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MARCH 2021 PROJECT

Shoe Drive for Christian Assistance Ministry
March 15-28

Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM) is collecting gently worn shoes that they can distribute to people in need.

CAM Needs: Sneakers, work boots, and casual shoes for men women and children. Please no dress shoes or high heals!

CHURCH Drop off: You can drop off shoes before or after service or at the church office Mondays-Thursdays from 9am-5pm

CAM Drop off: Drop off shoes at the CAMpassion Wearhouse. (click here for more information)


APRIL 2021 PROJECT

CARDBOARD KIDS:

Cardboard Kids are a city-wide public awareness campaign to draw attention to the pervasiveness of child abuse and the fact that every story is different and every child unique. Last year, as the pandemic struck, many of you took on the cause of the cardboard kids.  You created some great kids and we displayed them on our website and Facebook page.  This year we will be distributing blank kids in late March and displaying them in early April.  We hope that you will participate.


2021 Presbyterian Cluster Habitat for Humanity Build

We are excited to share the latest news about our next Habitat home build.  Habitat has created a set of COVID-19 precautions so that work can proceed safely and they are taking a proactive approach to minimize potential exposure to the virus while on site.  Habitat has built over 1000 new homes in our area.  With your support we can continue to expand this amazing ministry.

San Pedro is once again joining up with other Presbyterian churches in our area to sponsor and help build a Habitat home in 2021.  Our next build begins on Saturday, January 30, 2021 and will continue every Saturday through March 30, 2021.  Only 10 volunteers will be allowed at the worksite each Saturday.  

Habitat has created a link that provides instructions about a “Typical Construction Day”, a list of “Precautions for Volunteers”, and a map with directions to the new Rancho Carlta community.  Finally the link provides a schedule that shows how many volunteers are signed up and/or still needed needed on for each work day.  You are encouraged to click on link and sign up for the weekend(s) you would like to volunteer.  Please sign up as soon as possible to insure your preference can be recorded.  

The sign up genius link is:  Presbyterian Cluster / Poerner Fdn. House  click on this link to get more details.

Contact Gene Trevino for how you can help! genetrevino@prodigy.net


Click on any of the names of our supported missions for more information.

San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries (SAMMinistries)

An interfaith ministry whose mission is to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless attain self-sufficiency by offering, with dignity and compassion, shelter, housing, and services.  SAMMinistries also provides volunteers opportunities to be renewed and fulfilled as they serve. These opportunities include: tutoring high-school students; babysitting Tuesday and Thursday nights for the residents attending life skills classes; mentoring one-on-one or groups of young people; helping with homework; monitoring the teen recreation room; hosting parties such as game night, water fun day, or movie nights; and maintenance service projects for churches or groups.

For volunteering contact Micaela at 210-321-5646, or Nikki at 210-321-5647.


 

Daily Bread Ministries (DBM)

A faith-based food bank that was founded in 1996 by a former farmer and vending business owner, Seth Kuehn. Seth saw perfectly good food being thrown away and realized what that could mean for the hungry. They now re-distribute millions of pounds of food, free of charge, to struggling families.

Daily Bread’s mission is, “Helping people reach their full potential by connecting resources with needs in partnership with businesses, churches, and nonprofits”.

In 2014 DBM collected and distributed over 6 million pounds of food and other basic necessities. In 2015 Snack Pak 4 Kids San Antonio became their newest partner. Their mission is to end weekend hunger for children identified as living in a “food-insecure” household.

For volunteer opportunities with, and further information about, DBM please call 210-223-4707.


 Coker Elementary School

There are many volunteer opportunities at our neighborhood school around the corner on Heimer Street. They welcome tutors, career sharing, library help, mentoring, “grandparents” for a day, cafeteria help, and sharing interests and passions.  Contact: Lupe Yabarra at 407-2200.


Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services 

Established in 1903, Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services (PCHAS) provides Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need. A new Single Parent Transitional Living program and an Independent Living program opened in the fall of 2014.  They can serve 4 single mothers and up to 10 children in the Single Parent Transitional Living program and 9 young adults in the Independent Living program.

The Single Parent program will help single mothers who are facing homelessness due to poverty, abuse, divorce, incarceration, abandonment, violence, or other crises. The goal is to give these women a chance to become strong and self-sufficient without constantly fearing for their and their children’s survival and safety.

The Independent Living program will help young adults who have aged out of foster care. PCHAS will help provide young adults an effective bridge between foster care and living on one’s own. PCHAS will provide educational programs, job skills training, life skills, and mentoring programs.

Please prayerfully consider volunteering and supporting this wonderful program.

Contact: Nancy Brown or PCHAS at 512-476-1234.


