Growing in Faith - Called to Serve
MISSION TEAM ANNUAL REPORT 2018
Our church’s Mission Statement is Growing in Faith, Called to Serve. The Mission Team strives to fulfill this by providing various ways each member of the congregation might GROW and be CALLED to SERVE. The Mission Team led a Lenten Study, beginning February 15th, and had six people in attendance; the topic was on poverty and its alleviation, which tied in very nicely with understanding how to help others in the best way possible – it was great food for thought… Book used: When Helping Hurts – The Small Group Experience.
In January, 10% of the financial pledges went to mission projects. We reached out to give aid to people in need - locally, nationally, and internationally. Below is a listing of the major mission events and collections in 2018.
The Mission Team would like to thank the congregation as a whole for their generosity of time, talents and monetary gifts. Judy Sheldon was chair of Mission this year, and John Teke came on the team to “learn the ropes” with her from August to December and will assume leadership in 2019.
Adopt-a-Family This Christmas we collected toys and outfits for 20 needy children in Howard County. Thanks to Deb Arczynski and Jane Glass for coordinating efforts and delivering these gifts to the Salvation Army.
Card Ministry 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: Hygiene kits for Presbytery use
2nd Quarter: Habitat for Humanity
3rd Quarter: MHPC church kitchen revamp
4th Quarter: Project Protect – Force Blue (a group which is composed of retired special forces who are working to restore the coral reefs and do general clean up undersea off the coast of Florida.)
Fair Trade Bazaar Thanks to Janice Yant (champion) and all who purchased items, we had another successful Fair Trade Bazaar again in December. We sold $483 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 then donate all proceeds back to SERRV to further help farmers and artisans. We also serve fair trade coffee during our fellowship time.
For generations, Heifer International has provided resources and training for struggling small-scale farmers in order to give them a chance to change their circumstances. Thanks to the two Sunday School classes for choosing chicks, goats and bees in the “Christmas Giving” program.
Homemade blankets are lovingly made and provided to children in need. Thanks to Peggy Ervin (champion) and to the ladies in the Women’s Circle who gathered to tie the quilts made. Peggy donated 15 to Project Linus in Virginia (her niece's group that was having a blanket drive) and 9 to Project Linus of Ho Co.
Missionaries: The Callisons
Although Rev. Greg and Chris Callison did not visit our congregation this year (they are on a three-year rotation schedule), we still supported them with prayer and through the General Assembly Selected Giving Program.
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 early November, members/friends of our church wrapped, packed and donated a total of 109 filled shoe boxes this year. Later in November, 8,397 OCC boxes were collected at Bethel Baptist church. Many members/friends of MHPC also volunteered hours at the OCC processing center in Columbia, helping others from across the USA to pack and inspect 820,000+ 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.
Operation Refuge Child
We bought 50 backpacks which will be sent to children in refugee camps in Jordan.
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. 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, 45 casseroles were delivered. Special thanks go out to Dunloggin Middle and Patapsco Middle Schools for making casseroles to support the program. Thanks to Susie Hix and Kathy Kolesar for donating 12 bags of school supplies.
Presbytery Unified Mission
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. We belong to the West Side Story Ministry Group, which our own Pastor Adrian Pratt co-chaired from Jan. to June, and Judy Sheldon co-chaired from July to December. This group runs workshops, leadership training, and get-togethers for the 13 churches in our general area west of the Baltimore beltway.
Rise Against Hunger
Rise Against Hunger supports safety net programs that provide nourishment, as well as additional skills training or services that support the difficult journey out of poverty. Five members from MHPC joined members from Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church of Columbia to pack 20,000 meals on April 21. Thanks to Judy Sheldon for coordination.
The Samaritan Women’s mission is to glorify GOD by seeking justice, reconciliation, and healing through operating transitional and restorative shelter programs for women recovering from domestic human trafficking. In April, six members attended a Veranda Dinner at the Samaritan Women’s house and learned more about their mission. Thanks to Janice Yant for coordinating gifts to three young, single moms-to-be in a baby shower held on November 4th.
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 4th we conducted our Souper Bowl Sunday collection. This year the youth decided to split the money between Grassroots (for the Eagles) and Our Daily Bread (for the Patriots). Thanks to Kathleen Boytim for championing this “Cents-Ability” strategy for raising awareness and funds for the fight against hunger!
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 13 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)
Three LOTS Offerings collected this year and went to support;
Rise Against Hunger,
Community Foundation of Howard County,
Ellicott City residents affected by the flooding
In 2018 MHPC took collections for five special offerings.
Disaster Relief, Given to a MHNS Family after flooding in EC,
Peace Making 75% to Presbytery and 25% to Catherine’s Cottage
Pentecost Offering 60% to Presbytery and 40% to Zaching Against Cancer
One Great Hour of Sharing
Christmas Joy offering
Again, thanks to all in the congregation for their contribution of time, talents and treasure.
Judy Sheldon, Mission Team Chair