Serve Our Neighbors

Focus, Philosophy & Goals

The focus of Hope’s Mercy Ministry is to bring glory to God by non-verbally proclaiming His heart by becoming a community of people characterized by selfless service and bold engagement. Jesus didn’t merely tell people the truth about God, He lived it out by serving them, and now He invites us to join Him by proclaiming Christ as our Lord and ourselves as servants for His sake (2 Corinthians 4:5). 

Just like the original disciples, we seek to eradicate poverty and injustice within Hope and alleviate poverty and injustice in our city (Acts 4:33-35) by dedicating 4.5% of all the money donated to Hope to go towards mercy needs both inside and outside of our church. This fund is administered by our Deacons, who actively pursue those within the congregation in need of assistance and identify ministries outside of our congregation for our people to partner with both as donors and volunteers. 

God’s heart is passionate about both mercy and justice for those oppressed by sin and its consequences. When rightly understood, the Gospel naturally produces a desire to show to others the same mercy and deliverance that we have received from God in Christ Jesus (Galatians 2:10). The great commandment calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus modeled being a neighbor for us by leaving heaven and entering our misery to rescue us. We are to non-verbally proclaim this in our city by meeting our neighbor’s needs in a self-sacrificial fashion.

Mercy Service Opportunities

FOSTER VILLAGE (SOUTH END)
We look forward to joining Foster Village this spring as they launch their new initiative called Wrap Around Care. The goal is to gather 10-12 members from Hope South End to support a specific foster family for a period of 3 months. This will not involve childcare but rather yard work, errand running, and meal delivery. Please contact Jill Hudson if you are interested in being a part of this team.

MOM’S MOVING FORWARD (SOUTH END)
Join us Thursday, August 11th, to serve a meal and provide encouragement to 20 West Charlotte single mothers and their children at Freedom Communities’ “Moms Moving Forward” program. We will bring, serve and clean up a meal while the mothers receive valuable training on career development, financial literacy and early childhood education support. Contact Matt Hultquist to learn more.

ASHLEY PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (SOUTH END)
Our partnership with Ashley Park continues through our Harris Teeter VIC card link as well as our uniform collection drive. If you would like to learn more about partnering with Ashley Park, email Katie Guelzow.

PROJECT 658 (OP) 
Service Opportunities at Project 658. 658 is a Christ-centered, holistic ministry providing services for at-risk families in Charlotte, moving them toward sustainability with a key focus on the international and refugee communities.

Summer Camps – 658 hosts summer camps June 20th through August 4th, Mon.-Thurs. from 9:30-12:30. Adults and children are welcome! The adults can help facilitate the camp and kids can join the campers! You can go for as many or as few days as you would like. However, please email sfreeman@project658.com to sign up. If you are not able to volunteer your time, you can also donate money towards this camp. The camp not only serves the elementary kids but also provides a work opportunity for high school and college students from the community. They act as counselors by leading groups and facilitating activities. 658 would like to raise $15,000 to help pay these workers. If you wish to donate, you can do so at https://give.project658.com/, noting “summer camp 2022”.
Summer Uniform Drive – Consider donating school uniforms for children in the Project 658 community. Items can be purchased online using this Amazon wish list or you can buy items on your own (new items only please). Items needed are:dark blue, black or khaki bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, or skorts). Collared shirts can be any shade of blue, white, gray or yellow (long or short sleeved). All kids sizes are needed. Items can be dropped off or mailed to Project 658, 3646 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205.
Walmart Gift Cards – 658 is always in need of Walmart gift cards to give to families in need. Increments of $20, $50 and $100 are best. Once purchased, they can be mailed or dropped off at Project 658, Attn: Sarah Freeman, 3646 Central Ave.,Charlotte, NC 28205.
Tutors for High School and College Students – 658 works with high school and CPCC students throughout the year to ensure they have the resources and support they need to succeed in school. The days and times for this opportunity are flexible. If interested, please email Matt Fisher to be matched with a student.

Local Partners

Apartment Life

Brookstone Schools

Charlotte Fellows

UrbanPromise

 

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