Reaching Wider
We exist to give ourselves away. Too often, we church types have lost sight of this calling … and, to our discredit, we’ve sometimes built empires and pursued status to the neglect of it.

At Hope, we hunger to be a community that serves and shares God’s love with the world – in local neighborhoods, central Florida, and the world. To that end, we’ve committed to give back… to invest at least 20 percent of monthly offerings to ministries and causes which advance Jesus’ self-affirmed purposes. These include*:

  • good news to the poor
  • solace to the brokenhearted
  • freedom for the prisoners
  • healing and recovery of sight to the blind
  • release to the oppressed
  • comfort for all who mourn
  • care for widows, orphans, the poor and aliens
We’ve identified 8 umbrellas or “pavilions” of service -- categories that we think relate to these and broader biblical themes: health & wellness; poverty action; shepherd care for the often neglected; mentoring; creation and animal care; education & the arts; justice; and gospel proclamation. In reality, these categories are a bit fluid -- designed as a flexible framework rather than strict demarcations.

* see Isaiah 61.1-4; Luke 4.18-19; Matthew 9.35-38; James 1.27; Exodus 22.21; Leviticus 23.22

What is Hope Pres doing to reach wider?

2017 in Review

In 2017 -- Since 1/1/2017 we've collected 8 pounds of  pop tops from aluminum cans to benefit Ronald McDonald House charities; 145Box Tops for Schools for Lake Nona Middle School; 415 travel-size toiletries (providing 153 toiletry kits) for agencies that serve those in need; 74.2 pounds for Caps of Love of  No. 2, 4 and 5 recyclable plastic tops -- to be used to purchase a wheelchair for a physically challenged youth; and by 5/1  had funded 533 microloans totaling $13,575 throughout the world through our Kiva lending team.
In APRIL Hope crushed our goal of generating 40 microloans in 40 days -- achieving 66 Kiva microloans during Lent and adding 17 members to the Hope Lending Team .... Empty Bowls: Hope kids created pottery bowls and auctioned them (with a serving of Ms. Tammy's fruit salad!) to generate $142.50 for United Against Poverty .... offered the chance to purchase Coffee Against Human Trafficking, generating funds for The Lifeboat Project in Orlando, which combats human trafficking along the I-4 corridor and beyond .... Encouraged church participants in Lake Nona's annual Pig Run 5K on 4/15 .... Sent participants to AIDSWalk Orlando's walk around Lake Eola on 4/15 .... raised money for Hope Scholars -- including a $5,000 anonymous, one-time donation to the scholarship for an Oak Ridge HS senior .... collected 706 breakfast bars for Lake Nona Middle School students who were in testing .... collected newspapers, old towels and old T-shirts for Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge .... heard from Debbie Scott-Robinson and Paul Robinson, missionaries to Kenya, about Utange Orphans Charity and Feed500, charities they founded 10 years ago .... received a $770 grant from Central Florida Presbytery toward Hope's June mission trip to Dominican Republic .... designated one-tenth of April offerings to be divided among the following non-profits: Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, providing rescue, rehab & release to injured or orphaned Florida native species; Helen Keller International, working to end preventable vision loss, malnutrition & disabling disease in 22 countries;  Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Central Florida, using lessons of the Holocaust to encourage a kinder, more just community; Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka, empowering Central Florida’s immigrant & working poor communities via education, advocacy & spiritual growth; the Turk Family, meeting health, agriculture, safe water & spiritual needs in Madagascar.
In MARCH Hopesters filled 2,000 plastic Easter eggs with candy for the annual egg hunt at Mollie Rae Elementary, an at-risk public school where 90 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch. This event also enables volunteer participants to hear the Gospel ... provided two movie passes for a pre-Spring Break drawing among Lake Nona Middle School faculty as a small thank you for their service ... sent Nancy to offer a pet blessing at Bark for Life, a canine pre-cursor to the April Relay for Life Lake Nona, benefiting the American Cancer Society .... coordinated a small team of volunteers to assist with the Saturday 3/25  prep for the 3/26 Tour de Cure, benefiting the American Diabetes Association ... set a goal to generate 40 Kiva microloans via our Hope Lending Team in the 40 days of Lent ... solicited free-will offerings for our sixth annual Hope Scholars college scholarship campaign ... designated one-tenth of March offerings to be divided among the following non-profits: Healing Ark Animal Rescue, providing a forever home in Kissimmee for abused, abandoned and disabled dogs, cats and horses; Operation Reach Back, mentoring Central Florida minority youth to fulfill their potential; Support Our Sharks, promoting conservation, research & education to protect sharks’ integral role in delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems; National Park Foundation, working to protect the national parks and connect people with their wonders as the official charitable partner of the NPS.
In FEBRUARY  a team of 25 Hopesters served at United Against Poverty -- preparing for UP's annual "Quack Attack Against Poverty" 5K in addition to other tasks. Our inter-generational team prepared race packets, tags, matched letters to envelopes and restocked the agency's grocery store .... re-purposed 472 greeting cards via St. Jude's Ranch for Children. St. Jude's recycles used greeting cards, creating and selling new cards to fund programs for abused, neglected and homeless children, youth & families  .... several members  prepared 10 dozen Valentine's cookies each for the Ronald McDonald House  .... designated one-tenth of February offerings to be divided among the following non-profits:  Camp Boggy Creek, free, safe, medically-sound Central Florida camp for children with serious illness &  their families; Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, witnessing to the love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by catastrophic events; Second Harvest Food Bank, collecting & distributing donated food in six Central Florida counties (2/5 was Souper Bowl of Caring Day); Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center, Tampa-area Presbyterian retreat center promoting spiritual growth in a natural environment, (2/12 was Camp & Conference Ministries Sunday).
In JANUARY we donated a third Garden Well for Ghana through the Presbyterian Agency. In November 2016 we set a goal of $1,500 to purchase one Garden Well and by January raised enough to donate three!  .... promoted safe disposal of Electronic & Household Hazardous Waste on 1/21 .... A group of 50 gathered in Mims as Hope joined Washington Shores Presbyterian for a grow deeper + reach wider tour of the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Center to explore history and issues of racial healing .... donated  one-tenth of December offerings to be divided among the following non-profits: Lighthouse Central Florida, comprehensive vision rehabilitation services to people living with vision loss or blindness; Eden Reforestation Project, employing local villagers and planting millions of trees worldwide each year; Bethune-Cookman University Scholarship Fund, top-rated historically black university in Daytona Beach and alma mater of Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore (1/15 was Race Relations Day); The Lifeboat Project, combatting human trafficking along the I-4 corridor and beyond through awareness and care to survivors (1/11 was Human Trafficking Awareness Day);  Philadelphia Brazillian Presbyterian Fellowship, one of 3 annual ‘Kingdom’ gifts to a local congregation, determined by random drawing.

