Mission and outreach is a vital part of Paxton Church’s stated mission. The Mission and Outreach Ministry, a ministry of Session, is responsible for the coordination of various mission projects involving Paxton members, and the distribution of allocated mission funds.
The Ministry chooses, plans, and oversees hands-on mission projects throughout the year, giving church members opportunities to participate personally in local causes. Projects include work- nights at the Central PA Food Bank, an annual picnic for students of The Joshua Group, preparation of a meal for Ronald McDonald House residents, and the collection of school supplies for City of Harrisburg students. In addition, the Ministry has coordinated meal packaging events for Rise Against Hunger and kit assembly events for Church World Service.
The Ministry, with the help of the congregation, stewards a Little Free Library® and a Little Free Pantry located on our campus by the Sharon Street entrance. Our library provides free reading materials to our neighbors while fostering a book exchange program and a love of reading. The motto of the Little Free Library® is “Take a book; return a book.” The Little Free Pantry provides 24/7 access to food, paper goods, and personal hygiene products to those who are not easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs. Whether a need for food or a need to give, the Little Free Pantry is about neighbors helping neighbors, building community and assisting those who may need a little extra help. The motto of the Little Free Pantry is “Take What You Need; Give What You Can.”
Through the Mission and Outreach Ministry, Paxton financially supports local organizations including Allison Hill Community Ministry, Center for Champions, Central PA Food Bank, Christian Churches United, Downtown Daily Bread, Ecumenical Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, and The Joshua Group with annually budgeted contributions. Financial contributions
are also given to the Presbytery of Carlisle to support Presbyterian mission projects throughout the world.
Paxton participates in four Presbyterian Church USA sponsored special offerings: One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peacemaking and Joy Offering. These offerings help to fund disaster relief, hunger relief, and self-development of people around the world.
At Sunday Service, attendees are given the opportunity to support monthly mission projects by dropping loose change into the Coins for Caring canister. Past recipients of this voluntary project include: Rise Against Hunger, One Great Hour of Sharing, Allison Hill Community Ministry, Harrisburg Area Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House, Crop Walk, Bethesda Mission and Santa Shops.
Other organizations within Paxton Church, including Church School classes, youth group, Deacons and Presbyterian Women, are actively involved in their own mission projects. Among these are the annual Santa Shops, which give hundreds of local 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 of 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 part of our mission.
- Erin Giambrone (chair)
Sue Mclain (Deacon Rep)