Miriam Sanders – Elder, Class of 2022
Hope has partnered with Help-by-phone for several years. Hope also has another food pantry for those not eligible for Help-by-Phone, funded by generous donations from Hope members. Pastor Gloria played a pivotal role in communicating with Spanish-speaking folks and doing much of the additional shopping needed. (Let Pastor Gloria or Charles Ekoko (below) if you can help with shopping.)
In August, 36 families encompassing 136 folks were served!
Bravo to all the new volunteers helping at the food pantry! You are making a difference.
Please continue giving hearty soups to distribute to the patrons of the Food Pantry! Hearty soups are the kind you make without having to use water! Thank you so much for your giving to Help-by-Phone. Other items: sugar, cooking oil, bread, cold cereal, canned SPAM, and condiments (mayonnaise, ketchup). The pantry especially needs cold cereals for kids! Contact Charles Ekoko to help.
Prince George’s House: On the fourth Tuesday of each month, Hope Presbyterian Church is responsible for serving dinner to the men at Prince George’s House. This is the shelter for homeless men who are in transition. The Mission Committee members help to plan the menus, shop for groceries, and also help to prepare and serve the meals. Contact Miriam Sanders to help.
603 Addison Road South
Capitol Heights, MD – 20743
The Mission Committee
The Mission Committee leads the congregation in the work of spreading God’s love beyond the walls of the church. It strives to reach out to people in need in the immediate community and around the world. The Book of Order states the following as a responsibility of Session: planning and leading ministries of social healing and reconciliation in the community in accordance with the prophetic witness of Jesus Christ G-3.0201.The Committee educates and encourages the congregation to participate in the worldwide mission of Christ through prayer, talent, time, and money. The committee partners with other churches, community groups and the General Assembly Mission Council to extend its reach.
The Mission Committee has the following duties and responsibilities:
- To encourage the joyful participation of the congregation in the Christ affirming work of mission and hunger relief.
- To reach out to the congregation using such means as minute for mission, time with children, monthly newsletter articles, bulletin boards, Sunday bulletin inserts, and personal appeals.
- To administer and operate the daily on-site Help-By-Phone food pantry. To appoint a pantry coordinator as required by the Help-By-Phone network. The coordinator will insure that the pantry is staffed daily, that food supplies are obtained from Help-By-Phone and supplemented as needed. They will keep accurate records of expenditures and submit required monthly reports. The privacy of pantry clients will be guarded. To encourage the congregation to donate bread for the pantry on Communion Sunday and canned soup on Souperbowl Sunday.
- To minister monthly to the men at Prince George’s House with prayer, fellowship and dinner.
- To create and carry out opportunities for service such as Thanksgiving Baskets for needy families, adopting a Christmas family, collecting disaster relief supplies, providing school supplies for local children, sponsoring needy children abroad through an international organization, and contributing to international hunger programs such as the Moringa Tree Project.
- To appeal to the congregation for special denominational offerings such as One Great Hour of Sharing and the Christmas Joy Offering.
- To develop and plan for the mission needs in the budget.