Harvest Festival such a great success.  A substantial amount of canned food, blankets, and supplies were donated by the People of Hope Lutheran.  Our donations were shared between Sunnyvale Community Services (FISH), The Lord’s Pantry of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and San Jose Family Supportive Housing.


Thanks to Sharon Wangsness, Rosemary McElherne, and Collette Krinock for arranging the Sanctuary decorations done on Saturday morning.  The fresh vegetables which adorned the altar area were given to Our Daily Bread.  Thanks to everyone who sorted our collection after worship on Sunday, and especially to Pastor John, to Mark, to Jan and Alex Fremling, and to Betty Zacharisen, who delivered our collected donations to the charities involved.  Finally, thanks to the congregation for donating food, blankets, and supplies to those in need.


Looking ahead to next month, on Sundays, December 3 and 10, Hope Lutheran will be collecting for Gloria Dei’s Christmas Toy Drive (Lord’s Pantry), which benefits children in San Jose’s East Side.  Hope has been asked to donate toys which are suitable for ages 10 through 12.  We ask that toys be wrapped, but that along with your wrapped toy, please attach a note describing the toy inside so that Gloria Dei will be able to sort/route your present to the appropriate boy or girl.  (If you are unable to participate on December 3 or 10, it’s OK to leave a toy at Hope before then.)


Also during Advent and Christmas, the Pan-Tree in Hope’s Narthex will serve as a collection point for non-perishable food donations, which will be sent to Sunnyvale FISH.


As always, the Social Ministries Committee meeting is open to all.  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday evening, December 5, at 7pm.  We will review 2017, and look ahead to 2018.




   December 31st

Sierra Pacific Synod

 Benevolence Sunday




Lord’s Pantry Christmas Baskets


Hope will once again be participating in the Lord’s Pantry’s Christmas Toy Drive.  In addition to food, the Lord’s Pantry will make an effort to provide a Christmas gift to their client children, newborn through 17 years old.  Any support in this area is appreciated — a game, a toy, pretties for the hair or a gift certificate. 


We have been asked to provide toys and/or gifts for ages 10–12.  Imagine the joy your gift will give to these less fortunate children. Please bring your Christmas gifts, wrapped, marked with sex and age.  You can leave your toys or gifts on our Pan-Tree in the narthex. 


Deadline is Sunday, December 10th.