Worthington Presbyterian Church Mission & Outreach Programs
How will God use YOU? For more information please contact Pastor Tom Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org;
Select the Ministries and Programs tab in the main menu, above, then Mission and Outreach, to view descriptions of all our mission programs.
MISSION NEWS & UPDATES Sept. 13, 2018
A family in need is looking for a gently used WASHING MACHINE. If you are able to help, please contact John Hamilton at 614-888-4768.
LUNCHES FOR THE HOMELESS: Please pick up bags in the Fellowship Hall! Fill each with a large peanut butter sandwich, a bag of chips, a bag of cookies, a small container of applesauce, a juice box or Capri Sun, a piece of fruit, a napkin, and a plastic spoon. Lunches due September 23rd.
Please Help! We are still looking for people to pick up bread and goodies from PANERA. Starting in January, we need someone to pick up the first and fifth Friday evenings and deliver it locally on Saturday morning. We also still need volunteers to pick up Panera’s goodies every Monday night at 8:30 p.m. one Monday night of each month (you choose one evening per month) and deliver to a variety of agencies throughout Columbus, to be arranged according to the schedule of the delivery person. If you can help with this mission to feed those who are hungry in Columbus, please call Leslie Snyder at 614-404-8229 or email to email@example.com.
Presbyterian Women United is again leading our congregation’s participation in the annual NNEMAP GROOMING KIT COLLECTIONS. WPC will be collecting and assembling completed kits to give to NNEMAP clients during the upcoming season. We join other local churches in hopes of together making up over 1,500 health-hygiene kits to be distributed. Collection dates are September 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Items needed for each kit are:
- Dental floss
- Shaving Cream
- Wash cloth
- Bar soap
Happy Anniversary NNEMAP! NNEMAP CELEBRATES ITS 50th anniversary this year, as does the Ohio History Connection, so that is cause for a party. There will be a party/fundraiser for NNEMAP at the museum on Saturday, September 22nd. For details and ticket information, go to the pantry web-site at nnemappantry.org. WPC has been involved in breaking down food items, such as sugar, flour, salt and coffee, for most of those 50 years. Please keep the supplies coming. Donations can be placed in the wooden bin in Fellowship Hall.
DRIVERS AND MEAL HOSTS NEEDED: The Rev. Saman Perera from Sri Lanka will be our special guest October 12th-November 2nd. If you could help drive him any of those days, or if you would like to host him for a meal, please contact Pastor Tom Rice. Thank you!
ONGOING MISSION AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS
With almost 200 mission workers in over 50 countries, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been sending mission co-workers around the world continuously since 1837. The year 2012 marked the 175th anniversary of international mission by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. The inspiring video to the right tells the beautiful story of how the long history of worldwide Presbyterian mission, which has led to partnerships with churches around the world.
Worthington Presbyterian Church is proud to be a connected member of the ongoing PC (USA) mission work through a number of local, national, and international mission and outreach programs.
Our own congregation is involved with numerous mission and outreach ministries and programs, including the following (listed alphabetically):
Alternative Christmas Market: In November and December the congregation is offered the opportunity to choose from local, national and international mission organizations and make donations in the name of a friend or loved one.
Bread Buddies: WPC volunteers pick up unsold bread and other perishable products from local Panera Bread and grocery stores and deliver them to shelters, food pantries and other locations in Central Ohio.
Coat & Blanket Drive: During the Fall, members are asked to donate new or gently used coats and blankets for Our Lady of Guadalupe Center here in Columbus.
COMPASS (Church Outreach Ministries Program of Assistance and Social Service): Coordinated with Broad Street Presbyterian Church, this program aims to prevent homelessness by helping people with immediate needs that can't be resolved adequately or quickly by existing programs.
Community Friendship Dinners: On the first Monday of each month from 6–7pm we host a monthly dinner for 40-50 local residents in need. Volunteers prepare and serve the dinner in our Fellowship Hall. Read more details here. Contact Pam Hume or MaryLou Posey.
