Click for special music by the New River Gospel Group during the worship services June 18
LPC volunteers can often be found at Habitat for Humanity building sites, working side-by-side with our brothers and sisters from other churches - in this example the Apostles Build project on Hilton Head Island. More pictures.
Our new playground was formally dedicated and blessed on June 4th, following the second worship service. This enhancement is now a welcome attraction for our children, Family Promise guests and other accompanied kids. More pictures
For local missions and missions beyond, we currently direct our efforts and resources to supporting the following:
Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, South Carolina
Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts internationally
Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina
For Native Americans
Naphtali ministry in South Dakota
For World Poverty, Hunger, Clean Water, and Health
Faith In Action International in Haiti
Water Missions International
Medical Benevolence Foundation (PCUSA)
For Disaster Assistance nationally and internationally
On July 10-16 we welcomed the LYFT (Leading Youth Following Truth) mission team from Second Shift Community Fellowship in Lisbon, Ohio. This group of 18 included junior high and high school youth, college students and their leaders and was led by Phil Bartholomew. Their projects included community service and much-needed renovations to our playground. We were pleased to host them in the Fellowship Hall throughout their stay.
The Local Missions Ministry actively reaches out to our community in many different ways. Our church buildings are used on a regular basis by charitable, not-for-profit groups and organizations such as AA, NAMI, Family Promise of Beaufort County, Girl Scouts, Toastmasters, a Hospice Bereavement Group, and many others. We share our facilities with other congregations and faiths to provide a quality place of worship for all.
The second Sunday of each month we have a Minute for Mission about various worthwhile community organizations and a Change Can Make a Change collection to be distributed to that organization. In addition, we collect non-perishable food continuously and distribute it to several Bluffton food banks. We take part in various drives including school supplies for deserving children, paper products for CODA & Family Promise and clothing for Bluffton Self Help.
Our church is a host congregation for Family Promise of Beaufort County and one week each quarter of the year, we provide housing, meals and Christian hospitality to temporarily homeless families.
Throughout the year, our members offer GED classes to help prepare individuals to take the high school equivalency test (click here for current information). LPC sponsors or supports NAMI Fund Raising Walk held each year, collects food and purchases turkeys at Thanksgiving for area Food Banks, and has an Angel Tree at Christmas for area children and elderly persons in need. Finally, each year our Mission budget is used to support many caring agencies in our community by distributing funds to them annually (a few are listed below).
Food baskets are available in the Narthex for donated non-perishable food items. These items are collected on an ongoing basis for distribution to area food banks, which are experiencing continued shortages.
For mission teams doing work in our local area, we offer our Fellowship Hall for your lodging and meals at no charge. Our Fellowship Hall is a separate building on our campus, consisting of multiple rooms, a full kitchen, bathrooms, and two showers. Teams are responsible for bringing their own bedding, an air mattress, camping mattress, or cot, towels, washcloths and toiletries. We look forward to meeting and greeting you with an orientation and your first evening's dinner (and the following morning's self-serve breakfast), after which you can stock up on groceries from nearby stores, as you will have access to our full kitchen for your meal preparations.
Work opportunities include the three Habitat for Humanity projects in Hilton Head, Savannah, and Beaufort. You will communicate directly with them for work assignments. Also, there are many service organizations in this area which can use help from time to time: Bluffton Self Help, Deep Well - Hilton Head, Volunteers In Medicine - Bluffton and Hilton Head. See their websites for more information and possibilities.
Agape Christmas Gifts, ready for shoppers.