2024 Stewardship Campaign
And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.
—2 Corinthians 9:8
Our goal for stewardship and giving is $1,350,000. We invite you to join the individuals and families who support the mission and ministry of House of Hope. Reaching this goal will enable us to fully fund our music, children and youth programs, and congregational life ministries, and continue our Mission Outreach giving.
|House of Hope is a faith community our family looks to for comfort and joy. We worship with others who share similar values and have become dear friends. The weekly service is a moment in our lives to pause and reflect on how one can make a positive difference in the world for the week to come. House of Hope provides a foundation for our family as we go into the world.
—The Gruber, Stein, and Mack families
|We have been members of House of Hope since May 17, 1992. It is a wonderful community that helps our neighbors near and far. The music program is an outstanding part of the church’s ministry. We are proud members of this community.
— Kathy Herrema-Johnson and Don Johnson
|Is there a place where you love to be and belong…a community where the members continue to examine what it means to be a part of a caring community of faith and justice.
Micah 6:8 asks “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?”
House of Hope is one of those places for me. I first sat in this beautiful sacred space in 1981. As a new resident of the Twin Cities, a single mom, a graduate student, and a lifelong Presbyterian, I wanted to be nurtured and challenged with what it means to be a person of faith at this time and in this place.
House of Hope became much more than a respite time on Sunday. I have made lifelong friendships, served on Deacon and Session committees, volunteered in the church community as well as reached out to our church neighbors. Major milestones in my life have taken place here. Marriage in chapel, memorial service for my husband, a community of women in the Friday Women’s Breakfast Book Group, Women’s Retreats, Bible Study, meals shared, and music and song that is heard and felt.
Each year in the fall, I decide what can I give to maintain this place for myself and my church community, now and in the future. My monetary gift is added to your gifts to make sure we continue to be here for our community and congregation.
— Renee Lane
|A portion of your pledge dollars support the Mission Partners of House of Hope. We asked the Ain Dah Yung Center what House of Hope’s support means to them: “On behalf of the staff and the young people we serve, we thank House of Hope for the opportunity to once again be wrapped in the loving arms of your community.
Ain Dah Yung means ‘Our Home’ in Ojibwe. The meaning of home is different for each of us, but a common adjective rises to the top, SAFE. ADYC provides a safe place for children as young as 5 years-old at the emergency shelter and up to age 24 at Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung (permanent supportive housing). These young people are desperate for a safe place to be nourished, sleep, learn native traditions, receive daily guidance, and feel loved. Escaping poverty, violence, neglect, or trafficking are a sample of traumas that bring youth to their doors. ADYC staff are compassionate, caring, highly trained, and able to meet youth where they are on their life path.”
House of Hope members, individually, and through Mission Outreach and The Houses of Hope Endowment funds, have provided bedding, holiday gift cards and funds to help support emergency housing for children and young adults.
|We are pilgrims and as we journey, we steward “houses” of great joy, inspiration, and beauty which we encounter on the path. My pilgrim path with House of Hope spans 43 years. Stewardship of this house follows my gratefulness. Thanks be to God.
|A church is so much more than a building. It is a gathering place for people who are part of your life. We were in a church couples group and we made friends with people who are still our friends 50 years later. A church and the friends you make are a part of your life for so much more than Sunday mornings.
—Gretchen and Jack Sjoholm
|I experience hope each time I hear children’s footsteps scampering up the sanctuary aisle, or shyly walking with their grownups to Sunday school. I feel hope swell in my heart when the choir rounds the corner singing as we are singing. I feel hope when I see my friends climb the stairs to read scripture or share a minute for mission. In these moments, I feel my parents, my grandparents, and all the saints back to the beginning: I am connected and filled with hope.
I also experience hope when we work with Beacon for housing for our neighbors, when we sort through the congregation’s massive donations of warm clothes for our mission partners, when I work alongside my House of Hope friends to fill plates at Loaves and Fishes, or when I talk to someone I haven’t met in Kirk Parlour.
— Lisa Yost