Like many other Presbyterian congregations, our Session adopts a Basic Mission Support commitment for the mission and ministry of the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly to which we belong. Basic Mission Support provides dollars for missionary salaries and benefits, theological education, gifts and grants to ecumenical agencies, overseas partners (churches, hospitals, and schools), as well as resources and services to congregations and middle governing bodies. Mission funding also provides food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, a voice for the unheard, and a place of worship for those in need of sanctuary.
As a congregation, our church participates in Unified Giving program, namely, One Great Hour of Sharing, Peacemaking, and Christmas Joy Offerings. It is through the kind and generous contributions of individuals that the Presbyterian Church is able to provide funds for mission programs such as evangelism; church development and redevelopment; women’s, youth and racial ethnic ministries; social concerns; as well as education and leadership training.
Church World Service kits are small packages assembled by volunteers and shipped all over the world wherever the need arises. Our Family Ministry Group work together with the children to put together School Kits that are then shipped to children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings. Some of the basic tools for learning and Hygiene Kits that can make a difference between sickness and health for stuggling families affected by natural disasters, violence or poverty. For the past several years our Womens Fellowship Group volunteers their time and talents to assemble, pack and ship Baby Care Kits. Throughout the year the women crochet, knit, and sew baby blankets, gowns and sweaters. Baby Care Kits help young mothers care for their newborn babies all over the world including the United States. In 2011 numerous states were devastated by severe storms, flooding and hundreds of tornadoes in April and May, and as communities along the Mississippi River cope with the worst flooding in recent memory, these kits provide much needed help to those coping with the rash of violent weather.
CROP Hunger Walks are community wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. Through the Mission Committee our church has participated in CROP Hunger Walks for the past several years.