Mission and Service

 

Local Missions

Alleghany Highlands Bridging the Gap: Provides educational resources to enable individuals and families to lead a sustainable life style free of hunger and poverty.

COPE Food Pantry and South Covington Share Pantry: Each provides weekly food relief, using Feeding America food purchases.

Meals on Wheels: Coordinated by the Local Office on Aging (LOA), we partner with other local churches and civic organizations in our area to distribute meals to those in need throughout the year.

Men of Mission: Help with minor construction and home repairs for those in need.

Safehome Systems: Provides services to victims of domestic and/or sexual abuse.

Weekday Religious Education: Provides public school release time for Bible study.

 

Regional Missions

Children’s Home of the Highlands: Provides care and nurturing to children to enable them to break the cycles of abuse and neglect that originally brought them into this care.

Massenetta Springs: A Christian retreat for renewal via positive programming, serenity and natural beauty.

Montreat Conference Center: A private, non-profit conference center with roots in the PC(USA), for those who journey there seeking a closer relationship with their Creator.

Union Presbyterian Seminary: Provides education for Christian ministry that is scholarly, pastoral, and engaged with contemporary life.

 

Missionaries and International Missions

Missionary and/or Mission Support:

  • Africa: providing medical relief through support of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
  • Brazil: providing access to the Bible via translation through the work of the Rev. Dr. Tim Carriker.
  • East Asia: introducing the Bible to the unchurched.
  • Greece: providing Syrian refugee support through the work of Rev Nadia Ayoub
  • Guatemala: Supporting CEDEPCA in their mission to “promote in persons and in the communities the development of pastoral actions that are innovative and transformative in their contexts, in order to build a more just world.”
  • Ukraine: supporting Roma children in the communities of Nagydobrony and Peterfalva with education and nourishment, through the work of David Pándy-Szekeres and Elemer Barta.

Fair Trade:  In the fall, fairly traded gift items are displayed and sold. Throughout the year fairly traded coffee is available for purchase at the church.

 

Additional Support

Whenever possible, we look for grant opportunities that enable additional funds to come to organizations that we support through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) fund, and Two-Cents-A-Meal grants and Community Block grants from our Presbytery of the Peaks.  Since 2013:

  • $61,450 has been added to our community and to global feeding programs via grants we’ve submitted to Two-Cents-A-Meal grants that includes additional matching funds from the Church.
  • $15,600 has been added to our community from Community Block grants that we’ve submitted.
  • $7,500 has been added to our area from PDA grants that we’ve submitted.
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