Mission Activities

How can I be of service to others?

 

Peace and Global  Witness Offering 

In our “Book of Common Worship” it is suggested that this invitation to share in the Lord’s Supper be given to the congregation by the officiating minister: “Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God. They will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the Kingdom of God.” On October 7, World Communion Sunday, these words are literally true. The boundaries of our Communion table will extend beyond Sun City, Summerlin, Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno to every Presbyterian congregation around the globe. In every nation and time zone where Christians meet to worship the bread of life and the cup of salvation will be lifted and shared. It is therefore very appropriate that our special Peace and Global Witness Offering be received on this Sunday. Let us give with generosity and joy that as active peacemakers we may share God’s reconciling mission with those around the corner and across the planet. Special envelopes are located in the pew racks or in your MVPC offering envelope box.

October is identified nationally as Peacemaking and Global Witness month, so it is appropriate that the Fruit of the Spirit for the month is Peace. Peace is not so much the absence of conflict as the ability to have personal, internal peace so that we can live with conflict and bring our own personal peace to it. After all, we serve the Prince of Peace, who said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give it to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” (Col 3:15). In our world of strife, rebellions, civil wars and domestic divisions, both world and personal peace are elusive. What an opportunity for us to find the peace promised by Christ, and for the church to come forward and be counted as living out the peace that passes all understanding. “The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace — loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:17-18). There are FOUR opportunities for us to live out Christ’s peace in October. On October 7 we will receive the Peacemaking and Global Witness offering. 25% of that offering will stay with MVPC for peacemaking efforts, 25% will stay with the Pres bytery and 50% will be used by the national church for national and global projects. On October 7 we also will be celebrating World Communion, which reminds us of our fellow Christians around the world, who are working to bring God’s word to a suffering planet. On October 8, 15 and 22 we will host three workshops. All workshops begin with registration and a light snack at 5 pm, with the workshops from 6-8 pm. On October 8 our presenter, Carl Latting, will lead our discussion of emotional intelligence — the ability to recognize and manage our own emotions. This is a critical step in finding personal peace and being able to work with others. On October 15 Carl will continue our discussion by focusing on caring dialogue — how to engage in conversations with others that seek understanding and connection, even if we do not agree. On October 22 a panel of people from across Las Vegas will help us discover ways in which we can take faith-based peacemaking into the community. You can register for 1, 2 or 3 workshops on the church website or in Fellowship Hall between services. There is no charge, but registration is requested so that we can provide materials and a light snack. Check with mission committee members for more information. May October be a month of thinking about how we can more fully live out the peace of Christ. Mission.

Youth Mission Trip to Navajo Nation in Arizona

Youth Mission Trip to Navajo Nation in AZ update.  A special thank you to MVPC for all of the support, prayers, and financial giving to send 8 youth and 2 leaders to the Navajo Nation.  We had an amazing time serving alongside of the Navajo people doing VBS for over 40 kids.  We were privileged to begin restoring 2 community garden areas to provide fresh produce for the Navajo people.  We helped to set the tone for the summer as part of the first group of the summer.  The best part of all, we encountered God in new ways and basked in the truth that He chases after us to have a richer relationship with Him.  Amen and awesome!  Thank you MVPC!

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August Mission Trip to Alaska 

“North to Alaska go north the rush is on”…we have 6 adults and 2 youth heading to Alaska this August for a mission trip with Disaster Response Ministries.  The 10-day mission trip, from Aug. 2nd – 11th will be working with the Tsimshian native village on the island of Annette off the southeastern most part of Alaska.  The mission team will be partnering with the Metlakatla Presbyterian Church, working on community projects and providing a Vacation Bible School along with sharing Christ’s love through prayer, support and expanding cultural awareness.  The team has been invited to join the community celebration of their annual Founder’s Day which honors the native culture through traditional singing, dancing and displays of tribal regalia.  The trip also includes zip-lining through the Pacific Northwest rainforest, sea kayaking in the bay, hiking on the island, BBQing on the beach, and visiting the world’s largest Totem Pole collection!  The team will be receiving mission training from Becky Ainslie-Perez prior to departure with the focus on team building and working in the mission field.  MVPC’s Mission Committee is honored to be able to provide financial support for the team as they head North to Alaska where they will Laugh Often and Fear Not!

