Mission Opportunities . . . & Information. For more information contact Sally Van Bokkelen at email@example.com
Westminster excites me because of our people. My husband and I joined the church in 1982. Our children were raised as children of the church. Through the years, there have been numerous calls and opportunities to be in relationship with others. Education was my first call as a children’s Sunday school teacher. I became the Sunday School Superintendent, Adult Education Coordinator, a Stephen Minister and, eventually, served as Director of Christian Education and Outreach. My new job as Coordinator of Mission-Outreach is to help each person serve the community in his or her own special way.
I’ve learned through the years of the many surprises hidden within us. When stepping into a new role, we discover how God can equip us for service in unexpected ways. There is usually someone to show the way when trying a new project. This leads to relationships that are life-enriching. Stepping into a new and different role from our everyday lives often refreshes our spirits. Sometimes it’s an important change of pace and an opportunity to relax and unwind away from daily tasks and stresses.
Together we gather to worship God and serve God’s people. It’s rewarding, nurturing and our call to discipleship. Through our ongoing mission projects, opportunities arise to make new friendships while serving others. I encourage you to step out of your boundaries and become a servant of Christ with us!
Loaves & Fishes Ministry
Feeding the homeless is serious ministry at WPC! Westminster coordinates 25 churches and organizations to prepare and deliver meals to the City Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter in Hammond, IN. Lunch and dinner is prepared and delivered to the 40-60 men living at the City Rescue Mission in Hammond every day. We’re always in need of drivers, cooks, choppers and pot-scrubbers, so contact the church office if your desire is to help “feed the hungry!”
Loving Hands – knitters and crocheters meet every Monday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for fellowship and needlework. This is an ecumenical group providing hand-made
articles for organizations, schools, hospitals and people in need worldwide.
Local Supported Missions:
Cancer Resource Center – Supports cancer patients and their families. www.cancerresourcecentre.com
Church World Services - Seventeen denominations came together to form an agency "to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone." The mission: Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless. www.cwsglobal.org – WPC is host church for the 2013 CWS CROP Walk to end hunger!
Greater Hammond Community Services, Inc. - assistance and food for those in need. www.greaterhammond.com/
Haven House - A shelter and advocacy for women and children of domestic violence www.havenhouse.org/ Haven House representatives are invited to “shop” our June Rummage Sale in advance to select items for the women and children they serve.
Habitat for Humanity of NW Indiana – Provides affordable homes for the working poor with “sweat equity.” www.nwihabitat.org/ Shop the ReStore in Gary, IN! In April we will be remodeling a home in Hammond on the 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27th. Call the church office to volunteer! (219-838-3131)
Hospice of the Calumet Area – Care for those at the end stage of life. www.hospicecalumet.org/
Kemmerer Village – As a Presbyterian Child Care Agency, our mission at Kemmerer Village is to provide a wide range of quality services, which meet the needs of children, youth and their families. Programs are directed to help children and youth attain the necessary skills to become well-adjusted and productive members of society. Box Tops & Labels for Education collections are ongoing on the food donation shelves in the South Hallway.
McCormick Theological Seminary – Seminary education for aspiring pastors, Christian Educators, and Pastoral Counselors at the University of Chicago. www.mccormick.edu/
Nazareth Home – Care for at-risk infants www.nazarethhome.com/
St. Andrews Society – Emergency relief for individuals and families in our church family and community.
St. Monica Home – A home for unwed pregnant women and children located in Dyer, IN.
Sojourner Truth House – A day shelter and advocacy in Gary, IN for women and children of domestic violence. www.sojournertruthhouse.org
Geneva Center – our Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Rochester, IN www.genevacenter.org/
Supported global ministries:
Heart for Africa – Nurture and education for AIDS orphans in Swaziland. Sunday, April 21 is “Heart for Africa Sunday” at Westminster. Come for a fundraising brunch and meet co-founder, Janine Maxwell and Board Member, Ann Williams. www.heartforafrica.org/
Presbyterian Mission Agency – Learn about Presbyterian ministries around the world. www.presbyterianmission.org/
One Great Hour of Sharing – Lenten offering benefitting the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Self- Development of People, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/specialofferings/one-great-hour-sharing-offering/ Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Peacemaking Offering – Teaching and fostering peacemaking, non-violence, anti-bullying initiatives worldwide visit: www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/specialofferings/peacemaking-offering/. In 2012 our share of the offering supported Nandini Sadagopan’s to build a well with clean, potable water in a remote village in India through The Water Project. The offering is collected on the first Sunday of October each year. Peacemaking Offering
Pentecost Offering- Encourage, develop and support young people, as well as provide assistance to at-risk children. www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/specialofferings/pentecost-offering/