2016 in Review

2016 Hope At-A-Glance Highlights.pdf
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2016 Full Annual Report FINAL.pdf
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In 2016 -- In the first eight months of the year, we collected 14.9 pounds of  pop tops from aluminum cans to benefit Ronald McDonald House charities; 548 Box Tops for Schools for Lake Nona Middle School; 1,013 travel-size toiletries for agencies that serve those in need; 56 pounds for Caps of Love of  No. 2, 4 and 5 recyclable plastic tops -- to be used to purchase a wheelchair for a physically challenged youth; and by 12/31 had funded 445 microloans totaling $11,350 throughout the world through our Kiva lending team.
In DECEMBER we sent volunteers to serve with Christian Help, assisting clients with Christmas gifts, food, clothing and spiritual support. Christian Help serves unemployed persons who are actively looking for work, providing job training, counsel and leads as well as temporary material support .... donated funds to purchase two Garden Wells for Ghana through the Presbyterian Agency -- and well on the way to buying a third! In November we set a goal of $1,500 to purchase one Garden Well and by 12/31 raised $4,175!  .... donated additional hygiene kits to the homeless ministry of Oviedo Presbyterian, for a total of 107 kits in 2016 .... scheduled one-tenth of December offerings to be divided among the following non-profits: Family Promise of Greater Orlando, providing temporary assistance, hospitality & case management for homeless families; Human Rights Watch, 4-star charity defending human rights & justice in more than 80 countries (12/10 is Human Rights Day); Hope and Help Center, comprehensive & compassionate support for men, women & children impacted by HIV/AIDS in Central Florida (12/1 was World AIDS Day) .... Designated 100 percent of Christmas Eve offerings ($2,546) to benefit Grace Medical Home, offering the highest level of health care to the low income, uninsured and underserved in Central Florida.
In NOVEMBER we sent a team on 11/6 serving with military veterans at the new VA Hospital in Lake Nona, making friends, serving snacks and drinks and playing a rousing game of trivia ... Collected 3,318 pieces of unwanted leftover Halloween candy -- with 3,055 given for Christmas stocking stuffers for children at Mollie Rae Elementary and 263 pieces shared with Meals on Wheels .... contributed 19 pies for Teacher Appreciation at Lake Nona Middle School .... collected $400.05 for Trick or Treat for UNICEF -- enough to purchase two bikes to deliver medicine plus 182 measles vaccines. We crushed our original goal of $165 for one bike! ....  divided one-tenth of November offerings among these non-profits: This Child Here, founded by Central Florida’s Rev. Dr. Bob Gamble, reaching street children in Odessa, Ukraine; Seniors First,  offering nutrition, home repair and support services to Greater Orlando seniors (11/13 is Caregiver Day); Operation Homefront, financial, food assistance & repairs for families of military personnel and wounded warriors (11/11 is Veterans Day); Turk Family, meeting health, agriculture, safe water & spiritual needs in Madagascar.
In OCTOBER we sent a team of 10 people to serve lunch to the homeless in downtown Orlando on 10/23. In conjunction, we collected 74 pounds of  apples (donating 30 pounds of them to the women's division of Orlando Union Mission -- delivered by the Eckhoffs to squeals of delight from the children there!); made and distributed 81 toiletry kits;  and donated $400 to the Oviedo Presbyterian homeless meal fund.  It costs approximately $300 per month for this ministry .... designated $100 to address issues related to Hurricane Matthew via Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ... designated one-tenth of October  offerings to be divided among these nonprofits: 1001 New Worshiping Communities, PCUSA move to launch 1,001 new communities, reaching un-churched people and transforming the church to an outwardly focused community (Hope is one of the 1001); Deworm the World Initiative, top-rated charity by GiveWell, combatting chronic health risks to children worldwide by promoting cost-effective, school-based deworming; Society of St. Andrew, Central Florida food rescue and distribution mission (10/16 was World Food Day). We only selected three non-profits since we worshiped off-site with Washington Shores Presbyterian on World Communion Sunday, 10/2 and worship was canceled in Orange County Public Schools on 10/9 due to Hurricane Matthew.
In SEPTEMBER, we hosted our 4th annual Day of Service on Sunday 9/18 -- serving our community in teams in lieu of gathering for traditional worship. One team served or rode bikes in the Ride 4 Ronald fundraiser for the new Ronald McDonald House in Lake Nona; a second team planted trees & plants, scrubbed bathrooms, de-trashed the parking lot and otherwise beautified the campus at Lake Nona Middle School; a third team created Thanksgiving and Christmas cards for veterans at the Lake Nona VA Hospital .... divided one-tenth of September  offerings among these nonprofits:  National Park Foundation, working to protect the national parks and connect people with their wonders as the official charitable partner of the NPS; Noah’s Light Foundation, Central Florida agency funding new research in pediatric brain cancer and enriching the lives of child patients  (September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month); Thrive Christian Church in Lake Nona, one of 3 annual ‘Kingdom’ gifts determined by random drawing and shared with other local congregations.
 
In AUGUST, nine Hopesters cleaned, organized toiletry bags and wrote encouraging notes at the new Ronald McDonald House in Lake Nona, set to open for service the following day on 8/13. Hope was the first of many churches to offer support to this facility, located on the campus of Nemours Hospital, which is a home-away-from-home for the families of child-patients .... donated $225 to address flooding in Baton Rouge through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ... conducted a 3-Sunday congregational vote for the second annual Hope Prize ... collected newspapers for Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge ... In addition to 10 percent to shared mission in our Presbytery, divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits:  Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, offering food, shelter, mental health services, education & self-sufficiency; St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, NJ, model student-led private school for urban boys, profiled on 60 Minutes; Timucua Arts Foundation, communal arts facility near Orlando’s Boone High School, presenting & inspiring great music & art; and Second Chance Greyhounds, Georgia correctional inmates foster former racing greyhounds to prepare them for forever homes – helping at-risk humans and animals.
In JULY we received six nominations for an agency focused on Poverty Action for our second annual Hope Prize, to be awarded following a congregational vote during the first three weeks of August .... signed a painting by Sarah Allen which featured rainbow palms and 49 stars and Sarah and Marcy delivered it as a gift to the site of Pulse Nightclub, praying over the grounds .... as part of our Christmas in July celebration on 7/17, conducted a Shoot-the-Puck-for-Luck hockey contest. Ebony P won the grand prize, designating $30 to return to Hope's fund for service .... collected Two Cents a Meal at our 7/17 potluck .... served at the 7/30 Squirrel Shower at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge .... conducted a month-long Christmas art contest for exhibit and possibly Christmas card offerings .... designated 10 percent of July in-plate offerings for one nonprofit, nominated and selected during the first three weeks of August by congregational vote.
In JUNE sent a team for the 5th annual Beach Cleanup at Satellite Beach .... sponsored 1 1/2 tables for the Father-Son Gala Dinner on 6/12 for Operation ReachBack Orando ....coordinated a Prayer Service in a member's community clubhouse concerning all those affected by the 6/12 mass shooting at Pulse Orlando .... attended the "Beautiful Together" concert at the Dr. Phillips Center, benefiting the One Orlando Fund and victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting ...  collected Wish List items for Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge as part of our VBS outreach ..... In addition to 10 percent to shared mission in our Presbytery, divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits: Special Olympics Florida, helping Floridians with intellectual disabilities find new strengths, abilities & success; Thornwell Home, providing loving homes for abused, abandoned & neglected children; Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, rescuing, treating, rehabilitating & releasing Florida’s raptors; Turk Family, PC(USA) mission co-workers meeting health, agriculture, safe water & spiritual needs in Madagascar.
 
