Outreach at JMPC

“Above All, love one another deeply, use whatever gift (you have) received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”      1 Peter 4:8-10

Assist in a Mission Project

We are active with many Mission activities at JMPC. Here are some few ideas:
  • If you have 1 day: Volunteer for Produce to People or World Vision
  • If you have 1 day per month: Help out with SHIM, make a meal for Kid’s Club or Family Promise
  • If you have 1 day per week: Volunteer with SHIM, help out with a youth activity, be a regular at Kid’s Club, or use your gardening talents in our SHIM garden
  • Consider going on a JMPC-sponsored Mission Trip

JMPC Outreach News

World Vision

World Vision: On May 14, a group of volunteers from JMPC will travel to World Vision in Sewickley to work in their clothing warehouse. Anyone over 16 years of age who is vaccinated is invited to join us. The work is easy and it’s a good chance to get to know other members of JMPC while helping needy people worldwide.
We will carpool from church around 8:15 AM and work until noon. We will then enjoy lunch together in a restaurant on our way home. Please sign up by emailing Carolyn Brow at worb5@comcast.net.


Imagination Library Outreach 2021

Duquesne Presbyterian church has decided to start the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Duquesne. This program will send every child in Duquesne a book each month from birth until they go to kindergarten. You can learn more about the program here:   
                         https://imaginationlibrary.com/
Pastor Judy has invited us to help in funding this program, which gets books to an under resourced community! There are a few ways to think about supporting this ministry. Twenty-five Dollars will support a child for 1 year. If you give $125 you would support a child with books until they get to kindergarten. Of course, any other amount will help support as well. The outreach pillar at JMPC has offered a $1,000 matching gift for the program. If JMPC members raise $1,000 Outreach will give an additional $1,000. This is an amazing program that tangibly will help kids now, and in their future! If you would like to donate send a check to JMPC and write Dolly in the memo section. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Matt. This is a great cause to support so spread the word and let’s get some books into the hands of kids!


SHIM Garden Update 2021

The SHIM Garden has been tilled and some early vegetables planted. The pandemic has not kept us from growing food for our neighbors in need. You can help us with this
worthwhile endeavor by:
Donating money. Please put “SHIM Garden” in the memo on your check.
Donating your time. We still need volunteers to help with the gardening.
Thank you to those who saved newspapers for the SHIM garden. We now have enough for this year
 
Contact Carolyn Brow to be placed on our email information list and we will contact you.
Last year over 15,000 pounds of produce was distributed at the three food pantries operated by SHIM.
We grew a significant portion of that in our garden behind the church.



SHIM Garden and Orchard

JMPC has a garden that produces food for the SHIM Food Bank. Like to garden? Join us to feed the hungry, while digging and weeding.

Mission Trips

International mission trips include those to Malawi and recently to Chiapas, Mexico through our partnership with Hebron International. Domestic mission trips often work through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and help those who have been struck by natural disaster rebuild their lives.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

VBS provides children from ages 3 through 6th grade a chance to hear, see, touch, and feel God’s love. Held in early June for 1/2 a day for an entire week, the program is open to the community. Volunteers are always needed to help in the classroom or work with crafts, music or recreation.

Christmas Affair

This craft fair is the largest fundraising event for missions supported by JMPC. In 2018, various missions were provided $11,400. This event has 26 years of success and continues to provide mission support all over the world.

Produce to People

Produce to People is a joint program with the Pittsburgh Food Bank. Three times a year, folks from JMPC join others on Pittsburgh’s Northside to distribute needed food to 400 – 500 individuals. This a great place to start your journey into Mission.
 

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization helping children, families, and their communities overcome poverty and injustice. A group of volunteers from JMPC will travels to World Vision in Sewickley, PA to work several times each year, The work is light and with many hands it will be even lighter.
 

Duquesne Presbyterian Partnership

JMPC participates in the Shared Blessing Store by donating home items and providing child birth classes with the Bond of Love.

Duquesne Kids Club

Members of JMPC travel to Duquesne for youth group with the younger kids of Duquesne. The evening sessions involve a Bible lesson, dinner and a fun recreation time. This provides the struggling Duquesne community with after school programs.

SHIM

South Hills Interfaith Movement is a local interfaith organization offering assistance to people in need. They offer food, clothing, and utility assistance, tutoring and day camp programs, counseling, and a variety of support groups. We do several collections for the food pantry during the year. They are always looking for volunteers!
 

JMPC Preschool

We offer a preschool for children ages three through five years old which provides a joyful place to learn, play and make new friends! See more information in the Preschool tab above.

Senior Retirement Home

Once a month we provide a full communion church service at a local retirement home. We provide music, prayers, a sermon and communion.

Adopt a Garden

The Building and Grounds team invites you and your family (or your organization) to adopt a garden for the year. We have many gardens (about 16) around the church that are in need of some tender loving care such as planting flowers, weeding, and watering. Each area is small in size, with lots of potential for color and design. Your commitment will be about four hours a month. Although you will sign up as individuals for a particular area, you could also team up with those around you to share watering and weeding efforts throughout the season. Sign up in the Narthex.
Any questions, please contact Pam Dobos: 412-833-3868 or dob914@aol.com.
 

Family Promise

We work with the Family Promise of Southwestern Pennsylvania organization the connects homeless children and families with a network of local congregations and the community focused on supporting families until they can return to sustainable independent lives in their own homes.
 
Family Promise of Southwestern PA serves families in need of housing. Families are a part of this support system for about 5 weeks and 72% ultimately successfully returned to housing. Our efforts at JMPC to serve these families in need have contributed to this vital local outreach program. JMPC hosts families, transports the families to and from our church and the Day Center in Crafton, stayed overnight at the church to ensure a safe home for these families and host dinners in fellowship with the families.

Malawi and South Sudan Partnership

JMPC has a sister church in Malawi, Africa, Chigumula CCAP. Over the past 20+ years many have traveled to Malawi to experience firsthand the hospitality of the “Warm Heart of Africa.” This partnership and been expanded and now includes supporting missionaries in South Sudan.

Open Table

Open Table’s draws together the community and relationship with churches in the Pittsburgh area to provide technical support, training, structure, process. Each Table is composed of a group of volunteers that make a year-long commitment to mentor, and encourager to change a young person’s life. Over the course of a year, the Table works together to set goals, foster accountability, and implement a plan to create change.

Sojourner House

Sojourner House is an organization that helps addicted mothers and their children. Presently we are collecting diapers and kitchen utensil items to support this ministry.