Growing in Faith - Called to Serve
Ministry of Mission - 2015 Annual Report
In 2015 the Ministry of Mission in conjunction with the members/friends of Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church helped to spread God’s love by reaching out to help people in need locally, nationally and internationally. Each year we accomplish this through a combination of special collections, yearly pledges and events/projects. Ten percent of the annual church budget goes towards mission projects. Below is a listing of the major mission events of the year. The Ministry of Mission would like to thank the congregation as a whole for their generosity of time, talents and monetary gifts. With your generosity Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church has touched the lives of countless people throughout Maryland, the nation and overseas.
Our Daily Bread
Members of MHPC respond monthly by baking casseroles and donating pantry items to feed the hungry of Baltimore at Our Daily Bread. Our Daily Bread is a Catholic Charities organization that has been serving meals to the hungry since 1981.These casseroles along with others made from Dunloggin Middle School are taken to ODB monthly. MHPC has committed to making and delivering 10 casseroles per month. The total number of casseroles delivered by our church this year was 271. Along with supplying casseroles our church members serve meals at ODB four times a year. We would like to thank Susan Mergenthaler for championing this cause, Ed Wright who makes 12 casseroles every month (24 in December) and all those who donated casseroles, pantry items and/or served.
Operation Christmas Child
The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child, uses gift-filled shoeboxes to share God’s love in a tangible way with needy children around the world. Our church participated in this mission project again this year. We had a different collection theme each month between February and October which was championed by Kit Schaefer. Members/friends of Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church wrapped, packed and donated a total of 161 filled shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child. Approximately 25 youth and adults crated shoe boxes at the Collection Center at His Way Bookstore. MHPC facilitated 252 volunteer hours at Samaritan's Purse Processing Center. We would like to thank Kit Schaefer for her year-long collections, Janice Yant for working with and coordinating the volunteers and for everyone who donated items, wrapped boxes or helped at His Way or the processing center. Due to all of your help 161 shoe boxes were delivered to children of Togo on the west coast of Africa.
Thanks to Kathleen Boytim this program brings together members and friends of the church to create stamped cards that are then sold during our fellowship time. Proceeds from the sale of the cards are given to a designated charity each quarter. This year’s donations went towards (1st qtr) collected $233.50 + $532.50 for Truckin' for Troops; (2nd qtr) collected $152.50 for the Trinity Youth Conference; (3rd qtr) collected $114.50 for DOOR for use in Marji McCoy's YAV Hollywood expenses; (4th qtr) $212.00 collected for PCUSA's efforts in the Syrian refugee crisis.
Christian Services of Howard County, Inc. (Thrift Shop)
Many members and friends of MHPC donate food, clothing, household goods and money to the Christian Services Thrift Shop which in turn contributes these items to needy people and families in the county. In addition, some members of our church volunteer their time to the Christian Services Thrift Shop. The pantry shelves at Christian Services of Howard County received a big boost when VBS students contributed cereal, toilet paper, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, syrup, laundry detergent and dish soap. Eileen Shields, the Director of the Thrift Shop retired after 50+ years of dedicated service on December 31, 2015. In 2016 the Salvation Army will continue the operation of the Thrift Shop in the same manner and with the same mission as did Christian Services of Howard County. This is great news for the community. Thanks to Luann Harris for championing this effort and all the members/friends of the congregation who donate their time, goods and money to help support our community with such a wonderful mission.
Adopt a Family
The Ministry of Mission would like to thank those who participated in the Adopt-a-Family campaign of the Salvation Army. This year our church provided gifts and $50 grocery store gift cards to 13 families. Your generosity was much appreciated and you helped to make the holidays a little brighter for many.
The Ministry of Mission working with the Christian Services of Howard County Thrift Shop provided twelve needy families with baskets of non-perishable food items and $50 grocery store gifts cards to buy perishable food items. All baskets and gift cards went to needy Howard County families to provide them with a Thanksgiving meal. Thanks to Tom Harris and Kathleen Boytim for championing this cause and all the members/friends that donated the $50 gift cards.
SWAT (Stop Waste and Trash)
A team of volunteers from our church championed by Tom Harris help improve the environment along Route 40 by picking up trash quarterly as part of the State’s Adopt-A-Highway beautification program. They pick up trash along both sides of Rt. 40 from Centennial Lane to Greenway Drive. MHPC has participated in this program since May 1990 by making 96 pick-ups in 25 years thanks to Tom and all the members/friends/Boy Scouts who have helped keep our community clean.
In 2015 MHPC took collections for 5 special offerings in conjunction with the Presbytery. They were;
Disaster Relief offering ($545.00 collected and remitted to help Nepal and flooding in the USA), Peacemaking offering ($600 collected), One Great Hour of Sharing ($960.00 collected), Pentecost offering ($730 collected-$523 remitted to help YAV Marji McCoy), and Joy offering ($725.00 collected).
Souper Bowl of Caring
The Souper Bowl of Caring utilizes Super Bowl weekend in America to mobilize young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. Its vision is to transform Super Bowl weekend into America's largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving. MHPC youth collected $539.00 this year that was donated to Sensibility, the Baltimore Presbytery Food Bank Program. 100% of the proceeds are used by churches in the Presbytery who have food banks.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. Janice Yant and three youth walkers participated in the Crop Walk. The walk took place on the path around Lake Kittamaqundi. The walkers raised $170 to combat hunger.
Springfield Hospital Center
At Christmas MHPC members and friends donate gifts to the patients at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville. Many of these residents have no other source of Christmas gifts. This year we delivered 24 gifts to the patients. Many thanks to those who donated.
LOTS (Loose Offering To Share)
Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church held two LOTS offerings in 2015. One LOTS offering was taken to close the funding gap to make the Labyrinth a reality. The second LOTS offering was taken to help fund Young Adult Volunteer Marji McCoy.
Hat, Sock and Mitten Spider Web
In the fall our congregation collects hats, socks and mittens that are delivered to Christian Services of Howard County for distribution within our local community. Thanks to all who donated items to help keep others warm this winter.
Fair Trade Bazaar
Thanks to Janice Yant (champion) and all who purchased items, we had another successful Fair Trade Bazaar again this year. We sold $633.50 of food and handcrafted goods through SERRV's consignment program. MPHC's sale helps provide a market for farmers and artisans who work in partnership with SERRV to generate income and provide food, shelter, and education for their families. We also serve fair trade coffee during our fellowship time and this year we enjoyed delicious cookies baked by the Middle and High School Youth while shopping!
Young Adult Volunteer Marji McCoy
MHPC has helped to sponsor Marji McCoy, a Young Adult Volunteer as she starts her year in Hollywood, CA to help their homeless community. We raised money to help Marji with her expenses such as rent and food by holding a LOTS (raised $512) and Card Ministry ($114.50 raised). You can keep up with Marji McCoy's experiences with a link on our Facebook page.
Mount Hebron Nursery School Scholarship Fund
In January the Ministry of Mission asked the congregation to bring us their ideas for mission projects for 2015. One of the ideas we adopted was to create a $1,000 MHNS Scholarship Fund for the nursery school to administer as they see fit. The nursery school was able to help two needy families in 2015 due to the generosity of MHPC members and friends.
In October the Ministry of Mission hosted a fundraiser/dinner for Truckin4Troops. Truckin4Troops is a Maryland based group that is dedicated to support and serve our wounded servicemen and women through transportation needs and outings for the veterans and their care givers. Thanks to Bette Holub and Kathleen Boytim for championing this event and thanks to all those members/friends who attended and donated $735 to Truckin4Troops.