Are you interested in giving to global mission projects? The Nurturing-Global Mission Committee will be bringing you more information on the 4 offerings collected by the Presbyterian Mission Agency during 2017.

The first one was One Great Hour of Sharing, which we participate in every year. This year, we increased our contribution and collected $1,019! This money provides relief to victims of natural disasters (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance), feeds the hungry (Presbyterian Hunger Program), and helps empower the poor and oppressed (Self-Development of People).

The ORPC has never participated in the other 3 offerings, but we decided to try it this year. The one coming up next is a Pentecost Offering, which will be collected on June 4. This goes to support ministries with youth and young adults as well as child advocacy programs. 40% will stay here to help local children at risk.

Later in the year, we’ll bring you information on the Peace & Global Witness Offering (collected on October 1) and the Christmas Joy Offering (collected in November/December). If you want a sneak peek, go to specialofferings.pcusa.org.

There is no commitment on our part, so please give as much or little as you want. You’ll be hearing more about each offering during worship and in PresNotes. The Presbyterian Mission Agency has great programs and a solid reputation, so we’re confident your contribution will get to the people who need it.

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If you’d like to give to global mission in a different way, the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s 2016-2017 Giving Catalog has been placed in the Narthex for anyone who would like to participate. You can give a small gift that makes a big impact. Here’s where you can buy a cow, a pig, or a chicken, provide heat for refugees, support tutoring, purchase bus passes and school uniforms, and lots more. You can send your gift through the mail or go online at https://presbyteriangifts.org.

If you have any questions, please see a member of the committee (Sue Elam, Rich and Donna Barry, Martha Cook, Chuck Flynn, Laura and Ray Woody) or Pastor Chris.

Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of this church is our mission to the community. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Church members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as praying for each other to making quilts, blankets and shawls for people in need.

 

Mission Outreach

ORPC is thrilled to be a part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in community service, including events such as Faith in Action where we join with other local churches to help our communities. We encourage all of our people to respond to God’s call for laborers, whether it means that they help in a foreign country or live and minister in our own community.

 

Music

God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members get involved in our music ministry. Some play their instruments. Others are involved in the choir. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of our church, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Do you knit or crochet, sew or quilt? If so, consider sharing your talent by joining our Prayer Shawl Ministry. Prayer shawls are a symbol of God’s unconditional love and wrap the receiver in a warm embrace. Our finished projects (shawls, blankets, etc.) will be blessed and given away to those experiencing sad or happy events in their lives. Since 2010, we’ve made more than 100 items and we’ve had a great response from those who have received them. If you’d like to learn this form of creative expression, we have willing teachers. We meet once a month to stitch and pray together. Please contact for more information:
Sue Elam 973-208-0673 sue.elam@mccann.com
Nancy Harm 973-903-2869 nsharm@optonline.net
 

Prayer Warriors

Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. Our Church is a body of believers dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty. Each Sunday, during the morning service, we share prayer requests and any joys or concerns that the congregation may have.  We believe in the power of prayer!