Projects In Ministry

Exercises in Listening, Learning, Hospitality and Intercession

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https://www.facebook.com/ThriftWC

Thrift at Woodland Crossing grand opening

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Benjamin Isaak-Krauss The Power of Nonviolent Resistance

MCC -the work in Ukraine

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MCC -Ukraine
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the Re-Membering Garden

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With neighbors in South Central Elkhart, we hope to establish a garden intended to honor the Potawatomi people who tended this land for centuries, and the Black families who created a vibrant community on the Elkhart’s South Side a hundred years ago. Our hope is that this might be a place that welcomes anyone, to come alone to be quiet, or to gather with others for conversation, fellowship or worship.

Not just for people, may this be a place where all God’s creatures find life, relationship, and harmony, whether trees, flowers, birds, or insects. All are invited to help make this a habitation of peace and simple beauty

MennoMedia has a Salt and Light curriculum that currently points to and asks the questions we have been facing into. these videos are intended to assist the teachers of the Sunday School classes but useful for any of us.

Stewarding the land we occupy

Land stewardship session 2 with Lana Miller

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Mondays at 6:00 pm -Prayer in Ullery Park with New Vision of Life Church—Everyone is welcome.

https://www.facebook.com/NewVisionofLifeChurch
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Gaza connections: Twinning

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Following encouragement from Pastor Suella and the approval of the congregation, three FoH members explored developing a relationship with Christians in Gaza through the Mennonite Palestinian Israeli Network program MennoPIN.

The goal of MennoPIN is to “work for peace, justice, and reconciliation in the world”, specifically in the contentious area of Gaza, Israel, and the West Bank. The specific unit of our engagement is called the “Mennonite Twinning with Gaza,”.

As there are few Christians and churches in Gaza, most of us in the Mennonite Church connect with social service or health facility representatives.
Since October 2020, we have been meeting over Zoom with representatives of the Gaza YMCA, whose leaders are both Christian and Moslem. There are currently five of us from FoH along with several persons involved with MennoPIN who meet twice a month. Our one-hour conversations include personal sharing about family, sometimes including our children and spouses, virtual tours of YMCA program areas, and the challenges of daily life where travel is greatly restricted and electrical power is regularly unavailable. We have also been allowed to witness outside events such as an intergenerational tug-of-war and their Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The Gaza Y offers programs familiar to anyone who has been involved at a local Y: recreation, arts and crafts, youth development and family building activities.

Recent Events
The clashes of June 2021, in which hundreds of Gaza residents and a few Israelis were killed and many buildings destroyed by Israeli bombs following rocket attacks by Hamas, dominated our conversation. Damage to the YMCA included many windows broken by the bombing concussions and great trauma to children and adults. We solicited contributions both in and outside our church to help with the repairs. Some of us wrote letters to our congressional representatives and the Department of State calling for influencing Israel to curtail the removal of West Bank families to make room for more settlements of Jewish citizens, a major factor promoting violence.

While we seek to offer what support we can to our friends in Gaza, they in turn have shown their concern for us in the U.S., particularly after the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection. Compassion was also expressed when the spouse of one of the FoH participants died in early 2022. One of the U.S. participants solicited advice on working with teenagers from the YMCA Program Director when she was taking on a new teaching job.

At the end of each hour, one feels both amazed and encouraged by the resilience of our Gaza friends, and broken-hearted over their suffering. The virtual space we share during these meetings is indeed Holy ground.

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Seeking The Beloved Community Men's Breakfast

Conversation and listening the 1st Saturday of the month at 8:00. Conversations range from gun violence in our neighborhood, racism, peace and justice issues, and listening to each other's stories

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photos from the monthly men's breakfast

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Walking with the imprisoned

Several persons have been active in jail ministry or walking beside incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons

Contact Sam Yoder for more information
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The Poor Peoples Campaign

several Fellowship of Hope members are active participants in this action. You are invited to get acquainted with this movement at their website:
The Poor Peoples Campaign website

This is a video featuring Rev Dr William Barber II:How to have a meeting

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Church Community Services

Fellowship of Hope is an active supporter of CCS both with volunteer work and financial contributions. Since the beginning of FOH members have been involved in this local Elkhart ministry serving as staff persons, board members or as volunteers.

Church Community Services Website
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We Thrive -Elkhart

a number of members actively follow the local government meetings and agenda. The following links relate to current Elkhart planning:

https://simplebooklet.com/elkhart2040wethriveimplementationplan#page=29
https://www.facebook.com/elkhart2040/
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