Mission Projects




Reverend Martha P. Carlson
http://www.amherstpreschurch.org

151 S. Youngs Rd, PO Box 263, Amherst, NY 14231-0263 Phone 716-633-4656, Fax 716-633 4717
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MISSION PROJECTS

This report is an attempt to collect in one place a listing of all the mission projects done by different groups within the church. There are so many things that we do and so many people that we help that we thought a report like this would be beneficial. Many of these projects have been spearheaded by our Deacons. They have done another great job this year. But some of these have been done by our children and youth, others by the session and some have been created by members who had a good idea. We especially want to encourage members with good ideas in the area of missions to talk to Penny Armstrong the President of the Board of Deacons. Your idea may be our next big success.

1.Food Bank - Your donations of food have helped several families who have come to the church looking for assistance plus several times this year we took food to the University Food Pantry which is the official pantry for our area. After Thanksgiving we took over 16 bags of groceries.
2.Habitat for Humanity - We are a covenant church with Habitat and through our $1 a Sunday Program and the Deacons selling house pins we have been able to financially support Habitat for a total of over $ 807.00
3. Family Justice Center - Amherst Presbyterian Church is a coalition member of organizations supporting the Family Justice Center - North towns Satellite located on North Forest Road next to North Presbyterian Church. The Family Justice Center is a clearing house for victims of domestic abuse explaining and helping with options available for them. Its services are free and for any and all who seek them. Construction work on the north towns satellite center is expected to be concluded in mid to late October with a tentative opening date the first week of November 2013. For more information about the Family Justice Center call 558-SAFE, go online to FJCsafe.org or Facebook the Family Justice Center headquartered in Buffalo.

4. Mother's Day Blanket collection - The collection of money to purchase blankets through Church World Service was a great success. They were also much needed with the natural disasters and wars this past year. We collected $ 431.00.

5.VIVE picnic - Again this past summer we hosted a picnic for the refugees at VIVE's LaCasa. about 50 refugees were able to attend. We had a great time.

6.Used Books - Because of one of our members we are able to glean books after the University Women's used book sale. Some of these books were given to VIVE, especially the foreign language books and dictionaries. Other kinds of books, health related, and classics among them, are given to The Readers Service at Stony Point. They go from there to missionary schools and personnel around the world.
7.Harvest House Baby Project - We collected new and used baby items that were given to needy mothers through the Harvest House Baby Project in South Buffalo. We especially appreciate the Garage Sale crew who found many bargains for this mission.
8.Souper Bowl collection. - Our Senior Highs collected canned food and donations last Super Bowl Sunday which they donated to local agencies. Young people across the country collected over $3,000,000 in donations.
9.Heifer Project International - The boys and girls of our Vacation Bible School collected money each day during their daily devotion time. They collected money to buy ducks and geese through Heifer Project. The ducks and geese went to China to help families who lost everything in severe flooding.
10.Hat and Mitten Tree - The Sunday Schools hat and mitten tree collected so many things that we had more than enough for the children at VIVE. We split the donated items between VIVE and Urban Christian Ministries (see next project).
11.Urban Christian Ministries UCM provides programs for youth and teens on the east side of Buffalo. We helped them this year in several ways. We gave them about half the gloves and hats collected by the children. We provided 14 bag of groceries for their Christmas basket project. The session also sent some of our local mission money to help them with projects at the end of the year
If we have forgotten anything we apologize. We give a big "THANK YOU" to everyone who helped in these projects.


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