Opportunities through Southport Presbyterian Church
Since there will never cease to be some in need on earth, I therefore command you,
“Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.”
Through our Mission Committee, Southport Presbyterian Church maintains a commitment of financial support and active service within the following community agencies and special offerings. We need your continued help through prayer, work and giving.
Church Related Missions /Offerings
Christmas Joy Offering is divided equally between the Presbyterian Board of Pensions and Presbyterian Racial Ethnic Schools/Colleges. It is received during the Advent/Christmas season.
One Great Hour of Sharing is an offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. It is received Easter Sunday.
Peacemaking Offering supports the peacemaking efforts of the church at every governing body level and provides an opportunity to witness to God’s gift of peace in the world. It is received on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of October.
Presbyterian Theological Fund (TEF) is the only dedicated source of denomination-wide funding for theological seminaries related to PC(USA). These moneys directly subsidize the seminaries’ operating budgets and enhance each school’s ability to offer financial aid to students. Southport Presbyterian Church gives annually to the TEF.
Presbyterian Women Birthday Offering helps chosen recipients find real solutions for projects related to health, education, economic Development, and the needs of women and children that are not included in the General Mission Fund.
Souper Bowl Sunday Offering equips and mobilizes congregations, schools, and businesses to positively impact their communities by collecting money or food on or near Super Bowl weekend. 100% of the collections are donated directly to the charity of each group’s choice. It is received on Super Bowl Sunday.
Community Sponsored Missions
Children’s Hope Alliance is the result of a merger in 2014 between Barium Springs and Grandfather Home for Children. It is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a long history of child advocacy and welfare dating back over 125 years. In 2014, Children’s Hope Alliance helped more than 3,500 children across North Carolina. They provide a caring place to live for abused or neglected children, early childhood development for low income families, counseling services, and foster family programs. All of the programs and services they provide create hope for hurting children and families in three ways: healing the hurt, providing a safe home and encouraging a healthy start. Visit them on the web at www.childrenshopealliance.org
Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry that partners with community members to build and renovate homes in Brunswick County, North Carolina. *SPC contact is Pat Lineback (910) 253-6888 or you may call the Habitat Office at(910) 454-0007. Visit them on the web at www.brunswickcountyhabitat.org.
Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment, PROJECT C.U.R.E., identifies, solicits, collects, sorts, and delivers medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world. It provides medical supplies and equipment that medical personnel need to deliver healthcare to their communities. Visit www.projectcure.org to find out more. *SPC contact is Ben Wilson (910) 457-0997.
Hope Harbor is a domestic violence shelter located here in Brunswick County, North Carolina. It offers a caring and comfortable refuge where women and children can feel safe, find support, and use goal-setting techniques to plan for the future. Basic assistance is offered for such needs as medicines, food, clothing, baby supplies and emergency transportation. the number is (910) 754-5726. You can also visit www.hopeharborhome.org.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice offers healthcare, assistance and education to support patients and their families facing the challenges of a life-limiting illness. It is individualized care that offers compassion, dignity, comfort, respect, and someone to call for assistance day or night. You can reach Lower Cape Fear Hospice at (800) 207-6908 or visit them at the web at www.hospicandlifecarecenter.org.
Matthew’s Ministry is a private, non-sectarian children’s food Backpack Program serving 26% of Brunswick County’s children that are food insecure. The Backpack Program provides weekend food in a backpack for children who do not know where they will find their next meal. It is an all volunteer organization. You can find out more by calling (901) 457-9459 or on the Web at www.matthewsministry.com .
The New Hope Clinic provides basic medical and dental care, diagnostic services, and prescription drugs at no cost to low income, uninsured residents of Brunswick County. Sheila Roberts, and the staff of dedicated volunteer professionals are committed to enhancing the quality of life, while preserving the privacy and dignity of every patient. Their phone number is (910) 845-5333. or visit them on the web at www.newhopeclinicfree.org.
The Presbyterian Counseling Center provides a ministry of counseling which combines the practice of modern psychotherapy with the church’s traditional pastoral care of people. Offering treatment to anyone who seeks help for personal, marital and family problems, the center provides a bridge between faith and mental health. The Reverend Dr. Ann Jahnes is our church contact person for these services, but you can also contact the Southport office at (910) 448-0525. More information can be found at www.presbyteriancounselingcenter.org.
Providence Home is an organization that provides short-term and safe shelter to Brunswick County youth who, due to an emergency, high-risk or crisis situation, cannot remain with their families. It is a home that offers a nurturing atmosphere with safety, food, clothing, and shelter to youth who are in need of a short term, safe haven. *SPC contacts are Bob and Grace Lee. You may also contact Providence Home directly at (910) 457-0440 or you may visit them on the web at www.providencehomenc.com.
The Southport/Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship Food Pantry provides food for residents of Southport, Oak Island or Boiling Springs who are in need of supplemental food. Eligible families can receive food once a month from the Food Pantry located in Boiling Springs. You may contact Bill Hogue at (910) 845-2320 or e-mail Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit them on the web at www.soiicf.org.
Southport/Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship is the ecumenical ministry of churches in our area, led by both pastors and lay people, There are many ways we provide fellowship, worship together, and service to our community. Jane Henderson serves the Southport Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship: 278-7752, email@example.com. Ministries of the Fellowship include:
Food Pantry, located in Boiling Spring Lakes, provides food for those in need.
Human Needs Fund provides emergency financial needs for housing, utilities, or medicine due to a variety of factors including injuries, illness, low wages, job loss, age, domestic violence.
Fellowship Walk provides aid for hunger relief in our community. Every year, usually in November, adult and children volunteers join our Walk Team, and encourage the congregation to support them with donations.
CHURCH RELATED MISSIONS
Amani Bread Workshops are held monthly, where beautiful handmade beads from Kenya may be purchased and made into jewelry. This benefits the Amani Children’s Foundation, supporting children in Kenya.
Angel Tree provides Christmas gifts for families, nursing home and teen shelter residents.
Backpack Ministry provides school supplies to our local elementary school children.
SPC Backyard Mission is comprised of a group of church members who are willing to help with small projects for home and yard. They serve church members as well as others in the community.
Giving Tree is an annual event to purchase summer reading books for local elementary school children.
Hospice Meals are provided once a month to our Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center for families of patients to have fresh home-cooked meals and baked goods.
Interfaith Refugee Ministry, supporting refugee families, our church supplies items needed for furnishing an apartment for these newcomers to America.
Knitting Ministry meets regularly to knit prayer shawls, given to those who are sick or grieving as well as premie-baby caps that are donated to hospitals.
Meal Ministry is an ongoing ministry to provide home-cooked meals for those recovering from illness, surgery, or other life struggles.
Meal Packaging Program through RISE AGAINST HUNGER (formerly called STOP HUNGER NOW) is an event to package meals for families in developing countries.
Operation Christmas Child is an annual event to supply Christmas gift boxes through Samaritan’s Purse.