Mission and Outreach
The Congregation of Hope Mennonite Church strives to follow Christ’s call to be a people of peace, service and reconciliation
Hope Craft Bazaar and Peppernut Sale
This annual fund-raising event includes the sale of crafts and food items and the collection of cash donations and canned goods. Peppernuts, the small, crunchy, spiced cookies, are a tradition in German Mennonite culture and a perennial favorite. Other food for sale includes bierocks, chicken noodle soup, and cinnamon rolls and other baked goods.The Bazaar is held the second Saturday in November every year.
Activities throughout the year give people at Hope the opportunity to serve others. Traditional projects are filling backpacks for school children living at Anthony Family Shelter, participating in the CROP Walk to relieve hunger, and serving meals to the homeless at Union Rescue Mission.
Mennonite Housing and Rehabilitation Service
Members of Hope Mennonite Church sit on the board of MHRS and work with staff to help fulfill their mission of providing decent, affordable housing to people in need. Besides building and repair projects, Hope participates in Repair Affair, a day in the spring devoted to repairing homes belonging to the disabled, elderly or impoverished, and Paint the Town Day, a painting marathon in the fall.
Mid-Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale T-shirt Booth
Hope Mennonite Church raises money for Mennonite Central Committee relief projects by sponsoring a booth to sell T-shirts, sweatshirts and other products at the MCC relief sale in Hutchinson in April. More than 70 Mennonite, Brethren in Christ, and Amish congregations in Kansas donate their gifts and services for this annual festival and benefit auction.
Mennonite Disaster Service
When disaster strikes, MDS is there to clean up, repair and rebuild. Through this work we touch lives and help people regain faith and wholeness. MDS volunteers serve without pay and work in cooperation with the various government agencies and other volunteer disaster service organizations. Besides providing relief for local disasters, Hope members have taken MDS assignments around the U.S. Special emphasis is placed on helping those least able to help themselves, such as the elderly, impoverished and disabled.
Mennonite Voluntary Service
Rooted in the spirit of Jesus, Mennonite Voluntary Service encourages people from a variety of backgrounds to join together in Christian service. MVS workers represent a variety of ages and include families, young people fresh out of college, married couples and retirees.
Representation in Mennonite Organizations
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the MCC Relief Sale
Mennonite Disaster Service
Mennonite Economic Development Associates
Mennonite Housing and Rehabilitation Services
Mennonite Mutual Aid
Mennonite Voluntary Service Committee
Western District Conference
Hope at work in other community organizations: