We believe ... that reaching out to others is our best method of communicating the Good News of God's love as seen in Jesus Christ.
We support...through our mission dollars and volunteer activities, a variety of programs and services that help people in our community and throughout the world. If you have been looking for a way to get involved and to help others, we invite you to join us in one or more of our areas of service and mission.
Assistance Center Of Towson Churches (ACTC)
January Focus: Volunteer professionals, including members of the Maryland Presbyterian Church, provide primary care to those not eligible for any public programs and who cannot afford to buy commercial health insurance. See full details of the mission, location, and services available at www.shepherdsclinic.org.
Bread for the World
Missionary in Congo
February Focus: Cecile de Sweemer, MD, PhD, is a member of MPC and an activist missionary with Butoke, a community development agency in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She alerts the congregation to specific needs requiring Christian advocacy, action and/or support (e.g. money for seeds to grow food for malnourished families) and the church encourages support from church members as well as from others.
Accompaniment in El Salvador
Child Health Foundation
October: With its mission "to save the greatest number of children's lives at the lowest possible cost," the Child Health Foundation provides services nationally and worldwide. CHF's focus is on such low-cost, highly effective health issues as oral rehydration therapy, breastfeeding, immunizations, and bed nets. Clean water is another health priority in developing countries: MPC paid for installation of a village tube well in Bangladesh. Members of the church's Mission Committee devote many hours helping to fulfill this mission.
Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly Mission Programs
April Focus: We contribute to the local and worldwide programs of the mission agencies of the Baltimore Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church (USA). A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.
Baltimore County Detention Center Partnership
September Focus: Men and women who leave the Baltimore County Detention Center face all types of obstacles as they transition to put their lives back together, the first and most important being getting to wherever they have to go and finding a meal. The connection between Detention Center, The Assistance Center of Towson Churches and MPC attempts to make that transition easier
Habitat for Humanity
June Mission Focus: The McCabe Avenue Project: Believe it or not, it has been four years since the Upper Metro Ministry Group first began partnering with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake (HFHC) and Strong City Baltimore to rebuild the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood of Baltimore City. To date, twenty-one MPC members, family and friends ranging in age from 17 to 90 have participated in 14 workdays – what an awesome turnout! Ten homes are now complete, six more homes are scheduled for completion this summer, leaving ten homes to be completed over the next couple of years. And complementing the HFHC rehabbing effort is our partnership with Strong City Baltimore, a community organization that takes a holistic approach to building and strengthening Baltimore’s neighborhoods. For the last two years, community organizer Christian Hall has been working with the Woodbourne-McCabe Neighborhood Association to identify needs and, together, they have made several improvements including: installing speed humps on McCabe Avenue; supporting a new food pantry at Walter P. Carter Elementary School; working with the Glenwood Life Counseling Center to install a community vegetable garden; and for the children, sponsoring annual events such as summer camp and back-to-school and Halloween parties. In fact, last year’s summer camp was so successful that it will be expanded and held again this year allowing more churches to participate, including MPC. If you are interested in volunteering with this important local ministry, please contact Mary Jo Zimbro. Otherwise, please consider participating with your funds using the envelopes in the pew racks.
Church World Services
July/August Focus: CWS was one of the founding members of a global partnership of faith-based humanitarian agencies, ACT Alliance, with members in 140 countries. With 130 member organizations, ACT Alliance provides a dynamic environment for collaboration in responding to human needs around the world. By working together agencies can maximize their impact. One way is by providing kits to school children. CWS Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to people in need around the world. CWS provides School Kits, Hygiene Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets. The contents of each kit have been selected with care based on years of experience to make them as useful as possible, wherever and whenever they are sent. Kits may be sent to CWS all year. Each kit page provides a list of items to include, along with packing and shipping information to our collection centers in New Windsor, Md. and Little Rock, Ark. Some states have drop-off points at various times as well. Cash donations in lieu of assembled kits also help us to provide much-needed supplies. MPC takes part in this program each summer.