Hurricane Harvey Relief Trip
Where: Rockport/Corpus Christi, TX
When: February 25th – March 3rd
Who: Rivers of Life Presbytery and Hosanna Industries
 
The Evangelism & Mission Committee seeks to organize, engage and equip Meridian Presbyterian Church to spread the Good News of the Bible through word and deed in fulfillment of the Great Commission.
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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Matthew 28:18-20
 
 
Our Part in God’s Mission
Here are three ways in which you can support the redemptive work of Christ in the world here at Meridian PC:
 
  1. Pray – We are all called to support the work of mission with prayer!  We pray regularly for the people of the world in need and for the missionaries who serve others in the world. 

 

  1. Give – As a planned part of our general church budget, we give to mission. Total planned giving is $30,000, over 10% of our total church budget.  Thank you for giving generously as we participate in God’s mission locally and globally!

 

  1. Get involved – There are a variety of opportunities to do mission at MPC!  Participate in a community dinner, volunteer with Hosanna, pack emergency response kits, go on a mission trip, fill a shoe box gift, and in all you do, share the love of Jesus with those you meet!
 
 
Below is a list of all the mission opportunities that we support with our time, talents, and treasurers. 
 

Global Mission

Michael & Rachel, Serving in West Africa ($2000) presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/ludwig-michael-and-rachel/

Michael and Rachel are working alongside the Evangelical Church, helping to develop a literacy training and evangelism program. Where they serve is among the world’s poorest countries, has a literacy rate of only 29 percent, and experiences frequent famines. “It’s captured our hearts as a place of great need, where people with skills in language and teaching can make a huge impact in the lives of ordinary people through literacy training and exposure to the gospel,” they write. “We believe this program will help the church grow in reaching out to its non-Christian neighbors, helping them physically through teaching and spiritually as they read the good news of Jesus.” 
 

Brian & Pam, Serving in China, ($2000) elic.org

Brian & Pam are teachers at Tibet University for Nationalities (TUN) located in Xianyang, Shaanxi, Peoples’ Republic of China. They teach English in the Foreign Language Department to Tibetan and Chinese students, and instruct new ELIC teachers in the University Teaching Program. There are a few believing teachers at TUN, so they must be careful about sharing their faith, due to the restrictive government and political atmosphere on the campus.  They work alongside local Chinese Christians who are committed to working with their students.  Praying for their TUN campus and being bright shining lights amidst the darkness that prevails is their most powerful way of ministering to those around them. Pam has an amazing gift of hospitality that has welcomed hundreds into their tiny apartment over the years. Brian & Pam connected with us through their teammates, David & Ginger Hoovler, former MUPC members.
 

World Mission Initiative ($2000) worldmissioninitiative.org

World Mission Initiative’s main vision and purpose is mission mobilization! We hope to lead the church to rediscover its purpose, calling, and missional center.  World Mission Initiative is dedicated to developing mission vision, nurturing missionary vocations, and cultivating missional congregations.  WMI links together three important players in our missionary obedience: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Global Mission Partners, and local churches. At the Seminary, we offer the link between the classroom and the mission field. With relationships in many countries, WMI offers students the opportunity to build relationships with leaders from the church in Asia, African, and Latin America. 
 

Church World Service, ($2000)  cwsglobal.org/get-involved/kits/

As part of our commitment to serve those experiencing  difficult times with the love of Christ, we will fund the supplies for packing Emergency response kits.  Cleaning suppiles, hygiene supplies, or school supplies will be packaged  by the congregation in October.  The kits are warehoused and then distributed to families who have experineced a natural disaster to assist in the clean-up process nationally and internationally through Church World Service. 
 

New Wilmington Mission Conference, ($2000) NWMCmission.org

The New Wilmington Mission Conference looks to deepen the missionary spirit, seeking fulfillment of the Great Commission, with a focus on youth ages 12-24.  Mission interpretation meets the duty and ideal of carrying the gospel to ALL the world.  NWMC uses its Presbyterian mission heritage to encourage a deep spiritual life of fellowship with God by promoting service and witness for Jesus Christ. A week-long, multi-generational, conference held on the campus of Westminster College in western PA. 
 

The Antioch Partners ($2000) theantiochpartners.org

The Antioch Partners (TAP) is a missionary sending agency which partners with local Presbyterian churches in the US in sending followers of Jesus to participate in God’s mission in the world. TAP is the missionary sending agency of ECO.  There are now missionaries serving through TAP in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, as well as in the US among not-yet-Christian immigrant communities. As God opens the way, we are committed to increasing the following: the number of Presbyterian churches TAP is serving in the sending of missionaries, the number of missionaries being sent, as well as the areas of the world and number of unreached people groups where these missionaries are serving.
 

