1. Supporting Local Families Through OHM

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    While you may be familiar with Open Hand Ministries (OHM) for its home rehab workdays on the first Saturday of each month, OHM’s real focus is on working with families so they can move beyond their fragile economic situations, move out of poverty, become financially stable, and qualify to buy a home.

    To help families reach these goals, OHM offers a structured family development program, called Circles. Through the Circles program, a family (Leader) that wants to change the outlook of their finances and life goals, is paired with a supportive “Ally” who assists them.

    OHM is currently looking for both Leaders and Allies. Training will begin in the spring! If you are interested in becoming an Ally and would like to chat with current Allies from ELPC, contact Allison Freeman at or Susan Spangler at

    For more information about the Circles program, please contact Jodi Salant at or 412.361.8061.

  2. Note to Self

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    Tis the season….to volunteer. As ELPC’s volunteer coordinator, I receive many offers to help serve during the next several weeks from both people internal and external to our church. This time of celebration seems to stir in many of us a sense of care for our fellow humans. This is a good thing and we need do charitable hands and hearts during this season, but also throughout the year. Yes, if we had 50% of this interest in March, August and October, then we would easily be able to meet our volunteer obligations and demands. This is not always the case. Know that when a request is put in the bulletin or on the iSERVE bulletin board, we actually do need help to do it and I will continue seeking helpers until the need is met. Items that are fulfilled are removed so that you know that task is taken care of by our church family.

    So, please consider writing a note to yourself in your personal calendar that you set aside a couple hours to serve in other months outside wintertime. I guarantee that the need will be there and that it will be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    Visit the iSERVE webpage at read about other service opportunities!

    Take care,