MISSION SUPPORT MINISTRY GROUP PRIORITIES
The Mission Support Ministry Group has four priorities to address: Presbyterian World Mission support and promotion, Ecumenical and Interfaith Mission & Ethnic Concerns, support of Presbyterian Peacemaking, and of to enable local and regional mission. These areas often over-lap within the programs the committee supports. When the group considers its grant applications for funding, its priorities are considered. The following examples of Mission Support's financial or activity support were the fruits of the 2018 program year:
Presbyterian World Mission Mission Support actively supports its denominations' Mission Agency programs and mission partners through promoting the Agency's basic annual offerings:
- ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING- For P.D.A., hunger alleviation, and the development of peoples.
- THE PENTACOST OFFERING- to benefit children and youth.
- PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS- to address poverty's root causes and promote peaceful solutions.
- CHRISTMAS JOY- to benefit needs of retired church workers and PC(USA) schools
In partnership with the Mission Agency's Hunger Program, Mission Support's designated Hunger Action Advocate (HAA) engaged congregations in hunger awareness and alleviation and promoted the initiatives and programs of the denomination. (See local and regional grants exampled below.)
As an example of direct assistance to PC(USA) foreign mission worker's local programs, Mission Support paid the transportation costs for 10 Guatemalan women to attend a women's conference organized by the local PC(USA) mission worker.
Links to PC(USA) World Mission Agency and its programs are reached via www.presbyterianmission.org.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministry & Ethnic Concerns
- Greater Sacramento Interfaith Council
- Financial support of the Ethnic Concerns Consultation, a joint presbytery project that designs and holds an annual consultation gathering at Lake Tahoe in the fall.
Advocacy Wider Direct Mission Support
- Budget contribution to the "IMPACT!" office of the California Council of Churches.
- Grant support enabled students in the Cal-Aggie House program (U.C. Davis) to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington D.C.
- A member of Presbytery was helped attend a fact-finding event at the California/Mexico border.
- Mission Support held best practices advocacy training in the spring and looks forward to holding another in 2019.
Local and Regional Mission Mission Support has various local mission partners that receive support through its grant program. From 2018:
- Cents-Ability Grants: $7,000 total to five churches for their local program support of church food-pantry, homeless shelter meals, a church weekly grocery distribution, a regional food bank partner, and church meal outreach programs.
- Youth Mission Trip: To participate in a Sierra Service project in rural Northern California.
- Direct program assistance under a 7-year grant for a church's multi-cultural community residency program that includes coming alongside immigrant and refugee groups.
- A delegate to the Presbytery Women's gathering was funded on a separate P.D.A training course to learn how to train groups for disaster preparedness (She is available to train churches in 2019.)
Wider Direct Mission Support Mission Support's grant program enabled the following hands-on mission trip experiences and accomplishments:
- Youth Mission
- A school was built in Honduras.
- Needed facility repairs of a rural Alaskan church were done and the team led Vacation Bible School.
- Adult Mission
- A talented musician of our presbytery led a composition class in Guatemala for musicians there to compose new worship music sung in native (non-Spanish) language. The grant covered the cost of the ending concert.
- Three persons were able to participate in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship's Witness/Accompaniment program in Columbia.
Cents-ability (Two Cents a Meal)
Are you taking a Cents-ability Offering
in your church?
Just a can or jar on the meal tables reminds us of others who are hungry. The offering can be designated to the local food closet or community food relief program. A portion or all of the offering can go to the Sacramento Presbytery to provide grants for churches who need to supplement their existing efforts or new ideas to reach the hungry in their community. Applications for grants are available:
Cents-ability Grant Application
Mission & Ministry grants are available through the Presbytery of Sacramento's Mission Support Ministry Team and Synod of the Pacific's Mission Partnership. Available are the following with links to the application for each:Presbytery of Sacramento Mission Ministry Grant
Presbytery of Sacramento Mission Trip & Event Resource Handbook
Opportunity Fund Grant
Emerging Need Grant
Hilda V. Thompson Medical Ministry Grant