October’s Mission Focus is on us, the U.S., as we display the United States flag in our sanctuary. Our flag reminds us of the freedoms and the bounty we enjoy living in this great nation. We are also reminded that “To who much has been given, much is required.” As we head into the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is always a call for helping those less fortunate with meals, clothing, and basic human needs.
Through our Mission Committee we support the City Rescue Mission in New Castle by collecting food items and turkeys for Thanksgiving as well as volunteering to work in their kitchen serving meals to the homeless. We also provide aid to their women’s shelter.
Our church has a long a history of helping children and families in the New Wilmington Area School District, providing meals and food in backpacks for those who do not have enough to eat. Recently we assisted the schools with their new school store by donating clothing and toiletries. At Christmastime, our Deacons will put up the Giving Tree.
Across the street at Westminster College, our congregation assists with the Food Pantry for students who come up short on their meal plans and finances and need assistance in having nutritious food available to them.
We reach out to the Spanish speaking members in our community who want to learn English by providing language classes for them. There are also language classes for those who want to learn Spanish so that they can minister more effectively here and when going to the Dominican Republic on our annual mission trip there.
Root International in Mercer provides for basic needs of furniture and clothing both locally and around the country and Mexico, whether due to natural disaster or poverty.
NWPC has also had history with Habitat for Humanity with volunteers and financial support to make affordable housing available to families in need.
There are many other ways we as a church reach out locally and nationally. For those who want the hands-on experience of mission work, there are many opportunities to be involved with the organizations that we partner with. Best of all though, is the outreach we as a church have shown to our friends and neighbors in the community who find themselves in a time of need/crisis and we can step in to show the love of Christ in a very real and tangible way. For more information or questions regarding local mission opportunities or giving, contact a Mission Committee member, led by our Dan Forsberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.