"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35
Covenant Presbyterian Church has a strong commitment to mission outreach. We are committed to giving generously to organizations which, through their programs, carry God's love to those in need.
Many individuals in our congregation are also involved in direct service to a variety of organizations. Our goal is to involve even more people with opportunities for hands-on service.
We reach out to those in need in the areas of local and global homelessness, local, regional and global hunger, and local and global need for medical care.
THE MISSION COMMITTEE ENCOURAGES SUPPORT OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS:
BOY SCOUTS of AMERICA
BOY SCOUT TROOP 1222, chartered by CPC, meets Monday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, in the "Doc" Steele Scout building located at the rear of the church parking lot.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 102, hosted by CPC, meets Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the "Doc" Steele Scout building.
For information, contact Scoutmaster Marty Holmes, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The "Doc" Steele Building was built through the generosity of the Steven Steele family in honor of Steven's father, William "Doc" Steele, a long-time Scouter in Victoria, TX.
The building is used by Scouts and church youth.
CUB SCOUT PACK 1069, chartered by CPC, meets at Pebble Creek Elementary School.
Contact Tami Fink, Committee Chair, at Tami Fink, for information.
GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Girl Scout Junior Troop 9029, a troop for girls in grades 5-6, meets alternate Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the CPC Education building. The troop conducts service projects such as food collections, tree plantings, and nursing home visits. For information, contact Scout Leader Kim Wolfe, email@example.com.
BRAZOS CHURCH PANTRY
304A W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77806-0885 979-822-7511
The Brazos Church Pantry is a cooperative ministry of area churches that seeks to provide food to elderly, disabled and disadvantaged residents in Brazos County. It depends on donations from individuals, groups and churches. A donation basket is located at the rear of the sanctuary. Monetary contributions are also welcome, and volunteers may work for short time slots at the pantry.
For more information, contact Marcie Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org
COVENANT SING-A-LONG SINGERS
Join our group of enthusiastic singers as we periodically entertain residents at local nursing homes with some familiar hymns, old favorites and some just-for-fun songs!
NO EXPERIENCE OR VOCAL TALENT NEEDED! Just bring a willingness to make a joyful noise share God's love with others!
CROP HUNGER WALK
Church World Service, 6633 Highway 290 E, #200, Austin, TX 78723-1157
Members of our community come together to assist with worldwide hunger relief in a three mile walk held each October. 25% of the proceeds goes to the Brazos Church Pantry and Brazos Food Bank; 75% goes to Church World Service for relief efforts.
FAMILY PROMISE of B/CS
979-268-4309 or www.familypromisebcs.org
FP is an area-wide, faith-based, non-profit ministry that supports families who are experiencing homelessness as they search for jobs, undergo job training, and obtain permanent housing. We are a buddy church to Friends Church UCC, and provide a dinner once or twice every 9 weeks.
HABITAT for HUMANITY
The purpose is to eliminate poverty housing in Brazos County. Habitat partners with low income families and community, churches, schools, businesses, individuals and civic groups in order to build homes and communities. Our members and friends work to help construct homes, prepare and serve lunches, and donate rinsed and flattened aluminum cans at the church.
Heifer International, formerly Heifer Project International, is a global nonprofit organization whose mission is to end poverty and hunger in a sustainable fashion. Established in 1944, Heifer International gives gifts of cattle, sheep, rabbits, honeybees, pigs, llamas, water buffalo, chicks, ducks, goats, geese, other regionally appropriate livestock, and tree seedlings as well as extensive training in caring for the gifts that people receive. Heifer International has helped more than 15.5 million
families (79 million people) in more than 125 countries and currently has projects in 52 countries.
How Does Heifer International Work?
Heifer International does not simply give a live gift to a family. Participating families are required to "Pass on the Gift," that is, they must give at least one of the
female offspring of the gift that they have received to a neighbor. They must
agree also to pass on the training and skills that they have acquired from Heifer
project personnel in caring for their own animal. In time, that neighbor will pass along one of the offspring of its animal to another person and so on. Such sharing
serves to multiply numbers of good quality livestock and increases the number
of beneficiaries. Passing on the gift embodies Heifer's philosophy of practical sharing and caring.
Thus, Heifer International works to ensure that the gift of each animal will eventually help an entire community to become self-sustaining. Animals such as goats, water buffalo and camels are "seven M" animals: they provide meat, milk, muscle, manure, money, materials, and motivation. Once its immediate needs have been met, a family is free to sell any excess at market.
Heifer International provides sustainable development education resources and
opportunities for volunteers of all ages to work in Heifer programs, including
a hands-on learning center, Heifer Village, adjacent to Heifer International's world
headquarters in Morrilton, Arkansas.
