The year 2020 taught us that we can continue to be active in Missions in spite of social distancing and limited in-person contact. Our Annual Report for 2020 provides a detailed view of how we incorporated Mission work into the life of our church!
February project: collection of cleaning supplies and paper products for persons living at Palo Duro I and II, housing for persons with serious mental health diagnoses. These apartments are owned by Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO).
March and April: Easter Egg giving. This is a traditional program we have that requests financial donations for the SPARK program which is part of Urban Mission. We collected $3,110 for this program which provides an after-school and summer program for elementary school-aged children living near Urban Mission.
April: We provided $3,000 to Urban Mission, as their Food Resource Center (FRC) has been a lifeline to many persons who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
May and June: We concentrated upon providing additional supplies to Urban Mission FRC. Canned goods were requested which church members were able to drop off at the church.
July and August: Stuff the Bus school supplies were requested. These items were provided to Wellston Elementary School. Not only are these supplies needed by students at this school, but teachers are saved from having to spend some of their own income for these supplies!
September and October: Due to the hurricanes that hit the Gulf region, we purchased hygiene kits with Mission budget monies as well as donations from church members. Shovels, work gloves, and other supplies were also donated and sent to regions that were in need of these clean-up supplies.
December: $190 was collected for Christmas Joy Offering. A box of toys was donated by the SaFe Day children for Urban Mission’s Santa Project. Darrell Goudge volunteered to tear down and rebuild a ramp at NSO’s Martha House. $2,000 was donated and sent to Goodland Academy. Another $2000 was donated and sent to Urban Mission.
- CentsAbility donations. Until the pandemic, this offering was collected by our children on the last Sunday of each month. Church members did not forget this special project which benefits several local agencies (UM, Edmond Mobile Meals, Breakfast on Boulevard) and the Presbyterian Hunger Fund. $1,735.07 was donated to CentsAbility in 2020.
- Quarterly donations are also part of the Mission budget. These include $20,000 to Presbytery General Mission, $800 to Edmond Mobile Meals, $1,500 to NSO, $2,000 to Goodland Academy, and $4,000 to Urban Mission. Due to the pandemic, we increased the amounts we gave to Urban Mission and NSO, $5,155.04 to UM and $1,500 to NSO.
- Southwest Oklahoma Presbyterian Parish Ministry (SWOPP) is a ministry of 3 churches (Grandfield, Walters, and Temple) to provide a parish nursing program that offers limited health services to these communities. In years past, we gave to this ministry all monies donated for our Sunday morning coffee and donuts. With this amount negatively impacted by the pandemic, the Session approved the remainder of the budget used for the purchase of coffee and donuts to be sent instead to the SWOPP ministry. This amounted to $1,156.11 for the year 2020.
Other ongoing projects involve our commitment to the following programs:
- Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) has a number of programs which are vital to our larger OKC community. They have transitional apartments available to women and children who have encountered difficulties in their living arrangements. Our church has taken responsibility for two of their apartments. When these apartments are vacated, volunteers from our church will clean and restock the shelves. This includes bath and bed linen, cleaning supplies, rugs, kitchen dishes, utensils, small appliances, etc. We have often had members donate furniture items when there has been a need. We also are committed to giving the children of NSO apartments a birthday celebration. Volunteers bake a birthday cake and buy a gift selected specifically for the child who is having the birthday. This often involves 1-2 cakes and presents each month.
- The Caregiver Support Group, a mission of our church. This group meets monthly for persons who care for family members with a disease of memory impairment, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. The facilitators of this group are church members who have undertaken special training to be facilitators. The persons who attend this group are from the community at large. In pre-COVID days, the group would often include 20-25 persons. Since the pandemic, we have offered a Zoom meeting to our members.
- Used eyeglasses are collected and donated to Dr. Gourley, an ophthalmologist from Edmond, who recycles the eyeglasses for distribution when he travels abroad during his mission trips. In 2020, we donated 67 pairs of eyeglasses.
- The church has a group of knitters, called the Agape Knitting Group, who knit hats and scarves for distribution in the community. In 2020, the group donated hats and scarves for all mothers and kids who were part of our Angel Tree project at Christmas time.
This is just a few of the things the Mission Committee does and we thank the members of the church for their support. If you want to get involved with the mission and ministry of Santa Fe please contact someone on the Mission Committee or the church office – REMEMBER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS.