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Sacramento, CA 95821
Office: (916) 487-8259
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Mission

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 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 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 Sierra Arden Church in December 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.

Look for a newsletter from our missionaries in Milawi in the Northminster newsletter.

Thank you to the good people of Northminster for your support!

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For updates on the Northminster Missionaries, use the following link:
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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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For updates on the Northminster Missionaries, use the following link and click on the letters under their photo in the upper left: Presbyterian Mission Connections . Their letters are worth reading.
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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.

 


 

BROWN BAG PROGRAM

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.

 

 



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 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.
 

HUNGER COMMITTEE

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.

 

HARVEST TABLE

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.


CENTS- ABILITY
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 PROJECT
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.



CHRISTMAS BASKETS
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.


CROP WALK
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!
 


 


 

MISSION TRIPS


 

YOUTH MISSION
Our Youth have made it a tradition to serve during Spring Break.



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





 

 


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