for music and most of all, grow in their relationship with God! I am a Port Trevorton native and also a 2005 Selinsgrove Area School District graduate. I am a summa cum laude graduate of Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with double concentrations in voice and clarinet in 2009. I enjoy playing piano, teaching any instrument or voice through my private studio in Port Trevorton, performing, and developing new methods of music education. Throughout college, I was an active participant of the band, choral and orchestra ensembles, chamber ensembles, and student performances such as opera and recitals. I directed and performed in many musicals throughout my career. I also toured throughout Europe with a performing music organization called Sound of America in 2004. I am an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and respond to emergency calls through Dauntless Hook and Ladder Company in Selinsgrove. As a teacher in Public Schools, I expect hard work and dedication in music ensembles at any age. Teaching and music are my passion and I hope to inspire that passion in the students of my classroom. I am very excited and blessed to be able to teach students music and to enrich their lives through education! As the Music Director of Hope UMC, I hope to inspire those of God's flock to use music as a means to become closer to God. We, as a choir and praise team, welcome anyone who would like to join the choir or praise team, even for just one Sunday. Feel free to contact me at any time to obtain more information about music at Hope UMC. Praise God! Sincerely, Rachel F.W. Ulsh