Several volunteers are needed every Sunday morning, before, during, and after the Divine Service.
Ushers: Welcome guests as they enter the sanctuary and give them bulletins; collect offering, direct guests toward seats, and usher those gathered for the Divine Service to the Communion Table to receive The Lord's Supper.
Lectors: Our Lutheran Service Book describes the position of lector in this way: "In addition, many congregations select lectors from within the congregation to assist the pastor by reading the Old Testament and Epistle readings. As with all matters pertaining to public worship, good judgment should be exercised in the selection of lectors. Understandably, this selection should be based on their ability to read the Word of God clearly and distinctly in a public setting. Adequate training and coaching of such lectors remains the responsibility of the called pastor, who retains the ultimate responsibility for the proclamation of the Word." [Lectionary, ix]
Acolytes: Youths, 5th grade and up, perform the ceremonial duty of lighting candles in the Divine Service, and extinguishing them at the end of the service.
Audio Visual Managers: A/V volunteers make sure that all who are assembled on Sunday mornings are able to easily follow the liturgy, that is the order and content of the service, which is fully displayed on our two audio-visual screens. The bulletin and hymnal are also available for the same purpose.
Altar Guild: Distributing the Lord's Body and Blood in Holy Communion takes some prep work and clean-up! The altar guild helps the pastor by preparing the bread and wine before services and by reverently cleaning the communion vessels after the service.
Fellowship Hosts: Every Sunday following Sunday School ((10:00 AM), Hope members have a chance to enjoy a snack, a cup of coffee and some fellow- ship with each other, as well as after the Divine Service. If you might be able to provide some snacks, brew some coffee and setup/teardown one or more times during the year, or you are able to assist with providing food or other help for our other fellowship events, send your inquiries or just sign-up in the form at left.
*HEADER PHOTO BY ATALIE BALE PHOTOGRAPHY: HOPE YOUTH WORK-CAMP MISSION TRIP
New baby in the house? Recovering from surgery? Living alone and not able to drive? There are seasons in our life where the gift of some cooked meals, help with household chores or running errands, or having a visitor share some coffee and conversation, not only ease a burden but lift spirits. For more information, to serve, or to let us know how we can help you, please sign-up below.
The last Friday and Saturday of every month, between January and October, the quilters work diligently making quilts for needy children and families around the world. No experience with sewing? Quilt-tying and pinning border-hems are a great entry-level job for adults and older children. For more information, or to volunteer, please sign-up below.
On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, from 12:00-2:00pm, Hope hosts an LSS food pantry on the square in Sunbury. Please contact us if you have need of assistance in obtaining grocery items for yourself or your family. If you are able to serve by setting-up and distributing grocery items, or to clean-up afterwards, please sign-up below.
Twice a year, Hope cleans up a two mile stretch of highway. Volunteers strap on yellow vests, grab a garbage bag and hit the road cleaning up litter and garbage off of Route 3. For more information, please sign-up below
Hope Lutheran has a tradition of providing Christmas gifts for children whose families are struggling financially, in the local community and throughout Ohio. Members choose a dove ornament with the name, age, and gender of a child written on it, from a small Christmas tree. After buying gifts for the child, and wrapping them, members are typically able to assist in delivering them to their destination, and many times are able to have a small celebration with the children and their families as well. Dove tree sponsorship is something we look for to every year at Hope. If you are aware of families who have this type of need at Christmas time, please contact us using the form below.
For many years, Hope has joined other area churches in partnering with Big Walnut Friends Who Share (BWFS). We help them provide food
items, school supplies, hygiene items, etc. at different times throughout the year. To get in touch with our BWFS church liaison, please go to our contact page, or use the form below.
The high school students at Hope have been attending week-long, work camp mission trips in the U.S. for several years. The needs met are mostly painting homes and deck rehabs. We periodically participate in helping members and local friends with similar projects. New in 2017, youth and adults are leading a V.B.S. program in Columbus in the mornings. Workers lodge at a local camp facility in the afternoon and evenings where they can both relax and prepare for the next day's V.B.S. lessons. These, and other servant events are a great opportunity for youth, and adult helpers, to learn to see the human need that surrounds us, and to experience the joy of serving others. For more information, please inquire using the form below.
A group of members at Hope have transformed our backyard into a memorial garden. Trees planted in memory of beloved saints who have gone to be with the Lord, and a mulched path and benches create a peaceful place to walk or sit and pray. The beautiful garden is lovingly maintained weekly, from April to October. Come enjoy the garden, or volunteer to help in its upkeep. For more information, please sign-up
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