Mission & Outreach

Mission and outreach has always been a vital part of PaxtonChurch’s stated mission.  To this end, the Mission and Outreach Ministry is responsible for the coordination of various mission projects involving Paxton members and the distribution of allocated mission funds  –  locally, nationally, and internationally.

Paxton actively supports local organizations including Allison Hill Community Ministry, Central PA Food Bank, Downtown Daily Bread, Habitat for Humanity, and Joshua Group, among others.  The church annually budgets financial contributions to such groups and supplies volunteers for ongoing work and / or special events.

Seasons of Service, a subcommittee of Mission and Outreach, chooses, plans, and oversees hands-on mission projects throughout the year, giving church members opportunities to participate personally in local causes.  In 2013, these projects include monthly work-nights at the Central PA Food Bank, an end-of-the-school-year picnic for students of Joshua Group, a social event for the residents of Homeland,  preparation of a meal for Ronald McDonald House, a gleaning project, and collections of craft supplies for Kaitlyn’s Smiles and school supplies for inner-city students.  In addition, in September, a team from Paxton will join Lend A Hand’s trip to Pt.   Pleasant Beach, NJ, to do home repairs in an area severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

To support national and global causes, Paxton participates in four Presbyterian Church USA sponsored special offerings, most notably One Great Hour of Sharing, which funds disaster relief, hunger relief, and self-development of people around the world.  In 2012, Paxton was recognized as a top 100 congregation for its support of OGHS, and in 2013, Paxton’s gifts to this offering totaled more than $6,200.

Other organizations within PaxtonChurch, such as adult ChurchSchool classes, youth groups, and especially Presbyterian Women, are actively involved in their own mission projects.  Particularly notable among these are the annual Santa Shops, which give hundreds of inner-city children the opportunity to select, without charge, Christmas gifts for their family members.

It is through mission work that Paxton takes the Christian message of love and hope beyond its walls and out into the community  –  in Harrisburg, across the United States, and around the world.  The Mission and Outreach Ministry encourages all members and friends of Paxton to participate in this vital process.

Elders

  • Erin Giambrone (chair)
  • Jason Skrinak

Members

  • Don Hoopes
  • Jeanne Hoopes (Deacon Representative)
  • Beth Lanione
  • Marilyn LaDieu
  • Mary Myers

Seasons of Service

  • Marilyn LaDieu
  • Beth Lancione
  • Nancy Lengler
  • Mary Myers
  • Dawn Palmer
  • Karen Schmidt

 

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