December 29, 2020 Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Love Pantry. We have a good supply of many items. The current need shortage is for canned chicken, ham & roast beef. Canned fruits, boxed milk & juices are always needed. Some personal items such as shampoo, deodorant, hand soap or body wash are always appreciated. Keep safe & well. God’s Blessings & Love. Linda Kraigenow, Pantry coordinator 941 623-9188
November 7, 2020 Dear Hope Lutheran Family, Here's our Current need list: Hearty canned soups, canned veggies, fruits, tuna & juices. There have been changes made in regard to stocking the cabinet & containers. ALL dry goods are now in the cabinet (pasta, cereal, dry milk, crackers etc. to keep them safe from creatures. All canned goods are now in the containers marked for meats, veggies, fruits and shampoo, soap, hand wash etc. I check inventory on Thursdays & Sunday and replace items as need or purchase more. If you have any donations that are dry goods, please place them in the cabinet & tie it shut to avoid any problems with creatures. I thank everyone for donating goods and cash to continue to make this program the success that it has become. It is with your generosity that we are reaching those in need that have been financially affected by the Virus.
Keep safe & well. God’s Blessings & Love. Linda Kraigenow, Pantry coordinator 941 623-9188
Many of our neighbors have become aware of Hope’s Love Pantry and are using it regularly. In these hard times where there are many layoffs due to the virus, help is needed for food & supplies. Hope Lutheran Church’s Love Pantry is open to anyone in need and it is refilled twice weekly. We have a request list for items that are not in our pantry, but need and if possible, you will do our best to fill those request weekly. Donations may be left in the pantry or containers located to the left of the main entrance of the church. For those who can help with donating food, supplies or monetary gifts to purchase needed goods to keep our pantry filled, the following are current needs: Boxes of pasta & sauces, Hearty soups with proteins like meats & beans, Instant potatoes, rice, Juices, crackers, Toilet paper, Hand sanitizer, Shampoo, Soap or body & hand soaps, Deodorant men or women, Body lotions, Tea bags, Cooking oil & Mayo. Other items that are always in need: Tuna, chicken, ham, beef - canned, Peanut butter, Boxed milk (Dollar Tree) Instant milk, canned, Cereals, Canned or boxed meals like Mac & cheese, ravioli, chili, corned beef, Canned veggies & fruits. Any items that you would like to donate, will be appreciated. For those who have donated, thank you & know that you are helping those in need. For those who have not donated yet, kindly consider doing so. If you have donations & need a pick-up, you may call Linda Kraigenow, Pantry coordinator at 941 623-9188. God’s Blessings & Love to all who donate and those who use the pantry to feed there family.
I pray for each of you with deep love and concern. If you need anything, you need only call the church office at 941-697-2345 or my cell at 813-391-2027. God bless you all, my dear family in Christ! In His love, Pr. Jen+ .
- Pray for me and each other. Continue to call and facetime and reach out to others through social media to check in on each other. Don't EVER hesitate to call me at 813-391-2027 and I will get back to you as soon as possible if I don't answer right away. Pray for each other. Pray for each other and check on each other in a safe and compassionate way.
- Please send in your offerings to Hope Lutheran Church. Our address is 14200 Hopewell Ave, Port Charlotte, FL 33981. While the building may be empty, the bills and salaries are still to be paid and we need your support financially now as much as ever. Please consider your offerings and make an effort to support your congregation so we can continue to do God' work with our washed hands in the days to come.
- Practice Sabbath-pray, read Scripture, sing hymns, prepare meals together with those with whom you live. Discuss your blessings. Play a game. Get artsy and paint or listen to music, work in your garden, or whatever helps your celebrate God's gifts.
- We are church together-let's continue to be led by the Spirit to serve God and share Christ's love with all people as best we can in these strange days ahead. Again, please don't hesitate to call me at 813-391-2027.
In Scripture, God and God's messengers tell us again and again "Be not afraid." Together, let's not be afraid-because we know God is in charge and God is holding us in the palm of God's hand.
In Christ's love, Pastor Jen
Feb 25, 2020 Pope Francis’ Suggestions for Fasting this Lenten Season:
Do you want to fast this Lent?
Fast from hurting words and say kind words
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
Fast from anger and be filled with patience
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope
Fast from worries and trust in God
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
Fast from pressures and be prayerful
Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
Fast from grudges and be reconciled
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen
FEB 25, 2020 Hope’s Lenten 10 Minute Prayer Challenge: Please join us this season of Lent and commit to 10 minutes a day of intentional prayer for peace-for our community, for our country, for our world, and for yourself. Set a time to help you maintain that 10 minutes-and sit quietly, study Scripture or focus on some images or thoughts, and remember: prayer is as much about listening as it is about speaking. God wants to hear your heart-so share freely with God and know that in praying in an intentional way during Lent, not only will our joined prayers make a difference in the world, but, as in all things with God, you will find your own faith strengthened and renewed. Pray with us! Here are some suggestions: reading Scripture or a devotional, listening to quiet music as you pray, making a list of news items that you feel need God’s intervention…and here is a list of items that may help as well…
Proverbs 16:7, Isaiah 26:3, John 14:27, John 16:33, Philippians 4:6-7, Leviticus 26:6,
Numbers 6:26, Psalm 4:8, Psalm 37:11, Psalm 55:18, Psalm 85:10, Psalm 119:165,
Proverbs 3:2, Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 3, :17, Isaiah 52:7, Isaiah 54:13, Isaiah 55:12,
Jeremiah 29:11, Jeremiah 33:6, Mark 4:39, Luke 1:79, Romans 5:, Romans 8:6,
Romans 14:17, Romans 16:20, 1 Corinthians 14:33, 2 Corinthians 13:11, Galatians 5:22,
Ephesians 2:14, Ephesians 4:3, Ephesians 6:15, Colossians 3:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 2
Thessalonians 3:16, James 3:18 These are not exhaustive but may be helpful.
St. Theresa of Calcutta wrote at various times:
What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. All works of love are works of peace. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at at all. Do it for peace. I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.
Please share with me your prayer journey as we together pray for peace during this season of Lent.
Friends and Family of Hope, I respectfully ask that your prayerfully consider your offerings to and through Hope Lutheran Church. We are an important part of this community and the ministry provided here makes a difference in Jesus' name. We want to be able to continue to do this important work as we are led by the Spirit to serve God and share Christ's love with all-but we all need to work together to make it happen. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or any of our council members. My love and prayers are with you! Pastor Jen+