Team Hope


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

Contact the church or watch for information in the newsletter or bulletins.



















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


We are a collecting 2018 calendars, either full-size or pocket size for area social service agencies to assist families and individuals in tracking appointments and special days.

During the month of January our PROJECT HOPE is Night to Shine. This program provides “an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love for people with special needs ages 14 and older”, who may not have the opportunity to experience a prom. Each individual experiences the excitement of dressing up, food, pictures, dancing, karaoke, being crowned king and queen of the prom, all within a safe environment.   These proms are supported by the Tim Tebow Foundation and are hosted in churches around the world. This is our 4th year to be collecting make-up, nail polish… as each girl receives their own special salon treatment. The boys get their shoes shined. We are collecting brown and black shoe polish and supplies. Our supplies will be delivered to our region’s Night to Shine in McMurray, PA which will be February 8th, 2019. Last year 90,000 guests were crowned kings and queens of the prom at 537 host churches in 6 continents on one night. Final drop off date for these items is Sunday, February 3rd so they can be delivered on Monday, February 4th. If you want additional information about our region’s Night to Shine Prom, please contact Gwen.

Donations must be dropped off / brought in by Sunday, February 3rd.

During the month of February our PROJECT HOPE is Beverly’s Birthdays. This local organization provides birthday parties and supplies for children who are living in shelters or due to their life circumstances may not otherwise be able to enjoy a birthday celebration. We will be collecting NEW UNOPENED party themed paper plates, cups, napkin, plastic ware sets, cake mixes, icing and birthday candles. This organization has done an amazing job providing smiles to children through their very special birthday celebrations.


During 2018 we extended hands of hope through 163 in-gatherings, activities, and on-going donations to 118 organizations!! Of these, 75 organizations are local (Synod-wide). We reached out to 54 organizations that are faith-based (of these 16 are Lutheran-affiliated). Please see the displays in the narthex and congregational report for details. Some highlights include….

¨ We continued to be Drop Off Sites for the Mister Roger’s Sweater Drive, Operation Christmas Child, Project Linus, Project Prom & Project Bundle Up.

¨ Over 1,000 winter coats and MANY accessories have been donated to Project Bundle Up since we started our ingathering 8 years ago.

¨ We added being the drop off location for Operation Gratitude’s left over Halloween Candy for our troops

¨ We thanked our First Responders through our 4th Annual Blessing of the First Responders and their Vehicles on Sept. 16. This was enjoyed by all and the food was YUMMMY!

¨ We delivered a truck load full of shoes to the Ohio drop-off site for Soles for Souls. Thank you Fred for driving and your vehicle!

¨ We were again chosen as the donation designee for Just Between Friends, East. This allowed us to distribute clothes and toys to a number of children and youth through local organizations. Thanks to our drivers that pick up and unload the items, the many wonderful volunteers and Helping Hands who take off the tags, sort and pack the items.


May our hearts and hands continue to be open as God continues to use us as instruments of hope to our neighbors and those around the world during 2019!









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.