It’s our by-word and our heartfelt belief. PW mission opportunities and outreach begin in the individual circles and continue out into the world.
We call this “extra” or “2nd Mile” giving since it goes above and beyond our stewardship commitments to the church.
Our Mission Gathering Women all-over the Detroit area collect items to for mission needs around the world. When the supplies (toiletries, blankets, school kits, first aid kits, etc.) are gathered, we gather too. Many hands make short work of packing things up and delivering them to the distribution centers.
Second Mile Center: We join other Detroit metro PW groups in supporting the Second Mile Center of Detroit, which offers after-school programs, family programs, and individual help to ministries for its surrounding community.
Additional Service and Giving: The individual Circles have initiatives of their own. Some recent circle projects included cooking and serving dinner for S.O.S., weeding and pruning beds around the church, sponsoring a family’s Christmas through Farmington Youth Assistance, providing Christmas gifts to seniors at the Sanctuary at Mercy Center, cooking for Alternatives for Girls, collecting for the Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread program, serving in hunger programs and local food banks. ACTS Circle sponsors a young girl, Laxmi, in India through World Vision. Members take turns making the $35 monthly payment to support Laxmi.
Leading the Congregation: PW mission opportunities often include the entire congregation. Some of the recent congregation-wide collections we have lead include Sweet Dreamzzz, “Dress for Success” clothing closet at Fort Street Presbyterian, the Hat & Mitten tree (Farmington Goodfellows), Habitat for Humanity, and Neighborhood House.
Supported Missions through Presbyterian Women of PC(USA).
http://www.pcusa.org/pw/leastcoin/ (An Act of Prayer)
We donate our smallest coin(s) in prayer for peace, justice, and reconciliation. Since 1956 this collection of coins from women around the world has been a sign of our oneness in faith and of our quest for peace. Printable prayer cards
is collected each October. At least 40% of the Thank Offering goes to Health Ministries and the balance is used as seed money for new creative areas of mission. [More information