At Northminster we strive to not only help others in need but to also share the gospel and bring others to Jesus. Our Outreach program has helped many people over the years. If you would like to join our Outreach Team or help, please contact us here.
"He was one of our number and shared in our ministry."
Out Reach Members:
Chair: Gloria Oldham
Co-chair: Jim Greenfield
Elder Liason: Jean Whitten
Members: Bill Greer, Barbara Shope
The Outreach Ministry is a group of compassionate, dedicated Christians who unselfishly give their time and energy to projects that meet the needs of the church and community. One of the many important projects is organizing and operating a very successful neighborhood food bank at Northminster Presbyterian Church. This Outreach project provides many area families with much needed food during difficult times. As Christians, our mission is to serve others in a loving, friendly, and warm environment. You are welcome to join our group and enjoy the many activities.
PC Food Bank – contact person: Bill Greer
The Food Bank was setup and organized by church members. The group saw a need to offer food to members and families who were hard hit economically. The Outreach Ministry and the volunteers have helped make this worthwhile project a reason for hope to many people in our community. The Food Bank provides needed nourishment for an average of 200 families a month.
The Sunshine House – contact person: Flo Smithiger
NPC Outreach Ministry is one of the strongest supports that the children of The Sunshine House have. The help to these children from NPC comes through the non-profit organization called Sunshine Angels. This organization identifies numerous needs these children have which is not covered by the State funding. The Outreach Committee stays in touch with the needs of these children and offers support in numerous ways –financial when appropriate and possible, school supplies, clothing and food, but always making sure that members in the congregation become aware and that these needs are met. The Outreach Ministry reaches out into our community and finds ways to help in a Christian way.
Habitat For Humanity: contact person: Jim Greenfield
NPC has been a member of a Presbyterian Coalition that has helped build Habitat for Humanity houses in Peoria, Glendale, and Surprise. Outreach has provided work parties and financial assistance in the past.
Angel Tree: contact person: Heidi Remele
The Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. This unique program gives Northminster an opportunity to share Christ’s love by purchasing, wrapping and delivering gifts on behalf of their incarcerated parent—not only delivering a message of love from parent to child, but also the true meaning of Christmas—the good news of Jesus Christ.
Montlure Church Camp:
Many NPC children have enjoyed a week or more at Montlure Church Camp near Greer, Arizona. Outreach has provided financial assistance and work parties.
Be with us on October 2nd, 2011 as we celebrate World Communion Sunday and receive the Peacemaking Offering. On this day we join with Christians around the world to celebrate the unity that we find at the Table of the Lord. We also receive the Peacemaking Offering to support the efforts to spread the peace of Christ. Our congregation will use 25 percent of the Offering for local peacemaking activities. 25 percent goes to our presbytery or synod for peacemaking work, and 50 percent goes to the PC(USA) Peacemaking Program for its work across the denomination.
Christmas Joy Offering:
On Sunday, December 18th, 2011 we will collect the Christmas Joy special offering. This offering is split two ways. One part goes to the Board of Pensions to assist retired pastor’s and other church workers who are living on inadequate pensions. The other part goes to the National Ministries Division to fund education at Presbyterian-related racial/ethnic schools and colleges.
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering:
On Easter Sunday, April 8th, 2012, we will collect the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering. This offering is split in the following ways: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: This is a specific mission is for disaster response and ministries with refugees.
Presbyterian Hunger Program:
This mission is for ministries working to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes, as well as ministries addressing homelessness and affordable housing.
Self-Development of People:
A mission partners with groups of people who are oppressed by poverty or social systems, who want to take charge of their own lives, have organized to do something about their own condition, and have decided what they need to do to produce long-term benefits for themselves.
Sunday May 27th, 2012 is Pentecost. This special offering is split three ways. It goes to programs for children at risk, youth ministries, and young adult ministries. 40 percent of the offering is used to support local children-at-risk activities, and we have usually given it to D.U.C.K. (Downtown Urban Community Kids), a program run by Betania Presbyterian Church in Phoenix.
Military Support Ministry:
This ministry began with and is overseen by Margaret Palmer and Lyle Palmer as well as Jean Waltman. The soldiers pictures are in the Church Narthex with their information, complete with name and rank of military branch. The team is self supported, and all donations come from the congregation (or anyone interested in assisting in this cause) for letters/ packages to be sent to the soldiers for holidays and special events. Anyone interested in assisting in this ministry may contact Margaret Palmer and Jean Waltman.