God's Work. Our Hands.
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday was instituted in 2013 as an opportunity to celebrate our 25thanniversary as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. We work every day to love our neighbors and make our community a better place. Now, we do it together as 4 million members, in nearly 10,000 congregations across America. This is the idea: ELCA members are called to put their faith into action by engaging in service activity in their neighborhoods and communities.
At Hope Lutheran Church, we are always looking for ways to do God's work in service to our community, both locally and globally. On this page, you will see recent ways in which we have practiced "God's Work. Our Hands."
On Saturday July 14, 2018, several members of Hope volunteered to help our neighbors through working with The Fuller Center for Housing - Hero Project of Lake County. The Hero Project, located in Waukegan, focuses on helping families get back on their feet by providing affordable housing, employment, and teaching a healthy lifestyle regimen. The project on that day was rehabbing a home. It was a hot day and they worked hard, but all reported having fun!
Once again our congregation participated in Operation Christmas this year. 222 gifts were provided to 25 children from 8 families. We have shown the spirit of Christmas and the love of Jesus to these children we do not know.
On Sunday, June 25, Hope Lutheran Church was the rest-stop and turnaround point for the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council's annual iWalk for Hunger. About 150 people participated, raising $6000 to support local food pantries. Look at all the fun and fellowship that was shared:
On Friday April 28 members of Hope joined with our friends from Good Shepherd Church to stock the shelves at the Wheeling Food Pantry.
On Friday, December 10, our members wrapped and packed Christmas gifts for 30 children and delivered them for distribution through the Operation Christmas organization.
Our congregation has a tradition of providing Thanksgiving meal baskets to families in need in our area. This year, we assembled 36 baskets full of food and provided a hearty Thanksgiving meal to 36 families!
On Sunday, September 11, 2016, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) gathered together for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday.
On this dedicated day of service throughout the ELCA, members of HOPE Lutheran Church collected back packs and school supplies for two agencies that serve the homeless, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) and Pacific Garden Mission, both located in underprivileged areas of Chicago. People often think of homeless shelters as housing men, but they sometimes forget that there are women and children in those shelters as well.