Serving Others / Mission
Would you like to get involved?
We encourage you to discover ways to use your gifts
and talents. Perhaps one of these areas interests you?
Missionaries - You are invited to pray for and give financially to missionaries the church helps support. PC(USA) is only partially funding its missionaries now so they need our help. We care for:
Victor and Sarah (Bailey) Makari in Bethlehem work in peacemaking in the Holy Land. Sarah is a member of our congregation.
Elmarie and Scott Parker. Elmarie serves as liaison to the Middle East for the PC(USA). She and Scott work with Christians serving in the Middle East including trauma work with refugees
Michael and Rachel (Dawson) Ludwig and family serve in Niger, West Africa with leadership development and evangelism training.
Christmas Offering - The Christmas Eve offering goes to needy families in Mercer or specific projects designated by the Mission Committee.
Alternative Gift Giving - Each Christmas season a project is selected and offered as an alternative to typical Christmas gift giving. Donations are made and gift cards are given explaining the gift. Past projects have been a fish growing project, oxen and carts for evangelists, clean water, fair trade items from the Silk Road store, help for children of Sudan, assisting a church in Lebanon find jobs for refugees.
One Great Hour of Sharing -(OGHS) This opportunity during Lent allows us to give to projects the PC(USA) recognizes as special needs. They include help in war torn countries and natural disasters. Our children also fill fish banks and offer them on Palm Sunday.
Rise Against Hunger - We gather on a Saturday morning to assemble specially designed meals and package them for distribution to hungry children in need. We have special events to fund this project. In the past we have had an Art Fest and community lunches.
Loaves and Fishes - This is our local food pantry. We collect food items as a community to share with those in need who live within the Mercer school district. They appreciate financial gifts as well as volunteer hours on the first Wednesday of each month.
Frontier Fellowship- FF works to share the Gospel with people groups who have never had the opportunity to know Jesus. They also sponsor learning trips each year.
SAT 7 - SAT 7 is a Christian satellite company producing programs for audiences of all ages in many parts of the world where Arabic and Farsi are spoken. The hope is that those who have never heard the gospel will have an opportunity to hear it. Now SAT 7 is also providing schooling for refugee camps.
New Wilmington Mission Conference - This week-long conference focuses on mission and is held in New Wilmington (15 minutes away). It's in July with speakers, service projects, and fun times for all ages. The special focus is on youth 12-24. There are many options- stay on campus, go to the free events, give to NWMC.
Sunday School classes support special projects: Angel Tree, Doreen from Uganda, Haiti, Mexican orphanage, etc.
Tithing is a wonderful way to help support the day to day running of the church.
The Trinity Foundation helps to secure the church for the future through gifts and charitable annuities. Contact the office for information on how to make a lasting contribution.
Mercer Community Garden- This ministry has 3 goals: to help us meet our neighbors, to provide fresh healthy vegetables to the neighbors and volunteers and to beautify and make use of a vacant piece of property in the Boro. The garden is a friendly place to sit and visit surrounded by flowers and vegetables, a place where neighbors and church members work together, a place where God shows up. Vegetables not used are donated to community organizations.
Prayer Shawl Ministry- This ministry is an embracing symbol of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God. The group prays for the recipient throughout the process until the home crafted shawl is completed and sent on its way. They meet monthly in the Sharing Place. Bring a knitting needle size 11 or 13 and 3 skeins of a slightly bulky yarn. Or bring a size M, N, or P crochet hook and 3 skeins of slightly bulky yarn. Contact Ginny Highfield.
Rummage Sale- In June and again in the Fall the church Fellowship Hall holds a huge rummage sale for the community. It is a ministry both to those with needs and to those wishing to give things away. Contact Pamela Courtney to volunteer or to arrange for pick up of items. The profits are all given to mission.
Mercer Mission Possible - This community outreach is intended to show God's love to others. Projects are decided on, materials purchased and volunteers spend a day serving others in the community by landscaping, painting, repairing, etc. Both skilled and unskilled helpers of all ages are involved in completing the projects. Contact Dana Eade if interested or know of a project.
Backpack Program for Hungry Children - Each week during the school year volunteers purchase and pack bags with individually wrapped food and drink for selected children to take home for the weekend. This has been proven to improve the ability to learn for these little ones. Cary Cooper heads this up.
Supporting Missionaries - Connect with the missionaries we support financially; remember their birthdays, report periodically to the congregation, arrange for visits, etc., and pray for them. Contact Pam Pope Courtney if interested.
NEW Prayer Initiative - We have committed to learn about and pray for the Hausa People, one of the largest Unreached People Groups in the world to come to know Jesus.
Session Board - Members are responsible for decisions about all aspects of the church from property care, to teachers and curriculum, financial decisions, staffing, etc. Members chair and serve on various church committees. They are chosen by the congregation to serve 3 year terms and meet the first Thursday of the month September to May at 7:00 pm.
Deacon Board - Members connect with shut-ins, arrange for dinners for members with a new baby or illness and funeral dinners.they also prepare for communion. Each connects with a "parish" made up of Trinity people. Meetings follow worship the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Sunday School Teachers/Bible Study Leaders - Some teachers are a wealth of knowledge and others are learning as they go. This is considered a very important part of our church.
Committees - There are many ways to serve as a part of ongoing committees of the church. Skills are needed on the following committees: Property, Christian Education, Mission Outreach, Church Life, Personnel, Worship and Finances.
Perhaps you have another interest you would like to
share with our community of faith? Please let the pastor
or church secretary know.