Outreach and Mission
We are participate in a number of different projects, and encourage our members to participate in those that call best to their talents, concerns and love.
Trinity in the Garden - In The Garden (ITG), a weekly dining and fellowship program, was started in 2007 by lay leaders of Trinity Episcopal Church on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio. From a first group of 6 people and sack lunches, ITG now serves between 100 adn 150 persons weekly with a worship service, nutritious and tasteful hot meal and community building in the downtown Columbus area.
The Open Shelter - Four to five times each year, the congregation puts together over 200 bag lunches which are delivered to the Open Shelter on the fifth Wednesday of the month. In addition to providing lunches, we also collect candles, flashlights, blankets and other items helpful to the homeless clients.
Annual Mission trip - Our largest commitment is our annual mission trip in June to assist others who are in need. Over the last 10 years adults and youth have been to Maine, Mexico (twice), Louisiana (twice), eastern Ohio Appalachia, Houston, Pittsburgh, Cedar Rapids, Tuscaloosa and most recently Brooklyn. These projects have included building houses from the ground up as well as home repairs (roofing, painting, installing drywall and windows, etc.). These efforts require much hard work, but the results produce a great deal of fellowship, teamwork and fun. All of those who participated would agree that the rewards they received were far greater than what they gave.
Habitat for Humanity - Dublin Presbyterian Church participates in a consortium of Dublin churches (the Dublin Habitat for Humanity Partnership). For the last 18 years, we have worked on houses throughout the City of Columbus.
Gail's Garden - Gail and her family were active members of the church during the 2000’s. Gail was a professional artist (she designed greeting cards for Hallmark and bulletins & mission trip t-shirts for us), a great gardener, a lover of flowers and had a great sense of humor. She lost her battle with breast cancer in November 2008. DPC member, Kim Harris, wanted to do something to memorialize Gail. In 2010, Ian Stamm brought forward a proposal to create a garden for the church to grow produce for the Dublin Food Pantry as his Eagle Scout project. His proposal was joyously accepted and the garden was created. Since then we have been growing food. The garden provides not only fresh food, but it also provides a connection for our church family to the bounty that God provides from the earth. Everyone is encouraged to help & explore in the garden.
Each year, Dublin Presbyterian participates in the following PC(USA) offerings:
- One Great Hour of Sharing (received on Palm Sunday) - for community development, disaster assistance, hunger ministries and peacemaking activities;
- World Communion Offering (received in the Fall) - to support global witness and outreach beyond the United States);
- Christmas Joy Offering (received during Advent) - For racial ethnic church leadership development and for the Board of Pensions to support retired church workers, their spouses and survivors;
- Pentecost Offering (received on Pentecost) - For supporting ministries that unite young people and inspire them to share their faith in Christ.
Our Mission is to continually build a church that is relevant, constantly recognizes and meets people's needs, pursues the teaching of God's Word and always provides and atmosphere for positive relationships to grow and develop.
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