Living Mission-ally

The Mission Committee goal is to build congregational mission involvement to 100% through the following pathways: committed prayer support, connection and volunteerism with a mission ministry, and financial support of mission operations. 

WPC Missions Map

As disciples of Christ, we go out in mission locally, nationally, and internationally with the good news of God’s love and grace. In faith we will identify mission opportunities and provide hope and support to all God’s children.

Warrenton Presbyterian Church  supports over twenty local and state non-profit organizations financially and with individual or team time and talent. 

WPC annually supports missionaries and mission projects that span the globe. 

We have personal relationships with partners in northern Haiti, Ethiopia, Papua, New Guinea, and Central Asia.  WPC also supports missionaries as part of our annual gifting to the Presbyterian Church(USA) and Shenandoah Presbytery.

Other global mission projects we support are:

  • Healthy Women/Healthy Families – which covers a range of programs of Presbyterian partner churches in at least four African nations promoting health, education, and development of women and children
  • Presbyterian Living Waters for the World in Central America which provides sustainably engineered clean water resources to communities in need.
  • Bethlehem Ministry which provides medicines to a health clinic in Terrier Rouge, Haiti.                                     

WPC Youth keep this congregation vibrant and on our toes!  The Mission Committee helps to support our youth in their mission activities and camp experiences. 

  • Fred Camp where campers repair ten pre-selected area homes for low income families free of charge.

  • The Haven – Our youth prepare a meal once a month for the residents and participate in the annual Hoofin’ it for the Homeless walkathon

  • Relay for Life – Every year our youth organize an award-winning team.
  • Alternative Giving project – our youth spearhead this during Advent every year.
  • CROP Walk – another Church World Service benefit, is largely supported by youth activities from WPC.
  • Fauquier Food Bank – Our Middlers collect turkey gravy mix for the Fauquier Food Bank Thanksgiving Dinner Drive.
  • Salvation Army Red Kettle
  • Blessing bags (toiletries, etc) for needy visitors to the church.
  • …And then there’s the Boy Scout Troop #92 Who are prepared, useful and resourceful in handling the big and little needs of our church and community.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) and WPC also support missionaries working in ‘sensitive’ parts of the world that are otherwise inhospitable to Christians sharing the Gospel story.

Our Missionaries:

Carolyn Weber: Mekane Yesus Theological Seminary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Carolyn.Weber.joyfl66@Gmail.com

Bud and Bonnie Morton: New Tribe Mission, PO Box 1079, Goroka EHP 411, Paupa New Guinea
bud-bonnie_morton@ntm.org

Bethlehem Ministry (Haiti): 386 Milledge Circle, Athens, GA
www.bethlehemministry.org | BethlehemMinistry@gmail.com

 

Rev. John & Gwen Haspels: Tum & Kibish regions, Ethiopia
mjohn.haspels@pcusa.org | gwen.haspels@pcusa.org


2016 Monthly Mission Prayer to Action Calendar

We hope your interest in reading about our mission work will naturally lead you to join us in prayer – we have a powerful belief in the power of prayer at WPC!   This calendar, or call to prayer for some of the ministries highlighted are a way for everyone to participate in supporting our mission partners close by and far away.  Thank you on behalf of all us who live missionally and prayerfully.

In January, we pray for generosity of spirit and heart so that we may give to others as a part of what has been so gracefully given to us, as we:

  • join together during a Fellowship Hour to pack “Snow Day Packs” for Fauquier school children who need food supplements on days when school is cancelled due to inclement weather; and
  • sponsor with the Deacons a Winter Blood Drive for the American Red Cross (complete with home-made chili and other home-made treats); and
  • collect food on the first Sunday of the month for FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

In February, we pray for those living far from home, and those dealing with disasters natural and man-made, that through our actions and words we offer connection and comfort, and reassurance that God is always present, as we:

  • offer the congregation an opportunity for a Fellowship Hour with a mission focus by assembling Gift of the Heart Hygiene and School Kits as a combined cooperative effort of the mission committee, the Crafty Ladies, and the Kid’s Club.  These kits are distributed world-wide as needed in times of natural disaster or other reasons; and 
  • send Valentine Cards to our current college students and military personnel reminding them that we are thinking of them and to inform then about the English in Ethiopia summer project; and
  • collect food on the first Sunday of the month for FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

In March, we pray for compassion that we may have the capacity to respond to anyone in need – as no one is excluded from God’s loving concern, as we:

  • prepare the soil for the WPC Community Garden – all produce harvested is given to residents at ‘the Haven’ and to the clients of the Fauquier Food Bank;
  • support our Middle School Sunday School Class as they educate the congregation about and collect donations for Heifer International; and
  • collect food on the first Sunday of the month for FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

