This winter, we will assist the homeless shelter at Bethel AME Church in Scranton. Over 300 people will be welcomed and assisted through the winter months. The Bethel AME cold shelter is open and currently has 24 people staying there each night. They are in need of clean, gently used men's and women's winter coats. They can be placed on the benches in the Narthex. We are currently attempting to provide Evening meals on alternating Sunday's throughout the cold season. The sign-up sheet is filling up quickly, so other dates will be added. Thanks for helping out with this important mission.
Every year our church collects a special offering for Pentecost that goes to the Presbyterian Mission Agency to benefit children and youth. Children and youth are the heart of the annual Pentecost offering. A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people through Young Adult Volunteers and Ministries for Youth.
The offering also addresses the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by our congregation to make an impact in the lives of young people within our own community. The Mission and Justice Committee has designated the Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative (NSPI) as the recipient of this year’s portion of our offering. The mission of NSPI is to prevent suicides in our community by advocacy, collaboration, and education. NSPI is a volunteer organization that meets monthly to coordinate formal clinical and community suicide prevention trainings and survivor activities.
- Peace and Global Witness Offering (Peacemaking Offering) - The Peace and Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of funds collected to sustain local peacemaking ministries. The Catherine McCauley Center in Scranton is this year's recipient.
- Souper Bowl Sunday - every year on the Sunday of the NFL's Super Bowl, the Souper Bowl of Caring collects money to support local food banks.