"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10
Our mission at Hope is to reach out to the world around us and share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ. Deeply recognizing that an unbeliever's most vital need is to know Jesus Christ, we have a role in sharing the Good News through serving the needs of the hurting and helpless in our world.
If you recall, through our Go(Serve) book mark series we introduced during Advent, we learned about a number of local ministries with whom Lutheran Church of Hope partners closely. Or, perhaps the Lord laid someone specific on your heart, a neighbor, friend, co-worker, who needs your help. As you welcome 2014, please continue to pray for ways you can share God's love - be it through participating in the work of our mission partners or otherwise.
You can visit our go(serve) website for more information. Please let us know how we can help you participate in Missions. And don't miss the go(serve) Fair on Feb. 24 (more information below).
Serving the Homeless and Hungry in Des Moines
The needs of our mission partners to feed the homeless and hungry in our area did not end with the Souper Bowl food drive. There are multiple ways to continue to feed the hungry in our community. Click on the links below to find out how you can serve:
Meals for the Homeless: Hope serves a meal at the Central Iowa Shelter on the 4th of each month.
Outreach Night: volunteer to help serve the meal or assist with the "shopping" at Hope WDM.
JOPPA Outreach: volunteer with our local mission partner to provide food once a week to people living in homeless camps.
Summer Camp Registrations Open
It may be cold right now, but Summer Camp registrations are already open! Three of Hope's mission partners - DELTA, Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp and Okoboji Family Camp - have links to their summer registrations.
Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp
Okoboji Family Camp
Native American Immersion Course Offered
This is a one-week trip participating in intercultural studies at the Rosebud, Lakota/Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. As an immersion experience, participants will learn from various speakers, interact with community members and observe traditional ceremonies. Click here for more information.
Souper Bowl Food Drive
You provided more than 150,000 pounds of food and hygiene items and more than $45,000 through the Souper Bowl Food Drive this past week! Praise God!
And a big thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who helped sort, package and deliver the donations to more than 50 shelters, pantries and agencies. Thousands of people in the Des Moines area will benefit from your generosity!
To view photos from this year's Souper Bowl, "like" Lutheran Church of Hope on facebook and view the album titled, "Souper Bowl 2104."
To read a story of serving at the Souper Bowl Food drive, click here.
2014 Mission Trip Schedule
Click here to see the 2014 trip schedule and prayerfully consider where God may be calling you to be his hands and feet in 2014. PLEASE NOTE: Some trip registrations have already been closed.
Two new trips have been added in 2014:
Mission Haiti - June 10-18
Mission Uganda - Oct. 25-Nov. 8
Click on the links to find out more or to register.
"Serving Others" - A theme for the young and old (at heart)
PowerLife is Lutheran Church of Hope's ministry for grades 6-8 where students have the opportunity to confirm their faith at the end of their 8th grade year. A recent large group topic at PowerLife was "Serving Others" and eight of Hope's PowerLife students shared how serving has made a difference in their life. Click here to see the video.
Click here to see photos from recent outreach events and mission trips.
Service Opportunities Locally and Globally
Hope can bring hope to the world through our selfless acts of kindness and service. Not sure how to get plugged into volunteer opportunities? Click here to find a comprehensive list of Hope's mission partners' current needs and how to contact them. Step out of your comfort zone and you will be blessed by the experience!
Sign up online for Meals for the Homeless!
With the opening of the new, larger Central Iowa Shelter and Services facility downtown, the needs for our monthly shelter meal are increasing! Donation sign ups for the meals Hope serves on the 4th of every month are available here.
Mission trips are now on Facebook!
We are excited to announce all Hope Mission Trips have their own Facebook page! What a great way to communicate as team members, keep up with teams while they are on location and share photos with everyone!
Click on a trip name below to access their Facebook page. Once there, you can choose to become a "Fan" of the page.
Mission Appalachia (ASP)
Mission Custer State Park
Mission Robin's Nest
Mission South Africa
Monthly missions e-newsletter
With so many global mission trips and an abundance of ways to serve locally, we felt it would help you to have all of those opportunities in one place! Each month the e-newsletter will highlight local service opportunities, local mission partner needs, mission trip dates and trip meeting schedules.
To get your name and e-mail on this e-newsletter distribution list, click here.
To access the e-newsletters, click here.