As we go into the holidays, it’s easy to go from one thing to the next. Sometimes we make it to the other side of the season without being intentional, and we miss moments of opportunity to enjoy, serve, and love each other. We can stay above the busyness by using this incredibly ripe time to connect with family, neighbors, and our community. The annual Hope Project is a way to do just that.

For the 2018 Hope Project, we have found some of our community’s greatest needs and personal opportunities to connect with and serve others in meaningful and impactful ways. As you look over this guide, think about who you can grab to serve with you to extend the reach of Jesus’ love this season!

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16b)

WEEK 1: NOVEMBER 10th-16th

Thank a Veteran

Write a note and attach a small gift to show your appreciation to a veteran.

 

Take a tag from the lobby.

The Hope Project tags directly support a few of the ministries that we partner with in the city. Each gift allows these ministries to use their resources to serve their communities in other ways!

 

Make a meal for someone.

Bless an elderly neighbor, a single mother who could use a break, or one of your children’s teachers.

 

Bible Reading/Passage for this week.

Read Isaiah 11:1-5.


WEEK 2: NOVEMBER 17th-23rd

Pray for someone you interact with this week.

As someone shares about their life, take a moment to pray with them right where you are.

 

Sign up to serve at the Urban Vision and South Street Christmas stores.

Help set up the week before or help the kids shop for gifts at the Christmas stores at South Street on December 8th & Urban Vision on December 15th.

Sign up for Urban Vision Christmas Store  Sign Up Here

Sign up for South Street Christmas Store  Contact South Street Here

 

Take a tag and use Black Friday to purchase the items

Remember those tags you took at church? Redeem Black Friday by purchasing the items on your tags.

 

Bible Reading/Passage for this week.

Read Micah 5:2


WEEK 3: NOVEMBER 24th-30th

Treat a co-worker or friend to breakfast.

Bless someone from work that you recently met or have been wanting to get to know by treating them to a meal.

 

Have lunch at the Front Porch Café.

Eat at the Front Porch Cafe (798 Grant Street in Akron), run by South Street Ministries – a simple and yummy way to support a city partner!

 

Sign up to serve at the First Glance Christmas Party on December 20th

First Glance in Kenmore hosts a Christmas party each year. Support their ministry by bringing food, serving, greeting, or babysitting at their party on December 20th from 7-9pm!

 

Bible Reading/Passage for this week.

Read Psalm 95:6


WEEK 4: DECEMBER 1st – 7th

Last chance to grab a tag and bring back gifts for South Street Ministries

Don’t forget to bring your purchases for South Street Ministries back to the church by December 2nd, with the tag attached. Did you forget to grab a tag? There is still time! Take a tag at services this weekend and return it with your gifts by December 5th to the church office (211 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road in Akron).

 

 

Invite Someone New Over For Dinner & Game Night

Spend time getting to know a new co-worker, neighbor, or someone from the gym with dinner and game night. Don’t wait for the perfect time, just go for it and have them over!

 

Fill a bag with toiletries for Rahab

Help care for women who have been trafficked by providing toiletries (full-sized) for Rahab. Drop them off at the church office or at the church.

 

Bible Reading/Passage for this week.

Read Isaiah 9:6.


WEEK 5: DECEMBER 8th-14th

Last chance to grab a tag and bring back ALL gifts.

Don’t forget to bring your purchases back to the church by December 9th, with the tag attached. Did you forget to grab a tag? There is still time! Take a tag at services this weekend and return it with your gifts to the church offices by December 12th.

 

Grab a friend and do something festive.

Do your kids have friends who are home by themselves often? Or do you know a college student with no family in the area? Take them to Lock 3 and go ice skating together! Or pack up some hot chocolate and go check out the light displays around town. Car rides are great opportunities for good conversations.

 

Pass Out Christmas Cards at a Nursing Home.

Whether homemade or store bought, show someone at a nursing home they are not forgotten by bringing a Christmas card to them. A smile and a hug goes a long way.

 

Bible Reading/Passage for this week.

Read Luke 2:40


WEEK 6: DECEMBER 15th-21st

Hand deliver Christmas cards to your neighbor.

Take some time this week with your whole family to visit your neighbors and bring them a Christmas card. What a simple way to get to know your neighbors better!

 

Remember to serve at the First Glance Christmas party.

The First Glance Christmas Party is this week on December 20th! The First Glance address is 943 Kenmore Blvd.

 

Leave a gift and a kind note.

Don’t forget about those behind the scenes (garbage men, gas station attendants, mailman, etc.) – serve them by giving a small gift or treat!

 

Bible Reading/Passage for this week.

Read Luke 1:30-33


WEEK 7: DECEMBER 22nd-28th

Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to the Christmas Program at Grace

Bring a guest to one of our 13 Christmas Programs this year!
FRIDAY DEC. 21 – 7pm
SATURDAY DEC. 22 – 5:00pm, 7:00pm
SUNDAY DEC. 23 – 9:00am, 11:00am, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm
MONDAY DEC. 24 – 11:00am, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm

 

Take a small gift to someone on Christmas Day.

Pick someone who has to work on Christmas Day and let them know you are thinking about them by giving them cookies or a small gift.

 

Watch the Family Devotional video with your family.

Snuggle up with your family on Christmas morning and watch the Christmas Day Devotional together at bath.graceohio.org/christmas-day-devotional

 

Pray for our missionaries.

It is so hard for missionaries to be away during the holidays. Choose a missionary that Grace supports and send them a note.
For a list of missionaries, visit bath.graceohio.org/cross-cultural-workers.