APC Missions and Evangelism Report for 2014

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

The members of the Missions and Evangelism Committee (MEC) in 2014 were Buddy Milford (Chair), Stuart Land, Susan Milford, Jane Todd, Xan Palmer, Hal Freese and Barbara Freese. This report presents a brief overview of how we have contributed to mission outreach in Abbeville Country and throughout the world.

Akobo Hospital, Sudan

The hospital in Akobo is part of a commitment by PC (USA) to restore health services for the people of war-torn southern Sudan. APC donated $1,800 in 2014 to support of this project. Due to the political situation in Sudan, the Committee made the decision mid-year to re-direct these funds to Trinity Sudan Ministry.

Angel Tree

The Angel Tree Project is coordinated by MEC. Through this project, APC members provided Christmas gifts for 15 needy children in our community.

Blood Drive

The annual blood drive was held in the fall. We had 28 participants and collected 26 pints of blood, which offer the ability to help 78 people.

Faith Home

APC donated $600 this year to support Faith Home.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

FCA is a ministry to teach athletes and coaches to teach about Jesus Christ as Savior. This year, we donated $600 to FCA to be used to support FCA outreach in Abbeville County. We also provided supper at the church for the lady athletes in the spring and again in the fall.

HospiceCare of the Piedmont

HospiceCare of the Piedmont is a non-profit community hospice serving Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick and Saluda counties. Their mission is to “Enhance life at the end of life”. This year, APC provided $500 in financial support for the Hospice House operated by HospiceCare of the Piedmont in Greenwood. In addition, members have donated personal care items and food snacks to be used by families there.

Joy Gift Offering

We collected $385 for the Christmas Joy Gift in December to help retired Presbyterian clergy and staff, and to support racial ethnic education.

Mary’s Closet

Mary’s Closet is a project that provides school supplies to support Abbeville County teachers in the classroom. APC members donate school supplies (wood pencils and dry erase markers) each month.

Missions Week

MEC held Missions Week in October; our theme was “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” from Matthew 5:16. Our guest speakers included Lyn and Vicki Sloop from the Luz Project in Brazil, and Nancy Corley, CEO, and Susan Harris, Director of Volunteer Services, from HospiceCare of the Piedmont. MEC donated $150 to the Sloops, and APC members raised $183 for Hospice through a soup supper on Wonder Filled Wednesday.

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

Through this offering, Presbyterians join with millions of other Christians to support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development. We collected $498 during the Easter season. The offering was distributed among the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Self-Development of People.

Peacemaking Offering

This offering is used to support the efforts of Presbyterians throughout the world to work for justice and peace. We collected $95 on World Communion Sunday in October.

Presbyterian Women

PW supports a wide variety of mission projects throughout the year: a child at Thornwell Home in Clinton, toiletry items for residents of Faith Home in Abbeville, and Christmas gifts for residents of the Presbyterian Home and for children at Thornwell.
Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina The Mother’s Day Offering is used to help residents of the Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina. We collected $470 for this offering. Our congregation also provided special gifts at Christmas for the residents of the Presbyterian Home in Clinton.

Relay for Life

APC donated $100 to the Relay for Life fundraiser.

Souper Bowl Offering

The Youth collected $350 on February 5 for UCMAC.

Special Family Support

APC and individual members of the congregation provided about $1,400 assistance for two families with special needs this year. This assistance included furniture donated through Habitat, driver’s license fees, medical bills, washing machine, utilities, and Christmas gift Bibles and study books.

Sunday School Classes

Throughout the year, all Sunday School classes collected money to support various projects—DSS foster children, Meals on Wheels UCMAC, Hope for Kidz (Haiti), Rwanda orphan children, and Thornwell.

Thornwell Home Offering

This offering is collected annually to help provide for the children at Thornwell Home. APC had Louise Cooper from Thornwell as a guest speaker for Sunday School in November, and then collected $358 for the offering in November. We also donated Christmas gifts for the children at Thornwell.

Tracy Jackson Summer Program

This program provides meals and activities for children in Abbeville and parts of Anderson Counties between June and August. Several APC members were involved in preparing meals.

Trinity Sudan Ministry

This ministry provides education and health support for the people of South Sudan. APC has designated this project for ongoing support, and donated $600 in 2014.

Turk’s Ministry in Madagascar

Dr. Dan and Elizabeth Turk are Presbyterian missionaries serving in Madagascar through the Church of Jesus Christ (FJKM). Dan has a background in forestry; Elizabeth is a nurse with a specialty in public health. We provided $1,200 in 2014 to support the Turks in Madagascar.

United Christian Ministry of Abbeville County

UCMAC is the crisis ministry of the churches of Abbeville County; they provide food, medical care, and emergency funds for qualified county residents. This year we donated $1,200 to UCMAC from church mission funds, plus $245 from the Souper Bowl Offering . We also donate canned fruit each month for the Food Pantry. In addition, members served as volunteers for the Crisis Ministry and the Free Clinic.

Unified Giving, PC(USA)

Unified Giving refers to money sent to Trinity Presbytery, Synod of the South Atlantic, and the General Assembly Mission Council to support ongoing mission and ministry programs. In 2014 we donated $8,000.

Village Health Worker Project

The VHW Project is run through Volunteers in Medical Missions to use local workers to provide very basic medical care for villages in Honduras with no other access to doctors or clinics. In 2014, APC donated $600 to help fund this program.
Volunteers in Medical Missions VIMM is an interdenominational Christian medical group whose purpose is to show Christ’s love by providing medical care to the poorest of the poor. We provided $1,200 this year to support VIMM’s operating budget. Two church members went on a mission trip to Honduras in 2014, and one member serves on the VIMM Board.
Youth Mission Activities APC Youth helped with trash pick-up for Abbeville, and completed a summer mission trip to the Raleigh Youth Mission. On this trip they served at the Shepherds’ Table soup kitchen, sorted clothes for a women’s support center, painted furniture for an alcohol and drug recovery center, and distributed meals for the homeless served by a Disciples of Christ Church.

Special Events/Offerings/Donations

Church members have supported the Abbeville Community with special projects throughout the year, including cemetery clean-up on Martin Luther King Day of Service, offering transportation for grocery shopping, and picking up roadside litter.