To the World
Congregational Military Families
We regularly pray for those in our nation’s service. We also send cards and gifts of food to military personnel for holidays and birthdays.
Operation Shoebox provides Christmas gifts to needy children around the world. Our congregation gathers items to send to children and literally packs them in shoe boxes for global distribution. Hundreds of boxes are filled and we also provide funding for shoebox transportation. We are aware of where the boxes go, to the four corners of the world, to share the love of Christ.
Through the Church
We support world-wide Christian mission through the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A, the Synod of the Trinity, and Lehigh Presbytery. We also participate in special offering opportunities such as the One Great Hour of Sharing, Hunger Offering, Peacemaking Offering, and Disaster Relief Offering of the denomination.
For the Community
We donate baby clothes, towels, washcloths, bibs, blankets etc. that are used in creating baby bundles, and we are currently a host pick up site where needy mothers can pick up their bundles.
The Church sponsors “A Brighter Christmas” for children in local families. Donors from the East Stroudsburg Presbyterian Church generously donated more than seventy-five wrapped gifts to fulfill the children’s “wish lists.” As they signed up to provide these gifts, numerous donors stated that they always look forward to purchasing presents for children in this annual effort to assist Santa.
Bushkill Outreach Ministries
We provide clothing and good useable items for distribution by this important local ministry.
East Stroudsburg Fire Department
We are grateful for the volunteers who protect our community and financially support the local Fire Department.
We assist with Family Promise four times a year. Church members volunteer in many areas including food preparation, hosting, food shopping along with many hours of planning and coordination. This adds up to a total of 870 volunteer hours. We help provide a safe place and good food for homeless families while they learn new skills, further their education and search for work.
Financial Assistance for Church Members/Families
Our Church provides financial assistance and food for Church members and families during times of hardship through our Deacon’s Fund.
Pocono Medical Center Associate Chaplains (Volunteer)
We support the pastoral care program of Pocono Medical Center through the participation of our Pastor.
Our congregation is pleased to support the efforts of our local Salvation Army in its assistance to poor and hungry families.
We support the annual spring sale of geraniums in our congregation. This provides money for this worthy organization and gives members of the church beautiful flowers to enjoy.
In the Facility
Our buildings and grounds are a wonderful resource for Mission and Outreach. We host:
- T.O.A.L.C. – The Older Adult Learning Center of East Stroudsburg University, a life-long learning organization serving over 600 seniors weekly
- Alcoholics Anonymous – meetings Tuesday and Thursday at noon in the Fellowship Hall.
- Narcotics Anonymous – weekly meeting on Mondays from 7:00-8:30 p.m in the Fellowship Hall
- Al Anon – meetings on Monday at noon and Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
- Overeaters Anonymous – meetings on Tuesdays and Thursday from 10:30-11:30 in the Fellowship Hall
- Red Cross Blood Drives and Life Line Screenings
- Community Concerts
- The VNA Hospice Memorial Service
- Arts supported at the grass-roots level with cello lessons and piano lessons
By Our Hands
The Annual Yard Sale
Members donate good, useable items and church volunteers sort, price, set-up rooms for display and work the days of the sale. Good food is also prepared and sold by church members. Monies raised go to support mission organizations and projects.
And so we end on this sweet note! We are the candy church! Volunteers make candy for sale during Lent and in the Fall. This successful venture has been a joy, not only for those who make the candy, but especially those who enjoy the delicious result. All proceeds support Church mission.
Change for Mission / Mission for Change Jug
This jug was originally going to be out in the Narthex for one month to collect loose change. However, it was so popular that it is now placed in the Narthex throughout the year. Funds receive support mission.
A fundraising dinner is held at a local restaurant such as Texas Roadhouse for the congregation and invited guests. We receive 10% of dinner sales for mission.
Twice a year our Deacons collect food to care for and support some of our families facing difficult times. The response is always magnificent and much appreciated by our families.
Lenten Soup Suppers
The Board of Deacons and members of the congregation provide a light soup supper on Wednesdays during Lent, followed by a brief worship devotional time. Donations received go to missions.
On Super Bowl Sunday we sponsor a soup lunch. The soups are donated and funds received go to mission.
Weis Market Receipts
We have a collection box in the Narthex where members and guests may leave these receipts. They are redeemed for cash donations from the company. These funds are used for various church mission projects.