COMMUNITY OF HOPE

Leader: Donna Berry


With the aim to reach our community by providing a worship service and a meal for the homeless, poor, and hungry, Community of Hope is a collaborative effort involving a number of local churches. The ministry of Community of Hope is affiliated with First United Methodist Church at 3rd and Lead, and the meal and worship service is held in the Fellowship Hall onsite at First UMC on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm. St. Stephen's is involved by providing the meal on the 2nd Sunday of each quarter. As of June 2020, Community of Hope has hosted an outdoor worship service. Food and water is given out, as well as desserts.     


How is St. Stephen's involved? 

For over two years, we have provided a quarterly lasagna meal. Our church's next scheduled time to serve is Sunday, October 4. Can you help? Current needs: 


* Large party size frozen lasagna (serves 12)

* Large cans of green beans (10 lb. cans)

* $5-10 donations so these items can be purchased (please drop off a check to the church office and note it "for Community of Hope")


Donations can be placed in the large freezer room north of the Worship Center. Please place the frozen lasagnas in the freezers and the canned green beans on the table. All donations are needed by Oct. 2. 


Please contact Donna Berry for more details or to let her know what you can bring. 


Ministry Leader: Donna Berry


Community of Hope is a ministry supported by a number of churches in Albuquerque. It is aimed at reaching our community by providing a worship service and a meal for the homeless, poor and hungry. These people don’t always feel comfortable in a regular sanctuary service. It is affiliated with First United Methodist Church at 3rd and Lead. It is held in the Fellowship Hall at 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoons. Communion, food, music, prayer and good preaching occur at COH. St. Stephen’s UMC provides the meal on the second Sunday of each quarter. We use a set menu of lasagna, salad and fruit cups. Meals in 2019 are January 6, April 7, July 7, and October 6.

St. Stephen’s donates 12 portion ready-made or homemade lasagnas,, bags or boxes of salad, salad dressing and fruit cups. St. Stephen’s also sends volunteers to cook, serve and distribute the food, setup and take-down as well as kitchen cleanup. Contact Donna Berry at 505-604-4487 or dbyellow@comcast.net if you would like to volunteer at any time and signup to bring food for the scheduled meals.