The purpose of the
Outreach Committee is to proclaim Jesus
Christ to each other and to all the world by providing opportunities
to share Christian love. To this end, the committee seeks to address
social needs by leading the congregation in extending Christian
compassion and helpfulness to the aged, ill, orphaned, and persons
of all ages in need.
assuming the chairmanship of the committee in June of 2004, Becky
Miller Pryor has not only continued with the many long-standing
activities of the committee, but has also worked hard to expand our
congregation’s service to our community in additional ways..
In fulfilling those goals many members of the
congregation assisted with various activities throughout the year.
Our outreach to the community included:
Our fifth year of hosting homeless
children and their families through our association with Family
Lycoming County. Donna Elkin and Debbie Maggs are the
coordinators for hosting at St. Mark’s. Many members of our
congregation have made significant commitments to this ministry
which occurs four different weeks per year. This is presently
the most significant work of the Social Ministry committee. I am
honored to volunteer during hosting weeks.
Hosting the community on our front lawn for the Fourth of July
festivities under the leadership of Declan Jones. We provided
refreshments, information about St. Mark’s, a patriotic program
in the Nave and good cheer to many people. We are the only
church in the Center City area to provide outreach to the
community on this national holiday. I encourage its continuance.
Providing food and monetary donations to St. Anthony’s Center.
Collecting non-perishable food items throughout the winter,
spring and summer months for the UCLC Food Bank. The Worship and
Music Committee collect a large quantity of items during Harvest
Entertaining the 16 residents of the Selinsgrove Center with
songs, stories, and gifts for the residents and their
caregivers. It is this chairperson’s opinion we are better
Christians for making this trip each year to visit with the
ladies of CM-6.
Providing more than 40 general gifts of sweatshirts, socks,
pajamas, slippers, and the like for Christmas gifts to the
residents of the Danville State Hospital.
Collecting hygiene items throughout the year and making monetary
donations to the Shepherd of the Streets Emergency Fund.
Supporting the work of The Pregnancy Care Center, Family Promise
and Daniel’s Closet by providing clothing and baby items through
our association with the Newberry Branch of NGA (Needlework
Guild of America.)
Being supportive of activities of the UCLC. This year we were
the Center City anchor church for the first Heroin Task Force
Being grateful for the assistance of Lou DeSeau and the guidance
of Pastor Elkin in any and all ways requested.
Welcoming the ongoing assistance from Gary Weber in posting this
committee’s activities on our web site.
Pastor and other members of the congregation provide service to
our community and beyond by volunteering locally at St.
Anthony’s Center, Shepherd of the Streets, Daniel’s Closet and
UCLC worship services at nursing homes and other institutions.
Looking to the year ahead, there are needs to be
pursued. They include:
Reflecting on our church motto for guidance in choosing
activities or making decisions for this committee.
Establishing a working committee that can guide decisions for
this committee’s activities.
Responding to individuals within the congregation that need our
love and compassion.
Providing support for our local Habitat for Humanity by
hosting more work site lunches.
Many other opportunities to reach out in Christian love to our neighbors exist. I encourage you to pray and answer Christ’s call to serve.