MONTAÑA DE LUZ: PRESBYTERIANS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
With a kick-off at the January Pot Luck, our Congregation set a goal to sponsor one child in Montaña de Luz, an orphanage serving children affected by HIV in Honduras. With each member donating a quarter a day, we hoped we would be able to sponsor a child for 2017. Once again, the outpouring was overwhelming and the Mission Commission is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring not one but TWO children.
Erik, an eight year old, is an orphan in the second grade. Erik is the youngest boy at Montaña de Luz. He loves to play outside and look at books.
Lola, arrived at Montaña de Luz at 11 months old neglected and alone. Born on July 1, 2009, Lola is one of the younger children at Montaña de Luz. Although she struggled with some delays at first, Lola has learned to interact happily with her friends.
Put 25 Cents in the jar each day to contribute to the life of our adopted child from Montana De Luz
Please pray for Erik and Lola.
Prayer cards are available in the narthex.
WE ARE ALL ONE IN MISSION!
The Mission Commission meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 in the Youth Room. Our next meeting is April 6. All are welcome to join us in being Christ’s hands and feet in the world!
UNITED CHRISTIAN SERVICES
Community and church leaders have joined together to continue the important community ministry founded by the late Eleanor Miller. Now organized as United Christian Services (UCS), the organization embraces the teaching of Jesus to care for one another through assistance in emergencies while encouraging self-sufficiency in Gobles, Paw Paw, Mattawan, Lawton, Lawrence, and Decatur.
UCS continues to be led by local churches and social service agencies, uniting together as a first point of contact for coordinating information and aid, collecting resources, addressing emergency needs, and encouraging self-sufficiency through education.
Tom ShoemakerOur congregation continues to support this effort through monies collected each third Sunday in our special Cents-Ability offering. Pastor Tiffany and Tom Shoemaker attend many of the regular meetings to keep our church connected to this ministry.
ALSO, The Mission Commission invites you to join us for a meeting and to help plan new ways to serve others as we reach out to share God’s love in this world. Our meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 in the Youth classroom. No special skills are required other than a willingness to be involved in this ministry.
Members at large are always welcome to attend meetings as we are all joined as the church called to be the hands and feet of Christ. For more information, contact commission chair Tom Shoemaker
at 657-3656 or email@example.com.
PEACE AND GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING
Thank You for Your Support!
The denomination’s Peace and Global Witness Offering taken on October 2 promotes peace in a number of ways. Congregations retain 25% of this offering to connect with the local witness to Christ's peace. Mid councils are given 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.
This year our local share will go directly to United Christian Services to support their efforts to bring caring support and self-sufficiency to individuals and families in need.
CENTS-ABILITY OFFERING PROVIDES LOCAL AND DENOMINATIONAL SUPPORT!
Upon recommendation of the Mission Commission, the Session recently voted to provide ongoing financial support to UCS through our Cents-a-bility offering. One half of the local portion of that offering will now go to UCS, with the other continuing to support Eleanor's Pantry. The other half supports national and global hunger relief efforts through the PC USA.
Your support of the Cents-Ability offering taken each third Sunday of the month now has added meaning as we continue to share our resources in ministry to those around us.