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.
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):
10/13/18: Narenj Tree Donation Center: Gather in VFPC lot at 9:45am
11/11/18: West Kensington Ministries Worship and Go: Gather in VFPC lot 1pm, Brief worship at WK 2pm, food prep, distribute to homeless (older youth and adults only)
12/08/18: Manor Care Caroling and Cards: Gather VFPC Chapel 9:30am, prep cards and songs, Caroling 10:15-11am
01/19/19: MLK Community Volunteerism Fair: Details TBD
02/09/19: Neighborhood Family Fun Day: Welcome/meet/enjoy neighbors, Bouncehouse, snacks, etc.
04/??/19: Upper Merion Township Cleanup Day: Join our neighbors in beautifying our community, TBA
05/04/19: VFPC Annual Flea Market: Raise monies for our mission partners
05/11/19: Village Service Day: Help clean or complete a project for The Village, Pending - TBD
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.
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.
Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard: UMACC is a nonprofit community food pantry nested in the VFPC building that was launched as a partnership between VFPC, the UMA School District, and other members of the local faith and municipal communities. The UMACC provides food donations to the food insufficient residents within the bounds of the UMA School District. 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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