Meeting needs in the world following the example of our Lord Jesus is a high priority for our congregation.
We value working for justice and peace for all people. There are many opportunities for service at Hope.
God’s Work. Our Hands. FAQ’s
Reserve your t-shirt now for the God’s Work. Our Hands. event on September 18! If any of your family members plan to participate, please contact Angie Newton at email@example.com or 492-2099 with your t-shirt size(s). Available sizes include Youth S, M, L and Adults S, M, L, XL – 5XL. All participants will get a t-shirt – suggested donation is $7 per shirt. *We are only taking PRE-ORDERS this year so please call the office by August 10 to reserve yours!
What is God’s Work. Our Hands.?
This is an opportunity for us to celebrate who we are as an ELCA congregation. In September, the nearly 10,000 congregations of the ELCA will gather to serve their communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people. ELCA members are called to put their faith into action by engaging in service activities in their neighborhood and surrounding community.
Who can participate?
Members of all ages and ability levels are invited to participate. We will even have Gods Work for Little Hands supervised activities and childcare for children under the age of 10 at church. There will be something for everyone!
What types of work will we do?
Yard work/handiwork – help tend yards and homes for those with physical challenges
Church projects – tidy church grounds, help with lunch, unfinished jobs from the Trustee job jar
Community clean up – pick up litter in our neighborhood
Craft Projects – God’s Work for Little Hands projects for our younger members such as thank you notes and door hangers for assisted living residents
Planting – help with yard clean-up and planting flowers
Childcare – help parents do God’s work by providing care for their kids during the event
Will we have worship on September 18?
We will gather for a short worship service on September 18 at 9 a.m. Teams will then leave for their job sites with their bag lunches (provided).
Look for information regarding specific teams and job sites in August!
Families Moving Forward
Hope Lutheran Church is proud to be a hosting congregation for the Families Moving Forward SW program.
What is Families Moving Forward?
This program offers families experiencing homelessness hospitality, emergency shelter and a path to home with support for stability. Volunteers from congregations create shelter space at their congregation sites. In addition to a safe place to sleep and a warm meal, congregational volunteers share kindness and compassion with families experiencing homelessness. Completing the circle of support, Families Moving Forward professional staff work closely with each family to address their unique barriers to stability so they may leave the shelter program for permanent housing.
Where do families go during the day? Where do families go at night?
During the day, families use the Families Moving Forward program center at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church as a hub. It includes staff office space, storage lockers, laundry facilities, showers, computers/internet access, play areas, kitchen, and a quiet room. School buses pick up children from school and bring them back at the end of the day. Parents go to work, meet regularly with staff, search for housing and jobs, meet for financial literacy class, do laundry, make meals, and care for their children.
In the evenings, congregations take turns weekly to open their doors to welcome families, providing a safe place to sleep, hot meals, activities, and friendship. Families Moving Forward arranges for bus transportation to and from the hosting congregations. The night shelter program relies on the commitment and compassion of congregational volunteers.
Hope Lutheran Church provides overnight housing for four families for one week, four times per year. There are many opportunities for individuals, couples, and families to volunteer during our hosting weeks. Volunteer opportunities include set up/take down crew, dinner hosts, evening hosts, overnight hosts, Saturday morning hot breakfast host, Saturday morning host, Saturday lunch host, Saturday afternoon host, and laundry crew.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact:
Leah Holmberg, 952-913-5649, firstname.lastname@example.org
Families and Individuals Sharing Hope (FISH)
Hope Lutheran Church is proud to be a FISH partner organization. Fish is a network of people-serving organizations working together to meet the needs of those in our communities of Scott County, Minnesota. The mission of FISH is to partner together to meet human needs so individuals will be able to live healthy, transformed lives. If you would like to receive needs from the FISH network via email, sign up to be a partner affiliate.
Meals on Wheels
Hope Lutheran Church is responsible for delivering meals Monday through Thursday for several months each year. Meals are picked up from the Schule Haus and delivered to residents throughout the Jordan community. The time commitment is about 90 minutes. Contact Lolly Gosewisch (email@example.com) at 952-492-2652 if you would like to deliver meals.