Who’s Hungry? Auxiliary Sandwich Sale is Here!

Ham Sandwich FallIt’s the best time of the year: country ham sandwich sale!! Our Auxiliary is currently taking orders for their delicious country ham sandwiches. Place orders from now until October 13. Sandwiches will be available for pickup on October 19th. To place an order please call 301.739.1165 or 301.790.3843.

The country ham sandwiches are only $3 each and proceeds from the sales of the sandwiches goes to the many programs and services at The Hope Center. Since we take no government funding and also provide all services for free our Auxiliary plays a major role in helping to fund important programs, sponsor various projects, and make sure our residents have different special activities throughout the year. Your sandwich purchase goes a long way in helping feed the hungry, give shelter to the homeless, recovery to the addict, and so much more. To learn more about the various programs at The Hope Center please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Interested in making a difference in the community by being a part of our Auxiliary? We’re looking for new members so if you or someone you know is interested please email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net or call 301.739.1165 to talk to someone. Spread the word and invite others to join you at our Auxiliary!

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A Wildside Party Kids are Gonna L-O-V-E

Valentine’s Day is almost here and Wildside is ready to celebrate with a big party!

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All kids ages 5-12 are invited to join all their friends at Wildside’s Valentine’s Party on Tuesday, February 10th, from 5-7pm in the Trinity Center.

Kids are gonna have a great time playing games, earning prizes, creating art projects, eating delicious food, and learning all about the love of Jesus! And there will be special prizes for the person who wears the most red!

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This is a free activity for kids but we do ask that you call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com to register your kids for this event.

Complimentary transportation is provided to select areas inside of Hagerstown but space is limited so please call or email Wildside immediately if your children need transportation to and from this event.

To learn more about Wildside Youth Ministries and other activities at Wildside, go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com.

It’s Not About Me

Sometimes it’s hard to venture out of your comfort zone. No matter where or no matter how, as humans we always have difficulty pushing ourselves to be challenged. And as Americans we enjoy the safety of our comfortable life. God has greatly blessed this nation and we are reaping the benefits of hard work and perseverance.

But with the blessings comes the responsibility. As Christians, we are called to do more. We are told to step out of the comfort zone. We follow the example of Christ, who left the perfection of Heaven to come to the filth of earth.

But it’s not always easy stepping out. And if we aren’t pushed, it almost never happens. But what if we all stepped out together? What if the Church followed the lead of Jesus and went where it’s uncomfortable?

Lifehouse Church East is asking their people to do just that. But they aren’t just asking the people filling the seats to go. They sent 7 interns from the church into the community to witness and experience what can happen when you step out of your comfort zone and serve the Lord. And that’s when you realize that it’s not about me.

Seven interns were sent into the community from Lifehouse Church East to serve the Lord in places that they’ve never been before. The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission was fortunate enough to have 3 of these wonderful interns serve in our kitchen.

These 3 interns helped our Food Services Manager, Aleta, in various ways in the kitchen. From helping to cook, to cleaning and serving, these interns were able to help feed hungry people in the community and interact with some of the residents in our Foundations program.

One of the interns, Sheliea, said, “I had the most amazing, humble,  inspiring experience volunteering at the Hope Center. I will be back and I would love to volunteer in the kitchen again.” Sheliea, Michael and Kassidy were able to serve lunch to the residents of The Hope Center as well as serving our afternoon meal to area guests in need of warm food. We’ve had a steady increase of people coming to our Soup Line this summer so it was nice for these interns to see the actual need in Hagerstown.

Even though these interns did something as simple as serving food & cleaning a kitchen, they followed Christ’s example by going somewhere that most people don’t go. They were able to talk and mingle with our lunchtime guests as well as work directly with guys in our residential program. Only Heaven now knows the full impact of their time at The Hope Center. Sheliea continued, “The guys that worked that day were so sweet to me. I  instantly fell in love with everyone of them there. My life has been forever changed from all my experiences this week. It’s truly wonderful how God knows the right time to open your eyes to the world.”

When you take the leap outside of your comfort zone to minister to others you realize that maybe you are the one that is being ministered to the most! The fear and trepidation that we each feel at the initial step outside of our comfort zone is immediately replaced by the overwhelming peace and joy of serving God and knowing that this is where His heart is.

When you step out to serve others, the Holy Spirit gives you such a feeling of happiness that no drug on earth could ever replicate.

We are thankful for the interns from Lifehouse Church East who came to serve in the kitchen at The Hope Center. We welcome them back anytime with open arms!

If you would like to experience the joy of serving Christ outside of your comfort zone then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us! Call us at 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

If you would like to see and hear more of the testimonies from these interns, please visit Lifehouse Church East. The series, “It’s Not About Me” will begin on September 16th. Check out www.lifehousechurch.org to find service times and locations.

Now Hiring – Food Services Manager

We are currently looking for a new food services manager. If you or someone you know are looking for a job, and an excellent way of serving the Lord, then keep reading.

The position of Food Services Manager is a part-time position which is about 25-30 hours per week. Usually no weekend work is required.

Experience in food service management is required. Food Services Manager will be working hands-on with some of the men in our residential program so this person must have supervisory skills and be able to lead, direct and motivate the program men assigned to kitchen duty. Also, we are looking for someone who is a good cook, innovative, and able to teach and supervise others how to cook.

Since we are a faith-based organization we ask that each applicant agree with our Statement of Faith (our code of beliefs) and be able to provide their testimony of their faith in Jesus as well as adhere to Christian conduct.

This job is perfect for retired cooks, chefs or kitchen staff. It’s also perfect for anyone who loves cooking and really wants to make a difference for Christ in the daily lives of people. It’s a wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord by preparing meals for residents and daily guests. The Food Services Manager is able to build strong relationships with the residents who work in our kitchen. If you think that you would be perfect for this position, please read through the job purpose and responsibilities.

Purpose:  To oversee daily operations of kitchen including program residents and all volunteers assigned to kitchen duty.  The kitchen, dining area, freezers, refrigerators and food pantries are to be maintained in a Christ-honoring manner (clean and neatly organized) with diligence given to using all the food resources that God provides to the Mission without waste, spoilage or theft.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Set up weekly menus for all meals utilizing all available food resources
  • Supervise and maintain cleanliness of kitchen and dining area
  • Keep detailed record of all food donations
  • Insure all Health Department requirements are met on a daily basis
  • Insure all food items are sorted, properly stored and quickly used or frozen to prevent loss.

To apply, please use one of the methods listed below. If you are not interested but know of someone that you think would be great in this role, please pass this information along!

  • Email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net
  • Call 301.739.1165
  • Submit resume to The Hope Center/P.O. Box 685/Hagerstown, MD  21741
  • Fax resume to 301.739.1169
  • Drop resume off to Administrative Office M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM