Our congregation is very committed to mission and service to both our surrounding communities and world-wide areas of need. Through special gifts and volunteer services we are able to support a wide variety of mission projects through both financial support and actual hands on involvement. We hope that all our members and friends will have an opportunity to get involved in at least one area of mission and service.
For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. – Isaiah 25:4
Mexico Mission Spring Trips 2019 for Students and Families
Tentative dates April 4-7, 2019 and April 12-16, 2019
For almost 3 decades we have been sending teams of youth and adults to the quiet colonias tucked away in the rugged hills overlooking the Playas de Tijuana to build homes, hope, and relationships with the working poor families and the marginalized in these local neighborhoods.
What began as a mission exploration has grown into a tradition of service and cross-cultural bridge building with our brothers and sisters in these impoverished border towns. Community Centers and Churches are hosts to our growing mission teams providing warm hospitality and assistance with materials and local customs.
Over the years we have become partners with local pastors, mission workers and business owners who continue to lend support to our community service work and home building projects.
Each year we prepare building teams who will construct modest 12×20 dwellings for families who have no shelter of their own or who have multiple families living under one roof. These “casitas” (little homes) are rustic by our standards but are blessings from God to the recipient families. Waiting lists of families desperately needing shelter and a place to call home can grow long which is why every helping hand is a gift from God.
No construction or carpenter experience is necessary to be a vital part of this building ministry. We provide skilled leaders and knowledgeable guides to help you become a valuable member of the team.
If God has been calling you to explore how you might be able to help others in need, this can be a perfect beginning.
We encourage students and families from our community and church to attend.
Now is the time to put your faith into action. God is asking us to express our faith and have it make a difference to someone else. Join us in the rugged colonias overlooking the Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. Together we will build homes for the less fortunate and discover ways we can serve one another humbly in love.
Local Mission and Community Service
Northeast of the Well
Recovery ministry: Share a meal and worship with men and women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Provide a meal, help prepare and serve a meal or help with childcare. Monday evenings 6pm – 9pm at First Congregational Church of Anaheim, 515 N State College Blvd in Anaheim, 92806. Contact: Staci Ashby at email@example.com or Malia Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for Faith Testimonies for Northeast of the Well. Click here for a link to their website: http://northeastofthewell.org/
Giving Children Hope
Fill backpacks for homeless children: Serving over 1200 Orange County children and their families each week with meals for the weekend. Located at 8332 Commonwealth Ave in Buena Park, 90621. Variable days 9am – Noon. Contact Malia Lewis at email@example.com for additional information. Click here for a link to their website: http://www.givingchildrenhope.org/
Adult Shower Ministry
Homeless shower assistance: Help provide those living on the streets an opportunity to enjoy a hot shower, obtain clean clothes, and feel cared for. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6am – 9am at First Presbyterian Church of Garden Grove, 11832 Euclid St., Garden Grove, 92840. Contact: Kriss Germann at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for a link to their websiteClick here for more information.
American Red Cross Blood Drives: 2-3 times per year
Working Wardrobes provides numerous services relating to professional wardrobing, employment, career, financial education and life skills, training, and image workshops. The Deacons are collecting “business attire” clothing and accessories for mean and women who are interviewing and re-entering the work force. Clothing should be clean and on hangers, and placed on the rack in Room 6. Thank you for your generous donations!
Several times per year our deacons send letters and cards of support along with care packages for our military personnel.
Each Christmas season our deacons create an Angel Gift Tree for our members to make gift donations for families in need during the holiday season.
Several times per year our deacons sell “Emergency Kits” filled with essential items including water, canned and dried foods and personal items like tooth brushes and sanitizer to distribute to homeless who are soliciting for support.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. PDA enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events by focusing on the long term recovery of disaster impacted communities and through training and disaster preparedness for presbyteries and synods. Additionally, PDA connects partners locally and internationally with key organizations active in the response — United Nations, NVOAD (National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster), World Food Program, Red Cross, FEMA and others and manages a number of specialized volunteer teams to work nationally and internationally providing consultation, program design and training.
Most recently our church has supported the PDA efforts in the greater New Orleans and Gulfport regions and Midwest areas devastated by hurricanes and tornados with donations, care packages and teams of students and adults helping with reconstruction.
To learn more about PDA click here: www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/pda/
Through our missional partners including Futuro del Oro, Iglesia Nuevo Pacto and Not Church we have a dynamic home building program in the colonias near Playas de Tijuana that has been one of our core projects for over 25 years. Each spring break scores of high school students and adult leaders devote a week to build not only homes but relationships with brothers and sisters across the border as we put our faith into action and grow in our walk with Christ. Generally we also plan two additional weekend trips in the summer and fall for adults of all ages from college students to young adults to the young at heart.
For more info about Futuro del Oro, click here.
Kenya and Rwanda
Contact Malia Lewis for more information at email@example.com.