We note that August is the last full month of summer – and a great time for pie and ice cream.  On Sunday, August 19, join us after worship for Hope’s Annual Ice Cream / Pie Social and Auction.  We’re hoping that the People of Hope Lutheran can first donate pies (and then enjoy eating them), all for a charitable cause.


This year, proceeds from the Pie Social event will support the Sacred Heart Community Services’ Housing Assistance Program.  It’s no secret that rents in the Bay Area are extremely expensive, and that some families have a hard time getting into that first apartment, or staying in them when an illness or other unforeseen event occurs.  Sacred Heart’s Housing Assistance Program helps these needy families with their rent and rental deposits, helping to place and keep families in their homes and off the streets.

Mark Greiner, Chair





Many, Many Thanks!


Thanks so much to the People of Hope for their generosity these past few months. First, thanks to all who contributed either powdered milk or money to Our Daily Bread (ODB). Your donations garnered over 100 pounds of powdered milk which goes a long way to meet the weekly need of providing milk for 750 diners. It’s especially helpful in the summer as ODB serves more children.


And also very special thanks to those who donated toward the summer camp program at the North County Cold Weather Shelter in Sunnyvale. The Shelter is home this summer to an unprecedented number of families. The Shelter’s site manager from HomeFirst said that the money has been a godsend. She indicated that every child of eligible age has had the opportunity to attend at least two weeks of day camp. The kids are especially thrilled to be able to go swimming! Thanks again for your support of both of these efforts.


Kathy Meagher






August Benevolence Sunday


Lutheran Social Service Sunday

   August 26




How LSS of Northern California is helping to end Homelessness!


LSS of Northern California promotes stability and honors the dignity of the formerly homeless by providing supportive services that address the underlying causes of homeless ness.  Sable housing is their blueprint for success.



· Serves formerly homeless individuals of all ages and stages of life

· Assists in securing housing

· Provides full case management ensuring housing retention



· Stabilizes Lives

· Ensures rent and utilities' are paid

· Keeps individuals, who may have physical and mental disabilities, housed



· Supports former foster youth or homeless youth

· Provides food, clothing and shelter

· Teaches life skills training for success



· Collaboration with 14 partner organizations

· Transitional housing or up to 18 months

·  Temporary housing (up to 28 days a year)

· Access to non-emergency healthcare

· Case management for parolees



· Transitional housing provided by Dignity Health

· Case management support

· Assists in finding permanent housing



· Part of nationwide Lutheran Disaster Response network

· Long-term assistance to those whose homes and livelihoods have been disrupted  by major disasters.



· Women and children who are victims of domestic violence

· .Former foster youth

· Chronically ill and disabled

· Veterans

· Those struggling with drugs and alcohol abuse

· Survivors of disasters.


“You have no idea how comforting it is to have a routine that comes with a safe place to sleep every night”






Save Those Toiletries!


We are still collecting toiletries for the homeless.  If you have vacationed in a hotel this summer, save those toiletries for our “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday in September when we will be providing toiletry items for the homeless.


Soaps, deodorants, tooth paste and brushes, combs, brushes, shampoos, towelettes, lotions, mouth wash, hand sanitizers, etc. are needed as well as feminine products, men’s shaving supplies, band aids, lip balms, and baby items. 


You may bring your toiletry donations to the church office any time during office hours or on Sundays.






Backpacks for School


Now that summer is almost over, the Lord’s Pantry is looking to gather supplies for the backpack program for the fall school year.  Backpacks have already been donated and now they are collecting the supplies for inside of them.  The backpacks will be given to school students who do not have the means to purchase school supplies.


Needed items are:

· packages of ruled paper

· pens, pencils

· erasers, white out

· Ruler

· three subject notebooks

· color pencils and crayons

· other school items.


Anyone who would like to donate any of these items can bring them to the church office and we will see that they are donated to the Lord’s Pantry at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in San Jose.