A complete list of Hope's missions (local & trips)
As part of Hope Lutheran’s commitment to serving the Wake Forest community, Hope has adopted Forestville Road, between Rogers Road and Burlington Mills Road. Four times a year a clean-up day is organized, and volunteers spend time picking up trash that has accumulated on the sides of Forestville Road. Watch the bulletins and newsletters for Adopt-A-Highway clean-up events, or contact Jeff Vukovich or Andrew DiGiovanni for more information.
The Angel Tree ministry brightens the Christmas of children and senior citizens in the community. In 2021, Hope adopted 27 families. That's over 85 people! In early December, a Christmas tree is set up in the Narthex adorned with paper angels. Each angel has one individual family member's wish or needs on it, just waiting for someone to fulfill it. In December 2022, please help us to share the love of Christ in the season of giving! Watch the bulletins and newsletters for dates.
Brown Bag Ministries is an eleven-year-old ministry designed for volunteers of all ages, whether multi-generational families or individuals, to join together in fellowship to provide nutritious lunches with a spiritual message to children and their families. Within a two-hour period on a Saturday morning, brown bags are filled, and lunches are delivered to nearby neighborhood. Sign up to volunteer here! For further information, please contact Nancy Repak at 919-279-3801, or Debbie Irgens at 919- 373-9181.
Area churches, including Hope Lutheran, have banded together to create an organization that provides financial assistance with utility bills to those in need in the Wake Forest, Youngsville, and Rolesville areas. Clients are interviewed by volunteers to determined if assistance can be granted. If awarded, funds are pledged directly to the utility company, often just in time to keep lights or water turned on. Join other Hope volunteers at ChurchNet once or twice a month for a two-hour shift. For more information on contributing to this worthwhile effort, visit http://churchnetfoundation.net/ or on Facebook. To get involved or learn more about volunteering, email leader Pam Jay at
NEW Food Ministry
Members of Hope recently began exploratory conversations about starting up a new ministry, aimed at providing large-scale community feeding events, for both local folks in need and for victims of disasters in our region. Just as Jesus himself provided sustenance for the hungry crowds in his day, our church is considering how to provide food as a means of bringing the Gospel to our hurting neighbors. This prospective ministry is just beginning to take shape, with two trial events happening in February 2022. As we begin to schedule other local events, many volunteers will be needed. Contact Pastor Wayne at to receive updates about this promising new ministry.
Gleaning is the act of collecting crops from farmers’ fields after they have been harvested, then donating the leftovers to people who cannot afford fresh fruit and vegetables. Volunteers from Hope work collaboratively with volunteers from other local Christian churches. This ministry is open to new volunteers. No experience, farming talents, or cooking expertise needed! Due to the short notice of events, watch Hope's Facebook page.
For many years, Hope has sponsored mission trips to Guatemala, working with the Groundwork Guatemala organization. Due to the pandemic, plans for the next trip are currently on hold. Down the road, volunteers will be needed to help minister to children through faith lessons, home visits, and sponsorship possibilities. Trip costs are typically approximately $375, covering ground transportation, lodging, food, and safe drinking water. Airfare is additional. Contact Rodney Farlow at to receive updates about the next Guatemala mission trip.
In recent years, Hope has been an active partner with Wake County’s Habitat for Humanity organization. Our volunteers have helped build several new homes, and many families have been blessed by this ministry. Hope is seeking a volunteer willing to serve as our congregation’s liaison with Habitat, along with volunteers willing to help out at home construction worksites. If interested, please contact Pastor Wayne at .
Habitat of Western NC
Why work with Habitat of Mitchell/Yancey Counties in North Carolina? The answer is easy...volunteers are desperately needed! It takes an average of 4 times longer to complete a home in Mitchell/Yancey than it does in Wake County. Hope has been sending mission teams to the area for the past 10 years and has been instrumental in assisting to build 8 homes. A typical day on the trip begins with heading to the job site by 9:00am. The group is asked to perform all aspects of construction from hammering, painting, landscaping, or clean-up. The day ends with dinner and devotions and includes lots of laughing and fellowship. The team stays at Camp Linn Haven. To learn more about upcoming trips, contact Don Yakopcic at or Bonnie Petersilge at
This ministry offers free clothing a few times during the year, with all items donated by the people of Hope. Items go directly to people who need them most in Wake Forest and surrounding communities. Any remaining clothing is then donated to different organizations around the Wake Forest area that are also in need. Watch the bulletin and newsletter for the next Hope Chest event. If you would like to participate in this wonderful ministry at Hope, contact Hope Chest Coordinators Mary Jo Isom ( ) or Martha Haun ( ).
While this ministry is currently on hold due to the pandemic, volunteers will be needed to spend time talking, listening, and providing friendship to others. Hope Friends volunteers make visits to people in area nursing homes who are unable to come to church. Watch Hope’s bulletin and newsletter for information on when Hope Friends activities will resume.