In MAY  issued the Shine 5/16 Challenge -- building off our theme verse of Matthew 5.16, "Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Congregants were challenged to draft 5 Marlow Grants and to live in a conscious attitude of service .... collected food & hygiene items for Family Promise, a ministry of rotating housing and care for homeless families en route to stability. Items included 7 packages of cookies; 6 boxes of 8 granola bars; 2 boxes Post cereal; 4 one-pound boxes of Cheerios cereal; 6 4-pack assorted fruit cups; 32 individual bags of Assorted Fun Times Mix (chips etc.); 20 singles of popcorn mix; 57 packages of classic mix (chips); 60 8-oz. bottles of water; 2 1-gallon bottles of Juicy Juice; 20  small grab bag size chips; 16 toothbrushes; 15 small dental floss; 12 trial sized toothpaste; 227 soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotions (hotel size); and $70 in Publix gift cards .... provided material support for Family Promise, which offers rotational housing (through local churches) and resources to families transitioning from homelessness. Our gifts via a Methodist church near Conway included: announced six Hope Scholarships totaling $4,400 to five in-house applicants and one senior at Oak Ridge High School ... sent a card to Rev. Steve Graves and his wife Susie, who are part of the Hope extended family, as they settled in Tallahassee with Steve's new call .... welcomed Mrs. Jackie Ross,  president of Operation ReachBack Orando, a mentoring program for minority boys, and pledged to sponsor a table at ORB's June gala .... supported an information gathering for Thornwell Home for Children in the home of a parishioner and board member .... sent representatives to the Compassion, Peace & Justice Florida Symposium at Maitland Pres -- with national leaders addressing intersections of the Gospel with issues of human trafficking, gun violence, immigration, inclusion, racism and mass incarceration .... directed $30 to Wycliffe Bible Translators from Dixie G., overall winner of the April Haiku Contest .... In addition to 10 percent to shared mission in our Presbytery, divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits: Operation Reach Back, mentoring Central Florida minority youth to fufill their potential; Dress for Success Orlando, multi-faceted approach promoting economic independence for disadvantaged women; Homes for Our Troops, building mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured veterans post-9/11, to help them rebuild their lives; Free Wheelchair Mission, faith-based non-profit, providing wheelchairs at no cost to disabled persons living in the developing world; Putnam Memorial Hungarian Congregation, a PCUSA New Worshiping Community based in Daytona Beach.
In APRIL members of the Hope family participated in AIDS Walk Orlando 2016 at Lake Eola in memory of Jen W's friend Alcurtis. The walk benefited the Hope & Help Center of Central Florida, which provides case management, peer support services, emergency food pantry and more .... provided info for National Drug Take-Back Day on 4/30 ... promoted the guest lecture of Sojourners president and author Jim Wallis at a local church to address the challenge of racism in U.S. culture .... received applications for Hope Scholarships ... solicited Haikus (3-line poems of 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5) re: Earth Care (beauty or stewardship) and Life at Hope for National Poetry Month as part of a charity contest ... In addition to 10 percent to shared mission in our Presbytery, divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits: Kids Saving the Rain Forest, rehabilitating wildlife and promoting science & conservation along Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast (suggested by Hope kids); Nudge Ministries, offering water, food, friendship and other resources to Thru-Hikers along the Appalachian Trail and via local and global efforts; Cru Missionaries Roger & Sara Randall, friends of Hope serving in France via friendship, business & resourcing social entrepreneurs; and Adult Literacy League, free literacy training in Central Florida.
In MARCH we collected individually wrapped candy and stickers and 40 Hope-sters loaded 2,000 plastic Easter Eggs for the egg hunt of an at-risk elementary school .... Committed to monthly support for Derwin & Wendy Penson, mission support staff with Wycliffe Bible Translators .... Conducted a Silent Dessert Auction for Hope Scholars on 3/20, raising $307 after winner Hugh Lackey (our Lake Mary missionary) added the $30 charity donation to Hope Scholars for his "Valedictorian" dessert -- the orange aspic pound cake that netted the most single-item income .... In addition to 10 percent to shared mission in our Presbytery, divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits: Relay for Life Lake Nona, resourcing cancer research & care; HopeNLiteracy, Presbytery-approved faith, education, and humanitarian aid in Haiti; Turk Family, meeting health, agriculture, safe water & spiritual needs in Madagascar; The Faine House, residence for teens who’ve aged out of foster care, assisting with education, housing & transportation, employment, health & wellness, & personal finance.
In FEBRUARY we collected used blue jeans, jackets and non-perishable food for Matthew's Hope -- kicking off the month-long collection on Sunday 2/7 with "Wear One/Share One." We invited worshipers to wear a pair of jeans and bring a used pair to share with those in need. We collected 103 pairs of jeans and 30 jackets (including 61 jeans and 19 jackets on Wear One/Share One Sunday), most of which was donated to Matthew's Hope, though 10 jeans and 134 toiletry items were shared with Christian Ministry Center .... collected 179 pairs of used and new shoes for Rays of Hope, an outreach to students in need at Sun Blaze Elementary ....  divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits: Anthony House, central Florida transitional housing and life-skills training for homeless families and individuals;  Direct Relief, top-rated humanitarian aid agency, committed to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies; Shepherd’s Hope, faith-based organization providing access to health care for Florida’s uninsured; and Special Gathering of Volusia County, offering advocacy, training, friendship and ministry opportunities for/in the mentally challenged community -- selected from a list of 8 possible charities by Avery M, whose name was drawn randomly on 2/28.
In JANUARY we sent a team of servants to work at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland .... hosted a shoe drive to benefit the Rays of Hope fund for students and families in need at Sun Blaze Elementary .... conducted a Baby Pictures Charity Contest for our 4th birthday. Winner Elise E designated Support our Sharks for a $30 charity gift .... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits: Healing Ark Animal Rescue, providing a forever home in Kissimmee for abused, abandoned and disabled dogs, cats and horses; International Justice Mission, rescuing victims of slavery, exploitation and oppression worldwide; Orlando Union Rescue Mission, faith-based and practical support toward long-term independence for Orlando's hungry, hurting and homeless; Perkins School for the Blind, multi-faceted organization improving the lives of people worldwide who live with blindness and deafblindness; Another Local Church or New Worshiping Community, determined by random drawing. 

2015 in Review

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In 2015 -- We collected 27.4 pounds of  pop tops from aluminum cans to benefit Ronald McDonald House charities; 718 Box Tops for Schools for Lake Nona Middle School; 1,129 travel-size toiletries for agencies that serve those in need; and achieved 334 microloans throughout the world through our Kiva lending team.

