Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Friday, July 21, 2017
 
Mission Outreach
SERVING AND HELPING OTHERS
 
Immanuel responds to God's love by reaching out to others in need.  Christ calls us to reach out, to give more than money, to give our time and our love to create a better world.  We support several mission programs that serve the immediate Tucson community, and we reach out and give of ourselves beyond Tucson.  There are lots of ways you can be involved in this amazing ministry—

World Ministries

Through the office of World Ministries of our National church, Presbyterians contribute generously to many persons and agencies of Presbyterian mission within our community and beyond. The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study bears witness to the extent of that mission.

World Ministries works in almost 70 countries around the globe, and includes services such as the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, which sends “accompaniers” to Colombia; the Hunger Program, which helps feed starving children in Africa; and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), which has sent relief to thousands devastated by the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the earth-quake in Pakistan, Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, and the earthquake in Haiti.

Immanuel also supports Bread for the World which seeks justice for hungry people by engaging in research and education on policies related to hunger and development. 

Village Health Partnership works to prevent maternal and neonatal death in childbirth, and to treat and prevent gynecologic complications of childbirth in rural Ethiopia. Immanuel supports their village clinics (www.villagehealthpartnership.org).

Little Dresses for Africa (littledressesforafrica.org) provides relief to children of Africa by distributing dresses to little girls, primarily in African villages, but also in other countries in crisis. Volunteers hold Bible classes, children’s camps, and informal teaching sessions to increase knowledge of nutrition and the importance of clean water and sanitation, and to promote good health and family skills. Members of Immanuel sew dozens of dresses each year for this ministry. 

Local Missions

Compañeros en Misión is one of six ministry sites of the Presbyterian Border Region Outreach (PBRO). It takes on the special challenge of building up worshiping communities in Sonora, Mexico. It also addresses the physical and emotional needs of people along the border. Compañeros hosts short-term mission trips for US church groups that seek to build faith, create understanding, and establish relationships. Immanuel members have participated in this mission outreach on many occasions.

Frontera de Cristo (fronteradecristo.org) is another of the six PBRO sites. Located in the sister cities of Agua Prieta, Sonora and Douglas, Arizona, Frontera supports the ministry of the Lily of the Valley Presbyterian Church, and conducts health and education programs for migrants. Frontera de Cristo was instrumental in starting the Just Coffee (Café Justo) cooperative which, by paying growers an appropriate price for their organically grown coffee beans, has made it possible for many Mexicans to remain home rather than migrate northward. Just Coffee is available for purchase on Immanuel’s patio every Sunday. Learn more at justcoffee.org.

The Montlure Camping Council runs the summer camping program (montlure.org) for Presbyterian young people at our camp near Greer, Arizona. Bible study and devotions are mixed with outdoor activities, all of which foster growth in faith and leadership among our youth. Immanuel assists campers with registration fees, and some of our members serve on the camp council. 

Presbyterian Campus Ministry is important to young people as they leave home and begin a new life as college students. A full-time ordained pastor works with these young people every day. Students are offered support in their adjustments to new and often difficult settings, through Bible study, prayer, and midweek dinner and worship.

Papago United Presbyterian Church in Sells, Arizona, is a participating member of Presbytery de Cristo that serves the Tohono O'odham community with four chapels across the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Middle Eastern Presbyterian Fellowship is an Arabic-speaking fellowship that introduces the Christian Reformed faith to Arabic-speaking and Middle Eastern communities. The MEPF receives encouragement and financial support from Presbytery de Cristo, the Synod of the Southwest, the General Assembly, and various congregations and individuals. The congregation is led by Rev. Georges Bitar. Learn more about them at mepftucson.weebly.com.

Immanuel supports the Harvesting Project of the Iskashitaa Refugee Network (www.iskashitaa.org), a Tucson-based grass-roots organization that helps refugees rebuild their lives through partner-ships with volunteers and local organizations. Through the Harvesting Project, an intergenerational group of refugees from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East partner with local volunteers to harvest approximately 100,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables each year from backyards and local farms. These foods are then given to refugee families and other Tucson organizations that assist food-insecure families.

Immanuel is a major supporter of Presbytery de Cristo’s summer Matthew 25 Offering, through which churches prepare emergency food packs for migrant ministry centers. 

Interfaith Community Services serves Pima County seniors, people with disabilities, and people in financial crisis. Immanuel supports ICS with periodic food drives for the Eastside Food Bank which partners with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to distribute over 1,700 emergency food boxes each month to low-income seniors, individuals, and families in need. Read more about them at www.icstucson.org.

House of Neighborly Service (hnsvecinos.org) is a multi-purpose neighborhood center that provides programs to promote leadership development, self-sufficiency, educational support, and gang/drug prevention for the youth of South Tucson. It is also a Community Food Bank referral and distribution site for South Tucson residents. Special attention is given to seniors who need help.

Eastside Neighbors Volunteer Service is an association of volunteers from the Tucson neighborhoods in the 85710 and 85730 zip codes. Churches and individuals participate in this program to help seniors remain in their homes with safety, comfort, and dignity.

Mission Outreach by Immanuel Deacons

Immanuel is one of many Tucson organizations who regularly help to feed the hungry through donations of lunches to Casa Maria.  Every 4 weeks, the Deacons of Immanuel coordinate the making and collecting of 500 lunches for Casa Maria.  Different organizations in Immanuel take turns coming to the church at 8:00 on our "Casa Maria Saturdays" to make 300 sandwiches and assemble 150 lunches from supplies bought by the Deacons.  The remaining 350 lunches are made at home by Immanuel families.  Everyone is welcome to participate in this local ministry of compassion.  Can you make a pledge to help us meet our goal of 500 lunches every month?  
 

Immanuel's Deacons also support Youth On Their Own (www.yoto.org), a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation of homeless unaccompanied youth in the Greater Tucson region who are in 6th–12th grade (up to age 21). One of the ways we support them is by donating Walmart and Target gift cards for YOTO's Christmas party.

Each spring, Immanuel's Deacons hold a rummage sale, the profits from which support our pastor's benevolence fund and other local area missions. Got stuff?  Immanuel Deacons will gladly accept your donations at any time of year. Items need to be in good condition, clean, and in working order. For more information, contact the church office. 

 
  

 
 
  
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