Summer 2014 Retreat/Service Project in Naples, Florida!

Drawing a crowd playing soccer on the beach in Naples
Published on April 18, 2014
by Eric R. Hausler, Pastor, Naples OPC (April 2014)     Naples Presbyterian Church (OPC) invites you to bring a youth group to Naples, Florida, in late July or early August for a short-term missions Retreat/Service Project! Activities will include: Canvassing neighborhoods with announcements about the church Spending the evening on the beach, engaging people in conversation and/or playing soccer or volleyball, and inviting them to church Volunteering at St. Matthews’s House, a Christian ministry to addicts and the homeless Attending Sunday morning and evening worship at Naples OPC Lodging and meals: Lodging is available in cabins at Naples KOA Groups  are responsible for their own meals (fire-pit/grill/kitchen available in cabins) KOA is located across the street from a Super WalMart Our congregation received a great boost from ... Continue

Summer Diaconal/Relief Service in Sendai, Japan (July 25 – August 8, 2014)

Nozomi Center - photo from Nozomi Center website
Published on April 18, 2014
by Rev. Ken B. Montgomery, Presbytery of Ohio Foreign Missions Committee (April 2014)   The Presbytery of Ohio Foreign Missions Committee invites you to apply to be part of a seven-person team to serve alongside of our missionaries in Japan for disaster relief work near Sendai from July 25 – August 8th , 2014. This effort is in conjunction with the work of the Nozomi (Hope) Center in Yamamoto-cho, a cooperative center sponsored by the Reformed Church in Japan and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. The nature of the work will be to assist the largely agricultural community and neighborhood around Yamamoto with various outdoor manual labor projects, house cleaning and maintenance, and helping with children’s activities. Our application form contains ... Continue

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

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

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