Offering for Mission Co-workers

The Northminster Special Offering for September goes to help 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.”

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Meet our new Mission Partners in Africa

Jeremy & Luta Garbat-Welch

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 will advise partners on community health and development programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Sudan, and Zambia. She will promote 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 will make periodic visits to the other four countries and help 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 will be exploring opportunities to use his skills with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian which has expressed great interest in chaplaincy training.




Our Brown 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 available.

When: 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10AM - 12PM (Volunteers meet at 9:30AM to bag the food for distribution.)

Where: Northminster Presbyterian Church

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.




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 School.

When: All year-round

Where: Northminster 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 information.

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 and resources.


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.



Each Sunday, 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!

Heifer International 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. Join us!




Adult Mission Trip 2013KUDOS TO:

Helped rebuild homes destroyed or damaged by 2011 flooding in Minot, N.D.

Details:  On a seven day trip to Minot, the team worked on four homes.  Typical projects were gypsum wallboarding, taping, mudding sanding and texturing.  For the past seven years, teams from Northminster Presbyterian Church have helped rebuild homes under the direction of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program.


Our Youth have made it a tradition to serve during Spring Break every year at a Presbyterian Mission. This year they worked for Sacramento Food and Family Services and also hosted an Easter Luncheon for students of Dyer Kelly school and their families.


Youth Mission Trip
Sacramento Food and Family Services
April, 2014


APPLAUSE! from the Sacramento Bee

Kudos to: Northminster Presbyterian Church

Missions trip to Joplin MO, 2012Accomplishment: Members of church helped rebuild a home in Joplin, Mo., destroyed by tornado.

Details: The 13 members of the church on Pope Avenue in Arden Arcade did dry-walling and other work in one home and installed a bathroom in another. In the past five years, Northminster teams have helped rebuild 15 homes, churches and businesses damaged by flood and storms in New Orleans, Galveston, Texas, and Nashville, Tenn. They have tiled a church basement, installed floorboards and windows, added porches and painted.  

An Adult Mission Team (7 men and 6 women) from Northminster Presbyterian Church spent a week (April 14-21) in helping rebuild a home in Joplin, MO, destroyed after devastating tornadoes.  The team did all the sheetrocking, taping, mudding, sanding and some wiring in the home and also installed a complete bathroom at another home. 

In the last 5 years Northminster teams, under the direction of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program, have helped in rebuilding 15 homes, churches, and businesses destroyed by flood and storms in New Orleans, Galveston, and Nashville.  Projects have included tiling a church basement, installing floorboarding, putting in windows, adding porches, and painting. The volunteers pay their own way plus expenses.  Rebuilding structures and families are the goals.     

Each year, Northminster is committed to taking a dynamic group of volunteers to serve for a week at a Presbyterian Mission project.

This last year we helped rebuild 4 houses in Sliddell, Louisiana, a town on the north shore of Lake Ponchatrain outside New Orleans.

The devastation in New Orleans is still indescribable, and yet we know that we made a difference. We look forward to this years trip.


Our Youth have made it a tradition to serve at a Presbyterian Mission. Last year they painted a home for Miss Alma in New Orleans. This year they journeyed to the Navajo Nation in Arizona and painted a Church.



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