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First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Welcome, Worship, Celebrate, Serve!
 
 
 

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, Women's Shelter, Soup Kitchen, 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
 
Peace at all times in all ways. -2 Thessalonians 3:16
 
As followers of Christ, our call to work for peace begins in our own neighborhoods and extends to the ends of the earth. Our gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering will support peace efforts in South Sudan. It will help provide welcome for Syrian refugees. And it will help us in Michigan City support our neighbors in need; our local portion of this offering will be used for the Soup Kitchen Fund.

Twenty-five percent of the Offering stays in our church and twenty-five percent is retained by our Presbytery. The remainder supports the work being done by Presbyterians across the globe. We will receive this offering on World Communion Sunday, October 6. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity. If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.
 
The Miller Bracken Homeless Shelter
 
Eighteen years ago, Dorothy Miller and Nancy Bracken had a vision – a town where people no longer had to sleep huddled over heat vents in the cold winter. They saw their vision come closer to reality as they developed an emergency shelter system with our local churches. Through the years many people have worked hard to offer a clean bed, a warm meal, and a hand of friendship to those in need. But the vision is much larger.

And now, the next step is within reach. The Archdiocese of Gary donated Sacred Heart Church to the Interfaith Community PADS for full time use as a shelter; the Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the use. When fully operational, The Miller Bracken Shelter will be the single location for emergency shelter. No longer will the homeless wander from church to church looking for a place to stay.

Our Interfaith Community PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) has begun raising funds for the building conversion. For more information follow this link: https://www.thenewsdispatch.com/news/article_5df3109f-6aac-5e91-b402-0e2d71d4e9e8.html

Realizing the vision of Dorothy, Nancy, Connie Bauer, and countless others will take cooperation, hard work, and a substantial infusion of money. But, as we know, with God, all things are possible!
 
Emergency Homeless Shelter
 
The cold weather is coming, with hard times ahead for people who have no home. Beginning in mid-October, we will be offering shelter to the homeless men of our community on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday evenings. Homeless women (and sometimes children) will stay with us on Saturday nights.

Volunteers are needed, for supervision, for meals, for general support. Please look for sign-up sheets in the Edith Boyd Lounge. We need you more than ever, and we know we can count on YOU! Please – SIGN UP.

If you have questions, please talk to Sue Ransom, Deb Langley, or call 219 276-7582 and leave a message for Harrison Holtkamp, director of ICPADS.

 
 
Food of the Month
 
Sugar and creamer
Make coffee so nice.
Warms up the tummy
When winds blow like ice!
 
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Below are activities and organizations that the Mission Committee supports and participates with throughout the year.
 
      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.