We will now have our Outreach meetings IN PERSON at Hope on the 2nd Thursday of every other month (November, January and so on). It will be held 6:30-7:30pm. Please have all reports, questions or suggestions to Tori Cooper by the 1st Thursday of the month. Our next meeting will be November 9.
The LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces supports all LCMS chaplains who serve The month of November is focused on The Gifts from the Heart Christmas Shop. GFTH Christmas Shop’s mission is to provide a rewarding, affordable, dignity-affirming Christmas shopping experience. Parents of low income families are able to purchase gifts for children at affordable prices, thereby given a “hand up” and not a “hand out.” In 2021 parents from over 208 families purchased gifts for their children, and 589 children received three gifts each. The median age was 10 years old. In 2023 this number has significantly increased. Eight local non-profits will be supported this year, including three which Hope regularly supports: Family Promise, New Life Mission, and Neighbor Up Brevard (DOCK). Our Ministry of the Month donation will support each of these with $200 to use for Christmas Shop gifts. For more information check the website at www.giftsfromtheheartshop.org
The Family Promise golf scramble fundraising event is on Nov. 4 at Indian River Colony Club. Hope is a bronze sponsor, and we are sending best wishes with our Hope team of Jim Gillard, Scott Cooper, Bill Gohier, and Pastor James. Everyone is able to be a part of the fundraising by supporting the helicopter golf ball drop on Nov. 4: one golf ball may be purchased for the drop for $50 and three balls for $100 to win $5000 for the ball closest to the pin. Check out familypromiseofbrevard.org/get involved for more information.
Our Food on the First collection for November will be this Sunday, November 5th. Genesis Food Pantry can always use cereal, Hamburger Helper, soup and Chef Boyardee, soups, rice, and elbow macaroni, but all unexpired food donations are appreciated. Your cash donations are also very helpful in supplying the pantry with needed items; please place these envelopes in the collection plate in the sanctuary. Plastic bags and dozen egg cartons are always put to good use. Please be sure to sign the Thrivent sheet by the food pantry donation corner if you donate food, cash, plastic bags, and/or egg cartons. It is all part of our assistance to the pantry and is helpful for Thrivent reporting. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please get in touch with Nancy Sutter at 321-537-2717. Thanks for being Hope in the community to our neighbors in need!
Coming in mid-November will be our Friends of the Children of Brevard Guardian ad Litem angel tree. There will be gift requests from children who through no fault of their own have been separated from their parents. More information will follow after we get the tree and requests set up, probably the week of Nov. 12.
This is the time of year for the sweaters and hats from the sweater ministry to be shipped to the recipients in northern Minnesota. Before they are shipped, there will be a display of the lovely creations in the Narthex on September. Linda Miller asks that you have sweaters you have made to the church by November 18, so they can be displayed on Sunday the 19th. If you are a knitter or crocheter and would be interested in being a part of this group, please see Linda Miller.
In the month of November, we will be purchasing more underwear with Outreach funds. A Thrivent Card will be used to purchase men’s shorts. Hope members can donate readers and sunglasses. As always thank you for supporting this community ministry. If you purchase donations, please be sure to sign your name on the November Thrivent paper located on the wicker Hope for Homeless Box.
We will be putting our Baker’s Blessings on hold for November and pick back up in December with our cookie exchange program.
Hope’s pink beading ministry for breast cancer patients will be coming to an end this month. We thank Janet Duddy for leading and coordinating this heartfelt ministry the last three or so years and touching the lives of dozens of cancer patients. We wish Janet God’s continued blessings as she moves to Tennessee.
It is a great time to fill out a Hope Cares gold-colored half sheet, even if you have filled one out before. Hope Cares is a program that matches needs with resources. Hope Cares provides choices of ways that you can bless others, just fill out a gold sheets with your preferences of ways to help. As the requests for transportation, meals delivered to a home, sending greeting cards, or many other needs that are requested, volunteers will be contacted to help someone in need. Thank you for being a person of Hope in our community. Deaconess Lois Diebel, Hope Cares Facilitator.
- Operation Christmas Child
- Gifts from the Heart
- Guardian ad Litem Angel Tree
- Children's Hunger Project
- New Life Mission
- CITA Mission
- The Haven for Children
- Trinity Lutheran School
- Sherwood Elementary School
- Daily Bread, The Sharing Center, Genesis Food Pantry
- Family Promise of Brevard
- Habitat for Humanity
- LCMS and LWML
- Seven AA Groups
In 2022 Hope’s total outreach expenditures from Hope funds came to $33,987. This includes $27,054 for “external missions,” that is for organizations and agencies which exist outside our building. For “internal missions,” those outreach ministries that are generated within Hope, a total of $5357 was spent. A total of $576 was spent for advertising. In addition, $13,500 in Thrivent Action Team funds supported many Hope activities in 2022. Our monthly Food on the First collections for 2022 totaled well over 1400 food items and nearly $600 in monetary donations. Hope’s contribution for LWML mites totaled almost $600. Thank you, Hope! Praise be to God for the generosity of our Hope members and for the opportunities we have to be Hope in our community!