Team Hope


On Thursday, August 8th we are looking for volunteers to travel to Otterbein United Methodist Church, Greensburg to assist with serving meals at Feeding the Spirit. We will leave Zion’s parking lot at 3:30 PM.   This ministry provides meals each Thursday for those individuals/families who are trying to make ends meet. It’s a time of food and fellowship. In 2018 they served 4,218 meals to our neighbors in the Greensburg community. Sign-up sheets are in the narthex. Please contact Gwen with any questions.

















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 July our PROJECT HOPE is paper products for Blackburn Center and Feeding the Spirit. The Blackburn Center is our area’s women’s shelter for those who are experiencing domestic abuse. The Blackburn Center provides temporary housing for the women and their children, as well as counseling and other supportive services. Feeding the Spirit is a ministry out of Otterbein United Methodist Church that provides a meal on Thursday evening, fellowship, and referral services to families and individuals within the Greensburg area. Last year over 4,000 meals were served. We are collecting napkins, paper towels, toilet paper and tissues.


For the month of AUGUST our PROJECT HOPE is school supplies for “Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness,” which serves children in Westmoreland County and neighboring counties. We are collecting new school supplies, i.e. pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, back packs, paper and tablets. As before, we are partnering with the Jeannette School District in providing school uniforms for children and youth experiencing homelessness or need. We are looking for the following: BOYS: Tops: Blue (powder, navy and royal BLUE) Red (true Red) or White solid collared shirts (polos, dress shirts or turtle necks-OK)-long or short sleeves. Solid sweater (in above colors) over appropriate collared shirt are OK. No manufacturer logos.   Dress Pants & Shorts: Khaki, Navy Blue or Black dress pants or shorts. Socks: Blue, Black, Brown, Red or White. Belts (optional): Brown or Black.

GIRLS: Tops: Blue (powder, navy and royal BLUE), Red (true Red) or White solid collared shirts (polos, dress shirts or turtle necks-OK)-long or short sleeves. Solid sweater (in above colors) over appropriate collared shirt are OK. No manufacturer logos. Dress Pants, Shorts, Capris, Skorts or Jumpers: Khaki, Navy blue or Black. Socks: Blue, Black, Brown, Red or White, including tights and natural colored pantyhose. Belts (optional): Brown or Black.

All items should be received by Sunday, August 19th.



We didn’t want the men to feel left out in our various in gatherings. So, we are partnering with The Men’s Wearhouse in their 12th Annual Clothing Drive. We will be collecting gently used professional attire—suits or suit coat, slacks, button-down shirts and ties. These clothing donations will be given to men in job training programs or in need of interview and business clothing to re-enter or start the workforce. Men’s Wearhouse distributed 378,000 items of clothes last year.   Whether it’s a pair of pants that is too short or a suit that no longer fits, now is the time to take it out of your closet. The clothing needs to be dropped off by Sunday, July 28th at any of our congregations.



Join us for a time of fellowship at Helping Hands Tuesdays, July 16 and August 20 at 10 AM and 6:30 PM at Penn Lutheran Church as we prepare our on-going and special mission projects. These monthly events are open to all ages and provide an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to participate together. Please contact Gwen with any questions or suggestions for upcoming activities.








Stitches of Hope


This congregation is blessed with many talented folks. Stitches of Hope is our ministry that includes sewing, knitting or crochet projects. Patterns and details regarding material/yarn/thread requirements for projects may be found at the churches’ mission drop-off sites. These two months we are focusing on knitting and crocheting projects. Sewers if you are looking for a project, contact Gwen, as we don’t want you to feel left out.

July Project is #HATNOTHATE, a campaign to bring awareness to National Bullying Prevention Month, which is October. We are partnering with Warm Up America to make blue hats. These can be knitted or crocheted, any style or size (child through adult) and any shade of blue. Hats are needed by Sunday, July 28th. These will be distributed to schools throughout the United States.

August Project is the Red Scarf Project for Foster Care to Success. This program provides care packages and support for those youth who have aged out of foster care/group home and moved on to college. These youths do not typically have the support of calling home to mom and dad. One of the ways Foster Care to Success supports them is through care packages. These scarves should be red, or any shade of this color from burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors or multicolor hues including red. The size should be approximately 60-inches long and 5-8 inches wide. Fringes are optional. Scarves are needed by Sunday, September 8. This will ensure they are included in the Valentine’s care package.



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.