Local, National, & International Mission
God calls us to share the love of Jesus Christ and spread the good news of salvation. One of the many ways we do this is through our mission program. Through the generous gifts of time, talent, and treasure of every member of our congregation, we are able to reach out to those in need right here in our local community, across the nation, and as far away as the Himalayan region of India.
Pocono Area Transitional Housing (PATH)
Several years ago, one of our long-time members, along with Church Women United, had a vision for Pocono Area Transitional Housing (PATH). Our congregation supports PATH in many ways: we offer financial support through our general mission budget; we host the annual PATH luncheon; we continue to support many PATH functions and fundraising projects throughout the year.
United Way of Monroe County
Our church is committed to supporting the work of United Way. Each year several members take part in the annual United Way Day of Caring, and in doing so, they help other local charitable organizations by assisting in various building and/or refurbishing projects.
Bike and Build
Since 2006, we have provided meals and overnight shelter in our church for members of Bike and Build. These students peddle their bicycles from Rhode Island to California raising awareness and money for affordable housing. Over the past 10 seasons they have donated more than $4M; built for more than 120,000 hours; pedaled over 6M miles; and engaged more than 1750 young adults in spreading the word about the affordable housing crisis in America.
Habitat for Humanity
We are a covenant church with the Monroe County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. We provide financial assistance to the local chapter through our general mission budget while several of our members have taken an active part in the local chapter’s builds throughout the year.
We support the work of the local Salvation Army through fund-raising and the gift of many of our members who work closely with their mission to support those in significant need.
Meals on wheels
We support the work of Meals on Wheels through fund-raising and the work of our congregants.
Not all our local mission is through an organization. Pos too our members serve some greater cause, doing so as part of their walk of discipleship. We support each other as we each answer our call to love God and love our neighbor.
An intergenerational work camp crew has volunteered each summer since 1990 with Meeting Ground, an ecumenical community for those experiencing homelessness, located in Maryland. The group stays at Clairvaux Farm while working in various sites in the area.
Since 2006, members of our congregation have traveled with the Helping Hands Care Team of the Lehigh Presbytery to various regions of the country to assist with rebuilding efforts after natural disasters.
We have fostered a long-standing relationship with the Rajpur Retreat & Study Center in India and with its action arm Mussoorie Village Development Committee (MGVS). Through our partnership with MGVS, much-needed assistance is provided to the poor people of the remote Himalayan villages.
On June 25, 2016, one of our church members traveled with 21 fellow mission workers, including her sister and nephew, to Ecuador to build houses, bring goodwill and share God's love with the wonderful residents of La Union, a remote village a 15-minute boat ride, or an hour bus ride, from Guayaquil, Ecuador. The main source of income is shrimp and tilapia farming and rice farming.
They worked with an organization called Hogar de Cristo. They were a varied group from Basking Ridge Presbyterian, Pluckemin Presbyterian, Bound Brook Presbyterian (all in NJ), First Presbyterian Stroudsburg, and some non-church folks who have participated in this mission for some of the 15 years it has been in existence. Each day they traveled by bus the ½-hour highway and ½-hour dirt-road trip to La Union. They passed amazing wildlife: hundreds of white, blue, and other kinds of herons, pink spoonbills, hawks, and many other kinds of water birds; South American songbirds; iguanas. What an amazing place to live...