July 4th Outreach in Kentwood, Michigan:
July 2-6, 2014

Carnival (high-med, square)
Published on April 11, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (April 2014)   Meadow Springs OPC in Kentwood, Michigan (a suburb of Grand Rapids) is planning several outreach events in conjunction with the Annual Kentwood Fourth of July Parade, Carnival and Fireworks! The church has activites planned from Wednesday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 6, 2014, and Pastor Jerry Neumair is looking for 8 to 10 volunteers (individuals or a team) to come help the congregation reach the lost in their community!  Volunteers will be housed by local OPC families. Last year’s parade and carnival were based on the newly released movie “Despicable Me 2.”  The church’s tracts, floats, and T-shirts declared the good news of “Despicable Me by Jesus Set Free!”  This year, a theme of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is being considered! Schedule ... Continue

Skilled Workers Needed at the Boardwalk Chapel: May 1-22, 2014

boardwalk chapel
Published on March 26, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (March 2014)     The Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, New Jersey, is in need of volunteers (individuals or teams) skilled in carpentry, plumbing, and painting to help prepare the Chapel and its ancillary buildings for its busy summer season that begins Memorial Day Weekend! Dates: Work can be scheduled for any weekday or weekend from Thursday, May 1 thru Thursday, May 22, 2014, based on volunteers’ availability.  Some of the work may also be scheduled for Tuesday, May 27 thru Friday, June 13, 2014. Scope of Work: Four doors at the Dunn House need to be installed or replaced. A stall shower at the Dunn House needs to be removed and replaced with a donated tub and surround. (This ... Continue

3rd Anniversary of the Japan Tsunami:
An Oasis for the Heart

Published on March 11, 2014
by Lawrence K. Spalink,  Christian Reformed World Missions,  Japan Team Leader  (March 11, 2014)   We sometimes call her “the woman at the well.” Her life was a mess. Drawing water from Jacob’s well was hard work, and few people came to do it in the heat of the day. But there she was; avoiding harassment was perhaps a lifestyle necessity. God reached out to her with gentleness few of us can muster. Jesus offered her living water, flooding her life with the hope of forgiveness and a new start. “Mikami wa sakedokoro, wa ga toride.” (Psalm 46:1). He continues today to gladden the hearts of thirsty souls with his streams of mercy. Today (March 11, 2014) marks the third ... Continue

Help Present a VBS in Middletown, Delaware:
June 23-27, 2014

Middletown DE 2013 VBS
Published on March 4, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (March 2014)     Grace OPC in Middletown, Delaware, will hold its weekday-morning Vacation Bible School (VBS) again this summer, the week of June 23-27, 2014. Pastor Bob Harting is looking for committed young people to join the team at Grace OPC in conducting a fun-filled week of ministry from God’s Word to about 70 children, ages 3 through 14. Experienced teachers are in place for each class, but help is needed with every other aspect of the VBS, including recess! Middletown is a little over 1 hour south of Philadelphia, and about 1.5 hours from Baltimore. Housing and meals with church families will be available, and pastoral oversight will be provided for the week. Having your own vehicle on ... Continue

The Work Continues in Japan – Summer 2014!

Nozomi Center - photo from Nozomi Center website
Published on February 26, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (February 2014)   The Foreign Missions Committee of the Presbytery of Ohio looks forward to organizing a team to assist at The Nozomi Center in Japan again this summer! Team organizer Rev. Ken B. Montgomery invites individuals interested in joining the team to contact him — especially Japanese-speakers who can help with translation! The Nozomi Center — as described by Lawrence Spalink in “An Oasis for the Heart” — “provides a base to help rebuild the community, hosting many events for folks to ‘get away’ from their troubles, welcoming children and providing activities or just a safe place to play, basing volunteer groups who come to serve the community, and carrying out mobile cafes ... Continue

Help Present a VBS in Cincinnati, Ohio:
June 9-13, 2014

Cincinnati bridge view
Published on February 13, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (February 2014)   Are you, your church, your youth group, looking for a short-term mission opportunity for this summer?  How about helping another OP church present their Vacation Bible School? Good Shepherd OPC in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be hosting an Evening VBS from Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 13, 2014, and they are in need of a team of 8 to 10 volunteers to assist them in executing their plan! Elder Robert Taylor and a few church members will oversee this ministry, selecting the curriculum, buying supplies, and planning the schedule of activities.  The team’s tasks would include helping with some last-minute canvassing of the surrounding neighborhoods to invite families to sign up their children; welcoming ... Continue