Mission at SCPC
When imagining the possibilities for new, improved, or expanded mission projects, the sky is the limit for the State College Presbyterian Church! We are committed to “big” projects such as sponsoring & building a Habitat House and international mission relationships with communities in Togo, Haiti, Thailand and elsewhere. It is also important that we continue our commitment to all current mission projects and trips and turn our focus on improving how the stories of those significant mission experiences are shared with the rest of the congregation. We must be sure that our church community continues to make regular connections to our ongoing and established activities as “mission projects” (e.g., the angel tree and other local projects).
Houston Flood Relief
Members of SCPC and our college ministry, WPF will be heading to Houston and working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance over spring break (March 3-10, 2018) to offer relief to those still hoping for help after Hurricane Harvey. Going on the trip is only part of the good work we are all doing – everyone can participate in making this outreach meaningful. You are invited to consider donating to our house: click here and designate your donation, “Rebuilders State College.” And please join us in prayer. Pray for our team, and the Fuller Center/PDA’s important work as they help the impoverished of Houston recover their lives. And join the fun in FUNdraising by coming to one of fundraisers held this spring to help us raise money to SPONSOR A HOUSE, $18,000.00. (Big Springs Church Night, Parents Night Out, Dessert Extravaganza)
While in Houston, we’ll be doing rehabs—homes flooded with 2-4 feet of water and now gutted. Our work will be primarily interior – insulating, drywalling, floors and doors, cabinets and vanities, painting and trimming.
Stormbreak Project Success!
Stormbreak Project Slideshow — Click to watch!
Volunteers Renovate Stormbreak on Channel WTAJ TV
For about 20 hours on Friday and Saturday, November 11-12, 150+ church members and friends helped to transform the Stormbreak Shelter for teenage girls from a worn residential shelter to a warm and inviting residence for about 6-9 girls. The $25,000 project was funded by SCPC’s faith fund.
It was a full make-over: new flooring was installed, fresh paint was put on the walls, new plates and silverware adorned the dining table, light fixtures were updated, the staircase hand rails were refurbished, the kitchen and windows were cleaned, and new furniture was delivered. Children from the LOGOS program made decorate art work for the girl’s room and other volunteers sewed curtains at The Makery (thank you Amy Frank!), and others provided snacks to the workers. It was truly a labor of love. Everyone came back to celebrate the success with a luncheon at the church on Saturday afternoon.
Thanks to Sharon Ambrose, and Phil Spangler who coordinated the countless details for the project and Mike Ozaki who led up the mission team.
The Angel Tree and accompanying boxes of angels will be on the bridge arrives in mid-November. Each year the Mission Ministry Unit of SCPC collects “wish lists” from several local agencies including, Youth Service Bureau, Centre County Women’s Resource Center, Park Forest Preschool, Windy Hill, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, and many others.
We hope you will participate! Detailed instructions for signing up to provide gifts and how to label them are included in the Sunday Bulletin.
The Angel Tree has been a wonderful mission effort from our church family to the local community for many years. Please join us and help support our neighbors during this advent season.
State College Presbyterian Church has a mission grant-making program meant to help individuals and groups within the church dream up and carry out plans for missional acts of Justice, Mercy and Peace Making outside our walls. The “Mission Dreams Into Action Grant Program” is one way SCPC is working to be a “missional church”, focused on caring for our community and fulfilling our calling as reflected in Matthew 25:35-36closeMatthew 25:35-36 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ (ESV) closeMatthew 25:35-36closeMatthew 25:35-36 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ (ESV) 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ (ESV) .
If (1) you have an idea for a mission/outreach project that you are excited about facilitating within SCPC, or (2) you are part of an outside agency undertaking specific justice, mercy or peace making projects that SCPC should partner with in supporting, we want to be a part of making that “mission dream” come true.
To apply for a “Mission Dreams Into Action Grant”:
- Develop a proposal of engagement and action. Do your research, explore possibilities, and pray thoughtfully into your answers. You are invited to develop an idea as an individual, a covenant or small group, FISH, Deacons, or any other group within the church. Please be informed, this is a project you or your group is committed to facilitating along side the church’s “Mission Ministry Unit” and the rest of SCPC.
- Print and fill out the appropriate application linked below returning it to the SCPC office c/o Rev. Michael Ozaki. All applicants must answer every application question to be considered and are invited to attach any additional information they deem relevant in the decision making process. All applications will be reviewed by the “Mission Dreams Into Action Grant Program” team on a twice yearly basis (September & February).
- Click here for the In House Mission Project Application (pdf)
- Click here for the Outside Agency Project Application (pdf)
If you have questions about your project or the application process please contact Rev. Michael Ozaki at 814-238-2422.
Want to Join the Mission Team?
Please join MMU if you’re interested in being a part of the church’s mission and outreach team. We meet at 5:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month in the Martin Room. Mission and outreach happen in all corners of the church, through Deacons, FISH, Presbyterian Women, and many places. MMU is SCPC’s committee that helps determine the charities and causes that the church’s budget supports, explores and advocates for social justice in the model of Jesus, and helps to launch and facilitate new mission initiatives including mission trips.