Mission Activities

MVPC’s Mission and Vision

Love God, Know God, Serve God

Love People, Know People, Serve People

 

St. Francis Prayer

MVPC has a tag line (“Laugh Often and Fear Not”) and a Mission Statement, “Love God, Know God, Serve God…Love People, Know People, Serve People”. The Mission Committee proposes that in 2019 MVPC adopt the St Francis Prayer as its “mission prayer.” We believe the prayer captures the true spirit of mission — of thinking of others and reaching out to them. Here is the prayer (we’ll be reminding you of this prayer on a regular basis) and encourage you to include it in your prayer regimen:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where this is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen
May you find ways to be an instrument of peace in the coming week!

Annual School Supply Drive

From now through the end of August (yes, we’ll be collecting supplies even after school starts) we’ll be collecting items needed by students AND teachers. These will go to Wynn Elementary, where our own Lori Ritter is a teacher. Lori says that ANY school supplies are appreciated, but the following are most needed: copy paper (by the middle of the school year teachers often have to buy their own reams of copy paper), glue sticks, crayons, pencils, two-pocket folders and composition books (the kind you can buy for $1 at the Dollar Store). Also needed are shirts for school uniforms (all sizes) in red, blue or gray. These can be new or in good condition (make a stop at Savers on the way home from church). Bins will be underneath the Mission Board in Fellowship Hall through August. (You might even de-clutter your desk and donate some supplies which are duplicates or triplicates). Let’s be sure that the kids at Wynn have what’s needed to begin school.
 
 

Club Christ

If you heard Evan Hartsell speak about Club Christ last Sunday you’re probably wanting to know how to support that organization, which is one of the organizations your pledge dollars support. (What Evan didn’t tell you is that 78% of kids in Club Christ are reading at or above grade level, a significant change from kids in general in CCSD.). You can volunteer (the closest center is in the Farrell Apartments, just behind Texas Station). Or you can donate, either with a one-time gift or with a monthly donation by credit card or ETF. The Club Christ website will help you find a way to support this ministry: clubchrist.org.

August is Green Month at MVPC

This week’s GREEN focus is FOOD WASTE. The United Nations reported that around the world almost a third of the food produced for human consumption each year is lost or wasted. This includes losses at the farm level, processing, transportation, distribution, and home and food service spoilage. In the United States, it is estimated that the average family of four throws away about $1,800 worth of food each year, which amounts to more than 20% of the food and beverages each household purchases. The resources used to produce this lost food include enough fuel to drive around the world 5 million times, 4.2 trillion gallons of water and 1.8 billion pounds of fertilizer. These are astounding numbers, telling of great waste but also identifying great opportunity. If the average family could cut its annual food waste in half, it would free up $900. That amount is ¼ of MVPC’s annual mission support to the Henderson Presbyterian Church food bank. An additional $900 would allow the food bank to provide hundreds and hundreds of meals to needy persons. Now multiply that $900 by numbers of families just in our congregation and you can see a tremendous opportunity for both good stewardship and critical mission support. People don’t intentionally plan on wasting food. So, here are a few tips to help you reduce food waste:

  • Plan meals in advance and make a list of the items needed to prepare those meals.
  • Before shopping, check your refrigerator, freezer and pantry to see if you have some of the items on the list.
  • Purchase amounts of food consistent with your meal plan.
  • Store fresh items in a manner to preserve maximum freshness (see SaveTheFood.com for tips).
  • Use leftovers for lunches, soups, stews or omelets, or as part of homemade pet food.
  • Store leftovers properly and avoid pushing them to the rear of the refrigerator where they are easily forgotten or freeze them for later use.
  • Be observant of the food you do throw out and consider ways you may avoid the same waste in the future.

You can also find a myriad of tips on various internet sites. Reducing food waste helps save the Earth, saves you money and frees up your resources for better use in a manner pleasing to God. Certainly, effort is involved, but the results are well worth it.

Meet our Missionaries

God’s call on the Strang’s lives to serve in cross-cultural ministry has been evident since childhood. Cecily and Fred Foy met at the New Wilmington Missionary Conference, were married in 1984, and, after a time of academic preparations, moved to Kenya with their new growing family to live and work with the Maasai in the Great Rift Valley. The Strangs are serving in Kenya in partnership with PCEA and Cecily is also working with the Medical Benevolence Foundation. Fred Foy, an ordained Presbyterian minister with a Ph.D. in African Christianity, is working with Christian leadership training in rural Maasai, ordained pastor, and university settings. Cecily, a Ph.D. prepared RN, is working with Maasai people and others in community health, nursing education, and also serves in a university setting. Although daily tasks are important, their main focus continues to be building relationships, so that the gospel of Christ might be received.
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.
 
Lions’ Eyeglasses
We collect old eyeglasses for the Lions Club program.
 
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
 

Our grocery program partners:

  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