As a missional congregation, PCWS addresses needs both locally and around the world in a number of ways.
PCWS actively promotes and participates in each of the four (4) seasonal denominational collections:
One Great Hour of Sharing (which supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People),
Pentecost Offering (supports young people and inspires them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world),
Peace and Global Witness Offering (encourages Peacemaking efforts around the world), and the
Christmas Joy Offering (provides assistance to current and retired church workers in time of need and develops our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color). Each of these special offerings support PCUSA mission efforts around the world, as you can see here. In addition, a significant percentage of our annual mission budget is allocated to Presbyterian General Assembly, our Synod (Synod of Lincoln Trails) and the Presbytery of Chicago in support of our denomination’s mission work around the world.
And for years, we have been actively engaged with supporting the 2nd Baptist Food Pantry in LaGrange with collections of non-perishable food items that are delivered weekly to the pantry. All coins in our collection plates are shared twice-yearly with both the Pine Avenue Food Pantry in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago and Greater Chicago Food Depository. And our aluminum recycling program engages many of our friends and neighbors, proceeds from which help support programs at our partner church in Cuba and local and global hunger agencies.
There are a number of mission organizations that we support financially each year, including:
- 2nd Baptist church of LaGrange Food Pantry
- BEDS Plus Care – Suburban Chicago
- The Boulevard – Chicago
- Chicago HOPES for Kids – Chicago
- Chicago’s Community Kitchens – Chicago & Suburbs
- Facing Forward to End Homelessness – Chicago
- Feed My Starving Children – International
- Greater Chicago Food Depsitory – Chicago
- Interfaith Community Partners – Suburban Chicago
- The LeaderShop – Suburban Chicago
- Margaret’s Village – Chicago
- Night Ministry – Chicago
- Nueva Paz Presbyterian Church – Cuba
- Opportunity International – International
- Pillars Community Health – Suburban Chicago
- Pine Avenue Presbyterian Church Food Pantry – Chicago
- Second Presbyterian Church Lunch Bag Program – Chicago
- Sharing Connections – Suburban Chicago
- Umoja Student Development – Chicago
In 2019, we decided to continue our support of the Greater Chicago Food Depository by donating to the Chicago’s Community Kitchens workforce development program! These funds will be used to support students as they participate in the free 14-week training program.
Founded in 1998, Chicago’s Community Kitchens (CCK) is a job training program preparing unemployed and under-employed adults for successful careers in culinary and hospitality jobs. The program has graduated more than 1,300 students and has a 90% job placement rate. This program is free to the students passing the entrance exam and willing to work. If you’d like to learn more about the program there is a video produced in late 2019 about the CCK program, click on the image above.
What a wonderful celebration of our continued partnership and desire to be a vibrant part of our community, bringing the light of Christ into the world!