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September 14, 2013

iHope Community Church opening doors Sunday

New church to open in 119-year-old building in North Tonawanda


Tonawanda News — The Richbarts have plans to start a women’s Bible study by the end of October, and are planning other events such as a Harvest Festival and Thanksgiving dinner. Matt Richbart said he wants the church to be a part of NT like its predecessors at the same site.

“We want to have a real community church, to make people feel comfortable. We’ll probably be a little less formal than other churches,” he said. “We want to build on the foundation here ... we want to build on the history they left us, although we’re not the same denomination per se.”

Even the church’s name was chosen to convey a more modern vibe, combined with the idea of hope to which Richbart keeps returning.

“There’s a lot of things that can really get us down in the world ... but the idea is that there is hope found in Jesus no matter what circumstances we face,” he said.

IF YOU GO • WHAT: iHope Community Church • WHEN: Services will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday and continue Sundays thereafter. • WHERE: 316 Thompson St. (intersection of Bryant Street), North Tonawanda • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 803-5433, email or visit

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