This inspiring outdoor production in early December will take you back in time to experience the first Christmas. A long-standing tradition at Hope, the Live Nativity features live animals (and live people, too), professionally-crafted scenery, and seasonal music to provide community members with a memorable encounter with the Babe of Bethlehem. To get involved, contact Claudia VanHook at or Wendi Pallozzi at
Personal Missionary Support
Our congregation helps sponsor an overseas missionary family, as part of Hope’s overall mission. Pray for Pastor Gustavo Maita, and Deaconness Ruth Maita, along with their children Mikhaela and Isaiah, serving God’s people in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Pastor Gustavo and Deaconness Ruth have served Iglesia Luterana Príncipe de Paz (Prince of Peace Lutheran Church) in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico since 2018. Their Lutheran Church Missouri Synod mission congregation is active in serving the members of their community, providing a wide range of services and resources that help bring people to Christ. Many members of Hope have come to know the Maita family over the past few years, during Hope mission trips to the island after Hurricane María. Learn more about the Maita family at lcms.org/maita.
Puerto Rico Mission Projects
In 2022 Hope is using a portion of our mission budget to sponsor specific ministry projects that are being led by Lay Evangelist William Torres, from Iglesia Luterana Príncipe de Paz (Prince of Peace Lutheran Church) in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Pray for William Torres, and his family (Cindy, Andy, Alejandro).
William grew up at Principe de Paz, and has served as part of the missionary team since 2018. Hope’s donations will enable William to continue work on children's Explorers' Club programming, getting the Word out on his twice-weekly radio program Café con Fe (Coffee with Faith), and trying some new programs for church outreach in the community. Many members of Hope worked closely with William during our congregation’s mission trips to Puerto Rico in recent years. Follow Lay Evangelist William Torres' church on Facebook or Instagram.
Members of our congregation are concerned with caring for the environment, and we try to do our part to take care of God’s beautiful creation. Here at Hope, we recycle our paper and weekend bulletins.
Donated gift items will be given to low-income students at local schools who want to give their parents/loved ones Christmas gifts. Maybe you have an item or two, gathering dust in your attic, which you received last year at Christmas. Here’s your chance to re-gift those items, and put them to good use! Items will be collected in November of each year.
Regional Disaster Response
Hope volunteers have been blessed with many opportunities to share the love and compassion of Christ with victims of disaster. They have given witness to our caring Lord, while doing chainsaw work, mucking out flooded homes, doing roof repair, and rebuilding damaged homes. Members of our church have responded in recent years to disasters in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Louisiana, Iowa, Alabama, Kentucky, New York, and Maryland.
Night To Shine
Night to Shine is a prom held annually for people (ages 14+) with special needs. The goal of the evening is to celebrate our honored guests with corsages/boutonnieres, crowns, a red carpet walk, professional photos, photo booth, karaoke, limo rides, appetizers, a DJ and dance floor. The 2022 prom has been postponed due to the pandemic, although an online “virtual prom” experience is available for our guests. We are already making plans for an in-person prom in 2023, though. Volunteers will be needed to help with a myriad of fun tasks, and registration will begin in December 2022. Contact Bonnie Petersilge at to help. If you can’t volunteer, but would like to donate, please mark your donation “Night to Shine.”
Want to make an investment in the future of our community in Wake Forest? In an effort to help out families who are struggling to make ends meet, each summer our congregation gathers school supplies to help Heritage Elementary and Middle Schools students prepare for the new school year. Items needed: single-subject spiral notebooks, composition books (single & 3 subject), 3 ring binders (2 in), college-lined paper, note cards, index dividers, highlighters, pens/pencils, pocket folders, and cinch sacks (for backpack buddies). Please drop off your donated items in the collection bin in the cafe in July.
The New Testament Gospels are filled with stories of Jesus bringing God’s healing touch to people in need. Here at Hope, Touched By Hope is a free medical clinic held annually in the fall. The primary purpose of this ministry is to meet human needs in Christ’s name. This is done by providing a wide range of services which strive to meet the medical, physical, and spiritual needs of the guests. Services range from medical, dental, and optical care to free food. All services are provided free of charge. Volunteers are gathered from Hope Lutheran Church and the community to provide services for our guests. The next event is November 5, 2022. Volunteer registration will begin in the early fall of 2022. If you'd like to get involved or have questions, contact leader Diane Copeland at
This wonderful organization serves families that live in Wake Forest, Youngsville, and Rolesville areas, but will not refuse anyone. The ministry allows registered families to come in once a month to pick up a bag stuffed with groceries for no charge. Nearly 200 families go to the ministry each week. A collection bin is available in the cafe' area at Hope, and you are welcome to donate non-perishable food, feminine hygiene items, and paper products at any time to this blessed ministry. Questions? Contact Jill Schaefer at