SERVE IN THE COMMUNITY
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ -Matthew 25:40
As followers of Jesus, we answer the call to share his love with the world by serving and caring for all people. Below you will find information about the ways we live this out in service to our local community, and how you can get involved. For more information or questions about any area of ministry, please contact the listed lead, or contact the church office at 248-553-7170.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF
DONATE TO EARTHQUAKE IN TURKEY
Your loving gift will help families in crisis around the world. You can rush aid to neighbors devastated by the earthquake in Turkey.
SERVICE TEAM MEETINGS
LEAD: JESSICA BEAMER | EMAIL
Hope Lutheran Church offers many ways to serve within our community and beyond. Our Service Team facilitates a connection between what it means to serve others and advocate for social justice as an essential part of being a follower of Jesus. The team organizes numerous projects and events throughout the year and supports a wide variety of charitable organizations.
Service Team meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Meetings are usually in person with the ability to attend via Zoom. Upcoming meetings are:
- April 11, 2023
- May 2, 2023
MARCH 25, 2023
The Justice Summit of Southeast Michigan Synod brings together our various task groups and committees that have lifted up "justice" as part of their work. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 25, 2023 at St. John, Farmington Hills to hear more about these important teams of our Synod!
This event will include opportunities for critical thinking regarding immigration, hunger relief, diversity, LGBTQIA+, and racism - all from the ELCA perspective.
This event is free to attend >> REGISTER HERE
MARCH 26 through APRIL 9 | DONATE NOW
Hope Lutheran has an almost 20-year relationship with South Oakland Shelter/Lighthouse's emergency shelter program to assist families in crisis get back on their feet. Where previously we worked with Antioch Lutheran to provide meals, shelter, and activities for a week each March, now each year during Lent we work to provide meals for 100 residents staying in hotels in the Pontiac area as guests of Lighthouse. From March 26 to April 9, donate funds as a Lenten gift to provide meals for the adult and child residents of Lighthouse/South Oakland. Funds can be provided online by selecting SOS Lighthouse in the Stripe app using the above link, via check with a notation for Lighthouse/South Oakland Shelter, or cash in an envelope marked Lighthouse.
For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. Matthew 25:35.
Interested in finding out more? Watch our videos: (1) What is Lighthouse? and (2) Special Collection for Lighthouse.
SYNOD IMMIGRATION & REFUGEE TASK FORCE
LEAD: JESSICA BEAMER | EMAIL
Long-time Hope member, Jessica Beamer, is chairing the SEMI ELCA Synod Immigration and Refugee Task Force. This group, formed by the Synod in 2010, focuses on advocacy and education in the areas of Immigration and Refugees from a lutheran perspective. Upcoming meetings are:
- April 19, 2023: This meeting will be held in our Conference Room from 12:00-1:30pm as well as on Zoom.
Please email Jessica Beamer with questions and/or to be added to the email distribution list.
THROUGH MARCH 2023
Hope's Mitten Tree is planted in the Welcome Center through March 2023. Donations needed include new hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves. This year we will also be collecting underwear and socks which are always needed by our ministry partners. Collected donations will benefit C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills, Neighborhood House, and local programs addressing homelessness.
Hope has set up a Blessing Box, a wooden structure containing non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, and toiletry items near the south facing doors. Donations are always needed.
The Blessing Box will be stocked by the loving support of Hope members and community partners. All are welcome to take what they need and leave what they can. Our current calendar of Blessing Box volunteers include:
March - Nancy Robbert and Pam Hall
April - Cindy Bishop
May - Katherine Matson
June - Gloria Toth
July - Amanda, Arianna, and Liam Huyck
August - Cindy Bishop
September - Beverly Dehne
October - Pat Elliott
November - Available
December - Available
January 2024 - Available
February 2024 - Available
March 2024 - Available
To find out more about being a Blessing Box volunteer, please read this document.
Volunteers (individuals or families) are always needed to "adopt" the Blessing Box for one month. The goal is to ensure the box is tended to and is restocked as needed.
ZAMAN LEAD: JESS DAILY | EMAIL
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00am-1:00pm: Zaman is launching the workforce development portion of industrial sewing and they are looking for volunteers who can help to prepare materials for production. Volunteers will cut patterns out of rolls of fabric (no sewing skills required) ... just accuracy and attention to detail. Sessions are held onsite at Zaman's Hope for Humanity Building, 26091 Trowbridge, Inkster, MI 48141. Volunteers should be fully vaccinated and face masks are required. Email Jess Dailey for more details.
Zaman's Mission Statement: Zaman is committed to facilitating change and advancing the lives of marginalized women and children, by enabling them to meet essential needs common to all humankind.
LEAD: GRACE STANCZAK | EMAIL
Volunteers are needed weekly to have one-on-one conversations with local residents from around the world as they practice English conversation. >> Learn More
Neighborhood House is a Farmington Area non-profit agency providing support. Assistance is provided in the form of a listening ear, limited food, furnishings, clothing and financial aid.
Hope collects non-perishable food items, paper products, cleaning supplies, and toiletries to help stock their pantry. Donations can be dropped off at the main office Monday-Thursday between 11am-2pm or when coming to a Sunday service.
Active Faith provides long term and temporary assistance to those who have fallen on difficult times. They distribute food and clothing as well as provide an information and referral center for food, clothing, and utility assistance. >> Learn More
Each month, specific food items are collected to stock the Active Faith panty. Donations can be dropped off at the main office Monday-Thursday between 11am-2pm or when coming to a Sunday service.
Monthly food collections include:
- March: Crackers (Club, Ritz, Graham, etc.)
- April: Instant Oatmeal
- May: Soup (Canned or Dry)
- June: Spaghetti Sauce
- July: Canned Fruit
- August: Macaroni and Cheese
- September: Rice
- October: Tomato Sauce & Diced Tomatoes
- November: Cereal (Boxed and ready to eat)
- December: Crackers (Club, Ritz, Graham, etc.)
Hope Lutheran Church supports many charities by collecting needed items. These include:
- Bags of Hope & Lighthouse: Mini size toiletries
- Bags of Hope, Blessing Box, & Ministry Partners: Underwear and socks for men and women (all sizes)
- Christian Library International: Devotionals and Bibles
- First Step: Cellphones, chargers, and cases
- Lions Club: New and used eyeglasses, cases, and cleaning cloths
- Ronald McDonald House: Pop can tabs
- Bags of Hope & Lighthouse: Mini size toiletries
NEW AMERICAN FAMILIES PROGRAM
SAMARITAS LEAD: CIERRA JONES | EMAIL
Hope is pleased to be working with Samaritas and co-sponsoring families from their New American Family program. Learn More
At this time, Hope is no longer collecting large items, however, if you wish to donate furniture, bikes, lawnmowers, and vacuums please contact:
Cierra Jones, Lead Volunteer Coordinator
2170 E Big Beaver Rd, Ste. B
Troy, MI 48083
For more information, visit Samaritas' website.