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Mission

We are committed to living God's Word, locally and globally, through a variety of projects that seek to serve the needs of others and build bridges with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We take seriously the New Testament affirmations that all of us are endowed by the Holy Spirit with skills and talents, and are called to use those gifts in ministry to others.  We encourage every member to discover their gifts and to find places both within the church and beyond where those talents can be put to work.

Here is just a sampling of the many projects in which Memorial Presbyterian Church members are involved:

  • Community Garden Project
    Begun 4 years ago, the garden produced over 8,000 pounds of vegetables in 2015, saving almost $20,000 for the St. Joseph Food Program! Over 28 volunteers combined for over 540 hours from mid-May through October to plant, care for, and harvest the crops. 
  • Fox Valley Warming Shelter
    In 2015, 57 MPC volunteers and several members of the youth group helped prepare and serve 12 evening meals. The volunteers spent over 174 hours at the shelter and many more hours at home preparing 72 dishes of food. 
     
  • Interfaith Build
    MPC joined 16 other faith communities in 2015 to build two Habitat for Humanity homes. A total of 23 MPC volunteers spent 143 hours on the project. We also contributed $2,500 toward the builds.  
  • Food and clothing donations
    Throughout the year, MPC members and friends participated in the following efforts:
     
    - E2F (Empty to Full) Project: In 2015 we collected 149 pans containing a prepared meal for Homeless Connections.
     
    - Salvation Army Food Collections: Every month we collect approximately 12 grocery bags containing food, cleaning/household supplies, and paper products for the Salvation Army. We also served 2 Sunday meals to over 200 individuals at the Salvation Army in 2015.
     
    - Help for the Homeless Campaign: MPC collected hundreds of pounds of personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies. Over $157,000 worth of donations were received through all of the Fox Cities collection sites. 
     
    - Homeless Connections First Saturday Dinners: 25 MPC volunteers served 6 Saturday evening meals in 2015.
     
    - Adopt-a-Family: In 2015, MPC adopted 8 families with 37 children and donated over 80 Christmas gifts to these familes as well as grocery gift cards for their holiday meals.  
     
    - CROP Hunger Walk: MPC members raised over $2,500 in pledges in 2015.  
     
  • Youth Mission Trips: The MPC youth groups travel to various areas of the country to do their part in living God's Word. In recent years they have traveled to South Dakota, North Carolina and Rockford, Illinois. On these trips they help residents with house repairs, painting, working with kids' groups and sometimes just listening to people tell their stories. Every third year, the group travels to the Presbyterian Youth Triennium, the international gathering of Presbyterian youth.

  • We contribute financial support to various local and global ministries. In 2015 these ministries included Project Bridges Day Care and Preschool, Homeless Connections, Heifer International, Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin, NAMI, CROP Walk, One Great Hour of Sharing, and the Fox Valley Warming Shelter.
 
 
Learn More About
Mission at MPC

Mission is central to MPC’s character as a church and how we as Christians live God’s Word. But what is MPC’s concept of mission? How do we do it and are we doing it right? Click on this link to view a presentation that answers these and many more questions about mission at MPC.

 
Mission Grants Available

The Mission Funding Committee is currently receiving applications for 2017 Mission Grants through September 1, 2016. Grants are available for MPC-originated mission projects or for 501c3 organizations that MPC members support through their volunteer efforts. Application documents are available here. For additional information, send an email to info@mpcappleton.org.

 
Would you like to be involved in any of these activities? If so, contact Greg Braatz, CRE for Outreach, at 920-734-1787, or send an email through this link for help in finding where you are being called to serve. 
 
 

Links of Interest

Bread for the World
www.bread.org

Covenant Presbyterian Network
www.covnetpres.org

Habitat for Humanity – Fox Cities
www.foxcitieshabitat.org

Heifer International
www.heifer.org

Presbyterian Church (USA)
www.pcusa.org

Presbyterian Mission Agency
www.presbyterianmission.org

Winnebago Presbytery
www.winnebagopresbytery.org