The Hopewell UMC members and friends will be trading hymn books for work gloves on Sunday, Nov. 3, as we join the Hopewell Council of Churches in a “Sunday of Service.”
Please note that the Hopewell United Methodist Church WILL NOT have a worship service at 10 a.m., Nov. 3 as we participate in the Sunday of Service.
The event is intended as a symbolic demonstration of a shared vision of ministry throughout the year to those in need in the Hopewell community and beyond. It is also an open invitation to all Hopewell residents to join with neighbors to reach out to the less fortunate.
“Sunday of Service is a great opportunity for churches and the community to come together and display the love of God in action,” says Rev. Laura Steele, pastor of Hopewell United Methodist Church. “Not only does it give the community a chance to interact with people of faith in service to the world, it also gives people of faith a good reminder that their mission field extends outside the walls of their churches. It’s so exciting to see people working together on a Sunday morning with one, unique goal – to serve God’s children with love.”
“Sunday of Service” begins with a kick-off gathering at Calvary Baptist Church, 3 East Broad Street, next to the Boro Bean coffee shop. Following the short commissioning service, volunteers will leave for their respective service projects,
The day of service will conclude with a dinner and community celebration hosted by Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 W Broad Street.
Five churches in Hopewell Borough are partnering for this event – Hopewell United Methodist Church, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Second Calvary Baptist Church and St. Alphonse Roman Catholic Church.
Everyone can participate! All area residents – of any church affiliation or none – are invited to participate in the Sunday of Service by volunteering a few hours to help ease the burdens of their neighbors near and far.
For more information on any of these projects, or how to volunteer, contact Lucy Ducko at 609-466-0758. Or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule for Sunday of Service
Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum:
painting & scraping
Collect food for Fisherman’s Mark Food Pantry
Location: Collection throughout Hopewell Borough, Sorting & Packing at Hopewell Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
The Linus Project:
No-sew fleece blankets for child cancer patients
Location: Hopewell Borough Hall
Visit nursing home residents
Team Luka 5K Run/Walk:
Location: Mercer County Park, East Picnic area, 9:30 AM START
Upcycling Grocery Bags:
Location: Hopewell Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Sort and fill care packages for those experiencing homelessness
Location: Hopewell Theater
Planting seedlings and spreading wood chips
Location: Hopewell Borough Park
I Support the Girls:
Packing feminine hygiene products for some manna bags
Location: Hopewell Museum
Worship at Hopewell Presbyterian Church
Also, we are collecting donations for Mana Bags leading up to Sunday of Service. These are supply bags that will be given to people in and beyond our community that are experiencing homelessness.
Here is a list of things we need:
• Mylar Blanket
• Pair of Warm Socks
• Pair of Gloves or Hand Warmers
• Hygiene Wipes
• Hand Sanitizer
• Lip Balm
• No Water Shampoo
• Compact Toothbrush and Toothpaste
• Travel Size First Aid Kit
• Foil Tuna or Chicken Pouches
• Peanut Butter or Cheese Crackers
• Granola or Cereal Bars
• Bottles of Water
Donations can be dropped off at any Hopewell Church, or the Boro Bean starting Monday 10/14.