 

 
 
Our nine-month focus on the fruit of the spirit as they are identified in Galatians 5: 22-23 and wit-nessed in our mission work continues this month with Patience. So far we’ve thought together about faithfulness, love, kindness and self-control as they are expressed in our faith life. Patience may, in some ways, be the most important fruit as we wait patiently to attain and use the other fruit.
The psalmist writes, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Paul writes, “We pray this that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bear-ing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” (Col 1:10-11) And Phillips Brooks writes, “Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle.”
We ask God to teach us to wait, to be patient, in our relationships, in our life’s trials and, especially, in our actions. We ask for tasks to do, and powers to do them, especially as we serve families and children and education, our priority mission em-phases.
We serve families and children through Project 150, Family Promise, Club Christ and West-minster Learning Center, as well as through our support of food banks. August is an espe-cially important month for these mission activities.
We will host homeless families during the week of August 12; there are still opportunities to volunteer for this mis-sion, which helps home-less families move to-wards employment, a permanent residence, and self-sufficiency.
There are many ways to help, from providing food to spending time with the families over evening meals. Contact Tami Samek, Kacie Walther or Ruth Ann Kennedy to volunteer.
August is also the month when school starts. This is a challenging time for children – and for schools and centers which help children to learn. There’s still time to donate school supplies; lists of needed supplies are on the Serve counter.
Club Christ and Westminster Learning Center begin their afterschool tutoring and support activities. Both pro-vide free reading, math and homework help for low-income children. The relatively small amount of extra help provided has dramatic results; at the end of the 2017-2018 school year al-most 80% of the children at Club Christ were reading at or above grade level—this compared to districtwide data where only about a third of students read at grade level.
At Westminster Learning Center the students in-creased their subject grades by one or two levels (from a C to a B or an A, for example). One third
grade student received high honors for his grade level and a second grade student improved her math scores from a C/D to an A. These education-al advances were accompanied by volunteers showing love and caring, and by building relation-ships through playing games or doing art with the children. Mountain View began the Center last year in cooperation with Westminster Presbyterian Church on Lake Mead Boulevard. In 2018-2019 we plan to serve more children and to reach out to the community and parents with educational and recreational opportunities. We also collect clothing, books and games for the children in the program, and their families. Put items in the box in Fellow-ship Hall; the box is emptied weekly.
Working with children requires patience, yet the rewards are significant. Watching a child master a chapter book or a math problem can cause you to soar on emotional wings like eagles. Patiently re-viewing, again and again, a spelling list or a home-work assignment, will be like running and not be-coming weary. Can you find a place in your faith life to become a part of these local mission activi-ties? More information is available on the Serve counter or from Mission Committee members. In-clude these educational missions in your prayers, and seek ways to support the staff and volunteers.
In August we can demonstrate how the Holy Spirit has given us patience.

 

Our examination of the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) continues this month with Self-Control.

Self-control is the ability to live with restraints.  In an era of social media, we often publish every thought we have, and expose every wrong doing that has occurred.  We express our daily highs and lows from our own perspective, free of all restraints.  We frequently look out for only ourselves in all facets of our lives, not only in our online community.                    

What is wrong with this scenario?  Technically, nothing is wrong with freely expressing your opinion.  However, as Christians, we are to manifest self-control in order to become like Jesus Christ!  Self-control in reality is a very high form of worship because it is a way to live out His commandments. 

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 9: 24-25, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?  So run that you may obtain it.  Every athlete exercises self-control in all things.”  The teachings of Jesus, coupled with self-control and discipline, allow Christians to “win” the ultimate prize of everlasting life.  Self-control is the glue that holds all of life and all of the harvest of the fruit of the Spirit.

The big question is, “How do I exercise self-control?”  Unfortunately, each person will have to implement his or her own practice.  The old adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” comes to mind, but we can do more.  We can forgive an adversary.  We can put patience at the forefront of our actions.  We can examine our emotional intelligence.  With self-control as a foundation, faithfulness, love, and kindness can flourish. 

 

 
Our examination of the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) continues this month with Kindness.

