Northminster members have been really busy and generous over the past few months (as usual).
You have donated many backpacks (I lost count) with school supplies to Dyer Kelly in the fall.
In November and December 2015 you have brought in at least 100 coats for those kids and now you have
responded once again with gifts for Christmas for nearly 100 needy children who may ONLY get that one gift.
On a Friday evening in December 2015 about 20 volunteers from our church converged on Dyer
Kelly School to assist with the Annual Family Winter Craft Night there. We organized 5 craft stations
and the school planned 3 crafts. Children and families enjoyed doing the crafts along with a visit from Santa with photos.
In addition to our ministry to Dyer Kelly, you have donated generously each first Sunday to some mission project around the world.
A ministry that is new to NPC is Family Promise. We partnered with Bethany Presbyterian in April when they were a host church
providing an evening meal, sleeping space, showers, and breakfast. Our church helped in whatever ways we were able.
A very successful ministry we have ongoing is our Blessing Bags for the homeless. The items in the bags are expensive
to purchase, so if you could donate some items from your hotel stays over the Holidays (shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, etc.)
that would help. You have really been passing out these bags. Keep up the good work. For a list of supplies to donate,
talk to a committee member or check out a bag.
Watch for another project coming possibly in February, a benefit concert, held here at church. Date, time, recipient of the donation to be announced.
Thank you to the good people of Northminster for your support!
Our Mission Co-workers
Jeremy and Luta Garbat-Welch
They are based in Malawi but Luta also works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Ethiopia, South Sudan and Zambia as a community health facilitator. She helps African
partners develop sustainable community health programs. Jeremy, a clinically trained
hospital chaplain, shares his expertise with Presbyterian clergy in Malawi.
Living and working in these African countries in these times is not easy. The Garbat-Welches have asked
for our financial support and especially our prayer support. Luta has written "We are blessed each time
we see the various ways people support us, and it helps us know we are not alone.”
Luta, who grew up in Africa as the daughter of Presbyterian mission co-workers, sensed a call at the age
of 7 to “love the least of these” as a mission co-worker.
“As I grew up and experienced new things and new ideas this call was further clarified in bringing health
and wholeness to individuals and communities,” she says. “This led to a degree in public health.”
Jeremy felt a tug toward long-term mission service while working in Cameroon.
“I heard God calling me to serve as a hospital chaplain and to help train chaplains in countries where seminaries do
not generally offer such courses,” Jeremy says.
As the son of missionaries in Africa, Jeremy, like Luta, experienced the continent as a child. “While we have always
been open to wherever God would lead us in mission, we have always felt our gifts have been shaped by and for the work in Africa.” Jeremy observes.
As Africa Community Health Facilitator, Luta Garbat-Welch advises partners on community health and development programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Ethiopia, Malawi, South Sudan, and Zambia. She promotes the development of Community Health Evangelism programs, an initiative
that brings people together around priorities of evangelism, community health, and discipleship.
From her home base in Malawi, Luta makes periodic visits to the other four countries and helps partners in each country learn from one another.
Her duties include a special focus on the health ministries of Malawi’s Synod of Livingstonia, helping the synod with
organizational development and the implementation of its strategic plan.
Jeremy is a trained chaplain and is using his skills with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian which has expressed great interest in chaplaincy training.
We were privileged to have the Garbat-Welches visit us in the Spring of 2016 and were impressed with kind of people
they are and the kind of work they are doing. They are currently staying with family in Southern California pending Luta's delivery of their second child.
For more information on our Mission Co-Workers go to:
Presbyterian Mission Connections
BROWN BAG PROGRAM
Bag Program supplies surplus food to seniors and handicapped
individuals who qualify. All applicants must pre-register
to receive this benefit. The food items are delivered
by the California Food Link and donated by members
of our congregation.
Each month we give food bags to 65-75 families on
average. We know
we make a difference in so many lives, and we would
love you to be a part of it!
Our Brown Bag ministry
is designed to help meet the nourishment needs of financially
burdened senior citizens and handicapped individuals.
We offer a full bag or box of non-perishable items (items
vary by month); they may include dry pastas, rice, beans,
canned foods and sauces, and when available, we include
bread, produce, dairy products, and paper products.
Who Qualifies: SSI
or lower income seniors (65 or older), handicapped individuals
30 years or older. All new individuals registering
will be placed on a waiting list until resources become
2nd Wednesday of each month from 10AM - 12PM
(Volunteers meet at 9:30AM to bag the food for distribution.)
Help Needed: If you
are interested in becoming a volunteer for this mission,
please contact the church office for more information.
Donations Needed: Non-perishable
food, preferably canned items, paper products, and any
monetary donation to help with distribution.
DYER KELLY SCHOOL
Aid is being provided
in many ways to help the students in this neighborhood
school as we offer our services to a neighbor
in need. Many of the children that attend the Dyer Kelly
School are lower income. Northminster provides aid in
a multitude of ways to both the school and the children
that attend. We provide food supplies to help the children.
