Our Part in God's Mission
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Meals on Wheels
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
Trunk or Treat
Every year Meridian hosts the community for a Trunk or Treat event. This has become one of our best ways of meeting and serving our neighbors. Over 300 people from our community come and fellowship with a candy highway, bounce house, food, music and a petting zoo.
Youth Mission Trip
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.
We kick off the summer with a block party for our neighbors. We have yard games, music, food, and fun for all ages. It is a wonderful way for us to meet our neighbors!
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
This fund allows our pastor to respond to one-time needs of community members anonymously.
Special Offerings & Opportunitites
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.