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Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Go out to all the world and preach and teach the Good News.  If  you are currently reading the Presbyterian Today magazines you are becoming aware that mission work is changing from not just giving, but  …becoming partners in help and need. Some of this is currently happening: Men’s Shelter, Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army food; and, in the broader life of Presbyterian (USA) to support some 169 workers who serve all around the globe.  Some missionaries are on short terms, some are longer, some go on and on and on…This is an area our mission group will be talking about.   
 
As always, our thoughts and prayers are with those who are serving in the Mission Fields around the world.
 
We will continue working, seeking with others to reach out to spread the Good News.
 
Thank you for your support.           
 
The Mission Committee
 
 
February Mission Notes
 

 

Mission = Love

 
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another, John 13:34
 
 
Lenten Special Offerings
 
Ash Wednesday & Maundy Thursday   These offerings will be used for the Homeless Shelter. This fund is used for supplies, equipment (such as mattress pads), and sometimes for help in securing permanent housing. Thank you for your generosity.
 
 

Homeless Shelter

On Monday and Wednesday nights in winter we show God’s Love  to homeless men and women of our community. They need your help. Work an overnight shift. Make a meal. Serve a meal. A simple dinner is all they hope for. And a hot breakfast is a rare treat. Can’t get up at 5 AM – well how about dropping off a breakfast casserole?  Lend a hand. Show the Love.
 
Please check the signup sheets, or talk to Pat Molden.
 
 
Food of the Month
 
Coffee, please, a cup of Joe,
 
Our supply is getting low.
 
Hungry, chilled right to the bone,
 
Help warm our friends on Saturday morn.
 

 

Donation

 

The Elks BPOE Lodge #432 gave a generous donation to the Soup Kitchen from their “Red Stocking Drive”.  Their gift is very much appreciated.

 

 

Soup Kitchen

 

We send a big thank you to all our faithful volunteers. Want to help? Call Jeanette Tyrrell or Sue Ransom, and see what is needed.

 

 

           Equal Exchange
 

 
                                                            
 
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Below are activities and organizations that the Mission Committee supports and participates with throughout the year.
 
 
 Share the Coupons
 
Those of you who use coupons realize savings. Now think of those who could use them but don't have access to them. I know my paper is full of all sorts of coupons, promo deals, etc. NOW is the time to share. Soon a basket will be in place in the church ready to receive all the extras to be used by one and all. This is just another way to help each other.
 
      Saturday Soup Kitchen
 
 
The Soup Kitchen serves on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please contact Sue Ransom, Coordinator, if you are willing to volunteer your time in preparation, serving or cleanup.
 
There is always a need for your help.  We depend on others to donate food for the dinner meals.  This entails preparing a meal for approximately 20-30 hungry men and delivering that meal to the church. The men are truly cold,  hungry and tired at the end of the day, and they are very grateful for the shelter and food that our church provides. There are teams of volunteers to serve the food and to clean up. If you cannot prepare food, please consider a donation of money for food to be purchased to serve. If you will provide a meal, please put your name and phone number on the sign-up sheet that is posted on the bulletin board posted as you enter the Edith Boyd Lounge.  Your support is the only way this Mission works at First Presbyterian Church.  This is something you can do to make a difference in our community and it is a great opportunity for us to do God's work and to share His love with our brothers in Christ.  Thank you for your caring and generous spirits.
 
  
  

 

Dunebrook

 

The Mission Committee has selected Dunebrook as one of the missions of First Presbyterian Church. Dunebrook serves more than 300 families each month. They provide home visitation to guide and encourage struggling parents, educate school children on Body Safety, provide books for children who may not have any, and much more. In the words of Diana, a Dunebrook employee, "Your gift makes it possible for us to help families and supports our vision for every child to be safe, healthy, and happy."

 

Boys and Girls Club

 

The Boys and Girls Club is a recipient of First Presbyterian Mission funds.  The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.  The Boys and Girls Club offers a framework for youth development that provides young people with knowledge, skills and attributes they need to pursue their dreams and succeed in life.  They plan on using our contribution to help support their computer program.

 
"You are a valuable asset to our organization and we very much appreciate your interest and your support in making our Michigan City Boys & Girls Club a positive place for kids."  Allan Whitlow, Executive Director
 

 “We are honored to join with the people from First Presbyterian Church to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.” Father Dennis J. Blaney.

 

 

The Stepping Stone Shelter for Women

 

Another mission that First Presbyterian Church supports is the Stepping Stone Shelter for Women. This organization provides shelter and counseling to women and their children who find themselves in abusive situations. 
 

Thank you for your support. You have helped to make our community a little safer for the women and children who need our services.” Gerry Jones, Executive Director of Stepping Stone Shelter for Women. 

 

  

 

Corner to Cornerstone  

 

 

Corner to Cornerstone is located at 1709 E. Michigan Blvd. It is an organization that reaches out to youth and adults, providing mentoring, technical skills and self-help programs. We are helping sponsor their “Weekend Backpack” program. Children who may not have essentials during the weekend are given a backpack on Friday to take home. The backpack contains healthy snacks, personal hygiene products, and educational activities for the children to complete over the weekend. They return the backpack and completed work on Monday. “Weekend Backpack” program is just one of many provided by Corner to Cornerstone. If you would like to learn more about Corner to Cornerstone please see Mission Committee member K. P. Nfr.

 
Samaritan Counseling Center
 
The Samaritan Counseling Center is an old friend of ours, having had residence in our Christian Education Building for many years. We continue to have a good relationship with this organization. Dr. Don is a member of their board and several Presbys volunteer yearly to help with their annual fund raiser, Samaritan Skedaddle, either by working or walking. The mission of the Samaritan Center is to help individuals and organizations heal and grow by improving their spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. It is a community-base, interfaith counseling and education service.
 
“Your support makes it possible for us to continue to help others by making lives better, families stronger, and burdens lighter.” CeeCee Kaylor, Executive Director, Samaritan Counseling Center.