Missions & Outreach
Matthew 25:31-46 calls all of us to actively engage in our communities and the world to act boldly and compassionately to serve the hungry, the oppressed, the imprisoned, and the poor. Jesus invites us to be fearless and purposeful disciples. The Presbyterian Church (USA) is inviting congregations to look at new possibilities and to seize the moment to join in this national initiative.
Just a reminder about our ongoing Matthew 25 initiative that we call “Can a week”. It can also be a “box a week” or another shelf staple. There is a basket at the entrance of the sanctuary for you to place your contribution. You might want to think about BOGO. Not “buy one get one”, BUT “buy one give one”. Your “can a week” can help the hungry as in Matthew 25.
Mission and Outreach is one of the purposes of our church in Lake Mary. There are several ministries that we do on an ongoing basis that come under this umbrella.
Meals on Wheels is a benefactor of our mission program, to help feed local seniors. Recently Rubye attended worship with us to accept our monetary gift.
Grace N Grits is another of these that we contribute to financially; Ernie Mander will be worshiping with us to accept our gift to this program. Also Peggy and Steve serve as volunteers on Saturday mornings in support of this outreach to the homeless and otherwise underserved population.
Each act of giving can be an expression of worship and loving obedience to God. We honor God with the best of our time, talent and treasures motivated by love.
Other ministries that only require a little effort on the part of each of us are:
Can a Week – bring a can or other non-perishable item for our food baskets, located in the back of the sanctuary. These baskets of food help those in need who stop by the office in need of our help.
Pennies from Heaven – each Sunday the children give you the opportunity to contribute to this cause when they circulate with their little buckets. At one time the money bought several goats for Haiti; at present the money is used for anyone in need.
Hope N Literacy - Hope N Literacy International Foundation, Inc. was organized in 2004, by its President/Founder Joe (Josue) Raymond, for the purpose of advancing the religious and academic education of the children and adults of the village of Casse-Pied, Haiti.
Cup of Cheer – Suzanne McLelland makes flower bouquets in mugs that are donated. These are then given to our shut-ins, neighboring businesses or anyone who needs a smile. Donate your un-used mugs to this effort.
Pillow Case Dress Ministry – Suzanne McLelland started a new ministry that's part of a national program called “little dresses for Africa”. Several women of the church gathered at Suzanne’s house to cut, pin, press and sew, making several little dresses. Donations of pillow cases, bias tape, trimmings, lace, ric rack, and polyester nylon ribbons are appreciated.
UPDATE: The Pillowcase dress Ministry has been busy spreading God’s Love with little dresses. So far this year dresses have been carried by missionaries to Guatemala, Honduras and Africa. Later, Pastor Joe will take some dresses to Haiti as a part of his ongoing mission. A request for thirty more dresses for Honduras has been made. Your support with donations of lace, bias tape and other notions is greatly appreciated by our sewers: Linda Long, Jane Scudder, Peggy Stickney, Jolie Cingle, Suzanne McLelland and Regina Miller ( a visitor to our Church) and by those who pin, inspect and deliver the dresses. Everyone young and old are welcome to be a part of this ministry that God has so richly blessed.