Monthly Project Hope



Join us for fellowship as we prepare our on-going and special mission projects on Tuesday, January 21st   at 10 AM.  On February 18th we will resume both 10 AM & 6:30 PM sessions.  This monthly activity offers an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to participate together–side by side. If you can glue, cut, tie a knot or count, we are sure to have something for you to do.   These are held at Penn.  You may also bring your own projects (i.e. those who have knitting/crocheting projects) and enjoy the fellowship. It is amazing what all gets accomplished in a short period of time.  Please contact Gwen with any questions or suggestions for project ideas.



We are collecting 2020 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 anticipates providing “an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love for over 100,000 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 655 churches in the US and 24 countries 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 at The Bible Chapel in McMurray, PA.


During the month of February our PROJECT HOPE is the Food Pantry at Holy Trinity, Irwin.  Due to some changes at St. Barbara’s Food Pantry we will be sending food donations to Holy Trinity.  We will continue to send financial donations to the St. Barbara’s Food Pantry.  Non-perishable food, such as cereal, canned vegetables, soup, healthy snacks (e.g. Granola bars), and tuna, pasta & rice mixes are greatly appreciated.  During the month of February, we are lifting up this need within our community.  This is typically one of the lowest months for Food Banks and Pantries to receive donations.  The need for our neighbors is not any less during this time.



During 2019 we extended hands of hope through 157 in-gatherings, activities, and on-going donations to 118 organizations!!  Of these organizations 75 are within the boundaries of our Synod (45 located in Westmoreland County). We reached out to 40 organizations that are faith-based (9 of these 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 a number of local and national organizations

*We hosted the Amani Children’s Choir from Uganda

*We thanked our First Responders through our 5th Annual Blessing of the First Responders and their Vehicles at the Zion’s location in Harrison City.  This was enjoyed by all and the food was YUMMMY!

May our hearts and hands continue to be open to God’s leading us as instruments of hope to our neighbors and those around the world during 2020!






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.


Our congregations are blessed with many talented folks. Stitches of Hope is our ministry that includes sewing, knitting or crochet projects – some former Project Hope in-gatherings and new.  Patterns and details regarding material/yarn/thread requirements are available. Our featured sewing project for January/February is eyeglasses cases for MOST Ministries. We work with this organization, making witness bracelets for their trips as they share the good news of Christ.  There is a current need for eye glasses cases for upcoming medical trips.  With each pair of eyeglasses distributed, they would like also to provide an eye glass case.  Patterns are available in each congregation’s narthex.

Any questions or suggestions for a Stitches of Hope project or agency we can support through homemade gifts of hope, please contact Gwen.




Team Hope


Team Hope provides opportunities to serve within our communities:


Feeding the Spirit-We will be going back on Thursday, February 13th and are looking for volunteers.  We will travel to Otterbein United Methodist Church, Greensburg to assist with serving meals. For those wishing to carpool, we will be leaving Zion’s parking lot at 4 PM.  If you plan to go directly to Otterbein, meet us in the Otterbein parking lot at 4:30 PM.  This ministry provides meals each Thursday for individuals and families trying to make ends meet within our communities.  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. Assisting with Feeding the Spirit is now a regularly scheduled Team Hope activity on the second Thursday of every other month.  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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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.