Serve - Mission

STEPHEN MINISTRY

A Stephen Minister comes alongside a hurting person and meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Men are paired with men; women with women.

Over the years, well over one-and-a-half million people have benefitted from the one-to-one, confidential, Christ-centered care of a Stephen Minister. Here are a few of their stories.

One care receiver shared this about her Stephen Minister's care: "After having had a Stephen Minister, my life is unbelievably different. I feel connected with God in a way I never felt before." Another related: "My Stephen Minister would show up and be there for me. He was everything I ever thought a loving God would be. I'll forever be grateful that I had a Stephen Minister." Stephen Ministry is bringing Christ's healing love to those who are hurting—and the results are life-changing. Follow this link to watch these videos of individuals sharing what it meant for them to receive care from a Stephen Minister. For an application form to become a Stephen Minister go to our Home Page and look under forms. This PDF can be filled out on your computer then printed for submission.

ONGOING MISSION PROJECTS

Our ongoing donations are taken to The Wilkinson Center or to White Rock Center of Hope)

When shopping for your household, please pick up:

  • canned goods/boxed food for pantry
  • powdered milk/formula
  • cleaning supplies
  • bath soaps and shampoos
  • lotions
  • diapers and wipes
  • blankets, sheets, towels
  • household paper products
  • dishes, pots, pans
  • gently-used school uniforms
  • school supplies

Think of what it takes to set up a home, and donate a few of these products!

Mission “All Church Day of Mission, packing supplies at North Texas Food Bank

But for the grace of God, go I.

REGULARLY SCHEDULED, YEARLY MISSION PROJECTS

Eastminster Presbyterian Church conducts mission projects throughout the year, helping various hunger relief, disaster relief, and emergency aid centers and organizations, based locally, nationally, and internationally. Listed below are those we have promoted annually, but there are other agencies who ask for our help as their needs arise. They may not be listed below.

Souper Bowl of Caring, (mobilizes youth to fight hunger and poverty); Lenten and Advent emphases/collections of goods and services, chosen yearly to help an agency who needs are great; Heifer Project (international organization fighting hunger and poverty); gleaning blueberries in the summer and yams in the fall for the Society of St. Andrews’ Helping Hands program; school supplies for emergency aid centers in east Dallas; The Wilkinson Center/Payless Shoes for Children (donations and fittings before school begins); annual Blanket Sunday (through Church World Services) to provide blankets locally and worldwide; helping to maintain Grace Presbyterian Village (painting, etc.), along with special offerings for Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, and Grace Presbyterian Village. We have worked with service organizations and their special projects, providing them with site locations at our church, such as The Wilkinson Center’s CLIMB (Changing Lives, Improving Minds and Bodies), an after school program, and Career Works, (adult education services).

MissionOur children and youth have been very actively involved in all regularly scheduled mission activities, as well as others that arise throughout the year. Other organizations and classes within the church conduct mission activities for agencies within the greater Presbyterian Church, Grace Presbytery, and Synod of the Sun. The Gleaners’ church school class conducts quarterly bingo games at Grace Presbyterian Village, providing the winners with prizes, while a fall book review, sponsored by the Eastminster Presbyterian Women (EPW) dedicates the proceeds to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services. The EPW is very active in the mission work of the church. Other adult church school classes donate to the many opportunities that are presented to them, as well as contributing individual talents to projects around the church and neighboring community.

Emergency Food Pantry

Because of our proximity to the interstate, we are in the direct path of those in need of aid. Goods are collected for our emergency food pantry on an ongoing basis. Needed items include pull-top canned goods, peanut butter, juice boxes, and crackers. Items which are not pull top items are donated to local agencies, such as White Rock Center of Hope, or The Wilkinson Center.

Clothes Closet

We maintain an ongoing collection of used clothing, which is sorted and distributed to White Rock Center of Hope.
We have representatives on the board of White Rock Center of Hope.

MISSION TRIPS – far and near

MissionDuring the past seven summers, intergenerational mission trips have traveled to Colorado, Eastern Kentucky, Arkansas, New Mexico, Georgia, the Gulf Coast for hurricane relief, and to Tennessee, to lead Vacation Bible School and do home renovations.

In 2007, groups of adults from the East Dallas Cluster of Presbyterian Churches spent weeks in Mississippi and Louisiana with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, rebuilding two homes destroyed by the hurricanes. The Cluster also participated in a Hurricane Relief Trip with Habitat for Humanity.

At the end of July 2008, the mission trip traveled to Port Arthur, TX, to work with Southeast Texas Interfaith Organization, helping to rebuild homes devastated by the hurricanes.

The mission team earns money to fund mission trips by holding car washes, karaoke night, silent auction of goods and services donated by church family and friends, special donations from members, and by providing and serving meals to the congregation on special occasions.

Our 2010 Intergenerational Mission Trip to the Texas coast is in the planning stage, and is scheduled for June 20-26. Look for more information on fundraisers and sign-ups.

MISSION MADNESS MONDAYS

During the summer months the Christian Education Committee and Mission Committee sponsor events for elementary age children. The children have volunteered at various local mission sites, such as North Texas Food Bank, packing food in boxes for other emergency aid agencies to purchase at greatly discounted prices, Austin Street Shelter, an emergency shelter with related services near downtown Dallas, feeding homeless persons at The Stewpot, an emergency aid agency associated with the First Presbyterian Church, as well as visiting the residents at Grace Presbyterian Village.

Future Thoughts

The mission committee is always open to new ideas to serve the community, both far and near. We are currently working with The Bridge, the new Dallas homeless shelter, to schedule groups from our church family and friends, who serve meals at the shelter (formerly The Stewpot served the meals).

We welcome your ideas and suggestions! Come and serve!

Sunday Schedule

  •   8:30 AM Breakfast
  •   9:30 AM Church School
  • 10:30 AM Fellowship Time
  • 11:00 AM Service for the Lord's Day