Serving @ Living Hope
This is the ultimate goal of any church and any Christian: to share the love and goodness of God with the people around them in practical ways. Everything else leads up to this. At Living Hope, we try as much as possible to serve as teams, and we have plenty to choose from. And new teams start as people see needs that grab their hearts!
A variety of teams serve every Sunday, as we invite friends and family to come experience the generous love of God. Hospitality teams help people feel welcome and provide food and drinks at the breakfast table. Volunteers care for babies in the nursery and creatively teach kids in the Preschool & Elementary rooms. Musicians and sound technicians help us feel the music and get the message. These teams help us serve our guests and each other… and they have fun doing it! (Looking for the volunteer schedule? It’s right here.)
Out and about
Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth.” So let’s get out of the saltshaker! We reach out to serve those around us in a variety of ways. Some are annual events, like the Baby Bottle Boomerang for the Women’s Center, or working with Rebuilding Together. Others are ongoing. Here are two or three that we know are happening…
Overnight Shelter for Women
For the past few winters, we’ve helped provide shelter for homeless women by opening our doors to them on Sunday nights, providing them with shelter, food, and hospitality. Together with other churches, we provided shelter seven nights a week for the coldest six months of the year. This winter, things have changed for the better, and the women are spending the night in apartments! We provide dinners and some limited overnight supervision. If you know a woman needing shelter, please contact Dayspring Women’s Center at 219-510-5432.
Nursing Home Services
One Sunday a month, 1:30-2:30 pm, a team leads two short worship services at Aperion Care Valparaiso, one for Alzheimer’s patients and one for other residents. They sing some old hymns, share a short message from the Bible, pray, and visit. These men and women can’t get out to a church service, so we help bring the church service to them.
Every week, people attending Living Hope’s services are invited to drop off food that gets distributed to families in need at the Downtown Christian Food Pantry. And some of our folks (including our pastor) volunteer at the pantry, too.
Good Neighbor Offering
On the first Sunday of every month, we give a special offering for people in our community who are in financial distress. These funds are distributed by First Contact, a Christian Resource and Referral agency with offices in Valparaiso and Portage. You can contact them at 219-462-8332.
1115 Calumet Ave.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(across from Old Fairgrounds Park between Evans & Harrison)
Come As You Are
If there’s one place where you can take off the mask, let down your guard, and just be yourself, it’s church: a community of grace, where nobody is perfect and everybody depends on the help of God and each other to live better each day than the day before.
If that sounds good to you, we invite you to come check it out.