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Do you know how many mission projects TPC supports?  Do you know you are represented in our support in the broader community?

TPC has a rich history of supporting good works and sharing the joy of the Gospel beyond our walls, in our local and not so local community. 

 

A list of the current local mission projects is shown below.

 

In addition, TPC encourages four special offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Click below for information about each of these offerings.

 

One Great Hour of Sharing

Pentecost Offering

Peace and Global Witness Offering

Christmas Joy Offering

 

The following is a list of some other mission opportunities:

 

Family Promise

Giving Tree

Keeping CHRISTmas Market

 

TPC also regularly participates in activities with other faith communities in the area.  Click here for information about upcoming interfaith events.

 


 

Our 2017 Community Mission Projects

Each year - following careful review - your TPC Mission Committee selects for funding a number of projects and organizations, using the budget allotment for Community Mission projects. These projects include those that are long-term and ongoing, as well as some that are newly-adopted. The following projects and organizations comprise the list for 2017.

 

Families Forward – www.families-forward.org

Family Promise – www.familypromiseorangecounty.org

Habitat for Humanity – www.habitatoc.org

Interfaith Council of Orange County

L'Arche Wavecrest – www.larchewavecrest.org

Laurel House – www.laurelhouse.org

La Semilla (After-School Program of First Presbyterian Church of Santa Ana)

Third World Gifts and Handarts - www.thirdworldgifts.org

 

Much information about the effects of our General Mission and Special Offering giving may be found on the website of the PC(USA).

 

Clicking on any of the URL's above will take you to the website of the organization.  Use your browser's back button to return to this TPC site.

 


 

Hunger Table

 

On the fourth Sunday of each month we receive donations of non-perishable food items.  These items benefit three organizations in the community on an alternating basis.  These organizations are currently Family Promise and the food pantry at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Ana, and L'Arche Wavecrest.  The next donations will be received on Sunday, April 23, and they will go to L'Arche Wavecrest.  Thank you for your continued support of this important ministry.

 


 

Mission Co-workers Supported by TPC

 

Jeremy and Luta Garbat-Welch

With the retirement of Jane Holslag from her mission work in Lithuania, the Mission Committee has chosen to support two new sets of mission co-workers recommended by Jane.  Here the Committee wants to introduce you to the team of Jeremy and Luta Garbat-Welch and their one and one-half year old son, Jathniel. 

 

Luta and Jeremy grew up in Africa as the children of Presbyterian mission co-workers.  "While we have always been open to wherever God would lead us in mission, we have always felt our gifts have been shaped by and for the work in Africa", Jeremy has observed.

 

As Africa Community Health Facilitator, Luta advises partners on community health programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Sudan, and Zambia.  She promotes the development of Community Health Evangelism programs, an initiative that focuses on evangelism, community health and discipleship.

 

Jeremy felt a tug toward long-term mission service while he was working in Cameroon.  He was involved in an 18-month mission assignment distributing donated computers and helping Cameroonian schools start or upgrade computer labs.  Jeremy is a trained chaplain.  Initially he is assisting Luta with her work in community health, but later he will help members of the Church of Central Africa in chaplaincy training.

 

Luta has had experience with several health-related jobs in the United States, including Catholic Charities of Louisville and the Kentucky Department of Public Health.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth College and a Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University.

 

Jeremy worked as staff chaplain at the University of Kentucky's Chandler Hospital and has completed clinical pastoral education residencies in Louisville.  He has a bachelor's degree from Whitworth College and Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. 

 

The Garbat-Welches will be in the USA for a two-week leave next year.  The Mission Committee will invite them to visit TPC, so that we can meet them in person.  Please keep Luta, Jeremy, Jathniel and the people they serve in your prayers.  You may send words of encouragement to them directly by email at jeremy.garbat.welch@pcusa.org and luta.garbat.welch@pcusa.org.

 

Ryan and Alethia White

You have already met the Garbat-Welch mission co-workers in the June Parish Press.  This month the Mission Committee would like to introduce you to a second mission co-worker family we are supporting, Ryan, Alethia and daughter Ariella White. 

 

The Whites began their mission work just two years ago, serving the Iranian Presbyterian Church in Berlin, Germany. 

 

Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, millions of Persian people have migrated to other parts of the Middle East, United States, Europe and other areas of the world.  Over 100,000 Iranians have settled in Germany.  Ryan and Alethia work with the pastor and social worker of the congregation to offer pastoral care.  They also collaborate with other denominations to provide training and continuing education opportunities for leaders of the Presbyterian Church in Iran.

 

Ryan and Alethia went to Germany with a special sense of call to pursue Christ's ministry of reconciliation.  "We are passionate about reconciling relationships across cultural, religious, and political divides, with the hope of promoting sustainable and peaceful partnerships", Alethia says.

 

Alethia and Ryan both have a deep interest in the Middle East and its people.  In 2007, while students at Fuller Theological Seminary, they participated in eight-week theology classes in Beirut, Lebanon.  Ryan traces his mission call to his high school years, while on short-term mission trips to Mexico. 

 

Immediately before entering mission service, Ryan served as a middle school math teacher in Pasadena.  He also was a pastoral intern at Knox Presbyterian Church in Pasadena and a high school youth director at his home congregation, Bethany Presbyterian in Seattle. 

 

Alethia worked as an international coordinator for the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.  She has served as an executive assistant for the Center for Anabaptist Leadership/Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference.  Alethia is a member of Pasadena Mennonite Church. 

 

In addition to their master's degrees from Fuller Seminary, Ryan has a bachelor's degree in Christian theology and educational ministry from Seattle Pacific University and Alethia has an undergraduate degree  in psychology from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

 

The Whites will be on leave in Southern California this fall.  The Mission Committee will be contacting them to see if they can make a presentation to TPC.  Please keep Ryan, Alethia and Ariella in your prayers.  You may send words of support directly to them at ryan.white@pcusa.org and alethia.white@pcusa.org.

 

If you have comments or questions, please contact Sue Currie or Jere Murphy or call the church office.

 

 

 

 

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