Social Ministry and Mission
|Visit the Missions table in the patio on Sunday mornings to learn more about the various ministry outreach opportunities.|
|Around the corner…….|
|WPC Winter Shelter (and year-round meals)||
The WPC Community Outreach Center opens its doors every Wednesday to offer hot meals, compassion and encouragement to the homeless in the Conejo Valley community. December through March, a place to sleep and shower is also provided. Outreach is to the working poor and the unemployed; to singles and families of all ages.|
What can I do? Help with meals the first Wednesday of every month; be a supply coordinator; be a sleepover host; donate needed supplies. Help is needed in many areas.
WPC Contact: Katie Menees, Linda Fritz, Julie Mohr
|Westminster Free Clinic||
Westminster Free Clinic, Founded at WPC (now located at United Methodist Church, 1000 E. Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks), the Free Clinic provides medical screening, referrals, health care and education, and a licensed pharmacy. The Clinic sponsors an intern program for teens interested in a medical career (highly competitive application process; preference given to WPC youth).|
What can I do? Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals needed. Clerical support needed. Or, provide snacks for clients on Wednesday evenings.
WPC Contact: Cindy Vinson for clinic opportunities; Linda Hamilton for Wednesday night snacks.
For more information: www.westminsterclinic.org
|ACTION (Area Christians Taking Initiative on Need)||
ACTION’s mission is to challenge and mobilize the Christian community to live out their faith through compassionate acts of service and love toward others. |
What can I do? Take part in ACTION Serve Day (annual event first Saturday of June) or contact ACTION representatives for work projects.
WPC Contacts: Bill Evarts, Kathy Behling
For further information: www.actionvc.org
Through Lutheran Social Services, WPC helps provide needy residents of the Conejo Valley with all the makings of a Thanksgiving dinner.
What can I do: Collect food items, assemble and deliver baskets each November.
WPC Contact: Ron & Paula Kissell
For more information:
|Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County||
Habitat for Humanity provides affordable housing for local families, who also participate in the construction of their new home.|
What can I do? Provide hands-on assistance in building a home (no experience necessary).
WPC Contact: Don Miller
For more information: www.habitatventura.org
Located in Thousand Oaks, Manna is the food pantry for the Conejo Valley. It exists because of caring people at churches, clubs and businesses. Manna accepts non-perishable food as well as personal care items (no liquor or medicines). Locally grown produce is also gratefully accepted with advance notice.|
What can I do? Donate food and personal care items every week at WPC; the Manna box is located in the Narthex.
WPC Contact: Sheryl Brownfield, Carla Broussard
|Prayer Shawl Ministry||
Those who enjoy knitting and crocheting gather to create shawls, given with a blessing as WPC gifts to new parents and anyone who is ill or in need of comfort. |
What can I do? Knit shawls twice monthly with others; or donate supplies. Experienced prayer shawl members are happy to teach this craft to beginners.
WPC Contact: Cathy Howell
The Christmas Giving Tree involves the collection of practical holiday gifts for local needy families.|
What can I do? Assist in organizing this annual gift drive.
WPC Contact: Brenda Ruckstuhl
The Bos Scholarships were founded in 1993, Dr. Bos' 25th year as pastor of WPC. The Robert C. Bos Seminary Education Scholarship is designated for students hoping to enter the pastoral ministry.|
The Carole Hoffs Bos Teacher Education Scholarship is awarded to students in the field of education.
All previous Bos Scholarship recipients are recognized on a plaque that hangs in the narthex.
Completed applications must be received by the Bos Scholarship Committee in WPC's office by April 15 each year. Download Application for both scholarships.
WPC Contact: John Folkeson or Cathy Howell
|A little further around the corner…….|
Located in Oxnard, the Lighthouse is a faith-based rescue mission that provides life recovery programs for women and children and a safe harbor emergency shelter.|
What can I do?: Meet with others from WPC who are involved in fundraising, providing needed items, and visiting.
WPC Contacts: Judy Dobrowski & Gayle Fish
For more information: www.erescuemission.com
|World Impact: Los Angeles Christian School & Watts Christian Health Center||
World Impact ministers to the underserved in the inner city. WPC supports the missionary school principal and the director of the health center. |
What can I do? Volunteer at Los Angeles Christian School or the Sonshine thrift store; donate furniture and clothing. Watts Clinic needs volunteer medical personnel.
WPC Contact: Linda Hamilton
For more information: www.worldimpact.org and www.tumi.org
|Around the World…….|
|Plant With Purpose||
This Christian non-profit is working to reverse deforestation and poverty in the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor. "We teach, we plant, we create enterprise, we share the gospel."|
What can I do? WPC sponsors the village of Cherident in Haiti, which is also the location of a Haiti Education Fund school and a Haiti Healthcare Partners clinic.
WPC Contact: Pastor Dick Thompson
For more information: www.plantwithpurpose.org
|Team World Vision||
This annual organized walk/run benefits World Visions efforts to provide clean water around the world.|
What can I do? Run, walk, or support a participant in this half-marathon or 5K each January.
WPC Contact: Pastor Jennifer Witten, Bruce Blumenthal
This organization packages and sends items to US military personnel around the world.|
What can I do?Contribute items and volunteer on "packing day".
WPC Contact: Judy Dobrowski
For more information: www.anysoldier.com
AMOR provides durable housing for families along the US/Mexico border.|
What can I do? Join a weekend build team on a trip to Tijuana.
WPC Contact: Paul Harris
For more information: www.amor.org
|Haiti Healthcare Partners||
This non-profit, started by WPC, supports a medical clinic outreach in the mountain village of Cherident. WPC also works in partnership with the Haiti Education Fund and Plant With Purpose, enriching the lives of the rural poor of the area.|
What can I do? Get involved with fundraising, visiting, and communicating the need.
WPC Contact: Ben Small
For more information: www.haitihealthcare.org
|Peace Child India||
Peace Child assists single parent families, AIDS orphans, and untouchables to become self-supporting through micro-loans, and also supports schools and libraries in Bangalore and Hyderabad.|
What can I do? Raise awareness of needs; help fundraise.Raise awareness of needs; help fundraise.
WPC Contact: Stacey McEnnan
|Baraka Foundation: Caring for Children in Need (Makobe, Kenya)||
Baraka helped build a home for AIDS orphans in Makobe, Kenya, and sponsored the drilling of a well to provide the village with clean water. The non-profit foundation continues to support children at the home, and has expanded to provide ongoing educational support as they transition to high school, trade schools and university.|
What can I do? Become a board member, join travel teams, support the foundation.
WPC Contact: Don Yunker
|Alternative Christmas Market||
Support all of the above missions, both local and international, with meaningful “gifts” annually.|
What can I do? Volunteer to help with the Market; shop for gifts.
WPC Contact: Stacey McEnnan, Ruth Grey
THANK YOU for shopping with us!!
|Turkey: Ken and Norita Erickson/Kifas Wheelchairs||
Ken and Norita Erickson's "tentmaker" ministry in Turkey includes a wheelchair factory called Kifas ('Peter' in Turkish), a mercy ministry to the disabled population.|
What can I do? Become involved in a prayer group that meets once a month.
WPC Contact: Suzanne Thompson
For more information: www.friendsofkardelen.com
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