The Mission Committee (MC) plays a major role in the missional life of the Potomac Presbyterian Church and caring for all with faith, hope, and love. The MC identifies local organizations and charities that organize activities to serve the needy. All PPC members are encouraged to participate in these activities. The MC also identifies charities and organizations that serve the needy at the local, national, and global level for consideration of support with PPC funds. The MC is composed of Elsie Reid, Linda Knowles, Louise Plumb, Denise Pierson, Gayle Goff, Tom Hougen, Alex Shalaby, Julie McMahon, Hyun Lee, Kay Norvell, and John Norvell (chair). Pastors Emily D’Andrea and Chris McCauliffe provide guidance to the MC, which meets regularly throughout the year.
This year the committee has supported a drive to ask church members to write thank you notes to essential workers at Children’s Hospital during the pandemic. The MC also collected items for hygiene bags distributed by Kind Works to needy families in the area and collected school supplies for children served by Interfaith Works. For several months members collected food supplies for Nourish Now for needy families.
In 2020, the PPC MC has provided financial support for the following local charities: Interfaith Works, Stepping Stones Shelter, Rainbow Place, Manna Food, Mobile Med, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Nourish Now and the Wider Circle.
During the upcoming Christmas holidays, MC members will again ask the congregation to supply toiletry items for the Empowerment Center in Silver Spring and Christmas gifts for the children of Interfaith Works’ projects.
Other projects that have been supported in past years will be supported in 2020 if funds are available: students from Princeton Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary, PCUSA missionaries Jeremy and Luta Garbat-Welch in Malawi, Hands Along the Nile in Egypt, Caritas Por Cristo medical mission project in Ecuador, and provide scholarships for five children in Quito, Ecuador.
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