Outreach & Mission Work


The Foundation

by Ron DeLucia

Hopewell volunteers at The Foundation in Lancaster, Ohio. Starting in January of each calendar month, Hopewell provides 6-8 volunteers to serve dinner to folks in need at The Foundation in Lancaster. We go 6 times a year, the second Wednesday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November), from approximately 3:30pm- 5:30pm. Volunteers plate food and place in a warmer, plus any food preparation not already done, for example cutting fruit, pouring drinks, wrapping silverware. Folks are welcomed in seating areas around 4pm with dinner served at 4:30pm. Immediately prior to dinner, Hopewell provides a short devotional message and then a prayer before serving meals, which includes a drink, silverware, a plate of food and any extras (i.e. pizza, fruit or salad bowls, whatever has been donated by local groups). After dinner, volunteers take used items to the kitchen for cleaning and then put them away; tables and chairs are then wiped down and floors are swept and mopped to make the room presentable for the next day's lunch group. See the schedule on the Foundation's web site.

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The Foundation

Mission Year Round

by Ron DeLucia

Each month from February through October, the Hopewell MYR committee designates a group, charity or organization that we collect donations for that are non-monetary; the committe entertains suggestions from the congregation on groups to assist. Several examples of this would be seed packets for the Jackson Area Seed Ministry; underwear, hats and mittens for Red Bird Missions; school supplies for needy children. Approximately half of our months are used to collect items for food pantries ranging from peanut butter to bathroom tissue; Hopewell donates to 3 food pantries as we draw from 3 areas: Canal Winchester, Groveport and Ashville. Usually a particular item is selected for one month, i.e. peanut butter and jelly for one month, maybe bathroom tissue for a different month. Items are usually selected that will be fairly inexpensive and not infringe upon folks' budgets, allowing wide participation. At the end of each month, items are gathered, inventoried and then delivered to the designated group or organization.

Food Pantries

The Hopewell congregation donates food and paper products as part of the Mission Year Round Program. Some examples of items collected are peanut butter and jelly and canned fruit. The donations are divided between three food pantries: Ashville Food Pantry which is located in the First English Lutheran church at 94 Long Street, Groveport Food Pantry which is located at 4575 Madison Lane, and Canal Winchester Community Food Pantry which is located at 360 Waterloo Street at the Weiser Development Building.

The Hopewell congregation brings decorated paper sacks of food and paper products to the Thanksgiving Dinner held at the church to be distributed at the three food pantries. The children enjoy decorating the sacks.

Elder Vacation Bible School

We visit local nursing homes and present a Vacation Bible School to the residents.

Athens Good Works

Hopewell Church has given a monthly monetary donation to support Athens Good Works since 1998. The money is used wherever it is needed. On weekends the shelter is run by volunteers and one paid staff member who comes in at 5:00 p.m. and stays the night to monitor the people who are there. The volunteers answer phones, do phone interviews for people seeking shelter, accept donations, write thank-you notes, dispense medicine and interact with the residents. The residents have to leave by 12:00 noon and they can return at 5:00. Volunteers close up the house and leave at noon. John and Mary Jane Metcalf have been Hopewell Church Volunteers on Saturday mornings for eighteen years.

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Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio will pick up gently-used furniture, electric appliances and some household items (mattresses, box springs, dressers, sofas, loveseats, stuffed chairs, kitchen tables, kitchen chairs, washer, electric dryers, refrigerators, electric stoves, lamps, night stands, bookcases, TV's, TV stands, dishware, flatware, pots & pans, etc). All items must be gently used and ready to use; they do not take any items that need to be repaired, have rips, tears or stains; no items with pet hair or bugs. All items must be disassembled and clean.

They will pick up items free within a 16-mile radius (which includes all of Franklin County and portions of the surrounding counties including Fairfield and Pickaway counties. Call 614-272-9544. People who are in need can come in and pick 13-15 pieces of furniture including mattresses, kitchen tables sofas and more. To supplement furniture donations Furniture Bank volunteers build kitchen tables, coffee tables, end tables, dressers and bed frames. Over 80 families are served each week. A couple started this as their mission.

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Kairos Torch

Tom Lynch is a member of the Kairos Torch Team that ministers to the boys at the Circleville Juvenile Corrections Facility. The congregation is asked to pray for the boys, the team, and also the staff. We ask for God's presence and guidance with this ministry. Hopewell's congregation donates homemade cookies (chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, etc.) No raisins or dry fruit can be used. Cookies that aren't brittle and freeze well are best.

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