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
“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
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
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.
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
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.
Sometimes, just like
Linus from the Peanuts Cartoon, a warm blanket can make
you feel a whole lot more secure! Our knitters and crocheters
create beautiful lap robes and blankets for folks in
need. Our Linus outreach benefits over 80 different
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.
Back behind our Sanctuary
(we call it the back 40) lies our community garden,
a verdant sanctuary for our members and friends with
green thumbs! Each of our gardeners donates 10% of their
produce to our weekly harvest table, enabling the proceeds
to benefit our hunger programs. Spring and
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.
NORTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
ADULT MISSION TEAM
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.
YOUTH MISSION TRIP
Our Youth have made it a tradition to serve during
Spring Break every year at a
Presbyterian Mission. This year they
worked for River City Food Bank and
Nursery Crisis Center in South
Youth Mission Trip
River City Food Bank and Nursery Crisis
from the Sacramento Bee
Kudos to: Northminster Presbyterian Church
Accomplishment: 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
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.
ADULT MISSION TRIP
Each year, Northminster is committed to taking a dynamic
group of volunteers to serve for a week at a Presbyterian
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.
YOUTH MISSION 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.