Community Outreach


Community Outreach

The people of Hope Lutheran Church are committed to making a positive, joyful, caring impact on the community around us.

As Jesus Christ has blessed our lives in countless ways, we seek to be a blessing to others, in turn. Hope's mission statement states it this way: "The people of Hope Lutheran Church proclaim and live the Word and love of Christ."  As a church, we are outward-focused in many ways. We believe that Christ's word and love has made a profound impact on our lives, and we are excited to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community. You are welcome to join in any of the following sixteen outreach and service opportunities

this month's Outreach opportunities

To learn about current opportunities, read Hope's monthly newsletter.

  • Disaster Response (dates: 5/6, 5/18, 6/3, 6/15) Email Pastor Puls (non-Hope members, register here)
  • Habitat For Humanity (dates: 5/11, 6/10) Email Pastor Puls
  • Brown Bag Ministry (May 20 at 11:00AM)
  • Touched By Hope Planning Session (May 23 at 6:30pm) 
  • Tri-Area Donations (continual donations needed of canned/non-perishable food items)
  • Recycling @ Hope (Bring your aluminum cans, foil, brass, and copper the last weekend each month)
List of Community Impact Ministries


As part of Hope Lutheran’s commitment to serving the Wake Forest community, Hope has adopted Forestville Road, between Rogers Road and Burlington Mills Road. Four times per year a clean-up day is organized, and volunteers spend time picking up trash that has accumulated on the sides of Forestville Road.  Watch the bulletins and newsletters for Adopt-A-Highway clean-up events, or contact Jeff Vukovich for more information.

Angel Tree 

Every December, Hope Lutheran Church adopts 10-15 families in need in the Wake Forest area. Gift and food donations are delivered to these families the week before Christmas. Early in the month, a Christmas tree is set up in the church Narthex, and paper angels, with individual family needs written on them, adorn the tree. All are welcome to help share the love of Christ in the season of giving! Get Involved Today!

Blood Drive 

Blood donors are always in need here in Wake County, North Carolina. Many of our church members make regular donations at their school and workplaces, and gladly share the “gift of life.” We sponsor two Blood Drives annually at Hope, as well, and welcome blood donations from the community. 

Brown Bag Ministry 

Hope’s Brown Bag Ministry distributes 225 lunches to three communities in the downtown Wake Forest area two Saturdays a month. Volunteers gather to assemble and distribute nutritious lunches from donated and purchased food. A Bible verse is included for spiritual nourishment. Want to get involved? Visitors are always welcomed to volunteer with Brown Bag Ministry. The first Saturday of each month is reserved for groups of 8-12 people who wish to serve together, such as Girl/Boy Scouts, Youth Groups, or Small Groups. The third Saturday of each month is open to any individuals or families who wish to be part of this ministry. For further information, please contact Nancy Repak at 919-279-3801, or Debbie Irgens at 919- 373-9181. A special thank you to Texas Roadhouse for supplying all of the yummy rolls!!


Area churches, including Hope Lutheran, have banded together to create an organization that provides financial assistance with utility bills to those in need in the Wake Forest, Youngsville, and Rolesville areas. For more information on contributing to this worthwhile effort, visit or on Facebook.


Gleaning is the act of collecting crops from farmers' fields after they have been harvested then donating to people who cannot afford fresh fruit and vegetables. This ministry is open to new volunteers, no experience is needed!!  To be notified when a gleaning opportunity becomes available, contact Susan Hooper at 919-426-6147. 

Habitat for Humanity 

Hope Lutheran Church is an active partner with Wake County's Habitat for Humanity organization. Our volunteers participate in new construction, de-construction, and “A Brush With Kindness” events throughout the year.  A link to Habitat Wake County is  Watch for current projects in the newsletter, weekly service bulletin, and website. 


This ministry offers free clothing and housewares four times a year, with all items donated by the people of Hope. Items go directly to people who need them most in Wake Forest and surrounding communities. Any remaining clothing is then donated to different organizations around the Wake Forest area that are also in need. If you would like to participate in this wonderful ministry at Hope, please email Shannon Janosko, or watch the newsletter for the next HopeChest event.

Hope Friends 

Volunteers who love to spend time talking, listening, and providing friendship will enjoy this ministry. Our Hope Friends volunteers make visits to people in area nursing homes who are unable to come to church. Contact Lois Nielsen for more information about helping out.

Live Nativity 

This inspiring outdoor production will take you back in time to experience the first Christmas. A long-standing tradition at Hope, the Live Nativity features live animals (and live people, too), professionally-crafted scenery, and seasonal music to provide a memorable encounter with the Babe of Bethlehem. Come and be part of the Christmas story!  Admission is free and snacks are served. 

Recycling Paper & Aluminum 

Members of our congregation are concerned with caring for the environment, and we try to do our part to take care of God’s beautiful creation. Here at Hope, we recycle our paper and weekend bulletins. Also, aluminum is collected before and after services the last weekend of the month. Profits from the aluminum is then donated to the Brown Bag Ministry. 

Re-gifting With Love 

Donated gift items will be given to low-income students at Heritage Middle School who want to give their parents/loved ones Christmas gifts. Maybe you have an item or two, gathering dust in your attic, which you received last year at Christmas. Here’s your chance to re-gift those items, and put them to good use! The Service/Outreach Team will collect donated items in November of each year. 

School Supplies 

Want to make an investment in the future of our community in Wake Forest? In an effort to help out families who are struggling to make ends meet, each summer our congregation gathers school supplies to help Heritage Middle School & Rolesville Middle School students prepare for the new school year. Items needed: single-subject spiral notebooks, composition books (single & 3 subject), 3 ring binders (2 in), college-lined paper, note cards, index dividers, highlighters, pens/pencils, pocket folders, and cinch sacks (for backpack buddies). Please drop off your donated items in the collection bin in the cafe. 

Touched By Hope 

The New Testament Gospels are filled with stories of Jesus bringing God’s healing touch to people in need. Here at Hope, Touched By Hope is a free medical clinic held annually in the fall.  The primary purpose of this ministry is to meet human needs in Christ’s name. This is done by providing a wide range of services which strive to meet the medical, physical, and spiritual needs of the guests. Services range from medical, dental, and optical care to haircuts and free clothing. All services are provided free of charge.  Volunteers are gathered from Hope Lutheran Church and the community to provide services for our guests. Last year’s event helped over 320 guests, and involved over 200 volunteers and professionals. Our next Touched By Hope event will take place November 4, 2017.

Tri-Area Ministry 

This wonderful organization serves families that live in Wake County and Youngsville. The ministry allows registered families to come in once a month to pick up a bag stuffed with groceries for no charge. Nearly 200 families go to the ministry each week.  Hope's “Feeding the Faith” Small Group is managing this ministry as part of their service project. A collection bin is available in the Cafe' area at Hope, and you are welcome to donate at any time to this blessed ministry.