At the core of House of Hope is a deeply embedded commitment to the greater community. We are dedicated to social justice and human rights, and are intentional citizens and good neighbors within the community.
Below is a selection of some of our outreach programs. For information about any of the following groups or to volunteer, please call the church office at (651) 227-6311.
Capital City Grief Coalition
Area churches participate in providing ongoing grief support groups for persons suffering the loss of a loved one through death. Sessions are held Thursdays evening from 5:30–7 p.m at area churches. The location changes every thirteen weeks. For more information, please contact coordinator Lois Knutson at (651) 227-4430.
Kwanzaa Community Church
This mission of the Presbytery provides programs to the Hawthorne neighborhood of North Minneapolis, including worship, Christian education, HIV/AIDS ministry, gang intervention, pregnancy prevention, recovery programs, after school programs and meals, and reading enrichment. Contact Mary Cardinal Peterson at PeteCardFive@q.com or (651) 341-7173. Learn more about Kwanzaa Community Church.
YWCA Family Night Out (Women in Transition)
Volunteers gather with women and their children in the YMCA’s Transitional Housing program to participate in a variety of activities emphasizing recreation, fellowship, and fun. Families with children and youth of all ages are encouraged to attend this monthly event.
Our on-site gallery provides a unique opportunity to view the work of local and regional artists. The Cloister Gallery Committee welcomes volunteers to help hang art on the last Tuesday of each month from 9–11 a.m. We also welcome suggestions of artists whose works could be considered for the monthly show.
Communion Guild: Prepare elements for the communion service.
Funeral Ushering Committee: Usher at funeral and memorial services and/or serve light refreshments at receptions for families and friends following the services.
Greeters: Extend warmth and hospitality to members, visitors, and friends as they arrive at Sunday worship, afternoon worship, or special events.
Hard Hats: Assist House of Hope’s Facilities staff with maintenance and upkeep in and around the church.
Worship and Pew Rack Volunteers: Volunteer on Friday mornings to stuff inserts into the Sunday bulletins. Volunteers are also needed on the third Monday of each month from 10 a.m.–noon to maintain the pew racks to keep material current and add new documents as needed.
Intercessors Guild: Pray one day of each month to assist people in need. To submit a prayer request, please contact the church office at (651) 227-6311.
Library Committee: Order, catalogue, and maintain books in the church library. The committee meets on Tuesday from 1–3 p.m., but other arrangements can be made.
Mission Sewing: Tie, knit, and crochet prayer shawls for those who are grieving, healing, or going through a difficult time. Volunteers also crochet or knit blankets for new infants in the church. The group meets September through June. For more information, please contact Janet Brownell at (651) 765-4990 or Dianne Smith at (651) 698-4183.
New Member Sponsors: Attend the new member gatherings and act as an information resource for new members.
National Night Out is an annual community celebration with food, entertainment, crime prevention, and safety learning. Volunteer for our neighborhood gathering to improve neighborhood connections for more than 250 attendees. This event is made possible through collaboration between multiple organizations, faith-based communities, businesses, city officials, and local residents young and old. For more information, please contact Mary Cardinal Peterson at PeteCardFive@q.com.
Organizations We Support
Presbyterian Mission of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is an organization our former associate pastor, Joshua Heikkila, now serves as the Regional Liaison for West Africa. Based in Accra, Ghana, Josh works with Presbyterian churches across West Africa to strengthen connections with the presbyteries and the General Assembly of the PC(USA). Click here to learn more.
Twin Cities Houses of Hospitality is a joint mission outreach effort of several congregations and organizations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Its goal is to provide hospitality for young people, as well as serve as a venue for them to come together around open conversations regarding faith, vocation, spirituality, and wholeness.
The Jeremiah Program helps low-income mothers complete their education and achieve economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their children. For more information, please contact Sue Browne at (651) 430-1979.