 

The goal is for each of us to be as kind to others as Jesus Christ in His mercy has been kind to us.  Kindness is a sign of greatness! It is intended to pervade and touch our entire nature.  It is to replace the harsh and hardness.  Jesus was a kind person.

 

In order to replace hardness with kindness we need to show compassion to those struggling.  Galatians 6:2 states, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  In August, we as a congregation will have the opportunity to help those in need by hosting a family in our church through Family Promise of Las Vegas.

The mission of Family Promise is to offer homeless families the opportunity to achieve housing stability by providing short-term shelter, meals, case management and hospitality. Family Promise is a cooperative effort that addresses the needs of homeless families by utilizing resources within local congregations and the community.  Families in the program receive a full complement of resources and training as they work towards their own independence and self-sufficiency.

 

Beginning August 12th, a homeless family will come to stay at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, and we will host the family for a week.  A typical week follows this schedule:

 

Each night, families settle in, relax and meet the coordinators and the evening volunteers.  At 6:00 PM dinner is served family style. Guests and volunteers share the meal together. Families are responsible for their children and help with clean up and chores.

After dinner, volunteers fellowship with families. Hosts and their families play games; help with homework, watch videos, or just talk.

Food for lunch is available in the kitchen area and parents make sack lunches for their families for the following day.

Adults turn in around 10:00 PM; children turn in at a more appropriate earlier time. 

Wake up is around 6:00 AM, and two volunteers will spend the night at the church.

Breakfast is served around 6:30 AM during the week; typically cereal and other convenient foods. The Network van picks the families up at 7:00 AM. (The families are not on the church property during the day.)

On Saturday the families can sleep in and enjoy a hot breakfast (pancakes or bacon and eggs).  Families go back to the Day Center and do what families typically do on weekends – see friends and relatives, take children to activities, etc.

On Sunday the families are packed up and out of the facilities prior to Sunday services.

This is a great opportunity for the entire congregation to make an impact in our community without leaving the church.  We need VOLUNTEERS! We need groups to plan meals (lunch and dinner).  We need helpers to spend the night at the church.  We need members to plan activities for the families.  We want to provide a home for this family for the week that they are in our care.

We will be having planning meetings as we get closer to the week in August.  If you or your group is interested in volunteering, please email me at morgankaciewalther@gmail.com.  We will also have sign up sheets in the Narthex.    

Kindness is the way in which you act and speak.  It’s an attitude, a quality of character that stands firm.  Lets work together as a congregation to show our kindness to families in need.

 

 
April 19, 2018
Mission Committee Field Trip to Project 150
 
 
Salvation Army Food Collection
On the first Sunday of each month, non-perishable food items are collected for the Salvation Army Food Bank.
 
 
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. Contact Betty Lou Sippel.
 
Lions’ Eyeglasses
We collect old eyeglasses for the Lions Club program.
 
Printer Cartridge Recycling
to fund projects within MVPC.
 
Clothing Collection 
The committee also has initiated an
ongoing collection program for gently-used clothing, shoes, household items, books and toys. The box will be located in Fellowship Hall and the donated goods will be taken on a weekly basis to Westminster Presbyterian Church, to be distributed during their food bank days. If you are interested in helping us coordinate this, please contact Tami Samek tami@mviewpc.org
or 702-341-7800 and she will forward your name to us.

 

Grocery Certificates and Gift Cards
 

Happy 2018!  Start the New Year by getting involved in the Grocery Program:

  1. Smith’s. Smith’s has revamped its program, now called Inspiring Donations, which still rebates to the Church a portion of your purchases. Please update the registration of your Smith’s Reward Card number (or phone number) at www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/inspire.  MVPC’s church organization number is CF673.    After registration, every purchase at Smith’s earns money for the Church.
  2. Albertsons. Purchase Albertsons gift cards, which are useable at all Albertson’s affiliated stores across the country (including Acme, Jewel, Osco).  Albertson’s gives the Church 5% of all gift cards puchased.

You can purchase Albertsons gift cards from Jeff Patterson between Sunday morning services or call Jeff at 228-3411.   YOU CAN NOW MAKE PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD OR VENMO APP