General Fund Emergency Missions: This general fund is used for special needs locally, nationally and internationally as the need arises.
Habitat for Humanity: WPC helps build homes in conjunction with this national organization, whose goal is to help families afford homes of their own. Each recipient contributes hundreds of hours of manual labor on their furture home.
Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church: Volunteers help staff Hoge's Food Pantry and help with children's outreach programs.
Mission Trip Scholarships: Scholarships are offered to members who need financial assistance to participate in their first mission trip.
Montana de Luz: WPC has been very involved with Montana de luz, an orphanage in Honduras for children with HIV/AIDS. In addition to financial support, WPC rountinely sends mission groups to the orphanage.
My Very Own Blanket: Over 25,000 blankets have been donated to children in foster care throughout Ohio since 1999. All blankets are handmade by volunteers and personalized so that the child can take their very own blanket from home to home.
Niger Mission: PCUSA is sponsoring a mission with the Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger. The mission is to develop and implement a literacy training program in English, French and the native language of Niger.
NNEMAP (Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program): This program supplies emergency food, toiletries and other items to families in immediate need.
One Great Hour of Sharing: Financial gifts help provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in other areas.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Members knit or crochet prayer shawls to donate to those in need.
Rebuilding Together: This all volunteer effort restores homes of the elderly, disabled and low income families to warm, safe, dry, and dignified conditions. Most projects are completed on a one day event in April.
Romanian Relief: Orphans, children and widows in need are supported by this program, which also helps with medical needs.
Sack Lunches for the Homeless: Volunteers make sack lunches for the homeless once a month. Please pick up bags in the Fellowship Hall. Fill each with a large peanut butter sandwich, a bag of chips, a bag of cookies, a small container of applesauce, a juice box or Capri Sun, a piece of fruit, a napkin, and a plastic spoon.
Salem Elementary School Classroom Volunteers: WPC volunteers provides help in the classrooms by teaching and reinforcing good character traits.
Salem Elementary Summer Lunch Program: This program provides a free nutritious lunch to any student at Salem Elementary. More than half of the school's students qualify for free or reduced price lunches during the academic year. The federal government pays for summer lunches as long as there is an organization to sponsor and operate the program. WPC pays for a coordinator who organizes and schedules volunteers for the important mission.
School Supplies Drive: During August, members are asked to donate school supplies. These supplies are donated to Salem Elementary School and Our Lady Guadalupe Center.
Sock Drive: Socks are collected in January for the homeless as bone chilling cold weather arrives. The socks collected will go to Broad Street Mission Matthew 25:35 Ministry.
Sponsor-a-Family: During November and December WPC members have the opportunity to select a local family in need and provide gifts for the holiday season.
Stafford Village: WPC members serve on the Board of Directors of this organization, which provides affordable housing for senior citizens. We also provide groceries for the low income residents and we host other activities.
St. Columba Church in South Africa: WPC helps to support the Sisonke/Worthington Presbyterian HIV Support Group operated by our sister church.
Thanksgiving Dinners: In November, members donate money and/or food for boxed dinners that are delivered to those in need. (usually 200 dinners)
Westminster Thurber Community: Our money is used to provide medications to residents on restricted funds. The Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services operates this home in Columbus.
Worthington Food Pantry: Food and other resources are offered to those in need who live in the six zip codes of the Worthington Schools.
Y Family Center: Every six weeks, members and friends of WPC serve dinner at the Y Family Center, which serves homeless families in the Central Ohio area.
WPC Mission Committee Scholarship Policy
After the annual budget has been set at the beginning of the year, the Mission Committee will announce to the congregation as a whole that the Mission Committee has money available for mission-related scholarships. Anyone wishing to receive one of these scholarships must 1) send an application to the Mission Committee by June 1, and 2) interview with the Mission Committee.