Mission & Social Concerns
We pray and work for peace, equality and well-being of the earth and all its peoples. (Mission Statement)
This committee is charged with promoting and interpreting our church’s engagement as disciples of Christ as we work for peace, justice, equality, and for the well-being that God wants for each of us.
We are a church actively engaged in the Geneva community, and it is this committee’s job to encourage this engagement and inform the congregation of the diverse ways in which we are involved in mission locally.
Local Mission Fair featured over 20 local organizations that the church supports. The Mission bullentin board outside the Fellowship Hall publicizes the work of local organizations we support.
We are a congregation of people who give generously of financial resources to mission projects of the Presbyterian Church USA in our region, the nation, and around the world. In 2010 we held a National and International Mission Fair to highlight the many projects we support.
- PCUSA’s Disaster Assistance Program
- Hunger Program
- Self-Development of Peoples Program
- Heifer Project
- PC(USA) Peacemaking Offering Local portion has been used to support conflict resolution programs for local youth and to provide resources for homeless individuals and families.
- Christmas Joy Offering. Local portions support Geneva’s Food Pantry and Community Lunch Program.
- Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund Offering, which helps local students of color pursue education beyond high school.
We are a church that seeks to identify and address local needs. Over the years, the Mission & Social Concerns Committee has asked the congregation for its suggestions concerning local needs. Outcomes of these surveys include the following programs.
Project Follow-Through, a program to help families and children involved in the Head Start Program to make the transition to Elementary School.
Village Links. More recently, our church members saw a need among teen mothers who lacked family support. The Village Links program was started in 2006 to provide a supportive educational program for at-risk teen mothers, to help them build a network of support for each other, to make connections with relevant professionals and agencies, and assist them so that they can provide a healthy life for their babies as well as themselves.
Parish Nurse. A need observed within our own congregation was for a parish health ministry.
Our church building serves as a meeting place for many groups
Ontario County’s ARC operates a daily program for adults in our church
Thursday is WIC Day at our church, and our Fellowship Hall is transformed into a meeting place for mothers, pregnant women, and children to meet with case workers and others
We support many local organizations through gifts of time, talent, meeting space, and money. They include: A.A, Al-Anon, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Bridges Bereavement Support Group, Center of Concern, Community Lunch Program, Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Community Health Care, FLACRA (Finger Lakes Addiction Counseling & Referral Agency), Geneva Concerts, Geneva Food Pantry, Geneva Head Start, Geneva Historical Society Wassail Bowl, Geneva Recreation Department, Geneva Theater Guild, Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, House of John, Interfaith Council, League of Women Voters, Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates, Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund, Musselman Triathlon, Ontario County ARC, Ontario-Yates Hospice, Our Lady of Peace Parish (emergency services to needy), Safe Harbor of the Finger Lakes, Self-Help Sewing, Success for Geneva’s Children, Village Links, and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children).
How to get involved:
Join us at our monthly meetings: 4th Monday of the month, 7:30 pm.
Committee Chair: Bill Fox