Monthly Project Hope


We are no longer collecting the card fronts off the greeting and Christmas cards. Both St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch and the Latin American Lutheran Mission have discontinued their activities which they had utilized these card fronts.


Join us for fellowship on Tuesdays, March 20th & April 17th at Penn, as we prepare our on-going and special mission projects. We are offering both morning and evening sessions on these dates. The morning session is at 10:00am and the evening is at 6:30pm. These monthly groups provide an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to participate together–side by side. This activity qualifies for school or club related Community Service hours.   It is amazing what all gets accomplished in a short period of time and there is always much laughter!



During the month of March our PROJECT HOPE is NEW coloring books and crayons for younger children and the coloring books for adults and colored pencils for older children/youth. These will be provided to various programs that reach out to children and youth within our communities whose families are struggling with poverty, homelessness, and/or trauma and loss: Wesley Family Services, Welcome Home Shelter, and A Child’s Place.

The month of April’s PROJECT HOPE is Soles for Souls. We will be collecting gently used and new shoes to be distributed through Soles for Souls. All varieties of shoes are needed for men, women and children, including boots, sneakers, heels, sandals…any type of shoes. Invite your friends, coworkers and neighbors to join us in what has become an annual in-gathering. Last year over 1000 pairs of shoes were delivered to Soles for Souls.



 Souper Bowl of Caring 2018. We again designated our in-gathering of soup for St. Barbara’s Food Pantry.   The challenge was to increase our soup donations to 251 (an increase of 28 cans) WE DID IT-337 cans of soup and $10! We have been participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring for 6 years. To date we have donated 1186 cans of soup and $168 to St. Barbara’s Food Pantry through our Souper Bowl of Caring efforts. Please check out the bulletin board or our Thank You notebook for the notes we have received.



We are collecting prom dresses and apparel for girls receiving support through Dept. of Human Services or families receiving Public Assistance. In addition to the dresses there is a need for gently used purses/clutches, wraps and jewelry or new hosiery. These items will be donated to girls for upcoming proms or other formal wear gatherings. Please hang these on the coat racks at either Penn or Zion’s.



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 may now be found at the churches’ mission drop-off sites. Our Featured Projects are making World Vision blankets-knit or crocheted 36-inches x42-inches. With every stitch, together we give hope and warmth to vulnerable children living in poverty or other difficult situations around the globe. For millions of children, a hand-made item isn’t just a blanket. It’s a chance at better health. It’s protection and warmth from freezing temperatures. And it’s a symbol of support for a better future. For our sewers, we did not forget your gifts and talents. We will be making puppets to make for The Agape Puppets a Christian ministry that takes the Good News and love of Jesus Christ to children, youth and adults around the world. They then train and equip teams of nationals to continue to disciple and help them grow in their faith. Last year 80,000 heard the Good News through the Agape Puppets ministry. Our puppets will be distributed to some of the children attending these services. Patterns are available










Stitches of Hope

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.



Team Hope



Team Hope provides an opportunity to go out into our communities and be involved in a service activity together.

We have again been designated as the donation recipient for the Just Between Friends sale at the Monroeville Convention Center. Last Fall we were able to reach out to 34 agencies and the families/individuals they serve through this event, distributing children’s clothes, toys and related items. More details will be coming in the bulletins as to when we need to pick up the items at the Monroeville Convention Center and some extra sorting days.














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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