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~ MISSONS ~

Local missions:

Shoe Fund:  This is a unique mission of our church.  Once a year we take a special offering, and in September we buy shoes and socks for deserving elementary school children in Palm Bay.  Each school chooses a few kids needing shoes, and on a Saturday we all meet at a local shoe store.  The kids pick out the shoes they want, and we buy them! In 2013 we bought 81 pair of shoes and 250 pair of socks; in 2014 we bought 55 pairs of shoes and 170 pairs of socks.

 

Famiy Promise:  Our church is partnered with Family Promise of Brevard, Inc., a non-profit organization addressing homelessness in our community ... one family at a time.  Through their Interfaith Hospitality Network of congregations and community organizations, they offer compassionate guidance, food, shelter and education.  Their goal is to strengthen our community by helping homeless families with children remain intact while they transition toward self-sufficiency.

 

We participate by serving as a Host Congregation four times per year.  During each host week, we provide safe family housing and meals in our facility.

 

South Brevard Sharing Center:  South Brevard Sharing Center (SBSC) is about treating people with dignity and respect by providing a haven for those who struggle to meet their basic needs. The Sharing Center was founded in 1971 as a non-profit, community based agency for charitable and philanthropic purposes. The general nature and purpose of this organization is to provide short-term emergency assistance to needy individuals and families, in the Brevard County Area where Federal, State, and County funds are not available.

We support SBSC with weekly donations of food, monthly donations of money, periodic donations of items for their thrift store, and volunteer help.

 

Thanksgiving & Christmas Baskets:  At Thanksgiving and Christmas, we provide a week's supply of groceries to 10 families whose names are provided by SBSC

 

Christmas Toy Tree:  At Christmas we set up a tag tree and provide 100 new toys for clients of South Brevard Sharing Center.

Daily Bread:  Daily Bread's soup kitchen is a lifeline for over 4,200 men, women and children in our community each year. Serving between 200 and 250 people daily, the kitchen is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, providing a hot mid-day meal plus hygienic services, including shower, laundry and mail service, to anyone in need.

We support Daily Bread by providing volunteers (5-10 people) for the kitchen the first Tuesday of each month.  We also provide periodic donations of used clothing.

Operation Hope:  Operation Hope, located in Fellsmere, Florida, is dedicated to providing support, education, and assistance to families in need regardless of race, color, or religion. For eleven years, Operation Hope has been helping families in need with groceries every Saturday night.  Every year they help over 1200 families with food which is provided by sources such as food banks in Orlando and Melbourne, Daily Bread, and many others.  In 2006 they opened a pre-school which serves up to 60 kids.  They also operate a thrift store and have special events for their clients.

We support Operation Hope with donations of items for their Mothers Day, Fathers Day, and Back to School programs.

Habitat For Humanity:  Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry working in partnership with the community of Brevard County to eliminate substandard and inadequate housing by building simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with God’s people in need.

We support Habitat with a yearly special offering and periodic work days.

Children's Hunger Project:  The Children's Hunger Project addresses hunger in elementary school children in Brevard County; believing that a hungry child has difficulty being attentive and driven in the classroom, affecting their ability to learn.  To combat this, they work with elementary schools to provide weekend meals to children in need during the school year, with additional feeding and education programs held when school is not in session.


National missions:

The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) has an extensive mission program.  We provide financial support through our budget and several special offerings.  Our special offerings include:

    Presbyterian Answer to Hunger (PATH) / 2 Cents-A-Meal:  joining together with others in our Presbytery and around the country, the 2 Cents-A-Meal program addresses issues of hunger in our local area and around the world by asking individuals to donate 2 cents for every meal they eat.  The offering is divided amongst PATH partners that enter into a 3-year covenant partnership with the Presbytery.  Currently, the 2 Cents-A-Meal partners include Second Harvest Food Bank, Society of St. Andrew, Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR) in Guatemala, and the Fruits and Vegetables Environmental Education in Madagascar.


    One Great Hour of Sharing:  Traditionally received on Easter Sunday, One Great Hour of Sharing is a special offering that enables the Church to share God's love with neighbors in need around the corner and around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disaster, providing food to the hungry and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.  This offering supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and the Self-Development of People Program.


    Pentecost Offering:  Traditionally received on Pentecost Sunday, the Pentecost Offering is a special offering that helps the Church encourage, develop, and support its young people; and also address the needs of at-risk children.  40% of the Pentecost offering is retained by our Church to support a local program that helps children and youth.  The remaining 60% is forwarded to PCUSA to support the Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) Program, Ministries with Youth, and additional programs for children at risk.


    Christmas Joy Offering:  Traditionally received during the Advent Season, the Christmas Joy Offering is a special offering that helps provide financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families, and also enables deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related ethnic colleges and schools.  Funds are distributed through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, and the office for Racial Ethnic Leadership Development.


International missions:

Brevard - Indian River Presbyterian Mission Conference (BIRP).  This is a unique coalition of 13 churches in Brevard and Indian River counties, with a focus in international projects.  Every 1-3 years BIRP selects a country and special mission for support.  In January there is Mission Week, with local, national, and sometimes international missionaries, who speak to the member churches about the projects.  Each church provides financial support in the form of, depending on the church, budget, special offerings, or money raising projects.

In 2014, we entered into a partnership with del Centro Presbytery in Cuba.  This year, as part of that partnership, we are raising funds to place a water purification system in a church within the Presbytery.   We are also sending members to Clean Water U, a ministry of Living Waters for the World, to train team members who will participate in the training and installation of that system..

Missionaries:

We support Tim and Marta Carriker, PCUSA Missionaries to Brazil.   Tim and Marta encourage the Brazilian missionary movement, which has approximately 34,000 personnel serving around the world. Tim’s work involves development, teaching, writing, and consulting. Marta provides pastoral support to national missionaries and also facilitates the participation of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) groups that visit the many outreach ministries of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPIB).