We have a new way of spelling Missions for Santa Fe Presbyterian Church? GIVING.
G: The Gifts we provide to others, whether monetary, in-kind, our energy, talents, or work. Giving to persons across the lifespan, from babies to elderly.
I: Interactions with others, our fellow SFPC members, organizations and their staff, persons in need
V: A Vision for others to experience a brighter tomorrow
I: International : Support of programs on a global basis.
N: Nourishing. Although we do a lot of food-related projects that nourish people’s diets, in the process we also nourish our souls.
G: God makes these Missions possible and with Gratitude we give our time, talents, and energies to others.
A wonderful example of GIVING was experienced at Urban Mission twice last year. A 2000 bag of sugar arrived that was impossible to offer to clients without some repackaging. Urban Mission staff reached out to Mitch and asked if we could help repackage it. “It might take a while!” With a crew of 12, we repacked those 2000 pounds into 5 lb bags in 2 ½ hours! Urban Missions staff were ecstatic! Therefore when they got an even bigger sack of sugar (3500 lb) a few months later, they asked us again to help them. TWO HOURS LATER, our crew of 15 had completed the job. These hours were filled with laughter, work, and all the components of GIVING.
A favorite mission comes to us every November, in the project called Angel Tree. In 2017 we gave 48 gifts to families who live at NSO apartments. We also gave 26 gift cards ($25 each) to kids involved in the Whiz Kids program offered at Crown Heights United Methodist Church (we have some members who volunteer in this literacy program). And SaFe Day families donated 40 toys to Urban Mission’s Santa Project which served hundreds of children at Christmas-time. It’s not surprising that this program gets so much support as it nourishes everyone in loving ways.
Natural disasters struck several of our southern cities in the USA in 2017 and many areas internationally. We dedicated over $3900 of our Mission budget towards the hurricane and flooded areas of Florida and Texas. We also donated $1500 towards medical and other supplies taken on a mission trip to Zambia.
We’ve been busy, haven’t we, Santa Fe? Here’s a more itemized list of Mission Projects and Donations.
Urban Mission – $4880.63
NSO – $2600.00
Edmond Mobile Meals – $750.72
Goodland Academy – $1,600.00
CentsAbility – $3,654.76 (which are in turn disbursed to Edmond Mobile Meals, Urban Missions,and Presbyterian Hunger Fund )
Breakfast on Boulevard – $285.13
CWS Crop Walk – $700.00 (not counting donations that go directly to EDMOND CWS/CROP)
Friends of Trinity Youth Conference – $245.00
Indian Nations Presbytery – $12,476.21
Disaster Relief Support – $3,900.00
Edmond Mobile Meals – $419.53
Presbyterian Hunger Fund – $394.89
Southern Ok Presbyterian Parish – $815.66
Foreign Mission Medical supplies – $1,500.00
Canned goods for Urban Mission
Canned goods and paper supplies for Edmond Mobile Meals
Supplying 2 NSO apartments for new residents
Infant Crisis Services supplies
Stuff the Bus school supplies for Wellston Elementary School
Southern Oklahoma Presbyterian Parish Nurse Program
Volunteers at Urban Mission Food Resource Center (men volunteer each month, youth volunteer each week in summer)
Volunteers: painted 2 houses for Turning Point Edmond
CROP Walk for hunger programs
Angel Tree for NSO and Whiz Kids, for families attending Project Santa at UM
Goodland Academy donation at Christmastime
Used Eyeglasses (donated to Dr. Gourley for his mission trips)
Food labels and boxtops (donated to Goodland Academy for later purchase of computers)
PC(USA) Special Offerings:
One Great Hour of Giving $637
Christmas Joy Offering $726
Sunday School classes and individual members are dedicated to supporting mission projects outside of those sponsored by the Mission Committee. These donations are significant and although hard to capture, demonstrate the interest that exists within our church community.
The Mission Committee wishes to thank all of our congregation for the support you provide to our Missions!