May 24, 2017

H.O.P.E Ministries — Helping Our People In Elsinore

To wash the feet of the sick and the poor and the hurting, to show compassion to the burdened and less fortunate, to BE LOVE to our neighbor: this is the call and heart of Jesus for each of us. Not living to be served, but rather going out and living to serve.

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” -Galatians 5:13

You are here to be His hands and feet. And Jesus wants to use you yes YOU to be the change in the world. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to new opportunities every morning—and go for them! This is the gospel, this is missions right at hand and in your grasp. You and I are ALL set apart and equipped to be missionaries for Christ. Right where you are and wherever He leads you. He doesn’t require for you to bring anything on the journey except for a willing and humble heart, ready to pour out love and plant a spark in the hearts around you.

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow Me”, Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” And at once they left their nets and followed Him.
-Mathew 4:18-20


Here in your own backyard we have an opportunity for you, your family, and friends, and as a church Body—to come together and be the hands and feet of Jesus!

H.O.P.E is a NonProfit organization that has faithfully been serving people in need throughout Riverside County for over 20 years. This is run by an all-volunteer group, started by a few churches in the valley, and has around 250 members that run the ministry’s pantry program.

This next month of June our church will be partnering with H.O.P.E by collecting these non-perishable food items:

  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Boxed meals (such as Hamburger Helper or similar)
  • Canned chili (not chili beans)
  • Cold cereal
  • Hot cereal packets
  • Rice A Roni (or similar)
  • Noodle Roni/Pasta Roni (or similar)
  • Vienna sausage
  • Canned pasta (Spaghetti O’s/ravioli)
  • Peanut butter
  • Soups

Please bring in your non-perishable food items of the above choices to the Lobby on June 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, or 17th & 18th during any weekend service!

If you would like to know more about H.O.P.E and how you can serve your neighbors in need check out this link: http://www.pe.com/2013/07/26/lake-elsinore-hope-provides-basic-necessities-to-residents/

Our God is a God of relentless grace, mercy, and abounding in fierce love for every single one of His children—no matter how near or far they are from Him, His love for you and I never changes. Let’s every day make it our aim to have His heart for humanity and to reach out to those in our community. To be light, to spread light, and to live in the light!

“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
-Proverbs 3:3-4


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