Using the self-reporting free app Joulebug, the Hope team -- which includes participating Hope members, friends and neighbors -- saved 77.2K pounds of CO2 (equivalent of lighting 50 homes for a month), 105K gallons of water (same as filling  72 backyard swimming pools) and 5K pounds of waste (same as the weight of 10 pianos).
In DECEMBER we collected 63 used coats and 19 sweaters to share with those in need ... Welcomed Jill Bolander Cohen of The Lifeboat Project, which combats human trafficking along the I-4 corridor and beyond. .... Collected $1,182 for Hope Scholars from the NCAA Football Point-A-Thon Pledge in late November -- with Diane Ashe and the East Carolina University Pirate claiming the 'Hopes-mein Trophy' for best performance! .... collected 12 $25 gift cards, 50 new toys and snack for men via the Orlando Union Rescue Mission .... sponsored a sand art booth with 15 volunteers at the Matthew's Hope Christmas Carnival -- reaching especially to homeless families and other community members for a day of fun in the December Florida heat! ... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits: House Orlando's Homeless, aiming to provide permanent housing for low-income persons; Equal Justice Initiative, offering legal support for wrongly convicted persons & those denied effective representation; Sower's Field, equipping a new generation of leaders to plant churches; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, seeking to inspire & enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential ... Gave 100 percent of our Christmas Eve offering of $1,776 to The Lifeboat Project.
In NOVEMBER we conducted our third annual Day of Service. ​Members of the Hope family gathered in small groups on 11/15 -- worshiping by serving others. One team anchored preparations for staff appreciation at Lake Nona Middle, another helped beautify the LNMS campus, and another provided worship and friendship for residents at an assisted care facility in Orlando. A total of 53 participated, also collecting 19 pies for LNMS staff and more than 50 stuffed animals for assisted care residents .... conducted an NCAA Football Point-A-Thon pledge drive for Hope Scholars -- inviting participants to pre-pledge cents or dollars per point their favorite college team scored during the week of 11/14-11/21. The team netting most funds for the college scholarship fund will be crowned the 2015 Hope NCAA Football Champion .... heard from Derwin & Wendy Penson about their ministry with Wycliffe Bible Translators ... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits: ​Presbyterian Co-Workers Dan & Elizabeth Turk, meeting health, agriculture, safe water & spiritual needs in Madagascar; Knight Rider Fund at LNMS, providing help during the holidays to in-need students and families at Lake Nona Middle School; Special Operations Warrior Foundation, offering immediate financial grants to severely wounded special ops personnel and help to surviving children of those fallen (11/11 was Veteran’s Day); and Share the Care, adult day care for central Florida seniors, including Alzheimer’s patients. 
In OCTOBER we awarded the first-ever Hope Prize to Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge. During worship on 10/25 we presented a plaque and a check for $1,010 to representatives of this local non-profit: "With thanks for your faithful work to protect life and promote the health of the planet, the people of Hope Presbyterian Church at Lake Nona gratefully honor Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge." The congregation nominated earth-friendly agencies throughout July 2015 and voted during the first three weeks of August for the agency to honor .... served at a 10/30 Boosterthon Fun Run at SunBlaze Elementary .... collected 2,758 pieces of unwanted, individually-wrapped Halloween candy as stocking stuffers for children in need .... contributed $75 in love offerings to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in response to flooding in South Carolina .... collected funds with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF .... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits: ​Everglades Foundation, advancing scientific & achievable solutions to reverse damages to the Everglades ecosystem; 1001 New Worshiping Communities, PCUSA movement to launch 1,001 new communities, reaching un-churched people and transforming the church to an outwardly focused community; Just 1 Book, launched by an Orange County elementary school student in 2010 to provide books to at-risk children in central Florida; Society of St. Andrew, food rescue and distribution mission (10/16 was World Food Day). 
In SEPTEMBER we sent 16 members of the Hope family to serve at Community Food & Outreach, a one-stop shop to combat poverty in central Florida. In preparation for CFO's annual 5K "Quack Attack on Poverty," slated for 9/26, Hope ambassadors helped inflate rubber ducks, paint banners, write thank you notes and prepare medals  & items to designate event staff. Others worked in the CFO grocery .... hosted a Thirty-One fundraiser for Hope Scholars .... welcomed our own mission co-worker Elizabeth Turk, who serves with her family in Madagascar .... ​divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits: Sermons 4 Kids, children’s worship bulletins & other resources for children’s ministry (Christian Education Week began 9/13); Clean the World, Orlando agency recycling soap & other discarded hygiene products to save lives with items that traditionally end up in landfills; Cuba Partnership—Transportation Needs, Presbytery Matching Grant, helping to purchase a used car for pastors serving multiple churches in Cuba; Another Local Church in Lake Nona (Lake Whippoorwill Baptist), determined by random drawing.
In AUGUST we assembled & prayed over 230 Love In a Glove Box kits with non-perishable food and hygiene items donated by the congregation. These zip lock packs may be distributed to homeless persons at street intersections or others in need we encounter .... Signed a card of welcome to Stephanie Minter, incoming principal at Lake Nona Middle .... Purchased 12 raffle tickets for Orlando City Soccer as part of a friend's fundraiser for Lake Nona resident Trevor Scherer, a 7-year-old cancer patient who must travel to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for a new treatment protocol .... Conducted a congregation-wide vote during the first three Sundays of August to determine the winner of our first-ever Hope Prize -- selecting from seven earth-care agencies nominated by members of the Hope family. Members selected Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge -- a Lake Nona agency -- to receive a check for one-tenth of July in-plate offerings and a plaque of appreciation .... ​divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits: Rebuilding Hope In New Orleans (RHINO), a hands-on urban renewal effort 10 years after Hurricane Katrina; IDignity, assisting the homeless and disadvantaged of Central Florida with obtaining personal identification; UKirk, PCUSA mission equipping & empowering college & higher education ministries; A Gift for Teaching Orange County, providing free resources to teachers for students in need; Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, collecting and distributing donated food for those in need in six Central Florida counties.
In JULY we sent a team of 32 people for our annual Pelican Beach Cleanup in Satellite Beach -- clearing the sands, walkways, parking lot and shrubs of debris. This marked our fourth annual summer beach cleanup with the Pelican Beach chapter of Keep Brevard Beautiful .... Sent two members (selected via drawing) to "Dining in the Dark" -- a  sensory experience benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank and Lighthouse Central Florida and showcasing the isolation that occurs via hunger and blindness. Hope made a $250 gift to secure the tickets ... conducted a charity contest for speed eating 5 pancakes at the July potluck brunch -- with a tie to middle school students, earning $30 each for NOROC (orphanage in Romania) and Clean the World ....  Accepted nominations for the first-ever 'Hope Prize,' -- seeking a non-profit that promotes or enhances the environmental health of the planet, in keeping with our 2015 #lovetheworld campaign. The congregation will select the winner by congregational vote during the first three weeks of August -- presenting 1/10 of July offerings and a plaque to the agency of choice. 
​In JUNE we served at "Make 'em Smile," an annual festival and resource connection at Lake Eola for Nathaniel's Hope, which serves special needs kids & adults and their families .... collected 155 pairs of prescription eyeglasses and 68 eyeglass cases to share with others in need through Lion's Club .... hosted 23 children from Hope and St. Cloud Presbyterian churches and their friends for our 2nd VBS at Wycliffe Discovery Center in Lake Nona .... signed a card of prayerful support for the congregation of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, where the pastor and eight parishioners were gunned down in a racially motivated rampage .... gave $30 to Kiva for the winner of church charity competition on 6/28 .... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among these non-profits: Kids Beating Cancer, Orlando-based charity offering wide-ranging resources & support for kids with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses; Presbyterian Co-Workers Dan & Elizabeth Turk, meeting health, agriculture, safe water & spiritual needs in Madagascar; Living River Camp, PC(USA) camp & retreat center opened in Spring 2015, emphasizing gospel, active life and earth care; Nathaniel’s Hope, Orlando agency providing resources & practical assistance for kids with special needs.
In MAY we presented four modest in-house Hope Scholarships for college or post-high school education to four  in-house applicants (students who attend Hope Pres regularly or who have a parent who attends) Cole Kraft, Katelynn Kraft, Antoine Miller and Sarah Masten. A fifth winner withdrew his application after learning his education would be delayed by more than a year  .... collected $480 for World Vision, providing disaster relief after the Nepal earthquakes ...  provided a $30 gift card to Regal Cinemas and provided baked goods for the faculty and staff at Lake Nona Middle School for Teacher  Appreciation Week .... participated in the first-ever Faith-Based Partners luncheon for Orange County Public Schools at Sea World on 5/1 .... ​divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among the following non-profits: ​Seniors First, offering nutrition, home repair & support services to Orlando seniors; Camaraderie Foundation, healing for invisible wounds of war through counseling, emotional & spiritual support for military service members, veterans & their families; NOROC Big-Hearted Grannies, PC(USA) mission partnering retired Romanian citizens with orphaned infants and toddlers for daily care and sensory therapy; Just Hope International, empowering people to provide for themselves and break the cycle of poverty; UPC Lake Nona, another local church in Lake Nona, determined by random drawing.
In ​APRIL tallied our estimated collective Earth Care impact through the free app Joulebug for Lent -- with Hope members and friends self-reporting 6K pounds of CO2 saved; 4K gallons of water; and 472 pounds of waste .... sent 16 members to serve at Clean the World, a non-profit sterilizing gently used soaps for purification and redistribution in the United States and 98 other countries. The entire 3-hour shift sorted 12,000 bars of soap and 52,000 bottles of shampoo, conditioner, bath gel and lotion -- providing soap for 4,000 people for better public health ... Presented a Hope Scholarship to senior Alexandria Tanner at Oak Ridge High School -- one of five scholarships awarded from our Lenten free will offerings .... designated $30 to the charity of choice for John Ramsier, winner of the NCAA Sweet 16 Basketball 'Prophecy Pool'  .... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among the following non-profits: Alliance for Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR), planting trees, digging wells & equipping Central American farmers for sustainability; Wycliffe Bible Translators, translating & delivering scripture to people of the world in a language & form they understand best; Water is Life, providing clean water + community-driven and -engaged sanitation & hygiene programs; Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Central Florida, using lessons of the Holocaust to encourage a kinder, more just community.
In MARCH Hope hosted Swan Boat Races for Charity at Lake Eola -- with 33 people participating. Winning teams "You're the Swan that I Want," "Camp C'MonAWannaSwanna" and "Flarrow/Boricua Bayos" each donated $75 to the charity of choice (Hope Scholars, Orange County Animal Rescue Services and Special Operations Warrior Foundation, respectively). In a special drawing, "The Quacks" designated $30 to Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge .... Hosted a porch sale, raising more than $800 for Hope Scholars college scholarships for in-house applicants and one senior at Oak Ridge High School, an at-risk school with whom Hope has a providential connection ... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among the following non-profits: Pet Peace of Mind at Cornerstone Hospice, enabling hospice patients to keep their pets with them through the end-of-life journey; Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, offering educational, physical and spiritual support to help migrant workers become self-sufficient; Presbyterian Co-Workers Dan & Elizabeth Turk, meeting physical & spiritual needs in Madagascar; One Great Hour of Sharing, a multi-denominational effort to establish water projects, hunger & disaster relief and empowerment; and Relay for Life Lake Nona, resourcing cancer research & care. 

In FEBRUARY we donated 127 pounds of dog & cat food and 164 Wish List items for Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge ... assisted at the second annual Sun Blaze Elementary carnival, raising funds for sun shades for the play area, tech equipment and scholarship help for students in need. (Phyllis K is president of the SBE PTA) ... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among the following non-profits: Dave's House, offering affordable, permanent housing and support services for Central Florida adults with mental illness; Against Malaria Foundation, a top-rated charity providing anti-malaria nets in high risk areas for $3 per net; GROWS Literacy Council, teaching low-income adults in Central Florida to read, write and speak English to function more proficiently at work and in their community; Camp Boggy Creek, free, safe and medically-sound camp for Central Florida children with serious illnesses and their families
IN JANUARY we collected 142 non-perishable food items for the Inasmuch Food Pantry in connection with the Souper Bowl of Caring ... collected for 2 Cents a Meal in connection with our 3rd Birthday celebration and twice-monthly Bible Doing .... awarded $30 to the charity of choice to John Ramsier for his victory in the college football BCS prophecy pool .... provided our 225th microloan through our Kiva lending team, supporting entrepreneurs in the developing world .... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among the following non-profits: United Global Outreach, transforming neglected and uner-privileged Central Florida communities by meeting educational, physical and emotional needs; Polaris Project, providing a national hotline, training and vital services to victims of human trafficking; Himalaya Cataract Project, eradicating preventable and curable blindness in the Himalayas and Africa; and Atonement Lutheran Church (ELCA), a neighbor church in Lake Nona determined by random drawing. Three times each year, Hope shares the equivalent of a Sunday tithe with a neighbor congregation -- upholding our value of Kingdom before Congregation.