In April, we pray for determination to end homelessness, poverty, and hunger locally and globally, and that we remain true to our convictions as we: 

  • participate in the ‘Hoofin’ It for the Homeless’ walkathon; and
  • send with our blessings and prayers our WPC Team joining the Living Waters for the World team in Guatemala; and
  • collect food on the first Sunday of the month for FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

In May, we pray for compassion for our neighbors in need and the insight to see our neighbors as we see God – that they are inseparable, as we:

  • plant and nurture the WPC Community Garden;
  • send with our blessings and prayers the WPC West Virginia Mission Team to work with the West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps, Inc., repairing homes and rebuilding lives;
  • set up the silent auction table for the Relay for Life team; and
  • collect food on the first Sunday of the month for FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

In June, we pray that we may be in readiness for new challenges, situations, or guidance from you, Lord, as we:

  • sponsor with the Deacons a Summer Blood Drive for the American Red Cross (complete with Deacon-made ice cream to serve to donors and volunteers);
  • host the 4K for Cancer college coeds cycling across the United States for adult cancer awareness, offering them dinner, a place to shower and sleep, and breakfast;
  • rally around our middle school youth team for the annual Fauquier Relay for Life event;
  • provide snacks for our Vacation Bible School attendees;
  • begin harvesting and delivering fresh produce from the WPC Community Garden to the Haven and the Fauquier Food Bank; and
  • collect food on the first Sunday of the month for FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

In July, we pray to be better at listening – that you know our needs better than we do, and we must allow you to respond to our prayers as you see fit – and listen for your answer, as we:

  • pause our monthly food collection for FISH for one month and bring donations for the Fauquier SPCA;
  • purchase and distribute backpacks for at least 50 Fauquier students in need of school supplies;
  • send with our blessings and prayers the WPC Mission Team heading to Baja, Mexico;
  • continue to harvest and deliver fresh produce from the WPC Community Garden to the Haven and the Fauquier Food Bank; and
  • set up the CROP Walk table offering home-grown produce for donations to add to the CROP Walk event in October

In August, we pray that we may stop and appreciate the gifts and talents you have given us and offer our gratitude for these gifts.  In doing so we may understand true joy, as we:

  • rest, reflect, and give thanks;
  • continue to harvest and deliver produce from the Community Garden;
  • continue the CROP Walk Table offering home-grown produce for donations to add to the Oct. CROP Walk event; and
  • collect food on the first Sunday of the month for FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

In September, we pray for the ability to listen to new, challenging ideas or teachings with a mind free of prejudice, as we:

  • continue the CROP Walk Table offering home-grown produce for donations to add to the Oct. CROP Walk event;
  • continue to harvest and deliver produce from the Community Garden;
  • participate in the WPC annual Activities Fair; and
  • collect food on the first Sunday of the month for FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

In October, we pray for perseverance so that our actions to eliminate poverty and hunger reflect God’s concern for humankind, as we:

  • participate in the annual CROP Walk, to End Hunger NOW(!);
  • mail Christmas Shoe Boxes to children in Haiti;
  • continue to harvest and deliver produce from the Community Garden;
  • lead the Kid’s Club collection of turkey gravy for the Thanksgiving Baskets given to clients of the Fauquier Food Bank; and
  • collect food on the first Sunday of the month for FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

In November, we pray that our mission deeds are to the best of our abilities and that we act in faithfulness in your service, as we:

  • add Thanksgiving Offering inserts to weekly worship bulletins to support Presbyterian Homes and Family Services and the Family Alliance programs – Early Childhood Development, Economic Empowerment, Mental Health Services, Residential Care, Safe and Healthy Living;
  • continue collecting turkey gravy for the Food Bank Thanksgiving Baskets; and
  • collect food on the first Sunday of the month for FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

In December, we pray that we not only gather for worship in our beautiful sanctuary, but take the spirit of you, our God, OUT with us as we live missionally this month and for always, as we:

  • adopt a Child for Christmas, a collaborative effort with the Salvation Army and Social Services;
  • ring the Bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle project;
  • adopt an Adult for Christmas – we have intellectually disabled neighbors living in a group home with few relatives living or living nearby;
  • support the Middle School Sunday School Class as they offer Alternative Giving through Church World Services; and
  • collect food on the first Sunday of the month for FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

Dear Father, thank you for the wonderful people of this church. You have touched their hearts and helped them to understand the needs of your people locally and around the world. Please continue to work through us so that we will recognize the needs of your people and will continue to respond as You see fit. Amen