PRAYER AND CARE

In worship, we not only name our longings in prayer, but also listen for how we might participate actively in bringing about the good for which we long and pray. The LINK Bulletin Insert and VFPC email Prayer Chain help us pray for and support each other. 

 

The Board of Deacons stays in contact with every member of the congregation in hoping to learn of any struggles, concerns or needs.  The Deacon Fund and Pastor’s Discretionary Fund are used collaboratively in order to meet the emergent needs of people as an expression of our graceful care of each other.

 

 

GOD'S LOVE IN ACTION: SERVING TOGETHER

 

AGAPE love, which Jesus taught was at the core of a life that is good and true, is not simply a passive attitude of tolerance or concern.  AGAPE love is an intentionality to promote the well-being of another regardless of merit and without any expectation of anything in return.  All are welcome to participate in any of the following Love in Action opportunities (more details TBA):

 

10/14/17: Meals on Wheels Holiday Gifts

11/11/17: Leaf Raking – Location TBD!

12/09/17: Manor Care Caroling and Cards

02/10/18: Norristown Hospitality Center

04/14/18: Narenj Tree Donation Center

06/10/18: VFPC Summer Lunch Collection

 

 

PARTICIPATING IN GOD'S GOOD BY DOING

 

VFPC Community Garden: In response to a growing awareness of food insufficiency in our local area, the VFPC Community Garden found its humble beginnings in the Spring of 2017.  The vegetables grown in our raised beds will be free to glean by community members in need, and whatever is not gleaned will be donated to local mission partners who serve the hungry.  We hope and pray for our garden to grow in size and impact in the years ahead.

 

Summer Lunch Bunch Program: This partnership between VFPC, Upper Merion School District, and Upper Merion Emergency Aid was launched in the late Spring of 2017. In this initial phase of our partnership, we held a food drive that provided for a one-time donation of full grocery bags to more than 100 families with children on free or reduced lunches at UMSD schools. We hope and pray that our partnership and efforts grow so that we might become a regular resource to the food insufficient families in our district.

 

Souper Bowl of Caring: The children and youth of VFPC participate in this annual food drive, which helps to stock local food pantries. 

 

VFPC Flea Market: VFPC hosts an annual Flea Market in our Fellowship Hall to raise money for various mission efforts.  The next VFPC Flea Market will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018.  The mission partner beneficiary is TBD.

 

VFPC Chili Cookoff: VFPC host an annual community Chili Cook-off.  This is an evening of community fun, and a means of raising raise funds and awareness for various mission efforts.  In 2017, the Chili Cook-off raised more than $500 for Alex's Lemonade Stand.

 

Children's Shower: The VFPC Deacons host an annual Children's Shower in late Spring, during which infant and children clothing and goods are collected for donation to The Village (more info on The Village below). 

 

Annual School Supplies Drive: The VFPC Deacons conduct an annual school supplies drive, which benefits two of our mission partners: The Village and Upper Merion Emergency Aid (more info on these mission partners below).  

 

Operation Christmas Child: The VFPC Deacons conduct an annual OCC drive so that boxes full of goodies, toys and supplies can be distributed worldwide to children in need.

 

Mission Trips: VFPC has a history of sending youth and adult teams on short-term domestic mission trips. Also, 3 VFPC members traveled to Zambia with a Mission Team representing several Presbytery of Philadelphia churches

 

 

VFPC SUPPORTED PARTNERS DOING GOD'S GOOD WORK

 

Philadelphia Presbytery: In 2017, VFPC participated in the Philadelphia Presbytery's 300th Anniversary Campaign, which sought to raise $300,000 to be split among eight local organizations who are working to educate and mentor at-risk children and youth, and to help disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.  Learn more here.

The Village: The Village works with children, families and communities impacted by trauma to support healing and resilience, to encourage hope and to empower them to realize their greatest potential.  They offer residential and outpatient treatment, group living, and supervised independent living.  Learn more here.

Laurel House: Laurel House is a comprehensive domestic violence agency, providing direct services throughout Montgomery County, as well as preventative education for students, specialized trainings for professionals, and awareness events for community members. Learn more here.

Norristown Hospitality Center: The NHC provides basic needs and social services to empower those experiencing homelessness and poverty. It was created from true and simple love for people. It is a home during the day for anyone who otherwise would be left hungry, weary or living on the streets.  Learn more here.

Interfaith Hospitality Network: The Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line provides a caring and positive environment for homeless families and their children while they design and implement a plan to break the cycle of homelessness in their lives. Learn more here

Upper Merion Emergency Aid: UMEA is a nonprofit aid organization serving the Upper Merion, Montgomery County, Pa. area. Their work includes four major food giveaways, an annual Adopt A Family Holiday Program, a back to school shoe/school supplies give away, and emergency assistance to families in need.  Learn more here.

Interfaith Food Pantry: VFPC is one of seventeen sister congregations that supports the Community Interfaith Food Pantry ministry of Grace Lutheran Church in Norristown.  Learn more here.

West Kensington Ministries: West Kensington Ministries provides after school programs and mentoring to youth in West Kensington who are at risk or already involved in the justice system. Learn more here

Neighborhood Meals on Wheels: VFPC supports and nests the local office of Neighborhood Meals on Wheels, which provides meals to to the elderly, homebound, and those who may be recuperating following a hospital or rehabilitation stay.  Learn more here

 

Charles and Melissa Johnson: VFPC is a supporting partner of Missionaries to Zambia, Charles and Melissa Johnson.  They have been invited to help the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod expand its holistic ministry of community development, food security and improved health.  Learn more here

One Great Hour of Sharing: OGHS is a worldwide effort to empower, provide water, supply food, and give relief from disasters.  They currently have projects at work in more than 100 nations of the world.  VFPC participates in an annual fund and awareness raising season for the sake of OGHS.  Learn more here

 

Sharing Space with those in Recovery: VFPC is honored and grateful to share space in support of recovery efforts.  An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting gathers here Wednesdays at noon and a Narcotics Anonymous meeting gathers here Fridays at 7pm.  Learn more here and here

 

 

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