How Successful Are Heifer International Projects?
According to researchers from the Evaluation Center of Western Michigan University
following five years of study of 139 Heifer International projects that
involved 5,000 program participants in 20 countries, “It is beyond doubt that
in all 20 of the countries we have examined, Heifer has brought large overall
benefits to very large numbers of low income rural families. The findings were clear, the benefits are real and life changing.” The same conclusion was drawn about Heifer projects in Mexico in research conducted by Sergio Arispe here at Texas A&M
Heifer projects are built around 12 cornerstones: 1) passing on the gift, 2) accountability, 3) sharing and caring, 4) sustainability and self reliance, 5) improved animal management, 6) nutrition and income, 7) genuine need and justice, 8) gender and focus on the family, 9) improving the environment, 10) full participation, 11)
training and education, and 12) spirituality.
Heifer’s philosophy is that these 12 cornerstones cannot be separated from each other. Their personnel believe that when true development is taking place, all are woven together within each family, each community, each project, and each country’s program.
P.O. Box 8058
Little Rock, AR 72203-8058
To donate online: www.heifer.org/gift
PRESBYTERIAN CHILDREN'S HOMES & SERVICES
Since its beginnings in 1903 as an orphanage in Dallas, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services has been providing Christ-centered residential care and other services to children and families with no place else to turn.
Whether it's through one of our group homes, a foster home, adoption, our Child and Family Program, or the Advanced Education and Aftercare Program, we do all we can to help show the children in our care that they are beloved children of God.
Please visit their website to learn more about our care and services. www.pchas.org
HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL SEAFARERS’ CENTERS - CHRISTMAS GIFT BOXES
Recognizing that all human persons are a gift of God, the mission of the chaplains and Committee for Ministry to the Port of Houston is to carry out a ministry of presence, outreach, witness, worship, service, and advocacy to, with, and for seafarers and their families from around the world. This ministry is accomplished through Houston International Seafarers' Centers which serve as a “home away from home” for seafarers visiting the Port of Houston. Chartered in the late 1960’s as a non-profit organization in Texas, the two Centers have served well over a million seafarers.
Each fall, the youth of Covenant Presbyterian Church collect novelty and toiletry items, pack them in Christmas gift boxes and deliver to the Seafarers’ Centers at the Port of Houston.
Learn more at http://www.venturecd.net/seafarerscenter.org
SOUPER BOWL of CARING
This program was started by Presbyterian youth more than 20 years ago to transform Super Bowl weekend into a celebration of giving and serving. In 2011, more than 13,000 organizations collected over $10.2 million and countless cans of food to donate to local food pantries and food banks. Please join us on Super Bowl Sunday for a soup lunch. Admission fee is canned soup or other canned food which will be donated to the Church Food Pantry.
TWIN CITY MISSION
2505 S. College Ave., Bryan, TX 77801 979-822-7511
Purpose: Twin City Mission providing a home for the homeless, being a friend to the friendless and giving hope to the hopeless. TCM operates many programs, including a homeless shelter, a shelter for abused women, programs for at-risk youth, support and housing services, and operates several resale stores. Covenant participates in a coat and blanket drive in November and adopts a family at Christmas.
UNITED CAMPUS MINISTRY in AGGIELAND, Inc.
P.O. Box 131, College Station, TX 77841-0131 979-846-1221
UCM offers Christian fellowship and nurture to students at TAMU and Blinn College. Opportunities are offered for spiritual growth, and encouragement in discovering gifts and talents.
Wycliff Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando FL 32862-8200
CPC helps support Doug and Meg Fraiser as they consult with rural people in Asia in the areas of community development and anthropology. Wycliffe missionaries are responsible for arranging for their own support.
PERIODIC DENOMINATIONAL OFFERINGS
Denominational Offerings provide four opportunities to make God's love present to those in need.
- ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING is collected during Lent and goes to the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Self-Development of People.
- PENTECOST OFFERING is collected on the Day of Pentecost (May) and goes to Congregations' local ministries with children at risk, General Assembly ministries with youth and young adults, and Child Advocacy at the national level.
- PEACEMAKING OFFERING is collected on World Communion Sunday in October and goes to local Congregational peacemaking ministries, Presbytery and synod peacemaking efforts and Presbyterian Peacemaking ministries of the General Assembly Council.
- CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING is collected in December and goes to the Assistance programs of the Board of Pensions and to Racial ethnic schools and colleges of the PC(USA)
For more information on any of these programs and groups, contact the church office at 694-7700 or by email at email@example.com.