Team Hope


Team Hope are opportunities to serve within our communities. The events noted below are open to children, youth and adults.

Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off Week – November 12-19. Volunteers needed for shifts to receive donated shoebox gifts. Children may participate in this activity. Please see specific newsletter article for additional details.


This year we have designated Saturday, November 10th as Marathon Action Team Shopping Day! Please note that you DO NOT need to be a Thrivent member to come and shop.  Each Thrivent member receives 2 grants ($250 each) a year and Associate members receive 1 grant ($250). Can’t make it that day?  Not a problem, you can still pick a project and we’ll pull a team together to shop with you.  Team size is at least 3 people.  So, it is pretty easy. If you are a Thrivent member, and need some ideas, Gwen has 100’s of projects-local, national and global.  The Grant Application is on-line and you will need your member number in order to apply.  We will meet at the Wal-Mart in Greensburg on Saturday, November 10th at 10 AM.

Team Hope are opportunities to serve within our communities. The 3 events noted below are open to children, youth and adults.


















Alternative Gift Ideas


TRYING TO FIND SOMETHING FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING?…WANT TO GIVE A GIFT THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE?…HAS GIFT-GIVING LOST ITS MEANING? If you answered yes to any of these then Alternative Gifts is the answer you are looking for. Through alternative gifts you are able to empower a family, a community, or one individual by giving a monetary donation in honor of or in memory of someone.  You choose what the donation is used towards- maybe you will by a pig for a family in a developing country, immunizations to prevent diseases, Bibles, provide education, or shelter. Gift suggestions begin at $4.00.  Alternative gifts are not just for holiday giving but may be given for birthdays, anniversaries, as memorials, or just because you want to make a difference.  Below is a listing of several organizations who offer alternative gifts.  Paper versions of some of their gift catalogs are available in the church narthex.

Church World Service Best Gift

Compassion International

ELCA Good Gifts

Heifer International

Lutheran World Relief Gift

Samaritan’s Purse

World Vision Gift


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Monthly Project Hope


During the month of NOVEMBER our PROJECT HOPE is Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau. We will be collecting toys, books, underwear, socks, games, etc…for the children and youth in our communities who are receiving services through WCCB. Our donations will place gifts under their Christmas Trees. Please drop your items off at the Christmas Boxes located at both churches by Sunday, December 2nd.

During the month of DECEMBER we will have no special emphasis.




We are participating in the Mr. Roger’s Sweater Drive. Since 2001 when the sweater drive started through the Children’s Museum, 35,500 sweaters have been collected and distributed to families in need across southwestern PA. Sweaters must be clean and in good condition (no tears, missing buttons…). Both adult and children size sweaters will be accepted through Sunday, November 25.



We will be collecting winter coats and accessories (scarves, hats, mittens & gloves) for the Salvation Army’s Project Bundle Up. New and Gently used (clean with no tears, broken zippers, etc…) may be dropped off at the church no later than Sunday, November 18.   Please see Gwen or contact her with any questions at








Stitches of Hope



We are again participating in Tiny Hats for Tiny Babies. We have a quick turnaround time for the hats, November 11. Each year across the world, 1 million preterm babies die within their first 28 days. Unable to regulate their temperatures, these babies are vulnerable to hypothermia and ultimately death. Tiny hats are simple solutions to this problem and have been proven to save babies lives. These hats will be delivered to babies in some of the most vulnerable parts of Africa with the highest pre-term mortality rates-Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Patterns are available, but any baby hat with a circumference of 8 ½-11 inches is fine.


Stitches of Hope is our ministry that includes sewing, knitting or crochet projects. We are making pediatric hospital face masks for the West Penn Pediatric Burn Unit. Patterns and some fabric are available.  Any cotton fabric prints are ok to use.  Stitches of Hope is an on-going ministry.  These were made last year and gratefully received.  Additional patterns for other project ideas may be found in the Stitches of Hope Binder at Zion’s.  If you have a suggestion for a project, please let Gwen know.


Additional Stitches of Hope Projects

Baby Quilts/Blankets – These may be crocheted, knitted or sewed. Items to be donated to Women’s Choice Network, a local crisis pregnancy center. Any pattern/design is appreciated.  Knotted Blankets are also made which are provided to refugees arriving in the Pittsburgh area and/or other programs as requested.

Balaclavas (ski masks) – These may be knitted, crocheted or sewed. Balaclavas will be sent to Lutheran Advocacy for Maritime Ministries or Citizen SAM (our military if made with wool yarn).

Baby Diaper Bags – Sew these diaper bags for Global Links, a medical relief and development organization dedicating to improving health conditions and environmental stewardship in developing countries. These diaper bags are presently being sent to Haiti.

Chemotherapy Hats/Scarves – These hats and scarves may be knitted, crochetted or sewn.  Any pattern/design is appreciated.  Store-purchased scraves are also OK.

Friendship Bracelets – A variety of patterns are available and again if you have a pattern you already use, that is fine.  These bracelets are distributed with some of our in-gatherings as a tangible reminder to let individuals know we are praying and thinking of them.

Leprosy Bandages – These bandages are knitted or crocheted and distributed to refugees within Vietnam through The D.O.V.E. Fund.

“Pillowcase Dresses”/T-Shirt Dresses – These dresses are provided to Little Dresses for Africa and other programs.  Patterns are provided or use a simple sundress pattern.  All children sizes OK.    Also shorts made out of T-shirts or a simple short pattern are distributed to Little Britches for Boys.

Winter accessories – These are provided to a variety of programs within the area and throughout the states.  Any pattern and sizes are OK as they are provided for children through adults.

Prayer Ministry


We remember those serving our country through Yellow Prayer Ribbons both here at home and abroad.  Congregation members are invited on Sundays to pick up a Prayer Ribbon in the narthex and during the service lift up prayers for the individual listed on the ribbon.  After the service return the ribbon back to the basket in the narthex.  To update our ribbons or add a name, please complete the from in the prayer basket located in both congregations and place it in the offering plate or give to Gwen.  These ribbons will be given to the service personnel upon completion of duty.