IWelcome to November.  We always wonder where the year has gone when Home Depot and Costco remove their Halloween decorations and start selling artificial Christmas trees.  But rather than despair, most at Hope Lutheran look forward to the holidays.  Personally, I am always thankful for (and humbled by) the giving spirit and traditions I see at Hope, especially at this time of the year.  Hope’s giving traditions have helped in so many ways, and there are three drives where Hope’s Social Ministries Committee is involved these next months.


Our first drive culminates on Harvest Festival Sunday, which occurs this month on November 18.  During November, we will be collecting non-perishable food, as well as new or “gently-used” blankets to help decorate the Hope sanctuary.  We will also collect bed-sheets, new pillows and new bath towels during this drive.  During worship, we will give our thanks to God for His benevolence bestowed upon us.  After worship, our gifts will be shared between three local outreach organizations:  Sunnyvale Community Services; The Lord’s Pantry of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (on San Jose’s East Side); and the San Jose Family Supportive Housing shelter.


Please consider donating food, sheets, blankets, and/or new pillows for the needy (either before or at worship on November 18).  Also, please help with decorating the altar on Saturday, November 17, at 10am.  Finally, after worship, if you can help sort and/or deliver the collection for our beneficiaries, please contact Mark Greiner.


Our second collection will run from November 25 through December 9, and is in assistance of Gloria Dei’s Christmas toy drive, benefiting needy children in San Jose’s East Side.  This year, Hope has been asked to find toys suitable for ages 13 through 17.  (Unwrapped toys are fine, but if you can, please wrap your toy and also attach a note describing the toy inside – this way, Gloria Dei will be able to sort/route your present to the appropriate boy or girl.)  So, if you just happen to be out there catching those big sales around the Thanksgiving weekend, try buying a toy for a child in need.  Giving is a great way to “lighten up” your Black Friday.


Our third holiday drive will be a Christmas collection of non-perishable food for the needy.  We’ll start this drive once the Hope Pan Tree is set up (at the end of November, in advance of Advent, next month).  Food collected by Hope is forwarded to Sunnyvale Community Services, and to the needy in our local community.


The Social Ministries Committee is always open to comments, to new ideas, and new visitors or members.  We usually meet on the first Tuesday of the month.  But we’re not meeting, this month, because instead, something very important is happening on Tuesday, November 6.  As we mentioned in last month’s article, don’t forget to vote!  While we will not tell you whom to vote for, we will ask you to consider helping the disadvantaged and needy as you choose your candidates, to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance making in your decision, and to vote your conscience.


Mark Greiner, Chair




November Benevolence Sunday

San Jose Family Supportive Housing

November 25, 2018  





Lord’s Pantry Christmas

Toy Drive


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, 13 through 17 years old.  Any support in this area is appreciated...a game, a toy, pretties for the hair or a gift certificate.  Imagine the joy your gift will give to these less fortunate children.


Please bring your Christmas gifts, wrapped or unwrapped, marked with sex and age and place them on our Pan-Tree in the narthex (or on the table in the narthex until the PanTree is set up).  We will be collecting gifts/toys during the month of November.  The deadline for bringing the gifts is Sunday, December 9th.





Holiday Food Drive


Our holiday drive will be a Christmas collection of non-perishable food for the needy.  We’ll start this drive beginning Nov. 25th, when the Hope Pan-Tree is set up.


Food collected by Hope is forwarded to Sunnyvale Community Services, and to the needy in our local community.




Blankets Needed!


New or nearly new blankets, quilts, comforters, etc. are needed to distribute to the needy during our Harvest Festival coming in November.


Social Ministries would like to include these warm blankets, etc. with the food that we distribute at this time.