Opportunities for a “hands-on” mission at PCWS take several forms, including everything from big Summer Mission Projects; to off-site group activities; and Pop-Up Mission Projects during fellowship time, immediately following worship.
For years, PCWS has supported the food pantry at 2nd Baptist Church in LaGrange with donations of non-perishable food items, delivering several grocery bags of food nearly every week throughout the year. For the 2020 Lenten mission project, we challenged ourselves to “Fill the Baskets” and added a 2nd collection point inside the building. We very quickly lost access to the building due to the Covid-19 virus. Since that time, this has been an ongoing, astonishing example of a community coming together to help others in a big way.
We re-christened the challenge to “Let’s Fill the Can!”! We established a drive-thru site since the building closed. We placed a large garbage can with a hand-lettered sign encouraging each other, friends, family, and neighbors to connect with the church and this much-needed donation drive. The response continues to be overwhelming as we move into 2021! We regularly empty the can, pack the food into large totes, and then deliver to the 2nd Baptist Pantry every Monday morning. We can amply fill an SUV with these food donations. Our humble garbage can has helped feed families facing other health and economic challenges during the pandemic. It has brought us all an opportunity to stay connected to each other and our greater community.
Let’s keep filling the can!
Summer Mission Projects:
The Mission Committee is pleased to announce our 2021 Summer Mission Project! We will be collecting school supplies for the People’s Resource Center. Their summer goal is to gather enough supplies to provide 1,000 needy students a backpack filled with all the school supplies they’ll need when the next school term resumes in the fall.
Please read about this project and previous Summer Mission Projects by clicking this link!
Pop-Up Mission Projects:
Our monthly Pop-Up Mission Projects engage all ages in kit-assembly projects during the post-worship fellowship. Some of our recent projects include Ziploc laundry kits containing detergent pods, dryer sheets, and quarters for the clients at BEDS Plus in LaGrange. And sack lunches for 2ndPresbyterian Church Chicago’s hunger program, filled with tuna, crackers, fruit, granola bars, nuts, and a bottle of water, among other healthy and non-perishable food items. And bags of trail mix for the Night Ministry in Chicago.
Off-Site Mission Projects:
Several times a year, groups from PCWS participate in 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.
Summer Youth Trip
Every summer, our high school youth participate in a 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 Summer 2019 work 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. 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.