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Why are we a church in mission?

At People of Hope, service is an essential way that we live out our calling as a community of faith. We see these small acts of service as the way in which we can spread God's love in the world. We also recognize that this calling spread out into the community and the world.

If you are interested in serving in any of the areas listed, please press the button below to contact the People of Hope office.

Special note: To volunteer for Open Table, please click on "Open Table". You can also find out about our international ministry partners by clicking on their name.

How We Serve - In The Church


There are a lot of different ways to serve inside the walls of People of Hope. Some of the ways to volunteer are listed below:

In Worship:



  • Cookie Team - Cookie Team Guidelines: 1: In addition to cookies, you can also bring muffins, breads, pastries, fresh fruit, etc. 2: Please bring 3-4 dozen items on your assigned Sunday. 3: If items need to be dropped off. Please mark for the date, & your name. Drop off by 8:45am. 4: We do require gluten-free treats, so please consider providing those options also. There are standing labels for “Gluten-Free” in the kitchen. Do not label as gluten-free unless you are positive they are “free”. Keep space between gluten-free & other treats. 5: We were scheduling every 3 months. However, the team roster is smaller now, so scheduling is more frequent for now. While we are still transitioning, please also consider the following for next couple of months: *Individual packaged servings - commercially packaged or by provider. *Place individual servings in glasses, small plates or napkins, or small plastic cups. *Space servings so they can be picked up without touching other items. *Wear gloves & masks.


Audio Visual

In Teaching:

Learning Time

Adult Learning Time

  • Adult Learning Time meets on Sunday mornings to explore a variety of topics - from the bible and theology to current events.

Small Groups

In Fellowship/Support:

People of Hops

Meals of Hope

Power Supply

Funeral Support team

Ladies Wine and Dine

With Building and Grounds:

Building and Land Use

Building and Grounds Maintenance

Stewards of Hope (land conservation)

Adopt-a-Garden (flower beds)

Lawn Mowing

How We Serve - In The Community


We are known as a church of service in the larger Rochester community. Some of the ways in which we serve are listed below:

Open Table Food Ministry

Channel One Regional Food Bank Monthly Pack

  • The Channel One monthly pack group volunteers at the Channel One Food Bank in Rochester on the third Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We pack food boxes for the branch food shelves or for the NAPS program, or we pack bulk donated food into family-sized packages to be distributed to customers in the Channel One food store. Contact Joyce Stacy if you are interested in becoming part of this group

Dorothy Day Hospitality House

The Women’s Shelter and Support Center

Family Promise Rochester

The LINK Services for Youth (LSS) 

Mission Turkey Sandwich

Waterstop for Med City Marathon


  • People of Hope has adopted the two-mile segment of County Road 34 between West Circle Drive (CS22) and County Road 104, which runs right in front of POH. In the Spring and Fall, our team of 12+ people meet for approximately 1 hour to clean up trash along the road. Safety vests, gloves, trash bags, beverages and treats are provided. All ages and affiliations are welcome! We've had girl scout troops, friends and relatives join us to work together and feel a sense of pride in caring for our environment while learning about the impact of litter on our surroundings.

Summer of Service

Operation Bedroll

How We Serve - Community Wide Events


We also like to celebrate special occasions with the entire Rochester community. We do this in the following ways:

Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt

Beer and Carols

How We Serve - In The World


We believe that our calling stretches us to serve beyond our walls and community and into the world. Some of the ways we serve internationally are:

Sister Parish with ACOMUJERZA

Lutheran World Relief School Kits Project

Lutheran World Relief Quilt and Tie Blankets

District Partner with Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania 

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