Mission Ministry (2020-2021)
Purpose: Our Mission Ministry is dedicated to serving God and mankind, putting our faith into action, spreading the Gospel with generosity and compassion, and helping those persons with physical, spiritual, emotional, and hunger issues.
Objective: To strive to develop more hearts for Mission within the congregation at FPC Conroe.
Our Mission Ministry remained successfully active in 2020, despite the strangeness of this pandemic year. Some of our efforts were:
- One Great Hour of Sharing - This Easter special offering supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and their worldwide responders, as well as supporting the Presbyterian Hunger Programs nationally. Our efforts added $2,850. to this nationwide PCUSA campaign, a 68% increase over the previous year!
- Mission Sunday - In 2020, our focus for this special offering was to provide financial support to help remedy the Covid burden placed upon the Montgomery County Food Bank. We were more than successful, raising over $9,200.
- Presbytery Grants - We applied for and won two grants of $2,000 each during 2020:
1) An Outreach Grant to support the purchase of foods and supplies for our "FPC Homeless Project” partners: Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, Family Promise, and Compassion United (CHOP).
2) A Social Justice grant to support our work with Freedom Place, providing shelter, hope, and life skills training to victims of human trafficking.
- FPC Homeless Project – We surpassed our goals by providing over 9,100 meals this year to the local homeless population, providing Family Promise clients with lodging, training, and meals, providing Salvation Army "Covid brown-bag" lunches, providing Conroe House of Prayer "Covid/brown bag" breakfasts, and providing Freedom Place with our resources used for refuge and training.
In addition, because of the generosity of those congregational volunteers who purchase the foods and supplies for the Homeless Project partners and do NOT request reimbursement from Mission Funds, we were able to distribute $6,000 to the SA Soup Kitchen, Family Promise, and Compassion United/CHOP.
- Christmas Joy Offering - On behalf of retired Presbyterian Church workers in need of housing, food, and healthcare because of natural disasters or illness, and also on behalf of students in need while attending Presbyterian schools, this Christmas Eve tradition resulted in our being able to donate $1,800 to PCUSA for use with these causes.
- Special Contributions - We are blessed to be supported by our congregation in ways not shown above. For these “extra” contributions, we are indebted to the outstanding Mission work of 1) our Youth, 2) our Mission Sewing Group, 3) the Seafarer’s Ministry Team at Christmas, and 4) those individuals, Small Groups, Women’s Organizations, and Sunday School Classes who provide funds, food, and hours of volunteering to the unfortunate homeless and displaced.
- Fund-raising efforts - Since 2016, our Mission Ministry Team, because of necessary stresses upon the Church budget regarding debt service for construction costs, has become proactive in finding ways to raise extra funds to be used for Missions and thereby help to alleviate this financial pressure on the church budget. We are proud to report that, because of the generosity of our congregation in responding to our fundraising efforts on Mission Sunday, the diligence of our team in applying for and winning grants, and the "pass the hat" or "fill the shoebox" efforts, we were able to provide over $13,000 to various causes in 2020. This, of course, does not include the many hours of time spent by our volunteers.
This proactive plan is working well, and we can be proud that our Mission efforts are being rewarded and are proceeding strongly. This plan was originally designed to exhaust funds at year end 2025. However, it now appears that, if we can continue to creatively manage our funds in this or a similar manner, we can grow our Mission work indefinitely.
2020 Mission Partners
- Benevolent Missions International – We provide volunteers to this local agency, which supplies eye surgery, medications, eye exams, and glasses to the underserved in Fiji and Belize. (For more information, contact Tom and Susan Young, Chuck and Janet Pohla, Glenn and Anne Elms, Pat Vorhees.)
- Compassion United/Conroe House of Prayer – We provide financial assistance for our volunteers to purchase, prepare, and serve breakfast at this local outreach to the homeless. (For more information, contact Team Captains Henry and Betty Blott, Ron and Margie Bailey, Bobby Ezell, Gordon and Susan Juhl, Jerry and Ine Webb, Tom and Susan Young.)
- Family Promise of Montgomery County – We supply volunteers to organize our church building for week-long visits where we provide shelter, meals, transportation, training, and compassionate assistance to homeless families with children. (For more information, contact Jean and Danny Ball, or Donna and John Fisher.)
- Freedom Place – We provide funds, Mission Sewing Group Love Bags, and volunteer hours to this effort to find, retrieve, and restore victims of human and sex trafficking in the Houston area. (For more information, contact Sally DeStefano.)
- Salvation Army Soup Kitchen – We supply financial assistance to our volunteers to purchase, prepare, and serve lunch for the Salvation Army’s outreach to the homeless. (For more information, contact Team Captains Roy and Liz Kessler, Bobby Ezell, Ron and Karen Hethershaw, Larry and Cindy Bailey, John and Suzie King, and Dana Corbit for Youth.)
- Salvation Army Bell Ringers – We supply volunteers to man a Salvation Army collection stand during the Christmas Season. (For more information, contact Donna and John Fisher.)
- The Seafarer’s Shoe Box Ministry – Our Presbyterian Women organization sponsors the collection of funds for goods to be packed in shoe boxes and delivered to merchant seamen docking at the Port of Houston during November and December. (For more information., contact Susan Buckley.)
- Mission Sewing Group - See separate report for complete representation. (For more information, contact Joan Lowery.)