2014 in Review

2014 FINAL Annual Report.pdf
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In 2014 -- We collected 50,918 pop tops from aluminum cans -- benefiting Ronald McDonald House; 587 Box Tops for Schools -- benefiting our host school, Lake Nona Middle; and 1,042 travel-size toiletries -- benefiting agencies that serve homeless persons and others in need.
In DECEMBER we collected 143 teen gifts for Nathaniel's Hope, serving area children with special needs ... collected 251 pre-packaged cookies and candy canes for distribution on Christmas Day by carolers to local children's hospitals by Nathaniel's Hope ... offered Alternative Christmas Gifts through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, with free donation cards for any charity -- donating 8 families of chickens (each to provide a family with ongoing nourishment); 4 sets of farming tools, 2 sets of 225 tilapia fingerlings (each to help a South African family launch a fish farm), 1 rainwater catchment system (helping communities collect usable water for irrigation and washing), 1 pair of goats (providing ongoing milk, cheese, butter and yogurt for a family), 1 youth agriculture scholarship (training a Third World youth in sustainable agriculture and community project management), 1 bag of seeds (enough for crop or small nursery) and 1 kitchen kit (for a family who lost everything in a disaster) ... sent Christmas cards handcrafted by survivors and benefiting Love146, working to end child trafficking through prevention and survivor care ... provided three $50 gifts cards to be given by random drawing to faculty and staff at Lake Nona Middle School ... designated one-tenth of monthly offerings to be distributed among the following non-profits: Eden Reforestation Project, restoring ecosystems and providing jobs; Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, targeting prevention, holistic care & support in communities affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa; Grace Medical Home, ongoing primary care for under-served Central Floridians; Christmas Joy Offering of the PC(USA), offering financial assistance for current and former church workers & their families plus help for deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial-ethnic schools .... Gave 100 percent of Christmas Eve offerings totaling $2,301 to The Lifeboat Project, aiding prevention, community awareness and care for survivors of human trafficking (modern-day slavery) in Central Florida and beyond.
IN NOVEMBER, we collected 1,473 pieces of unwanted, individually wrapped Halloween candy for Christmas stockings for children whose families are in crisis .... Collected 35 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child .... Sent more than 20 people to participate in RunNona at Night 5K, benefiting the Tavistock Foundation ... Encouraged and (many) provided donations through Go Fund Me to a church member who quietly provided financial and emotional support for a terminally ill roommate. (The fund was developed by coworkers of the pair.) .... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: Thornwell Home, Presbyterian ministry providing loving homes for abused, abandoned and neglected children; Villa International Atlanta, ecumenical short-term residence for international guests of all faiths, especially medical workers at the CDC; Presbyterian Co-Workers Dan & Elizabeth Turk, meeting physical and spiritual needs in Madagascar; Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, serving wounded veterans & their families; Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, equipping for self-sufficiency and generational change.
In OCTOBER we hosted our second Day of Service on 10/26 -- sending more than 40 members to provide hands-on service in the community in leiu of our regularly scheduled worship. Fifteen served water to runners in the inaugural Lake Nona Half-Marathon (between4-9 am!) and 25 landscaped at Lake Nona Middle School or prepared handmade placemats for a November service project ... Raised money by children for children who are in crisis internationally through 'Trick or Treat for UNICEF' .... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: Society of St. Andrew, food rescue and distribution mission (10/16 was World Food Day); Harbor House, shelter, support & crisis hotline for Central Florida victims of domestic violence and their children (10/12 was Domestic Violence Awareness Day); Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, 4-star charity providing shelter, vet services, animal assisted therapy and pet food pantry.
In SEPTEMBER we welcomed Dr. Bob Gamble, who founded the non-profit This Child Here to reach street children in Odessa, Ukraine. This Child Here was a June Partner In Service. Bob shared in worship and a combined adult and youth Sunday School about victories and challenges, including insights on the recent political turmoil in Ukraine ... Implemented the Spread Kindness Campaign. When Hope members caught someone 'in the act' of spreading kindness, we gave a Spread Kindness business card, which read in part, "Thank you for making the world a better place by offering a quiet act of kindness. It matters and we noticed! Your Friends at Hope Presbyterian Church at Lake Nona." Each Sunday in September, we drew the name of one person in attendance to share an enlarged version of the card in an envelope with a $20 bill ... Sent representatives to Christian Help for a brainstorming meeting with the faith community ... Collected for the Society of St. Andrew using the September End Hunger calendar ... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: Christian Help, providing vocational, material & spiritual needs for those actively seeking work; Scholarship Fund for Church Vocations, aid for men and women within our Presbytery; Journey of Life Lutheran Church, a neighboring church determined by random drawing; and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, aiding awareness, education, support & research.
In AUGUST we collected 1,024 school supplies to be distributed among at-risk children from the Parramore district through KidzRock Orlando ... Donated and served ice cream among the children at KidzRock, a weekly ministry befriending children and teens from inner city Orlando. A team of 26 adults, teens and children gathered from noon to 3 pm to participate in Saturday worship, food and fun ... After discussing the book Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth, Learning to Be Human Like Jesus, we drew a name from willing Summer Book Club participants. The winner of the 'Shared Table' gift received $100 to host a no-agenda, build-relationships meal in their home (as discussed in the book) as an exercise in be-like-Jesus hospitality .... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among Matthew's Hope, meeting needs and restoring independence to homeless persons in West Orange County; City Year Orlando, near-peers mentoring students in schools with high drop-out rates; A Place to Sleep, ministry launched by a 10-year-old through First Presbyterian in Shelbyville, KY, to provide a bed to any child who doesn't have one; Chorus Program at LNMS, which shared space with Hope from January 2012 to August 2014; Presbyterian Co-Workers Dan & Elizabeth Turk, providing earth, health and soul care in Madagascar.
In JULY we prayed for and provided modest funds for Lisa Gagliano to participate in a medical mission trip with Florida Hospital. Lisa is recipient from the first class of Hope Scholars who used the scholarship to attend and graduate nursing school ... sent a team of 22 to Keep Brevard Beautiful's monthly Pelican Beach Cleanup at Satellite Beach ... hosted a Wiffle Derby tournament and Baseball & Culture Trivia Contest, with Lori Eagen (winner of Wiffle Derby) designating $30 to Canine Assistants and the team of Connor-Ramsier (winner of trivia) designating $30 to Thornwell Home ...divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: Sojourners, a Christian ministry based in Washington DC which seeks to integrate and proclaim spiritual renewal and social justice; Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, seeking to inspire and enable young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to reach their full potential; Second Harvest Food Bank, collecting and distributing donated food in six Central Florida counties; American Bible Society, providing Bibles (including large-print and Braille copies) around the world.
In JUNE we sent a team to offer support at the 25th Birthday Bash and Grand Opening of the Lake Nona site for Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge ... delivered treats to Firehouse Station No. 76 ... wrote 50 personal cards to include with care packages to U.S. troops stationed overseas .... surpassed 160 microloans and $4,000 loaned through our Kiva lending team ... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: Conservation Fund, balancing economics & environment to save America’s favorite places; This Child Here, reaching street children in Odessa, Ukraine; Andrew & Sarah Vacca with Lift Disability Network, offering support in the local disability family (6/22 was Disability Inclusion Day); New Church Development Committee, aiding new churches in Central Florida Presbytery; Adult Literacy League, free literacy training in Central Florida.
In MAY we sent a team of 12 people to serve with Feeding Children Everywhere, packing 586 meals in a one-hour shift -- part of a larger group at Kissimmee Civic Center that packed 35K meals in that hour ... collected 177 baby items including diapers, food, car seats and new & gently used children's clothes and books for COPE (Creating Opportunities for Parenting Education), a Central Florida agency helping teen moms stay in school .... presented a modest college scholarship to senior Daniel Garnica of Oak Ridge High School at Awards Night on 5/7 as part of Hope Scholars ... presented on 5/18 four modest Hope Scholarships for college or post-high school education to in-house applicants (students who attend Hope Pres regularly or who have a parent who attends) Nicole Eagen, Amanda Hawkes, Katelynn Kraft, and Antoine Miller .... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among Military Warriors Support Foundation, providing home donation, education & employment help and recreational activities for wounded vets and gold star families (those who have lost a family member in the military); Share the Care, day care for local seniors, including Alzheimer's patients; Presbyterian Co-Workers Dan & Elizabeth Turk, providing earth, health and soul care in Madagascar; and Re-Think Church, another Lake Nona congregation, whose name was drawn at random by children during worship on 5/25.
In APRIL we donated uneaten fresh food from our church-wide picnic to firefighters stationed in Lake Nona ... designated $30 to the Pet Peace of Mind program through Cornerstone Hospice at the direction of Nancy Graham Ogne, who won Hope's March Madness Prophecy (kind-of) Pool ... sent a team to sort and organize donations of women's business attire at Dress for Success of Greater Orlando, providing business clothes and wardrobe consultation for women entering or re-entering the work force ... donated three boxes of unclaimed titles from our Book & Magazine Exchange (shared first among with Hope and Lake Nona Middle School faculty and staff) to New Beginnings, a thrift store resourcing those in need ... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among Not For Sale Campaign, fighting modern-day slavery through business creation, supply chain evaluation and aftercare aid; One Great Hour of Sharing, benefiting Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Self-Development of People; Cru -- the Jesus Film Project, bringing the Gospel specifically to a Mayan village as visited by Hope family member Bob Hawkes; Arbor Day Foundation, replanting National Forests and saving rain forests.
In MARCH we hosted a community porch sale -- raising more than $1,050 for Hope Scholars, our annual Lenten drive raising money for college scholarships ... conducted our second-ever Book & Magazine Exchange, sharing titles among Hope family and the faculty and staff at Lake Nona Middle School before giving unclaimed titles to New Beginnings, a charity thrift store ... sent representatives to the Sanford-Burnham Research Institute 10-Year Vision Review. Hope donated an auditorium chair at SBRI, a non-profit global leader in health research, in 2011 ... donated $30 to Canine Assistants at the direction of Lori Eagen, who won the Hope "Academy Awards" balloting ... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: Relay for Life Lake Nona, resourcing cancer research & care; Duvall Home, Central Florida residence & training for developmentally disabled persons; Malala Fund, educating girls in the developing world; Habitat for Humanity Orlando, building homes & communities; Lake Nona YMCA scholarships.
In FEBRUARY we sent a team of 15 people to prepare and serve dinner at Boost, a monthly outreach of food, fun and worship by Lift Disability Network for members of the disability family. With a Latin theme for the evening, our team provided tacos and fixin's, guacamole, Spanish rice, flan, tres leche cake and Mexican wedding cookies -- lingering to enjoy the evening with Central Florida families ... Sponsored the Hope Academy Awards Balloting -- inviting Hope adherents to select their picks for Oscar winners in eight categories. Winner with most correct picks will designate $30 to the approved charity of choice ... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: Deworm the World, combatting chronic health risks to children worldwide by promoting cost-effective, school-based deworming; DonorsChoose.org, crowd sourcing classroom projects posted by public school teachers aross the USA (our choice will be in Orange County, Florida); Oxfam, a 4-star charity working in more than 90 nations to end poverty, hunger and injustice; and Cedar Kirk Camp & Conference Center, a Presbyterian (U.S.A.) center for spiritual renewal near Tampa.
In JANUARY, we gathered for our 2nd Birthday and Celebration of Ministry on 1/12 -- with a Barbecue and Bake-Off for Charity. The Eckhoff Family claimed the BBQ blue ribbon, designating the $30 charitable gift for Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, set to arrive in 2014 in Lake Nona. The Folger Family won the blue ribbon for a chocolate cherry cake, designating their $30 charitable gift to Wycliffe Bible Translators ... Calculated Matching Fund checks for 21 non-profit agencies and schools where members of the Hope Family documented service in 2013 ... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: Christian Service Center, addressing physical, emotional & spiritual needs for struggling persons in Central Florida; The Innocence Project, DNA tests to free those wrongfully convicted; ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), Florida agency reducing hunger in 180 nations through agricultural training & resources; Arise church, Lake Nona congregation selected by random drawing.

