I am here to speak to Mission at Dublin Presbyterian Church.
I often describe mission like a stone tossed into still water. You’ve probably heard this before, but that stone creates rings in the water that expand out to touch a larger and larger area.
At Dublin Presbyterian, we create many rings that touch and help others.
Ring 1: Our church community
We support those in need with dinners, rides to appointments, cards and prayers. We also share in the joys. We are a family.
Ring 2: Dublin area
We support the Welcome Warehouse which helps low income families in Dublin schools. We donate school supplies, Christmas gifts and time helping to organize the donations. Gail’s garden provides fresh produce for the Dublin Food Pantry. A new part of this ring is the monthly delivery of non-perishable food items & household necessities collected in the cart next to the office.
Ring 3: Greater Columbus Area
Many, many volunteer hours are given to Habitat for Humanity. We also donate phones to Choices (to help women & children in domestic violence situations), the Compass program (provides help with housing and job training) and Freedom a la Carte (makes it possible for clients to escape human trafficking). We have also started making hospice gowns for the Mt. Carmel hospice program. Providing food to the disadvantaged happens through Trinity in the Garden (Sunday lunches at Trinity Episcopal Church 2 or 3 times a year) and Open Shelter Lunches (sack lunches made 4-5 times a year).
Ring 4: National outreach
The annual mission trip has gone to a number of places around our country and into Mexico. In 2016, the trip was to West Virginia to help repair homes in storm damaged areas. In 2017, the trip will be to a different site in West Virginia. New for 2017 we will be collecting books for our troops. Save your paperbacks! More information will be coming in January.
Ring 5: National & International outreach
The Presbyterian Church (USA), (our denomination) provides help to victims of natural disasters and builds schools and medical clinics around the US and the world. We support these programs through the four special offerings (Peace & Global Witness, Christmas Joy, One Great Hour of Sharing and Pentecost Offering) during the year. More information about these offerings and their projects can be found on the church website.
One of the best ways to help DPC’s mission outreach is by using Kroger cards. Other ways to help include food donations for Open Shelter & Trinity in the Garden meals; providing gifts for the Welcome Warehouse families or food pantry items.
Mission committee members are close to all these projects but also welcome input from you for your ideas about Mission. You are encouraged to join the Mission committee and extend your reach and connection to our programs.
Mission is our way to follow Pastor Jennifer’s directive each week: “Go out and serve the Lord!”
Jane Kapp, Ruling Elder
Chair, Mission Committee
October 30, 2016