The Mission Ministry Unit (MMU) of Session is responsible for overseeing the benevolent giving of our church and the outreach efforts of our congregation. This is accomplished by providing opportunities for the congregation to give their time, talent and resources to further the church’s mission, locally and throughout the world. The Mission Ministry Unit serves as a clearinghouse for information, opportunities and a funding source for several regular mission projects and conducts special mission offerings such as One Great Hour of Sharing and the Christmas Joy offerings.
Following are some of the mission projects that are actively sponsored and supported by SCPC. Your interest and involvement are welcomed and encouraged. Watch for announcements in the Sunday Bulletin and the PresbyPost.
The Angel Tree – The Angel Tree stands on the Bridge (the bridge connecting the Christian Education Building and the Sanctuary on the main floor of the Church) each Advent season. Along with the tree are lists of gifts needed by a number of Centre County agencies, such as shelters, nursing homes and day care centers. This is an opportunity for families and individuals of all ages to share with those in need and to help support agencies which serve youth, the elderly, the homeless, and the medically uninsured, and to provide a gift for someone who might not otherwise receive one at Christmas time. Each year more gifts are requested by the agencies and the congregation has responded beyond expections.
Dinner at Centre House — The first Friday of every month 2-3 volunteers are needed to “adopt a night” at Centre House, one of the local shelters that SCPC supports. Many have experienced the rewards of spending four hours, 4:30 to 8:30 pm with people staying at Centre House. Volunteers bring the ingredients for a dinner and prepare the meal with two of the Centre House residents, then sit and share the meal with all the residents. Another group of residents cleans up while you share the rest of the time in fellowship conversing with the residents. Please consider gathering a few folks together to participate in this meaningful outreach experience.
Contact Mike Cullin (814-571-9157)
Christmas in July — While many of us are able to enjoy the summer as a time to vacation with special trips and plans, such opportunities are not possible for some of SCPC’s nearest neighbors. The Borough’s shelters are only blocks away from our church: Housing Transitions’ Centre House, Youth Service Bureau’s Burrowes Street Youth Haven (which also stores supplies for Stormbreak and Independent Living), and the Centre County Women’s Resource Center. Residents of these shelters cannot make summer vacation plans, and the nonprofit agencies that operate the shelters reach the end of their fiscal year budgets during the summer, after finding it difficult to meet basic operating needs. To support both residents and agencies, SCPC’s Mission Ministry Unit is renewing the “Christmas in July” program that has been done in the past and is asking for your support in making it successful again.
Visit the bulletin board in the hallway between the Sanctuary and the office during the month of July to choose items to donate to these deserving shelters. Not only will you be fulfilling a need in our community but you will have an opportunity to meet some of our neighbors.
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Other Mission Opportunities – Various other mission opportunities present themselves throughout the year. You are encouraged to read and learn more about them as they are presented in the Sunday Bulletins and the monthly PresbyPost Newsletter.