Growing in Faith - Called to Serve
Ministry of Mission -2016 Annual Report
In 2016 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 Howard County, 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. MHPC has committed to making and delivering 10 casseroles per month. The total number of casseroles delivered by our church this year was 223. Along with supplying casseroles and other items such as sugar, tea bags, PB&J and children’s books, our church members serve meals at ODB four times a year. We would like to thank Susan Mergenthaler for championing the monthly casserole collection, Chris Hinds for championing the meal serving days, Ed Wright for making 12 casseroles every month and helping with deliveries 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 167 filled shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child.
167 shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child in November. Also many members/friends of MHPC volunteered 237 hours at the OCC packing center in Odenton, MD packing and inspecting OCC shoeboxes. 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 the processing center. Due to all of your help 167 shoe boxes were delivered to children in South Africa.
Thanks to Kathleen Boytim this program has raised $9,333.45 since 2007 by bringing 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 proceeds went towards: (1st qtr) $207.50 for DOOR for use in Marji McCoy's YAV Hollywood expenses; (2nd qtr) $181.00 for Beekeeping kits through PCUSA; and (3rd & 4th qtr) $359.00 for Ellicott City Partnership to help with the restoration efforts after the historic flood this year in Ellicott City, MD.
Adopt a Family
This Christmas the Ministry of Mission collected gifts for 5 of the Salvation Army’s ‘Forgotten Angels.’ These were older children (9-12 yr.) that had not been adopted by other organizations/individuals. These gifts along with another dozen outfits/toys (fill in gifts for other needy children) and 5-$50 grocery store gift cards for families in need were delivered to the collection center on December 12th by the Holub/Bertolini family. Your generosity was much appreciated and you helped to make the holidays a little brighter for many.
The Mission Ministry delivered Thanksgiving Baskets to the Salvation Army (formerly Christian Women’s Thrift Store) for pickup by 12 needy Howard County families before Thanksgiving. Thanks to Ministry of Mission members (Boytims and Kantsipers) for shopping for the food and to the congregation for providing the $50 grocery store gift cards.
SWAT (Stop Waste and Trash)
A team of volunteers from our church, including the Boy Scouts, championed by Tom Harris and Will Ervin 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. We would like to thank Tom, Will, the Boy Scouts and all the members/friends 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 ($312 collected), Peace Making Offering ($274 collected), Pentecost Offering ($650 collected), One Great Hour of Sharing ($870 collected) 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. On February 7, 2016 we conducted our Souper Bowl Sunday collection. We collected a total of $397.35 ($300.35/Broncos and $97.00/Panthers). This year the youth decided that they wanted to donate the money to the Presbyterian Hunger Program-Cents-Ability.
The Samaritan Women is a national Christian organization providing restorative care to survivors, and bringing about an end to domestic human trafficking through awareness, prevention and advocacy. The Ministry of Mission purchased a table of six at the Samaritan Women’s annual fundraiser-their October 13th Veranda Dinner. We held a drawing for the six seats. The winners of the tickets for the Samaritan Women’s Veranda Dinner were Marlee Lindon, Brooke Schumm and Kari Schumm. They each took a guest (which included Pastor and Mrs. Pratt). A great time was had by all and they learned a lot about the organization’s outreach.
LOTS (Loose Offering To Share)
We held a LOTS offering in September to raise money for the Mt. Hebron Nursery School family who was displaced due to the Ellicott City flood. We raised $1,525. $1,400 was used to purchase the family Walmart, grocery store and gas cards which we donated to them in October. We used the remaining $125 to give them a Thanksgiving basket containing a grocery store gift card and non-perishable food items.
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 $947.50 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 donate all proceeds back to SERRV to further help farmers and artisans. 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!
Janice Yant purchased panhandler kit supplies at the end of the year with the $500 we had in the budget. She will have the Elementary and Middle school children put the kits together.
Mount Hebron Nursery School Scholarship Fund
For the second year in a row MHPC donated a $1,000 MHNS Scholarship fund for the nursery school to administer as they see fit. Due to the generosity of MHPC members and friends the nursery school was able to help a local Ellicott City family that was affected by the historic Ellicott City flood that occurred this year.
$2,000 was donated to help the Salvation Army remodel a half bathroom for their new endeavor-Catherine’s Cottage in Howard County, MD. This house will open in January/February 2017 and it will be a home for female victims of human trafficking and their children.
The remaining year end mission funds were divided between the following Presbytery special missions-
1)Sand Dams (sand dams are a simple yet highly effective way to provide clean water for an entire community), 2)Syrian Refugee Heating Kits and 3)Refugee Food Baskets.
The Ministry of Mission would like to thank all those who helped MHPC spread God’s love both locally and to far- away places by donating funds and/or goods, volunteering their time and/or talents and by prayer.
Co-chair Ministry of Mission 2016