Missions are the heart of Peace Church. Through our faith we are commissioned to care for God’s people. We are committed to serving the community surrounding us with our donations and our time. Our concerns reach worldwide through our missionaries and the Presbyterian Disaster Association.
Amidst the Coronavirus, we have focused on helping those in our community who are food insecure, as many have lost jobs and need assistance making ends meet. We have converted our Little Free Library into a food pantry, where anyone in need can take nonperishable food items. We are also collecting money to donate to the local food shelf, STEP.
In April, we contributed $3,600 (and still counting!) to the One Great Hour of Sharing. Even though we as a church are small in number … even though our church building has been closed due to the pandemic … it doesn’t matter to the people of Peace Church. They just gave!
In March, a donor granted us an additional $500 to give to CLUES. That totals $1,250 we have been able to donate to this organization. And more good news – we bought gloves and hand warmers for St. Stephens Human Services through Amazon and they have contributed $164.59 to St. Stephens.
In Febuary, because of members who have donated some – or all – of their stimulus check, we are able to donate $750.00 to an organization called CLUES.
CLUES is an organization that helps in the advancement of social, economic and mental health of Latinos in Minnesota. This year, like for so many, brought challenges to this community that no one could imagine with Covid -19.
As of early April 2020, CLUES was able to develop a Latino Families Relief Fund to meet the urgent needs of undocumented or mixed status families who are unable to access any other relief source. CLUES was able to raise $770,000 that provided $445,000 in cash assistance, $240,000 in emergency housing and $85,000 in emergency food to families most impacted. In spite of this, more help is needed.
Thanks to all who have donated. You are a ray of light in the darkness.
We participate in many missions within our own walls, our community, locally, regionally, nationally and world-wide. Are you interested in volunteering with one of the many opportunities to serve in the community? Ask us how you can get involved. Below are some of the organizations we support:
STEP, St. Louis Park Emergency Program: STEP is the St. Louis Park community food shelf and social service agency. STEP has been empowering lives and restoring hope in St. Louis Park since 1975. Their mission is to identify, address and respond to the critical and emergency needs of residents in St. Louis Park. They directly provide food and clothing to residents in need, as well as advocacy, referrals, and build a collaborative relationship.
Meals on Wheels/Dinner at Your Door: Meals on Wheels is a community-based service that provides fresh, nutritious meals delivered directly to the homes of seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the Twin Cities. In addition to regularly providing healthy foods, volunteers provide social connection that helps meal recipients remain living independently in their own homes.
St. Stephen’s: St. Stephen’s mission is Ending Homelessness. They support individuals and families experiencing homelessness in achieving permanent, affordable housing, through street outreach, shelter, and housing programs. We envision a community in which housing instability is rare, brief and non-recurring, ending homelessness as we know it.