2013 in Review

2013 Annual Report.pdf
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In 2013 ... Hope Pres re-invested more than $51,000 in ministries outside our walls and documented more than 1,900 hours of volunteer service to area schools and non-profit agencies.
In DECEMBER we "Fill(ed) the Drawers with Drawers" -- collecting 638 separate items of new underwear, socks, bras, camisoles and T-shirts for Christian Help -- a non-profit agency offering material and career support for unemployed persons actively looking for work ... provided "Gift of Hope" acknowledgment cards for persons making donations to any charity in honor of others ... pooled donations to two vetted charities as part of Advent Conspiracy, a collaborative effort to worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all. Together we offered $1,155 in support to Faine House of Central Florida, a 10-bed residence for foster youth who've "aged out" of care, and $970 in support to International Justice Mission (IJM), combatting forced labor and human trafficking worldwide ... raised more than $1,200 through our Christmas Eve offering for Community Food & Outreach Center in Orlando, which provides holistic care (including food, crisis care, opportunities for employment and education) to break the cycle of poverty ... provided two $75 gift cards to Lake Nona Middle School, designated for a drawing among faculty and staff ... divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: Eden Reforestation Project, restoring ecosystems and providing jobs; Medical Benevolence Foundation, providing supplies, education and community development; Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, providing classroom grants, mentoring and life skills in the county where we're based -- the nation's 11th largest school system; Aileen Agoncillo, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Asia liaison and assistant director for church engagement; and Shepherd's Hope, offering health care for Central Florida's uninsured.
In NOVEMBER we collected 17 cards & letters and 602 items to complete and ship 12 large care packages for military personnel through Give 2 The Troops ... Provided hands-on support for Relay for Life in Hunter's Creek ... Participated in the annual RunNona 5K, benefiting the Tavistock Foundation which services Medical City .... Collected funds for relief to the Philippines through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ... Welcomed 40 participants for our "Putt-Putt Under the Lights Extravaganza" and JFK Trivia Contest on 11/22. Winning teams designated $25 each to charity -- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (JFK Trivia Contest) and Operation Homefront (Putt-Putt) .... Divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among: Seniors First, offering nutrition, home repair & support to Orlando seniors; Mission Co-Workers Dan & Elizabeth Turk, sharing the Gospel, supporting the environment & public health in Madagascar; HOPE Helps, Inc., preventing homelessness in central Florida; Operation Homefront, providing financial, food assistance & repairs for families of military personnel and wounded warriors.
In OCTOBER we achieved 90 microloans provided as a team through the global microfinance organization Kiva ... collected more than $100 in coins for children living in poverty through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF ... Divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among: Z88.3, an Orlando radio station broadcasting contemporary Christian music and encouragement; Society of St. Andrew, offering food rescue and distribution through gleaning; Paws Kennel of Harbor House Shelter, an Orlando-area refuge for pets of domestic violence refugees (many victims stay in abusive situations due to concern about family pets who would otherwise be left behind); and Save the Children, an A+ rated charity serving impoverished and marginalized children and families in more than 120 nations.
In SEPTEMBER we hosted our first-ever Day of Service -- gathering on the 5th Sunday of the month, 9/29, to serve the community in lieu of our regularly scheduled worship. Forty-nine people served on three teams that morning -- one mulching, weeding and providing campus beautification at Lake Nona Middle School; a second preparing and serving a pancake brunch to families at the Ronald McDonald House at Arnold Palmer Medical Center; and a third doing A-OK (Acts of Kindness) projects onsite, including making cards for patients and associates at Nemours Children's Hospital ... conducted our first-ever Women's Retreat, with 15 women learning about "Living Our Lives On Purpose" and living into our God-designed personal ministries with retreat leader Megan Hawkes ... celebrated the graduation of Lisa Gagliano, a recipient from our first class of Hope Scholars in 2012, who has since passed boards and secured a job as a registered nurse ... Divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among: Futures for Children, providing education, leadership development & mentoring among Native American youth (Native American Day was 9/22); the Scholarship Fund for Church Vocations in Central Florida Presbytery; Prison Entrepreneurship Program, uniting executives and prison inmates for mentoring; and our neighbor church, Spring of Life United Methodist, selected by random drawing.
In AUGUST we welcomed residents and family teachers from Thornwell Home & School for Children in Clinton, South Carolina -- a Presbyterian mission providing stability for the children of families in crisis across the Southeastern United States ... Welcomed to worship Alex Serrano, the 2013 Hope Scholar from Oak Ridge High School ... Sent a team of people to assist with the first-ever Ladies' Charity Tea at the Central Florida Children's Home on Narcoossee Road. Director of Worship Marcy Kraft and daughter Katelynn sang as part of the program ...packed 159 "Love in a Glove Box" kits of food and hygiene items to distribute to homeless persons and others in need that we meet .... Divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among: Thornwell Home, a PC(USA) safe haven for children and teens of families in crisis; A Gift for Teaching, providing free resources for local teachers of students in need; Fresh Start Ministries, a residential program in Orange County providing resources and professional services for men battling substance abuse or other life-controlling problems; and Care International, an A+ rated global confederation working in 84 countries to end poverty.
In JULY we collected 113 packages of over-the-counter medicines (including opened but unexpired items) to send with Hope friend and Registered Nurse Leslie Barker on a two-week medical mission to Kenya with International Medical Relief in August. Collections included, among other things, 2,716 multivitamins; 2,550 ibuprofen tablets; 522 ziploc bags; 292 antacid tablets; 256 acetaminophen capsules; tubes of antifungal cream; antibiotic ointment; bandages; cold medications; hydrocortisone cream; and hygiene items ... For the second year, sent 22 people (and a canine assistant) to assist with the monthly Pelican Beach Cleanup at Satellite Beach, removing plastic items, cans, cigarette butts, bottle caps, bottle rockets (post-July-4th), and just plaing bottles (and even decayed remnants of an old blanket!) to help keep this Brevard County beach beautiful. Many participants stayed overnight Friday and gathered for dinner at a local restaurant ... Commissioned four senior high students and an adult chaperone for Fun In The Son (FITS) camp at Jekyll Island, GA ... contributed $1,000 in scholarships to Lake Nona YMCA ... Divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among: Presbyterian Co-Workers Dan & Elizabeth Turk, meeting physical and spiritual needs in Madagascar; New Church Development in Central Florida Presbytery; Second Harvest Food Bank, collecting and distributing donated food across Central Florida;and The Lifeboat Project, combatting human trafficking in Orlando.
In JUNE 19 Hope reps rolled out an experimental approach to serving lunch for residents at Bishop Grady Villas, a St. Cloud residence for developmentally disabled adults, lingering to enjoy conversation or basketball and investing a combined 32 hours and 30 minutes ... promoted and sent reps to "Light up the Night for Trevor's Fight," a fundraiser for a 5-year-old cancer patient living in NorthLake Park ... encouraged "Make 2, Give 1" Hurricane Survival Starter Kits -- consolidating government and weather.com lists and inviting those who wish to make one starter kit for themselves and pass a second along to a widow, single mom, new Florida resident, person who lives alone, or a friend in a difficult patch as a way of expressing care ... Divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: Feeding Children Everywhere, assembling healthy meals for hungry children; Polaris Project, providing vital services to victims of human trafficking; Hope International, a Christ-centered micro-enterprise development serving 16 under-served nations; Lift Disability Network (Andrew & Sarah Vacca), faith-based support to elevate life in the disability family; and Pioneers, mobilizing teams to plant church among unreached peoples.
In MAY 17 members of the Hope family donned our flattering hair nets and helped pack 18,000 nutritious meals with Feeding Children Everywhere, through which every $1 donation feeds four hungry children … presented three Hope Scholarships to current and prospective college students -- two to in-house applicants, Nicole Eagen and Katelynn Kraft, and one equal-value scholarship to Alexis Serrano, a senior at Oak Ridge High School selected in collaboration with school administrators … collected 122 pairs and 17 singles of used shoes for Shoes 4 Kids ... partnered with Nemours Children’s Hospital by sending three worship team leaders to anchor a Blessing of the Hands service for nurses, doctors and associates … Divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: NOROC, a Christ-based agency bringing holistic care to Romanian orphaned children; ITNOrlando, offering dignified independent transportation for Orlando seniors; Foster Care to Success, providing scholarships, books and emergency support for college-bound foster youth; our neighbor church Grace River, drawn at random.

