PCWS offers lots of opportunities for “hands-on” mission, made a little more challenging during the pandemic, but we have adapted and have continued to serve through our big Summer Mission Projects; outdoor collection sites; off-site outdoor group activities; and outdoor Pop-Up Mission Projects.

 

PCWS Holds Bernie’s Book Bank Drive-Thru Collection Event

Friday, October 28th  will be another PCWS one-day book collection drive-thru event for Bernie’s Book Bank.  We’ll collect books under the porte cochere from 10am until 2pm on October 28th. If you can’t stop by on October 28th, feel free to leave new or gently used children’s books in the black bin under the porte cochere or one of the boxes in the church. PCWS has become an ambassador spreading the word in the western suburbs about Bernie’s mission to help under-served children across our region.  Feel free to share news of this event with family and friends or groups you participate in to see if they might share news about this book collection or maybe hold a fall book drive.   Contact Janet (Ande) Andersen if you have questions. Watch the Weekly Connection in the coming weeks for more information.

 

 

Let’s Fill the Can!

Originally our 2020 Lenten Challenge project, this project continues to support the 2nd Baptist Food Pantry in LaGrange.  With the outdoor can, conveniently located at our covered lower entrance, we collect a steady supply of non-perishable food items which we pack into big plastic tubs, often filling the back of an SUV, and deliver to the church every Monday morning

Especially during the pandemic, this humble garbage can has helped feed families facing any number of additional health and economic challenges and has led to a wonderful, sustainable partnership in ministry with our brothers and sisters at 2nd Baptist.

Let’s keep filling the can!

 

Pop-Up Mission Projects:

We love our Pop-Up Mission Projects!  When we’re able to gather, these “mini” projects engage all ages in kit-assembly projects, generally during the post-worship fellowship, and have included:  Ziploc laundry kits with detergent pods, dryer sheets, and quarters for the clients at BEDS Plus in LaGrange; sack lunches for 2ndPresbyterian Church Chicago’s hunger program, filled with tuna, crackers, fruit, granola bars, nuts, and a bottle of water; and bags of trail mix for the Night Ministry in Chicago.

During the summer, gathering outside, our children in Vacation Bible School completed similar projects. Our older children assembled laundry kits and our younger children assembled shelf-stable meals filled with mac & cheese, crackers, fruit, granola bars, chips, and bottles of water, among other healthy and non-perishable food items. Both of these projects helped the clients at BEDS Plus in Lagrange.

 

Off-Site Mission Projects:

When able, groups from PCWS also actively seek out opportunities for hands-on mission work in the community.  Mostly all-ages projects, the work ranges from a full day of repair and general “house” work at Margaret’s Village to a three-hour shift at Greater Chicago Food Depository, Feed My Starving Children, or Bernie’s Book Bank, one of our newer partners.

 

Helping out at Margaret’s Village
Fall Yard Cleanup at Margaret’s Village
Group at Feed My Starving Children (Aurora)
Chicago Food Depository Fresh Produce Delivery
Sorting Books at Bernie’s Book Bank

Summer Youth Trip

Also, when able, our high school youth participate in an annual summer mission project which takes them into some of the neediest regions of the United States.  For decades, youth have spent a week working on mostly housing-related projects in areas as diverse as the Pacific Northwest and Appalachia and several places in between.  Here’s what our most recent, pre-pandemic, Summer 2019 work trip with Appalachian Service Project looked like:







Alternative Giving Fair: 

During the Advent season, Mission sponsors an Alternative Giving Fair to support fair-trade and charitable organizations around the world.  When we’re able to gather in person, there are always a wide variety of gift items available for purchase, as well as opportunities to learn about and donate directly to any number of organizations, including Heifer International

While the last two Fairs have been virtual, we’ve not been shopping, but have still managed to provide meaningful financial support to several of our traditional mission partners!