Mission: In Service to Others
APC Mission Council: Mission Opportunities
Mission Council activities reflect a growing focus on support that is both financial and hands-on. The Council believes that hands-on mission helps us develop a sense of partnership with the ministries we support, promotes social and intergenerational interaction among APC members and, most importantly, makes a substantial difference in the lives of the people we touch. To participate in any of these mission opportunities, please contact a member of Mission Council or call the Church Office at 215-887-4530. If you would like to listen to a short broadcast about West Kensington Ministries, click this link.
Yellow pew envelopes can be used at any time for contributions to support any part of APC's mission work. Simply mark the envelope with the name of the cause and put it into the offering plate.
Special Offerings Received by the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Christmas Joy Offering: Received the Sunday before Christmas
50% distributed to the Board of Pensions
- Assistance programs that provide support to church workers & their families.
50% to National Ministries Division of the General Assembly Council
- Supports eight Presbyterian related racial ethnic schools and colleges.
One Great Hour of Sharing: Collected during Lent and offered on Easter Sunday
$11,378.98 was donated by generous contributions from the congregation during 2011.
36% for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Programs:
- Disaster response
- Refugee assistance
- Homelessness and affordable housing
32% for Presbyterian Hunger Programs:
- Ministries that work to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes
32% for Self-development of People
- Partnerships with groups of people who are oppressed by poverty and & social systems
Outreach Programs that Mission Council supports with your mission dollars.
Presbyterian Children's Village.
Presbyterian Women from churches throughout Philadelphia founded Presbyterian Children's Village as an orphanage in 1877. While programs have changed during the years as the needs of children have changed, its mission has remained the same-to heal the spirits of children, families and communities broken by violence, addiction, poverty, mental illness, racism and other serious social problems. Today, PCV serves more than 2,000 children and their families annually through a variety of child welfare, behavioral health and educational programming.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
Thousands of people face real disasters every day. The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) program enables congregations of PC(USA) to witness the healing love of Christ by caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. Church World Service (CWS) and Action by Churches Together (ACT) provide rapid response to disaster events worldwide. Supporting these organizations allows us to work together, affirming our unity in times of disaster. We have sent mission dollars to Iran, Haiti, Liberia, the Sudan and the Belsan school tragedy in Russia. We collected toys and sent them to the Iraqi children and purchased games for the mentally challenged at the Abington Consumer Center. We have given mission dollars to Florida for relief from the 2004 Hurricane damage and to Illinois after tornados struck the area, and now we are giving to PDA for the Hurricane Katrina emergency.
Meditation Network for Northern Ireland
Letters from Doug Baker, our PC (USA) missionary with the Mediation Network for Northern Ireland, helped us understand the peacemaking ministry he is involved with as a member of the Partners in Transformation team. He writes, "As we go through yet another period of political wrangling in the 'start and stop' peace process in Northern Ireland, we are grateful for the faithful financial and prayer support of congregations like your own in the U.S. that sustain our ministry here."
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things, God may be praised through Jesus Christ. I Peter 4:10-11.
APC Hands-On Mission
Citizens and Police Together is a volunteer multigenerational organization that raises money to fund grants to the Abington community involved in educational, anti-drug and anti-violence projects. APC members have teamed up with C.A.P.T. by serving on committees, donating funds for Christmas presents, and assisting those members of the Abington community in need.
Interfaith Housing Alliance
Interfaith Housing Alliance provides hands-on mission opportunities for volunteers to assist local families who find themselves temporarily homeless. APC collaborates with Supplee Presbyterian Church in Ambler to provide meals to these individuals during the month of December. Teams of volunteers prepare dinners, provide childcare, and/or stay overnight at Supplee. This is a wonderful opportunity to feel the joy of giving to others during their time of need.
West Kensington Ministry at Norris Square (WKM)
West Kensington Ministry at Norris Square is a bilingual (Spanish/English) Missional Faith Community in the Philadelphia Presbytery.. It is an urban ministry led by the Reverend Adan Mairena.
WKM provides weekly Sunday worship and Wednesday evening Bible study to the West Kensington community.
On Friday nights, area youth participate in "Open Mic", an opportunity for youth to meet in a safe environment and share their talents on stage.
Sunday evenings are, "Sunday Supper" nights where up to 40 people participate as families in a unique learning program. Families sit together in family units to have a hot meal and interact around "the family dinner table". After dinner they are taught about nutrition and how to prepare the dinner they just had. At the end of the evening they are given a market basket of the ingredients needed to prepare the dinner at home. The purpose of this program is to promote healthy eating habits and stronger family bonds.
WKM has filled a faith void in the local community and is growing. WKM provides the opportunity for the people of West Kensington to take a faith journey together… to explore what it means to follow Jesus Christ by action as well as belief.
APC has provided help at work days where we have cleaned up and repaired the church. We have members serving on WKM's Ministry Oversight Council. We provide financial assistance for worship, activities and property maintenance and improvement.
If you would like to know more about this exciting ministry, click this link.
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:3-4
Abington Presbyterian Church Mission Council Members
- Chad Pilling, chair
- Lisa Goetz-Spitko
- Georgene Pilling
- Joyce McCormick
- Joe Porter
- Bill Miller
- Ruth Miller
- Jean Coe
- Alan Keiter
- Jack Waters