Mission Ministries

 

The Presbyterian Church has a long history of emphasizing mission activities.  The stated mission of the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church is "Nurturing a thriving faith community engaged in compassional service ."  Our Vision : "Growing Together, Becoming More Like Christ." We believe that one of the most important ways to live into our mission and vision statements is to reach out as the hands and feet of Christ in our local community and surrounding areas as well as nationally and globally.

Local Missions:

  • Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nation – volunteers pick up the day’s end baked goods on Tuesday nights and deliver to Friends of the Night People.
  • The third Thursday of every month we sponsore a Community Meal.  Peace, Love and Food is open for anyone experiencing food shortage or those who wish to dine with others!
  • Family Promise – we host homeless families four times per year providing hot meals and safe shelter along with eight area support churches.
  • The Mission Workshop – weekly the Meeting Place is a beehive of folks creating gifts of warmth and love for local charitable organizations 
  • We partner with CIA (Churches in Action) to help with local mission projects, including "Undies Sundays" when new underwear is collected plus a volulnteer work weekend at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy.
  • TAG (Together All Grow) is coordinated by a missionary we collaborate with to help children who once had refugee status who still need educational assistance as they struggle to master reading and speaking the English language.  
  • We support area organizations assisting others such as Bread of Life Outreach Center, Rural Outreach Center, The Genesis Center and the Network of Religious Communities Food For All.
  • Southtown’s Family Center which houses the Family Justice Center.

National Missions:

OPPC has a history of sending volunteers to work with organizations leading relief work such as the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Program.  In January we send a team of college students and adults to a region in the US hit hard by natural disaster.  To date multiple teams have been deployed to Louisianna in the aftermath of Katrina and other major storms after that.  In 2018 a team went to Texas to rebuild after the summer storms that wreaked havoc in that state.  Senior High youth plus college students and adult advisors take a week of summer vacation and volunteer for a week with organizations serving those in need.  We participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring by collecting $1 and cans of soup the day of the Super Bowl for donations to feeding ministries.  Martin Luther King Jr. Monday in January is a "Day ON - not a Day OFF" for OPPC youth and adults as teams as large as 65 people go to different agencies and organizations around the Buffalo area to stand and be counted as people who stand for a more just world.

International Missions:

Through our denominational offerings we have sent contributions to natural disaster areas such as the Tsunami in Japan and the Earthquake in Haiti.  In the past we have purchased animals for Heifer Project and Tools of Hope for Church World Service.  We have an annual Holiday Marketplace  that supports our local ministries and highlights Fair Trade.  The Marketplace is held in early December.  The purchases made can bring a smile to the face of the recipient, as well as spreading hope around the world!  Soccer balls have been purchased for soccer programs in Kenya and one of our college students began a leadership development program in the Congo.  We have an ongoing partnership with Crossroads Springs Africa in Kenya.

If you would like to know more about the mission ministries at OPPC , please contact Linda Babcock, Director of Education and Mission.