Growing in Faith - Called to Serve
In 2017, the Ministry of Mission became the Mission Team. Betty Holub and Kathleen Boytim co-chaired Mission until August, when Judy Sheldon became the new chair. This year, under financial constraints, 10% of the financial pledges went to mission projects, instead of 10% of the total income of the church. While our buying power was smaller, we still reached out to give aid to people in need - locally, nationally, and internationally. Below is a listing of the major mission events, collections, and allocation of funds in 2017. The Mission Team would like to thank the congregation as a whole for their generosity of time, talents and monetary gifts.
This Christmas we collected toys and outfits for 20 needy children in Howard County. Thanks to Kira Jahoda and Jane Glass for coordinating efforts and delivering these gifts to the Salvation Army.
Thanks to Kathleen Boytim, the Card Ministry 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:
1st Quarter: $140 for purchasing chickens through the Presbytery Mission Giving Catalog
2nd & 3rd Quarter: $414.00 went towards refurbishing the Hebron House apartment
4th Quarter: $246 for purchasing “Lucky Iron Fish”, fish-shaped cast iron ingots used to provide dietary supplementation of iron to individuals affected by iron-deficiency anemia.
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 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 then donate all proceeds back to SERRV to further help farmers and artisans. We also serve fair trade coffee during our fellowship time and we enjoyed delicious cookies baked by the Middle and High School Youth while we shopped!
Missionaries: The Callisons
Rev. Greg and Chris Callison joined us for a pot-luck dinner and discussion about their missionary work in the Middle East on June 25th. We have supported them for many years through the General Assembly Unified Mission, this year giving $1,000. We also designated $250 for their travel expenses during their trip back to America this summer. Thanks to Judy Sheldon for hosting them at her home during their trip.
Operation Christmas Child
The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child (OCC), uses gift-filled shoeboxes to share God’s love in a tangible way with needy children around the world. Thanks to Kit Schaefer for championing the collection of gifts through each month of the year. In November, members/friends of our church wrapped, packed and donated a total of 144 filled shoe boxes this year. Later in November, 5 adults and 7 youth packed 14,000 OCC boxes on a truck in 2 ½ hours. Many members/friends of MHPC also volunteered hours at the OCC processing center behind Snowden Square, packing and inspecting OCC shoeboxes just prior to shipment overseas. Thanks to Janice Yant for coordinating times and people and to everyone who helped with OCC this year.
Our Daily Bread
Each month, members bake casseroles and donate pantry items to Our Daily Bread (ODB), a Catholic Charities organization that serves meals to the hungry of Baltimore. Church members also serve meals at ODB four times a year and we gave a $500 donation in support this organization. Thanks to Susan Mergenthaler for championing the monthly casseroles and making the deliveries to ODB and to Chris Hinds for championing the meal-serving days. This year, 170 casseroles were delivered. Special thanks go out to our Church youth and Dunloggin Middle and Patapsco Middle Schools for making casseroles to support the program. Many thanks to Ed Wright for his many years of service making 12 casseroles each month and delivering supplies; he retired from this role in 2017.
Presbytery Unified Mission
We gave $9,000 to the Baltimore Presbytery for its Unified Mission, which includes support to the West Side Story Ministry Group, which our own Pastor Adrian Pratt currently co-chairs. Presbytery Ministry Groups share their wisdom, faith, and commitment to Christ’s work in their respective congregations and communities. These funds open doors to mission and ministry that often could not be experienced or accomplished with one congregation.
Relay for Life
On June 10th, we sponsored a team called “Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church” for the Relay for Life held at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Including the LOTS collection ($449), we raised $1,300 for Relay for Life. Seventeen people come out to represent our team: 3 youth, 3 adult cancer survivors, and 11 other adult walkers. Thanks to Bette Holub for chairing our church team and to Bette and Brian Holub who purchased a church banner to display at the event at our campsite; it has been donated to the church to use as needed for other events.
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. On February 5th we conducted our Souper Bowl Sunday collection – a total of $265 ($189/Falcons and $76/Patriots). This year the youth decided to split the money three ways: to the Heifer International for sustainable farming, Small Miracles (SMCDR - a dog & cat shelter in Ellicott City,) and Grassroots (a homeless shelter in Howard County.)
SWAT (Stop Waste and Trash)
A team of volunteers from our church and the Boy Scouts who meet in Hebron House pick up trash quarterly as part of the State’s Adopt-A-Highway beautification program. Trash is collected from both sides of Rt. 40 from Centennial Lane to Greenway Drive and MHPC has participated in this program since May 1990. Thanks to Will Ervin for his coordination efforts and to the Boy Scouts and all the members/friends who help keep our community clean.
The Mission Team delivered food baskets to the Salvation Army for pickup by 12 needy Howard County families before Thanksgiving. Thanks to Kathleen Boytim and Mindy Kantsiper’s family for shopping for the food and preparing the baskets, and to the congregation for providing the $50 grocery store gift cards.
LOTS (Loose Offering To Share)
Four LOTS Offerings this year included:
Catherine’s Cottage ($750) – Ms. Rebecca Hogg from the Salvation Army spoke during our worship service about a home they are remodeling in Baltimore that will be a safe haven for female victims of human trafficking and their children.
Relay for Life ($449) – in support of the American Cancer Society
Hurricane Harvey ($1,595) – through Presbyterian Disaster Relief for Texas relief
All Hands Volunteers ($741.50) – in support of their clean-up effort in Houston, Texas
In 2017 MHPC took collections for 5 special offerings:
Disaster Relief ($388) – 100% went to Presbytery Disaster Assistance designated for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Peace Making ($300) – 75% to Presbytery and 25% to Freedom Rising Fund - There will be 5 new centers opening up in cities around the USA (one will be in Baltimore) to combat the oppression of racism damaging the lives of African American males.
Pentecost Offering ($628) – 60% to Presbytery and 40% to Freedom Rising Fund
One Great Hour of Sharing ($525) – 100% to Presbytery
Joy offering ($430) - 100% to Presbytery
Misc. Mission Funds Allocated:
Christian Services Thrift Shop ($500) – run by the Salvation Army of Howard County
First Bilingual Christian Church in Baltimore ($500) – for their mission trip to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
Heifer International ($150) – the Sunday school did some Christmas shopping and gave 5 flocks of chickens and a Hope Basket of chickens and rabbits to this organization
Mount Hebron Nursery School ($1,000) – Scholarship Fund
New Beginning’s Fair ($100) – given to the raffle winner, Cindy Lawson, for the charity of her choice: Dig Deep, a human rights non-profit working to ensure that every American has clean, running water forever
Samaritan Women ($500) – Christian organization providing restorative care to survivors and bringing about an end to domestic human trafficking through awareness, prevention and advocacy
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy ($200) - to help in their mailing fees to send books to Africa in support of a school for new ministers
Trunk or Treat ($500) – for lights and supplies
Vacation Bible School ($500) – for supplies and baby-sitting costs
At the end of the year, there was a carry-over of $1,285.67 from unspent allocations. A special thanks to Jeannie Yep for her willingness to do the paperwork involved on all the Mission contributions!
The Mission Team 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 talents, and by prayer! Please consider joining the Team in 2018 and let us know of Missions you consider worthy of support.
Judy Sheldon, Mission Team Chair