This program is called our Friday Back Pack Program;
it provides children with food to help them over the
weekends when food is not as readily available as it
is on school days.
We also conduct a
sock drive in the fall that begins in August. Many of
these needy children have worn socks or no socks at
all. Our sock drive raises both donated socks and monetary
funds to purchase socks for the children. Often times
our socks are the only socks these children will receive
through the year.
Another program Northminster
is deeply involved in for the children at Dyer Kelly
School is our Christmas Gift Program. Northminster collects,
purchases and puts together 40-50 Christmas Baskets
per year for families of the children of Dyer Kelly
Elementary, to both aid in food supplies during the
Christmas week as well as provide the children in the
home with a little toy, book, or gift of some sort.
Who Qualifies: Children
and families of children that attend Dyer Kelly Elementary
Presbyterian Church - Hunger Committee
Help Needed: If you
are interested in becoming a volunteer for this mission
outreach, please contact the church office for more
Donations Needed: Peanut
Butter, Jelly, Bread, Milk, are all needed for the back
pack program, as well as socks (youth size), toys, books,
mittens, scarf's, etc... And of course any monetary
donation to help with distribution, purchase of goods
Northminster partners with Bethany Presbyterian church as part of Family Promise’s program to
provide food and shelter for homeless families. Bethany has the space needed but due to the
size and age of their congregation, they do not have many people to spend a night with the families.
They can also need help with meal preparation. Northminster will be working with Bethany again the week of October 9.
Family Promise, according to their mission statement, "helps homeless families achieve self-sufficiency and regain a
home for themselves and their children through an interfaith hospitality network of diverse faith communities”.
Family Promise takes four families at a time and puts them up overnight in houses of worship. They work with them
to help them stabilize their lives and get into permanent housing as part of this they offer preschool for working
parents and parental education. They also assist in finding employment for parents. These families are carefully
screened to select people who do not have drug or other problems that might prevent them achieving self-sufficiency.
One adult must be working and 50% of the earnings must be saved toward first month's rent and a deposit.
These are not your stereotypical mentally ill or substance addicted homeless people. They are ordinary people who
for one reason or another find themselves homeless. This has happened to people in our congregation who fortunately
had family who could help them. The first time Mars and Mayre stayed at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral some of the
Trinity youth were there to play with the homeless kids. They found they could not tell who was homeless and who
was from Trinity until the Trinity kids left.
Staying overnight just requires someone who will come in the evening and get people off in the morning, but it much
more rewarding to come in time for dinner and have a chance to actually meet some of the people. This can be two adults,
or it can be a family.
People who are uneasy about spending the night or having their kids exposed to homeless people should consider
just coming for dinner to better understand the kind of people Family Promise helps.
Although the biggest need is for people who can stay overnight, there are things that can be done to help Family
Promise besides preparing meals and staying overnight. The Quilters have donated quilts which are works of art and
wonderful for people who’ve lost nearly everything.
Homelessness is a major problem in our community and in our nation, and homeless families are just a part of the problem.
This program will not solve the problem, but it will help.
In April, Bobbie Price, Linda Wolfe, Robert and Susan Tierney served supper and enjoyed the company of the guests,
while Mars and Mayre Burnside were the chaperones for an overnight stay the next night.
Talk to Mars or Mayre Burnside for more information. They have stayed with families five times over the past year.
One of the families had a child who is a student at Dyer Kelly, the school Northminster supports. For more information
on Family Promise in general go to sacfamilypromise.org.
If you can spend a night with Family Promise families during the week of October 9, can help with meal preparation,
want to come for supper, or just want more information, call Mars Burnside (916) 838 2501 or talk to him or Mayre after church.
The members of the Hunger committee
sponsors our weekly Harvest Table, annual Crop Walk,
a Heifer Project International-emphasis event and other
projects that remind the congregation that not all have
enough to eat. This group meets the 2nd Sunday of
each month at 8:45AM.
gardeners may drop off fresh produce from their gardens
and orchards before church at the harvest tables on
the patio. People may purchase this produce, by
donation, before or after church. The money and
any remaining produce is donated to a local food closet.
Just 2 cents a meal
will go an amazingly long way in benefiting someone
who is hungry.
Our coin donations support the Presbyterian Hunger Program
in our community, nationally and globally!
is dedicated to the principle that if you give a person
a fish, he eats for a day, teach a person to fish and
you feed him for a lifetime. We celebrate our Heifer
Sunday in May and provide families with livestock
to truly enable them to sustain their family.
Each Christmas our Hunger
Committee with the help of the Youth of our Church creates
over 50 baskets that we deliver to families in the area
that need a hand during the holidays. It is an incredibly
moving morning, and to many of our members, sharing
the baskets is about as close as one can get to the
true meaning of Christmas. You can find out more, and
see how you can help by reading about our
Dyer Kelly Outreach efforts.
They say that walking in someone
else’s moccasins helps you to truly understand their
life. Walking a 5 K to feed a stranger is yet another
way. Every Fall we have a team from Northminster that
dons our walking shoes for CROP.
Our Youth have made it a tradition to serve during