Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December Mission Opportunities

"In Joppa, there was a disciple named Tabitha who was always doing good and helping the poor." 
           Acts 9:36

The Park Avenue Presbyterian Mission Committee invites members and friends to reach out to our neighbors in need right here in Des Monies.  We have chosen to support a program headed by Joppa, a group that works closely with the homeless.

Joppa is about relationships, expressing Christ’s unconditional love and helping people off the streets.  Joppa is making a significant difference in the community.  They work closely with people living under bridges and in camps and also in shelters.

Among many things they do, they provide food, supplies and care, sometimes emergency relief.  During winter, they supply heat to tents and shacks and make sure every person has a good pair of waterproof insulated boots.

Among their needs are paper products.  Our committee is challenging this congregation to bring paper towels, toilet paper, and tissues to church leaving them in the Fellowship Hall during the Christmas season.  Because they will be distributed to individuals, it is best to avoid large packages.  Let us share the Christmas spirit by reaching out to our neighbors who live day to day in very shaky circumstances.
For more information about JOPPA, visit:
This offering is shared equally by the Assistance Program of the Board of Pension, which provides critical assistance to Presbyterian Church workers and their families, and Presbyterian-affiliated racial ethnic schools and colleges, which enables students to develop their gifts and find their calling.
At some point in their lives, many ministers, other church workers and their families need help beyond what the Benefits Plan and personal resources can provide.  Some need relatively limited, yet critical, assistance to afford a hearing aid, for instance, to continue their ministry.  The Christmas Joy Offering recognizes the faithfulness of current and retired church workers through its gifts to the Assistance Program,  which in turn helps these individuals and their families through difficult times by providing shared, emergency and other types of grants.
The Presbyterian Church has long promoted education by establishing and supporting racial ethnic schools and colleges.  The Christmas Joy Offering funds provide scholarships to deserving students as well as helps with basic operating costs.  These institutions develop leaders in the church and in society, and they enable students to discover and pursue their professional goals.
You can bring JOY to deserving individuals by participating in this offering.
To donate to the Christmas Joy Offering,
Donate through your congregation  OR
During December, the PW will put up a "Mitten Tree" in Fellowship Hall.  Everyone is invited to put mittens, gloves, hats or scarfs on the tree for needy children.
Worship Committee is offering poinsettias to members and friends for purchase to beautify the sanctuary for the Christmas Season.  They may be purchased in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone.  They will be purchased from Goode Greenhouse at a cost of $10.00 in red, pink or white.  These will be in the sanctuary for worship Sunday, December 22 and Christmas Eve.  Following the worship service, they may be taken home for your own enjoyment.
In lieu of poinsettias, you may also donate funds to the Food Pantry in memory of, or in honor of, someone special in your life. 
Deadline for ordering poinsettias is Tuesday, December 17 by 12 noon.  Those honored will be listed in the Sunday bulletin.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

On Holy Ground

On Sunday, December 8, the Two Rivers Partnership is sponsoring an event titled "On Holy Ground" at the First Presbyterian Church, 3100 Easton Blvd at 3:00 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., a full dinner will be served.  There is no cost for the meal; however a free will offering will be received.

All funds received go to "Sole Hope", a Christian Faith and Medical Outreach to Africa.

For more information about Sole Hope, visit: