We are a small, strong congregation guided by the example of Jesus Christ, dedicated to feeding the hungry, while seeking long term solutions to hunger and its related effects.This ministry is organized around the three imperatives, offered by the prophet Micah, for the worship and work of the local faith community--"to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8). Hope Church is a mission oriented congregation that offers our members many opportunities to become actively involved in the congregation’s local and world missions. Ten percent of our annual budget is donated to mission and outreach programs.
Hope’s Ongoing Mission and Outreach Programs:
Hope's Members are Compassionate
HOPE IS FOOD
The motto on the blue T shirts Hopers wear, is a symbol of
Hope Presbyterian Church’s mission: FEEDING THE HUNGRY.
People's Resource Center, Wheaton (PRC)
For several years the PRC in downtown Wheaton wanted to open their food pantry one evening a week, making it available to the working poor of DuPage County. After learning of this need from the staff of the PRC, Hope Church agreed to fill all the volunteer spots on Wednesday evenings. Our partnership with the PRC began in July of 2007 and continues today.
In addition to Wednesday evenings, Hope also helps the PRC with their December "Share the Spirit" program. Donations to our annual Succoth Booth food drive and proceeds from Hope's annual "Super Bowl Bake Sale" are donated to the PRC.
For more information on the PRC go to www.peoplessrc.org.
Hope Presbyterian Church, Chicago
Almost 30 years ago Hope Wheaton partnered with Hope Chicago, an African-American church in Chicago's inner city Englewood neighborhood. Their pastor is Rev. Leslie Sanders (shown below). Through the years our two congregations have formed close friendships. Hope Wheaton travels to Hope Chicago several times a year to help with their neighborhood feeding program. We also collect school suppies and winter coats, hats and mittens that are donated to those in need in the Englewood neighborhood.
Hope Chicago travels to Wheaton several times a year for our annual August picnic and softball game, a fun evening of line dancing, and both choirs join together for our annual Song Fest.
Bread for the World
The Bread for the World Institute seeks justice for hungry people around the world by engaging in research and education on policies related to hunger and development.
As part of our mission to end hunger members of Hope write individual, personal letters to the President, their Representatives and their Senators, urging action to address hunger in the United States and worldwide. In the past the letter writing program supported the Earned Income Tax Credit legislation as a way to help low-income workers move out of poverty. The measure was adopted and now is law. For more information on Bread for the World go to www.bread.org.
Hope in Action Abroad
La Fernanda Church, Havana, Cuba
Since 2012 Hope Wheaton has sent a mission team to Havana, Cuba three times to spend time with our sister church, La Fernanda, and to help with local mission projects. La Fernanda's Pastor Padin (shown below) and his wife, Dania, have travelled to Wheaton three times. Our two congregations have also exchanged banners for our sanctuaries.
These local non-profit organizations receive financial assistance from Hope Church
Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center
The Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center provides a unique counseling service to Wheaton/Glen Ellyn and surrounding areas. Organized and supported by over 20 local churches, the Center provides counseling opportunities within the Christian framework. They offer therapeutic services for depression, addictions, stress, marital/divorce difficulties, and family mediation. For more information: www.cdpcc.org
Churches United for Hardship Assistance (CUHA)
Churches United for Hardship Assistance (CUHA) is an organization made up of member churches within the Wheaton area to provide assistance to individuals and families who visit churches looking for help. People referred to CUHA are assigned a personal case worker at Wheaton Youth Outreach. Needs are assessed and resources are found through various community agencies.
Outreach Community Ministries (OCM)
Outreach Community Ministries strives to put Christian faith into responsible action by calling local churches into partnership for the benefit of local people in need. Shelter care, counseling, crisis intervention services, community development, education, tutoring, mentoring, after-school programs, and youth clubs are available. For more information: www.outreachcommunityministries.com
Public Action to Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S.)
DuPage P.A.D.S. provides safe and hospitable shelter, support services, and advocacy for homeless people in collaboration with religious and community groups in DuPage County. For more information: www.dupagepads.org