MISSIONS

Food drive 2.JPG

We support local missions and missions beyond. Our support is given through in-person volunteering, financial donations, and (in non-pandemic times) use of our church buildings.

 

Organizations that use our buildings are charitable and non-profit. Some examples are AA, Family Promise of Beaufort County, Hospice Bereavement Group, The Literacy Center, NAMI and mission teams doing work in our area.

 

We also share our facilities with other congregations and faiths to provide a quality place of worship for all, such as Temple Oseh Shalom and Iglesia Casa del Rey.
 

We highlight an organization each month to support our Change-Can-Make-A-Change program, which accepts financial donations, as well as periodic drives for school supplies, shoes, and clothing. 

 

Our Missions Beyond Ministry has sent mission
teams to Louisiana, New Jersey, both North and South Carolina, and Haiti to aid in the disaster recovery efforts following devastating hurricanes and massive flooding.

IMG_0950_edited.jpg
IMG_0955.jpg

Thank you from the Mission Team for your outstanding display of generosity

for our  food drive!

Our drive thru food collection looked like Chick-fil-a at lunch time! You donated over 1200 food items, including 180 bags of fresh produce. We filled three vehicles with food.    A new record!

 

Below is a note from Ponchitta Young, board member of Agape Family Life Center.

 

“We can’t express enough how thankful we are to be the recipients of your food drive. Your support was definitely needed, our shelves are hopeful now as we move  forward toward our “Feed the Hungry” event.

Thank you ,Thank you, Thank you,

We are indeed grateful!

Ponchitta Young”

Angel tree.png

November Change Can Make A Change is for the Angel Tree

 

For over 25 years we have had an Angel Tree in the narthex starting the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  Just  like last year  we will still need to adjust our plans to help the families from Agape and seniors. With Agape’s advice, since so many families are in such need this year and collecting items and setting up the “store” will not be safe, they have requested that we provide Walmart gift cards.  In some cases, the families will need to purchase food but others may choose to purchase gifts for their children.  Last year, we collected $3,725 from Change Can Make a Change and donated cards that provided 147 Walmart cards and oranges for the families.

The need will probably even be greater this year.  If you are able, consider generously helping us collect gift cards and/or contribute to November Change Can Make a Change.  If you choose to purchase Walmart gift cards, please either drop them off at the church office or mail them to 10 Simmonsville Rd., Bluffton, SC.  Likewise, if you choose to contribute to November CCMAC, please remember to put either Angel Tree or November CCMAC on your check payable to LPC and drop off or mail.

Please pray for these families and pray we can once again have a tree next year. Thank you for your amazing generosity over the many years of our Angel Tree.

heifer logo.png

Heifer International

Since 1944, Heifer International has worked to bring help, healing and hope to millions of impoverished families worldwide.  With help from donors like you, over the last 75 years, Heifer has assisted directly or indirectly, more than 34 million families.  Today, they continue to work in 21 countries.  Heifer works in the areas of livestock and agriculture to develop programs that alleviate hunger and poverty. 

As we approach the Christmas Season, a great gift to give is one or more of the items listed on the Heifer gift order form found in the church Narthex.  Just select your gift from a wide variety of opportunities, indicate the quantity and the total of your monetary gift.  Make your check out to Lowcountry Presbyterian Church and drop the form and check off in the offering basket during November and December when you attend a church service or mail it directly to the church.

Last year 15 church families gave a total of $2795.00 which was wonderful. Together, we can reach even more families this year by giving the gift of hope and opportunity to people around the world.

Any questions, please contact Anne Redlus at annereclus@gmail.com or call 843-705-6373.

Christmas Joy Offering

 

Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our savior.

By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering you honor God’s gift of Jesus Christ by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.

Checks should be made payable to the church with a notation for Joy Offering. 

Christmas Joy pic_edited.jpg
Gradient

GED Program Update

 

We have enjoyed running a GED program at LPC since 2012. During that time, we have helped 40 students obtain their diploma. Although there were no classes held since the pandemic, we are currently working with three students directly.

Recently, Bluffton Self Help and The Literacy Center merged and are creating a GED program. It makes sense for us as a congregation to support them rather than continue to have our own program. We met with Barbara Bowers, Education and Resource Center Manager at BSH, and Amanda de Verona, Education Director at TLC to brainstorm and combine best practices. The result is that classes will be held at BSH and the format will be one subject at a time for day and evening classes Monday-Thursday, twice-a-week, and a study hall/tutoring on Fridays. Each subject will be scheduled for five-six weeks.

The volunteer opportunities are for teaching and mentoring. Mentoring consists of contacts with students to set study goals and encourage them during the process. If you are interested in either option, please contact Barbara Bowers at barbara@blufftonselfhelp.org or 843-757-8852. The first semester is for language arts in September, followed by math in October, social studies in November, and science in December. They also have funds to offer college scholarships of $1,000 per semester.

We, at LPC, will continue to work with the students we have, if they are unable to attend the BSH classes, or if the subject they are working on is not the current one offered. We have agreed to continue to be a source of assistance and advice as they go forward. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Janit Maguire at janitmaguire@gmail.com or 845-527-6409.

FOOD DONATIONS

food%20donations_edited.png

Food may be dropped off at the Church through the week.

 

Food items may also be dropped off at Bluffton Self Help on Mondays from 10 am to 2 pm or monetary donations can be made on their website at https://blufftonselfhelp.org.

Food for Agape Family Life Center may be taken to Donald & June Allison at their home at 24 Schooner Lane, Riverbend, 843-707-7671. Food can also be dropped off at Sandy Benninger’s house at 30 Rose Sage Walk, Sun City. Monetary donations can be made on the Agape website at https://agapeflc.org

Here are a few of the many organizations we support:

A List of Organizations LPC Supported in 2020:

Agape Family Life Center

Angel Tree

Backpack Buddies

Back to School Program

Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce

Bluffton Self Help

Boys & Girls Club - Jasper County

Bluffton Community Soup Kitchen

Deep Well Project

Family Promise of Beaufort County

Habitat for Humanity 

Hopeful Horizons

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry 

Kindles for Kids Beaufort County

The Literacy Center

Lowcountry Legal Volunteers

LPC GED Program

Meals-on-Wheels

Memory Matters 

NAMI

Red Cedar Elementary Teachers

Missions Beyond Recipients

All Hands Volunteers

Chatham Savannah Authority for Homeless

Equal Justice Initiative

Heifer International

Joy Offering

Inspiritus formerly Lutheran Services of GA

Medical Benevolence Foundation

Missionary Support *

One Great Hour of Sharing

Partners' in Health

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Save the Children

UNICEF

Water Missions International