Our Hillside Church Family
Our church community is always at the ready to pitch in when a fellow member needs support and help. The willingness to offer aid to each other is integral in our interaction. Hillside leaders keep in tune with members’ needs continually.
- when a family is moving there are hands ready to help
- when a widow doesn’t know who to call when home repair is needed
- when someone needs a ride to worship or a church event
- or when or a family struggles during a medical crisis
There always is someone there to offer support, suggested resources, and a helping hand. Those in our midst who are challenged with illness or injury or advanced age can often feel isolated and out of touch with our church community. Spending time with them with regular visits and phone calls helps them know they are not forgotten by our church family. We have some very dear ‘visiting angels’ who show great love towards those who can no longer physically join in worship and fellowship.
Our Hillside Food Pantry
The Hillside Food Pantry opened its doors in May of 2009, and after just a few years built two large additions to accommodate the need for more space. We now provide healthy food to almost 8,000 people a month. The director and administrator of food rescue team up with a volunteer coordinator who schedule and manage over 100 volunteers to help during our weekly distributions. These faithful volunteers may work once a week or every day! They are assigned to different jobs that help the pantry run smoothly and with lots of love.
- pick up rescued food from a farmers’ market during the growing season
- stock, bag, and sort rescued food, getting it ready for our patrons
- welcome, greet, and check in patrons twice a week (distribution days are Wednesdays & Saturdays)
- fill a bag with fresh, healthy, delicious food for each one that arrives on those days
Hillside Food Pantry is a light that shines hope to many people who are in need of food offered with love and respect.
Journey of Hope
Hillside provides a ministry of presence to the lives of those who are fighting cancer through Our Journey of Hope small group training. This training teaches volunteers to offer practical support, courage, compassion, and hope to anyone in our community affected by cancer. We presently have three trained volunteers.
A Journey of Hope Volunteer will:
- come to you and say words that no one else has said
- leave you with courage, strength, dignity and hope for the future
- offer you God’s words through it all
- provide opportunities or volunteers to help with errands