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Together in Mission

‘I was hungry and you fed me,

I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

The King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

These words from Matthew 25 remind us that Jesus calls us to be active in mission. Our Mission Interpretation Committee works to provide opportunities for us to give of our time, talent, and treasure to reach out to those in need. The following are some of the ways we have given so far in 2018. To find out more, click on the links following the brief summaries below.

Blessings in a Backpack This is part of a multiyear commitment to provide funding for children in Syracuse who might otherwise go hungry on weekends when they are unable to receive meals provided at school. www.blessingsinabackpack.org/syracuse-school-kids-get-extra-meals-bring-home-weekends/

 

Theological Education Fund More than 80% of the currently Active Teaching Elders will likely retire in the next decade and 60-80% of candidates and ministers are students or alums of PCUSA Seminaries. The Presbyterian Theological Education Fund  helps support those studying at eleven PC(USA) Seminaries  https://www.presbyterianmission.org/wp-content/uploads/Lee-Hinson-Hasty-TEF.pdf

 

Feed My Starving Children This organization works to provide nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children and distribute it throughout the world. https://www.fmsc.org/about-us

 

Matthew 25 Farm We grow, harvest and distribute fresh vegetables and fruit to those in need throughout CNY.  http://matthew25farm.org/

 

Souper Bowl of Caring Since 1990, young people have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect dollars and food weeks leading up to the Big Game. Teaming up with local partners, these groups give 100% of donations to local charities, changing the nation’s largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring.

https://souperbowl.org/welcome#about-us

 

Muziki The Love Month Mission, co- sponsored by our Youth was MUZIKI.   M.U.Z.I.K.I. is an acronym for Music Unleashing Zeal In Kenyan Individuals. MUZIKI aspires to bring quality music education and performance opportunities to people in Kenya by means of providing musical instruments, music equipment, printed music and periodically, music teaching personnel. Their goal is to help establish, develop and maintain an on-going music program.

https://www.facebook.com/muziki4kenya.org/

 

CNY Diaper Bank The mission of the CNY Diaper Bank is to ensure that all CNY families have access to an adequate supply of diapers for their babies and toddlers, and to build awareness in our community that diapers are a basic human need not being met for all children.

http://www.cnydiaperbank.org/

Syracuse Workcamp In June, 400 youth and adult leaders will be coming to Syracuse to share the love of Christ by performing light construction and home repairs to some of the neediest families in our community. We collected items on their wish list during Lent.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2017/12/hundreds_of_teens_coming_to_central_ny_next_summer_to_help_repair_homes.html

 

One Great Hour of Sharing One Great Hour of Sharing helps us share this same good news to those same vulnerable people in our world today: those who are hungry, who are suffering from disaster, who are dealing with oppression in society.

https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/one-great-hour-sharing-gifts-transform-lives-far-near/

 

Center for New Americans   InterFaith Works’ Center for New Americans provides resettlement and post-resettlement services to help refugee families reestablish their lives and overcome the barriers to successful integration in their new communities. We collected 37 winter coats and a variety of other warm clothing and personal items for refugees coming to our area.

 

Samaritan Center The Samaritan Center is a 501c3, interfaith effort of community members committed to serving the hungry and those in need in order to promote their welfare dignity and self sufficiency. So far this year, we’ve made and delivered 1000 sandwiches to the Samaritan Center. Our youth participated in cooking and serving a meal on March 18.

http://www.samcenter.org/