Mission Activities

 

How can I be of service to others?

 
God has richly blessed our congregation with time, talent, and treasures. Our Board of Deacons and our Mission Committee strive to provide us with varied opportunities to share these gifts with our less fortunate local, national, and global communities. In doing so, we have earned the PCUSA’s Five-for-Five designation by supporting PCUSA mission giving, Peacemaking Offering, Pentecost Offering, One Great Hour of Sharing, and Christmas Joy offering.

All age groups at MVPC are gratefully welcomed and encouraged to participate in our mission projects which take place throughout the year.

Mission giving and volunteering characterize Mountain View.  Here are some of the ways we are giving this year:  Per Capita (this is money sent to our national church to support its programs and services) $14,900; hurricane relief $20,000; One Great Hour of Sharing (for hunger programs) $2,400; Pentecost Offering (for children and youth) $2,936; support of a missionary in Kenya $5,000; support of the Heifer program during Advent Conspiracy $15,000 (estimated); support of Thai-Lao church $10,000; money sent to two food banks $8,200; food sent to two food banks valued at approximately $4,000; grocery store gift cards of approximately $800; support of Club Christ Ministry (camperships and field trips) $4,000; school supplies and backpacks valued at $1,500; support of Family Promise $3,000; support of Westminster Learning Center $5,000; support of Animal Foundation $1,582; filled Ziploc food bags for homeless $1,500; other programs approximately $1,500.  This total –

over $100,000

!—does not include contributions for Angel Tree, children’s socks and shoes, Thanksgiving turkeys, AHG wreaths, donated clothes, and other donations, or money given directly by the Vine or other groups to charitable causes. We are indeed a giving church.

 

In addition, every month MVPC members give their time and talents to local programs.  We fill bags for the homeless, bring donated goods to the church for distribution, and help at Westminster Learning Center. MVPC can be pleased with all we do for our community, our nation and the world.  But we also need to find more ways to increase our volunteer efforts, to bring our hands and hearts to help others in the community.  Immediately, we need tutors and people to read to children at Westminster on Monday or Thursday afternoon.  In 2018 we will need people to help with Family Promise, serving food to the families or staying overnight at the church with the families one or more nights. We’ll need people interested in a mission trip to an area affected by hurricanes.  The focus of Mission Committee in 2018 will be on finding more ways for all MVPC members to become involved in mission activities and programs.

 

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me.”  Let us all be the ones who show Jesus’ presence every day.

Spring

Bibs for Babes and Socks for Tots collection for Child Haven (Board of Deacons)

 

Late summer

School supplies collection for Clark County students.

 

Fall

Coats and blankets collection.
 
 

Christmas

Salvation Army Angel Tree (Board of Deacons)

 

Ongoing 

Eyeglasses for the Lions Club and printer cartridges to fund projects within MVPC.

 
Grocery Certificates and Gift Cards
 
We are seeing some changes in the Grocery Program:
 
Smith’s. Smith’s is no longer giving the Church a discount on gift cards. Accordingly, we will no longer be ordering Smith’s gift cards. Instead, Smith’s will rebate to the Church a portion of your purchases through its Community Rewards program. Register your Smith’s Reward Card number (or phone number) at www.smithscommunityrewards.com. The Church’s registration number is 77810. After registration, every purchase at Smith’s earns money for the Church.
 
Albertsons. Purchase Albertsons gift cards, which are useable at all Albertson’s affiliated stores across the country (Acme, Jewel, Osco).
 
You can purchase Albertsons gift cards from Jeff Patterson between Sunday morning services or call Jeff at 228-3411.
 
 
Las Vegas Rescue Mission Blankets

Reach people in need with this very worthwhile project. Please donate 4-ply yarn, or, use yarn already donated by others to knit or crochet 7′ x 9″ sections that will be assembled into afghans for the homeless. For more info, contact Betty Lou Sippel.

 
Three Square Food Bank

The goal is to eliminate hunger in southern Nevada.  Several times a year, a work party from our church travels to Three Square to fill weekend backpacks for needy children in our county or to perform other chores. 

 
 
 
Salvation Army Food Collection
On the first Sunday of each month, church Deacons collect non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army.