One of the unique features of our congregation is that Hope is very much community-focused. From its beginnings in 1996 as a mission church in Wake Forest, the people of Hope Lutheran Church have always been actively involved in the surrounding community. A strong community focus is still a hallmark of the church today. We have twenty-one different based ministries going on in our congregation that specifically focus on the community, and several other ministries (Vacation Bible School, Stephen Ministry, American Heritage Girls, small groups, etc.) are involved in the community, as well. In short, a huge number of our church members are joyfully involved in community service and outreach!
Why? Serving our neighbors in need is fulfilling, rewarding, and a source of gratification. It feels good to be a blessing to others. But there’s more. Jesus tells us, clearly, to do this kind of work. The Gospels make it evident just how important it is for us, as Jesus-followers, to put the needs of others before our own. Just as he befriended and served the lowly and downtrodden people of his community, the Lord calls us to follow in his footsteps. If you have not read the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) recently, please take some time to do so today. Focus, especially, on Christ’s words in verse 37: “You go, and do likewise.” That’s not exactly a suggestion, is it? More of an imperative!
Check out our website, this newsletter, or the weekly worship bulletin for ways to get involved in Hope’s twenty-tone community-based ministries throughout the year. Sign up to participate, or cheerfully support these ministries by making donations or praying regularly for the people these ministries are touching. And if you have an idea for number twenty-two, let’s hear it!
God bless you as you bless others in our community!
Pastor Wayne Puls
Hope's 21 Community-Focused Ministries
Touched By Hope
Habitat for Humanity (Wake Forest)
Night to Shine
Joy Small Group
Guatemala Mission Trip
Habitat for Humanity (Mitchell/Yancey)
7-8 Grade Youth Mission Trip
HS Youth Servant Event
Hurricane Matthew NC Relief