Local Mission  

Hosanna Industries, Inc. ($2000) hosannaindustries.org/

Hosanna offers home construction, repair and rehabilitation for low-income persons living in deteriorating housing.  They create job opportunities for unemployed persons and provide vocational training for unskilled workers, particularly in construction trades.  They have assisted in the development and start-up of small businesses by persons who lack the economic ability and expertise to do so without assistance.  They work to mobilize relief workers to areas of disaster and poverty.
 

Community Dinners & Lunches

($4000) 

Our church supports the free community meals that are served in the city of Butler daily for our area.  A lunch or dinner is served each day of every week with no proof of income, qualification or any other requirement.   A list of churches who participate in this mission and locations for the meals can be found on the website. 

Meridian serves the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, sending volunteers to cook and serve dinner for all those who walk through the door.  Dinner is served between 5 and 6 pm for approximately 200 guests.We also packs bagged lunches the 3rd Sunday of each month, which are delivered to St. Andrews after church.

 

 

VOCIe ($1500), voiceforvictims.com

Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe) provides free and confidential services to individuals and families who are survivors of crime such as domestic violence, assault, robbery, harassment or homicide of a loved one.  VOICe works within our community to bring about social change and provide survivors with the ability to take control of their lives.  VOICe is able to do much of our work thanks to the generosity of our volunteers and donors.
 

Covenant Food Cupboard  ($1500) covenantbutler.org

The Covenant Cupboard is a community food bank located at Covenant Presbyterian Church on East Jefferson St.  It has been in existence serving the Butler area for over 30 years.  The Covenant Cupboard is supported mostly by area churches through gifts of food and money. There are 8 different groups of churches who send volunteer teams. The cupboard is opened to and welcomes all individuals and families, serving approximately 200 individuals each month. 

 

Meals on Wheels  in Connoquenessing ($1500)

Connoquenessing Area Meals on Wheels serves area residents who are ill, recovering, unable to shop or cook often by medical referral.   The area served is bounded on the east by Duffy road and includes Meridian, Renfrew, Mt. Chestnut, Greenwood Village, Connoquenessing and Prospect areas.  Meals are prepared at White Oak Presbyterian Church, and consist of a hot pack (meat, vegetable, potato mostly), a sandwich, salad, dessert and fruit. This makes two meals delivered five days a week, along with a quart of milk weekly.  Clients pay a small fee, but support is needed to cover rent, utilities, insurance, food and supplies, cooks salaries, repairs and replacements. Nearly 90 people volunteer throughout the year packing, driving, delivering and a host of other jobs. Many area churches, including Meridian, donate the desserts as well.  

 

Evangelism & Church Mission 

Summer’s Best Two Weeks ($2000)

Last year Meridian’s SB2W provided over 20 campers with the best two weeks of their summer and introduced many to Jesus for the first time! Campers come to SB2W to compete in athletics, strive to accomplish personal goals, and have a great time.  Along the way, campers are coached and cared for by a phenomenal staff of college students who will point them to Jesus and show them what following Him is all about. 
 

Youth Mission Trip ($2000)

Sending our youth to participate in a mission experience helps put what they are learning about Jesus into action!  By serving others, they make a difference in the world and learn to follow Jesus more closely. 
 

Evangelism Ministry ($1500)

Getting to know our neighbors in Meridian includes inviting them to special events at our church, welcoming visitors, and following up with them.  This ministry includes the Good Friday breakfast.  Look for new evangelism opportunities, as we serve as witnesses of the gospel in our neighborhood.

 

Pastor’s Discretionary Mission ($500)

This fund allows our pastor to respond to one-time needs of community members anonymously. 

 

Special Offerings & Opportunities

 

Blanket Sunday

– An additional way to support the church’s witness among the poor through Church World Service.

 

Soup-er Bowl of Caring

– A special offering of canned goods to support the local food bank on Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Adult Mission Trip

– Look for an opportunity to go and serve others in the name of Jesus.  Past trips have been to help re-build homes after disasters.

 

Christmas Gift Collections

– Especially during the Christmas season, look for opportunities to give to those in need through VOICe and The Lighthouse, and through the shoebox gift ministry of Samaritan’s Purse which sends shoeboxes full of gifts and necessities to children around the world.