In APRIL we sent a team to serve lunch and provide material support at New Beginnings, an outreach to homeless persons in Kissimmee …. Divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: Clean the World, local agency sanitizing modestly used soap for improved public health among the impoverished; HopeNLiteracy, Presbytery-approved faith, education, and humanitarian aid in Haiti; Restore International, restoring justice for children and the poor in Uganda and India; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Florida, one-to-one mentoring for local at-risk youth.
In MARCH we shared the first-ever Protestant service of worship at Nemours Children's Hospital on Maundy Thursday, 3/28 -- welcoming several members of the community ... Hosted life-saving CPR Training after worship on 3/24, attended by 26 members of the Hope family ... Joined our sister congregation, St. Cloud Presbyterian, for an Easter Community Sunrise Service on 3/31 at St. Cloud's future property ... Concluded our 7-week Lenten commitment to gather funds for Hope Scholars -- collecting more than $2,000 in free-will offerings to provide scholarships for student applicants who regularly attend Hope Pres (or have a parent who does) and one student at Oak Ridge High School (an at-risk school in the community of the former John Calvin Pres, which donated funds upon closing to help start Hope Pres) .... Launched a no-personal-funds invested, just-for-fun "prophecy pool," tracking the NCAA Sweet 16 Basketball Championship -- with the winner designating $25 to UCF College of Medicine ... Divided one-tenth of monthly offerings among: One Great Hour of Sharing, benefiting Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Self-Development of People; New Hope for Kids Center for Grieving Children in Maitland, where kids’ grieving hearts heal; Blood: Water Mission, empowering communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa; Relay for Life Lake Nona – combatting cancer; and Presbyterian Co-Workers Dan & Elizabeth Turk, addressing spiritual, environmental and public health needs in Madagascar.
In FEBRUARY we collected 87 small new toys for children going into surgery at Nemours Children's Hospital in Lake Nona ... collected 141 food items and delivered them to New Beginnings in Kissimmee... sent a team to serve on a Saturday morning among homeless brothers and sisters at New Beginnings .... hosted our first-ever Once-in-a-While Book Give-or-Take, donating dozens of books and magazines for which other people might provide a home. Unclaimed titles were offered first to the faculty and staff at Lake Nona Middle School and later to New Beginnings ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among: Compassion International, lifting children from poverty; Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, combatting homelessness and facilitating community collaboration; Action Against Hunger, providing access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger; Camp Boggy Creek, year-round camp serving seriously ill children in Eustis.
In JANUARY Hope sent checks totaling $3,000 to 18 different non-profits and schools where we documented service in 2012 ... sent 20 people to serve with Society of St. Andrew, gleaning citrus trees that would otherwise be unharvested to benefit local food banks ... hosted a Chili Cook-Off (in conjunction with our first birthday celebration and annual meeting), with the winner of "Best Overall" designating a $25 donation to the charity of her choice -- Canine Assistants, training and placing service and seizure response dogs ... Participated in the East Orlando Chamber's Community Kickball event -- having a blast while pulling muscles, enduring bruises and helping raise funds for Coins for Kids' Summer Camp, enabling students to attend summer athletic camps ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among City Year Orlando, providing near-peer mentors for schools with high drop-out rates, including Oak Ridge and Evans high schools; Helen Keller International, working to prevent blindness and malnutrition in 22 nations; Free the Slaves -- liberating slaves globally and helping survivors of slavery rebuild ther lives; our neighbor church Crosspointe, drawn randomly.

2012 in Review

2012 Annual Report.pdf
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For 2012 ...we re-invested more than $30,000 in ministries outside our walls and documented 2,367 hours of service in non-profits and schools.

In DECEMBER we enrolled as a Stephen Series congregation, aligning with the worldwide organization for lay-based Christian care ... raised $1,580 for Community Food & Outreach Center in Orlando through our Christmas Eve offering ... collected 43 pairs of new shoes for distribution through Christian Help, an agency providing employment assistance and material support to persons (and their families) who are actively looking for work ... distributed zip-lock bags of gloves and socks for members to make their own "Love in a Glove Box" kits to give to homeless persons they encounter ... signed and sent a card of prayers and condolence to the people of Newtown, CT via the Superintendent of Newtown Public Schools following the elementary school shooting rampage ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among International Justice Mission (IJM), rescuing victims of slavery, exploitation and oppression; DeLancy Street Foundation, the nation's leading residential self-help agency for those who've hit bottom; Grace Medical Home, providing ongoing primary care needs for Central Floridians with low income; Duvall Home, a Central Florida residence empowering persons with developmental disabilities; and Faith Arts Village Orlando (FAVO), a ministry of Park Lake Presbyterian Church, helping the faith community and local artists share gifts for the larger community.

In NOVEMBER assembled 133 care kits and prayer cards for guests at Orlando's Ronald McDonald House, a "home-away-from-home" for families of children being treated at local medical facilities ... donated $90.82 from children's collections for Trick or Treat for UNICEF (United Nations Children's Emergency Fund) ... contributed $125 to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to support those affected by Superstorm Sandy ... provided small "thinking of you" bags for the 78 faculty members at Lake Nona Middle School and, based on their popular (tie) vote among charities, donated in their honor $75 each to A Gift for Teaching, Orange County (providing free resources to teachers for students in need) and Foster Care to Success (national college fund for foster youth) ... collected and delivered 72 new towels, wash cloths, hand towels, blankets and throws to SeniorsFirst (providing nutrition, home improvement and support services to Central Florida senior citizens) as part of its "Operation Warm Fuzzies" holiday drive ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among Coming Home Project, helping Iraq and Afghanistan vets and families reintegrate lives; Presbyterian Co-Workers Dan & Elizabeth Turk, serving spiritual, health and environmental needs in Madagascar; Kiva, providing microloans as a hand-up to Third World and North American entrepreneurs; Share the Care, day respite for Orlando seniors, including Alzheimer’s patients.

In OCTOBER sent four team members to assist with the Opening Day "Blessing of the Hands" ceremony at Nemours Children's Hospital -- offering a blessing and ecumenical prayer for doctors, nurses and other associates ... Director of Worship & Connectional Ministries Marcy Kraft was one of two representatives of the Lake Nona faith community participating in the Nemours hospital dedication service with hospital and public officials on 10/4 ... participated as a team at the RunNona 5K through Medical City ... delivered clothing -- including more than 30 pairs of mittens as well as many new socks, winter shirts, slippers and shoes -- to organizations serving those in need ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among Society of St. Andrew (agency for food rescue and distrubtion through gleaning); Children’s Home Society of Central Florida (providing stable, safe homes for kids in crisis and equipping teens for independence); Alliance for International Reforestation (planting trees, digging wells & equipping Central American farmers for sustainability); Canine Assistants (training and placing service and seizure response dogs).