Mobile Loaves and Fishes

MLF delivers free food and clothing to the poor and homeless – children, adults, and families. Last year MLF served over 3,800 meals per month in San Antonio! SPPC volunteers serve on the third Friday evening of each month, by preparing sandwiches and other food, along with donated clothing, to be delivered to the needy. Then more SPPC volunteers deliver food and clothing to the poor using a catering truck supplied by another church.

Here is an opportunity at SPPC for you to do something with thanks and blessings waiting for you every month. All that is lacking is you as a volunteer!

For more information, contact Diane Redin at dianeredin@gmail.com.


House of Neighborly Service

HNS is the first Presbyterian Mission in San Antonio. It was started in 1917 by Presbyterian missionaries on the west side of town. It serves the three zip codes in San Antonio with the highest numbers of child abuse and neglect. Its goals are to prevent child abuse and neglect and prepare children for successful entry into school; enhance the physical and mental health of seniors; feed the hungry and connect people to the resources they need; and collaborate with others to meet the needs of the community.

Volunteers are welcome for daily reading to the children in the children’s center; working in the thrift store Tuesday mornings; and sharing with seniors Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with crafts, dancing, sittersizing, reading, and anything you enjoy.

For volunteer opportunities contact Sandra Morales, Executive Director, at 210-434-2301.


Christian Assistance Ministry

CAM’s mission statement is: “To share the love of Christ by providing immediate assistance and encouragement to people in crisis.” They provide food, clothing, financial assistance, miscellaneous items, and referrals to other agencies for clients who qualify. CAM has been called a “triage of social services”. Everyone gets help.

Volunteers are the heart of CAM’s services. CAM is operated on a weekly basis by over 200 volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are:

Downtown at 110 McCullough Ave.: Front desk greeter, phone receptionist, client interviewer, food pantry worker, men’s clothing pantry worker, women’s and children’s pantry worker, clothing sorter, recorder.

N.W. Satellite at 5084 De Zavala: Desk and phone receptionist, interviewer, food pantry worker, men’s clothing pantry worker, women’s and children’s pantry worker.

Contact: Mary Henderson, Volunteer Coordinator at 210-222-1553.


Faith Ministry

Faith Ministry, in McAllen, Texas, works to meet the needs of the poor families in towns along the Rio Grande Valley. Their child nutrition programs provide tens of thousands of meals. This last year they also provided another 100,000 healthy meals to families in Miguel Aleman and Reynosa.

As Faith ministry approaches their 20th year anniversary, they are also approaching their 4,000th school scholarship that allows Mexican children to stay in school and build a better life for themselves and their families. Along with meals and scholarships, they have been providing medical care to around 600 patients a month. Many of them are children. Faith provides formula to mothers struggling to produce enough milk, medications for sick children and more intensive care for special cases.

Please keep Faith Ministry in your prayers and consider financial support so the children they have been supporting can stay in school.

david@faithministry.org or 956-227-1545.


Presbyterians Caring for Chaplains and Military Personnel

PCCMP is a joint ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America, and the Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad. As a joint ministry of these four denominations, they only receive less that 50% of their operating funds from these General Assemblies and Presbyterian Mission Agency.

The PCCMP:

Provide the ecclesiastical endorsement of ministers and ecclesiastical approval for seminarians interested in ministry with the military or the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Provide for the pastoral care of their chaplains, chaplain candidates, and their families.

Work with chaplains to help them maintain their relationship with their presbyteries and their religious roots as they serve the military.

Please pray and consider your annual giving to the PCCMP. After all, this is Military City!

Contact: donwilson@pccmp.org.


Emmanuel Presbyterian Church

Emmanuel Presbyterian (EPC) is our “sister church” in downtown San Antonio. It began in 1945 on San Antonio’s south side as a mission of Central Presbyterian Church. The original site was in a small neighborhood on Teresa St., then later moved to their current location at 713 Division Ave. Many of Emmanuel’s members are second and third generation descendents of the founding members. A rich inheritance of culture and tradition lives on. They are predominantly Mexican-American and bilingual, from professional to blue-collar workers.

Emmanuel’s ministries include a Food Pantry. For 10 years EPC has been an approved Food Pantry of the San Antonio Food Bank. They currently serve over 300 families per month on four distribution days. They also have a holiday truck that comes from SAFB for an extra distribution event.

At Christmas, EPC participates in the Angel Tree gift program of Prison Fellowship Ministries. This is a wonderful way for the congregation to spread Christ’s love to underprivileged children in south Texas.

Please consider attending or visiting Emmanuel Presbyterian. It is a warm and welcoming congregation. Visitors often comment on the genuineness of the members. Prayerfully consider donating to the SAFB for Emmanuel Presbyterian as well.


For inquiries about these missions contact Linda Tutko at ltutko@hotmail.com or 210-263-9682.