Missions

Missions

A Christ Centered, MISSION MINDED Family "Love your neighbor as you love yourself." These words of Jesus invite us into a life of service and care for those around us. At SPC, we define mission as spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ by the sharing of God's love and hope through word and deed - serving the people of the world with our presence, our resources, and our tangible care.

We believe following Jesus into the world literally means that we want to serve Christ anywhere and everywhere we can, in our local communities and across the globe. For some this will mean getting on an airplane and traveling outside the country. For others this will mean serving weekly dinners to the hungry. In these ways we are joining in Christ's work in our world.

Upcoming Events

Response Opportunities

ISSAQUAH FOOD AND CLOTHING BANK

The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, which distributed food throughout the pandemic with a drive through no contact model, has returned to a self-select model inside the building. Since safety is a high priority, they have remodeled the store to allow 6 ft of distance, installed plexiglass dividers, intensified cleaning and mandated the use of gloves and masks. Due to the need to social distance and strictly limit the number of people inside the building, they have extended their shopping hours and therefore need many more volunteers. SPC has “adopted” the evening shift every other Monday evening from 4:00-7:00. We have several volunteers on board but are finding we could really use a few more folks. If you are looking for a way to serve during this time of food insecurity for many people, please email lisa@issaquahfoodbank.org. If you have questions, please email hchoco@comcast.net.

UKRAINIAN REFUGEE ASSISTANCE

The crisis in Ukraine has not only shattered peace but has also caused an enormous humanitarian crisis. At SPC we believe that as Christians we are called to respond in times just like these. And you can join us in responding to this crisis. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has trusted, established partners in Eastern Europe who are right now assisting refugees coming across Ukraine’s borders. Follow this link to find out more and support these efforts.

WORLD RELIEF UKRAINE

While there is no certainty about how or when the conflict in Ukraine will end, the crushing humanitarian impact is increasingly dire each day, with rising loss of life, 18 million displaced Ukrainians and a steep increase in the number of hungry, cold and traumatized refugees fleeing the unrelenting terrors of war.World Relief is providing life-sustaining relief through our network of partners on the ground. When you make a gift today, you are directly funding the distribution of food, temporary shelter, blankets, hygiene items, medicine and other essential items for both internally displaced people in Western Ukraine and refugees who have crossed into Slovakia and Romania. Those stranded in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, who hadn’t eaten in three days received 16 truckloads of food, blankets and critical supplies over the weekend.

To learn more, visit worldrelief.org/respond.

Local Outreach

We always look for ongoing ways to serve Christ and others in our neighborhoods and local community. Here are some ways you can join us.

ESL CLASSES

Due to the COVID-19 virus, our ESL classes are meeting online. Email gjones@spconline.org to get connected. New students are welcome to join at any time! We have 3 levels of English and a more advanced conversational class called Talk Time. Online learning can be accessed by phone, tablet or computer. Classes are Mondays and Thursdays 9:30-11:00. Classes are free. We are here to help with English and to help with making friends and having community.

FOOD & CLOTHING BANK

The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank is committed to providing quality food, clothing and other items to hundreds of families each week in our community, and SPC has the opportunity to be a part of this effort. Each Sunday food can be dropped off in Sanctuary Hall, and we will deliver the items to the food bank.

HOLIDAY GIFT BARN

Every November, we typically have a Christmas tree filled with gift tags for Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank’s Holiday Gift Barn in Sanctuary Hall. Pickering Barn was then turned into a giant department store where families who needed help could shop for free. This year, IFCB is adjusting its program to ensure everyone’s safety while still providing the best holiday experience possible for families.

LIFE WIRE

LifeWire provides programs and services to victims of abuse, with a path from domestic violence and homelessness to self-sufficiency. LifeWire is the largest domestic violence service provider in the state with confidential emergency shelter, transitional shelter, supportive housing services, mental health counseling, advocacy, support groups, education and training.

PROVIDENCE MARIANWOOD

SPC supports Providence Marianwood financially as they provide comprehensive professional skilled nursing care including physical, emotional and spiritual care for the whole person. Providence Marianwood takes pride in giving compassionate care and services with dignity and respect for the individual, honoring personal choice and preferences.

YOUNG LIFE

Sammamish/Issaquah Young Life’s mission is to introduce teenagers to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Young Life supports middle and high school students, those with special needs and teen moms, providing leadership opportunities for high school Juniors and Seniors. For more information or to volunteer, visit sammamish.younglife.org.

ESL Classes

Missions We Support

Kati Simpson: Adventures in Mission, Atlanta, GA
Kati Simpson: Adventures in Mission, Atlanta, GA

Kati is an on-field photographer and videographer who captures, edits, and stewards stories of what God is doing in the world. She also teaches storytelling sessions to World Racers and coaches them to share the hope and light God has entrusted to us to advance the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

World Vision Child Sponsorship

There are roughly 250 children sponsored by SPC families in Mahlalini, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). Through child sponsorship SPC’ers are able to have a personal relationship with the child they sponsor while helping World Vision to do their best work of bringing water to a community, improve the schools, and bring better resources to their health care clinics.

You can choose a sponsor child at church or online below.

Team World Vision

SPC is in its 5th year of joining up with Team World Vision, where athletes of all abilities train for the Seattle Rock ‘n Roll Marathon/Half Marathon and raise funds on behalf of World Vision, the largest nongovernmental provider of clean water in the world! 236 participants from SPC have raised 260,000 in response to the clean water crisis. The missions department encourages the team’s fundraising efforts with a matching gift. Our fundraising supports WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) projects primarily in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, and Ethiopia.

Wine to Water

Wine to Water programs in Nepal continue to be focused in communities located in the municipality of Madi, which is on the southern border of Nepal and India. In these areas people are suffering from a lack of access to groundwater, which has caused many difficulties, including villagers walking great distances for contaminated water. SPC has been supporting this Nepal project with Wine to Water since 2017. In addition, we have hosted two filter builds where filters are assembled and shipped to Wine to Water for distribution.

Hebron Community Projects
Hebron Community Projects

HCP is a non-profit organization founded to serve as a catalyst for positive change in this community that is marked by poverty, alcoholism, crime and a high incidence of HIV/AIDS. Through a partnership with our congregation, HCP has built a Life Center and  a soccer field to create community where people can come together for learning, growing and sports activities. For more information, please visit www.hebroncp.org.

H.U.G. (Help Us Grow)
H.U.G. (Help Us Grow)

Hug is in Western Cape, South Africa. They are devoted to helping vulnerable communities living in the most precarious circumstances. HUG provides childcare for 75 children, ages 6 mo-6 years. At their Nutrition Centre, they provide three meals per week for 45-65 of the most marginalized children. This enables them to build relationships with these lost children, and connect them with social workers and educational institutions. HUG also cares for 16 elderly people in an assisted living program. SPC has been supporting HUG for five years.