In SEPTEMBER sent a team to install 5' flag poles as part of the Valencia College commemoration of 9/11 -- 2,977 flags to denote each of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 ... provided several weeks of groceries to a local family in distress ... hosted an Exclusive Tee Box at the East Orlando Chamber's annual golf tournament, partially benefitting the local charity Just 1 Book ... officially committed to serve as a Partner In Education (PIE) for Lake Nona Middle School ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – responding to domestic disasters, Theological Education Fund (financial support to those training for vocational ministry), The Mentoring Project (Portland-based agency mentoring fatherless boys), Nemours Children’s Hospital, and Element, a neighboring church in Lake Nona.

In AUGUST conducted the first-ever "Bowl of Charities" with 11 teams bowling on behalf of favorite nonprofits -- having a blast as we raised $150 for Orlando's Community Food and Outreach Center, $125 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, $75 for the Central Florida chapter for Tres Dias, and $75 for Special Olympics ... sent a card, signed by members, offering our prayers and friendship to the people of The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, attacked one week earlier by a shooter, who killed six members of their congregation and critically wounded three others ... supplied fruit, eggs, coffee, tea and numerous baked goods (and four people to prepare and serve) at Lake Nona Middle School's "Welcome Back Breakfast" for faculty and staff on 8/13... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among Christian Service Center (serving homeless persons and others in distress), Habitat for Humanity Orlando (partnering community members with families in need to build homes), Second Chance at Life (faith-based greyhound rescue and prison partnership) and Free Wheelchair Mission (serving the impoverished disabled in developing nations).
In JULY we provided tens of dozens of baked goods on 7/19 to welcome the staff of Nemours Children's Hospital to the neighborhood ... fielded sixteen men, women and children at the monthly Pelican Beach Cleanup at Satellite Beach on 7/14 ... contributed the $250 visa gift card won by our Hope for Children walking team (in the April pedometer challenge) to R.O.C.K. -- the Reaching Out to Cancer Kids camp in Eustis, Florida ... made our 35th loan through our Kiva lending group ... became a sponsor for Christian Help's "Christmas in July" awareness- and fund-raiser. Christian Help works to prevent homelessness through job placement and through material and spiritual support ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among Kidz Rock Orlando (action-packed ministry to at-risk kids in Orlando's Parramore district), Presbyterian Co-Workers Dan & Elizabeth Turk (serving physical and spiritual needs in Madagascar), Shalom Readers Club (partnering with St. Luke's UMC in Orlando to help Orange County Corrections inmates improve reading skills), Orlando Day Nursery (non-profit daycare serving Orlando since 1921) and This Child Here (reaching street children in Odessa, Ukraine) ...

In JUNE we underwrote $1,000 in scholarships for the local YMCA ... packed more than 180 "Love in a Glove Box" kits to distribute to homeless brothers and sisters or those in need ... served free lemonade to participants and fans at the Lake Nona YMCA soccer league, offering handouts on staying hydrated during the summer ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among Thornwell Home for Children (offering homes and wholeness to abused, abandoned and neglected children); Seniors First (providing nutrition, home improvement and support services to Central Florida senior citizens); Villa International (a Southeastern, Christian-based short-term residence for international guests of all faiths, especially medical workers visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); and New Church Development (envisioning and empowering other new Presbyterian congregations in Central Florida) ...

In MAY we presented three "Hope Scholarships" toward college tuition -- two to Hope attendees who wrote a one-page essay describing the relevance of their spiritual lives for the vocation or course of study they intend to pursue and a third to a deserving student at Oak Ridge High School, an at-risk Orlando school now expanding on property once belonging to John Calvin Presbyterian Church (whose sale to ORHS provided seed money for new East Orlando congregations, including Hope) ... served at Clean the World, a nonprofit sanitizing modestly used soaps and shampoos to distribute in the Two-Thirds World and among domestic homeless to improve public health. Our group helped scrape 10,000 bars of soap and boxed 3,072 soaps. Ultimately this day's effort will make a difference in the life of 1,600 people ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among Clean the World; BETA Center (teaching life skills for teen moms and at-risk families); Wounded Warriors (meeting needs and empowering injured members of the Armed Forces); and Redeemer Church, a neighboring congregation in Lake Nona ...

In APRIL we completed the 11-week Nemours Capitol Steps for Kids Pedometer Challenge, with about 40 people recording 40,463,605 steps in the virtual "walk across Florida" to raise awareness for children's issues. Our team placed 2nd, earning a gift card for charity ... made our 25th microloan through Kiva -- offering a hand up to entrepreneurs in the Two-Thirds world ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among Eden Reforestation Project (planting 1,982 trees and employing 19 people); Cru and its Jesus Film Project (making the Gospel accessible to approximately 800 people); Hospice of the Comforter (Orlando's only non-profit hospice facility); Innocence Project (DNA tests to free those wrongfully convicted); and 2012 Relay for Life Lake Nona (supporting the American Cancer Society through the Lake Nona Middle School team) ....

In MARCH, adherents received orientation to the Shalom Reading Club for inmates at Orange County Jail, a new ministry in partnership with St. Luke's United Methodist Church ... hosted a complimentary cookout at Camden Lavina apartments ("Enjoy dogs, drink, finger food with no strings ... Like, really") ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among Adult Literacy League (providing literacy workbooks for one student and their tutor + required training materials for an additional volunteer tutor); Bishop Grady Villas (residential facility for independent living of developmentally disabled adults); Harbor House of Central Florida (supporting victims of domestic violence); and Presbyterian co-workers Dan & Elizabeth Turk in Madagascar (medical, environmental and gospel work) ...
In FEBRUARY, we donated food and assembled more than 60 bags of ready-to-eat food for homeless brothers and sisters through Rock Orlando ... Nancy Graham Ogne offered the ecumenical invocation at the 2/22 Dedication service for Lake Nona Middle School by Orange County Public Schools ... sent a team to participate in Kidz Rock -- serving at-risk kids in Parramore with worship, a hot meal and games alongside Rock Orlando ... hosted a benefit concert by the Boucan Brothers at Buffalo Wings & Rings, raising $870.34 to feed hungry people through 2 Cents a Meal ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (food for those in need); charity: water (underwriting clean water projects throughout the world); Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center (a Presbyterian-run center reaching people throughout Central Florida); and Shepherd's Hope (faith based medical care for Florida's uninsured) ...

In JANUARY, Hope friends contributed $2,130 to scholarship endowments at UCF College of Medicine in Lake Nona, dedicating a "Hope Presbyterian Church Legacy Chair" ... sent about 40 workers who gleaned more than two tons of citrus to feed the hungry through Society of St. Andrew ... distributed 162 "Love in a Glove Box" packs of ready-to-eat food and toiletries to homeless persons we encountered, offering a prayer as we did so ... divided one-tenth of our monthly offerings among Christian Help (providing food for FOUR families of four for a month); Wycliffe Bible Translators (translating the Bible into the language of the heart); Not For Sale Campaign (raising awareness and combatting human trafficking, still prevalent in the world and in our own country); and GO Church (a Lake Nona congregation whose name was chosen randomly by Hope children).

2011 Pre-Launch in Review 

  • Gleaned more than a ton of citrus with Society of St. Andrew
  • Donated an auditorium chair at Sanford-Burnham, the internationally renowned medical research institute in Lake Nona. Participating as Presbyterian Mission at Lake Nona, Hope also fielded a team for the Community Kickball Tournament benefiting SBMRI
  • Provided $1,300 in scholarship aid to the Lake Nona YMCA for camps and fitness opportunities for families and individuals in need
  • Helped sponsor “Christmas in July” at Christian Help, an agency which helps prevent homelessness by providing vocational, material, and spiritual support for those who are unemployed and actively seeking employment
  • Hosted two fellowship gatherings at Bishop Grady Villas, a residential community for persons with disabilities – promoting greater independence, physical and emotional well-being, and spiritual growth
  • Packed 162 zip-lock bags of non-perishable food and hygiene items to provide “Love in a Glove Box” for distribution at Hope’s first public worship service in January 2012.These zip-lock packages may be kept in the glove box of a car and handed to persons in need
  • Collected “2 Cents a Meal” offerings at gatherings where food was served -- raising a total of $199.50 during our twice-monthly studies from June to November. The 2 Cents a Meal offering builds on the concept that if every person who eats contributed only 2 cents at each meal (averaging 6 cents per day), world hunger could be soon eradicated. Through Central Florida Presbytery, this offering benefits an annually updated roster of five hunger action partners.
  • Contributed to the Nemours Clinic Oncology Department to help children battling cancer as we participated in the 2011 Lake Nona Christmas Festival