We believe that God acts to touch people’s lives in extraordinary ways through the actions of ordinary people. We believe that when we engage in mission, especially when we get involved with hands-on mission, our faith is deepened. We meet Christ in new and exciting ways when we act as his hands and feet in the world. Throughout its entire history, TPC has had a vitally important mission role in the Tustin community and throughout the world. For example, members of TPC were involved in the formation and development of a number of organizations and institutions such as Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Laurel House, the Santa Ana Hispanic Ministry, and Boy Scout Troop 33. Here is a look at some of the organizations and causes that TPC currently supports:
Families Forward. Families Forward reaches out to provide food for needy families in Orange County, a need which continues to grow. They also provide affordable housing for homeless families. Each year, TPC volunteers collect barrels of food at a local supermarket as part of the Families Forward Spring Food Drive.
Family Promise of Orange County. Family Promise of Orange County is an interfaith hospitality network of congregations that provide emergency shelter, hospitality, and services to homeless families. The goal of this organization is to eliminate the homelessness of each family served and place families in homes of their own in about two months. Tustin Presbyterian Church was one of the founding congregations for the organization in Orange County. The Mission Committee and congregation continue to support this local mission project by hosting homeless families in Orange County for a week about four to five times each year. We currently partner with Congregation B’nai Israel to host the families, provide food, and shelter.
Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity builds homes for low-income families. TPC has long been a generous supporter of this ministry. TPC supported Habitat in our Keeping CHRISTmas Market and through our local mission budget. We also periodically participate in Habitat build days and look forward to further hands-on construction experiences for church members.
Helen Estock School. We continue a mission to support young neighborhood children at Estock Elementary School. Several TPC members volunteer to listen to children read and give them practice in fluency and comprehension.
Homeless Aid. Members who would like to help fight homelessness but are unable to participate in the overnight hosting of Family Promise guests at the church can provide support by donating hygiene-related products on the second Sunday of each month. The donated products are used by the guests at the Family Promise Day Center when they return after an overnight stay and to help them get started in a home after they graduate from the program.
Hunger Table. Members bring donations of non-perishable food on the fourth Sunday of each month to share with those who do not have enough to eat. We currently share the food with Family Promise, L’Arche Wavecrest, and the food pantry at Santa Ana First Presbyterian Church.
L’Arche Wavecrest. We continue our mission support for L’Arche Wavecrest’s Abraham House located in Orange, California. L’Arche Wavecrest Abraham House provides a home for developmentally disadvantaged adults that live with assistants and share life together as friends, not as clients and staff. L’Arche Wavecrest is ecumenical, guided and shaped by Christian denominations, but it welcomes and respects each individual’s faith. We provided financial support and included L’Arche Wavecrest as a recipient of our Hunger Table donations.
La Semilla (Santa Ana Hispanic Ministry). This is an after-school program in the heart of Santa Ana, made possible initially by a pledge of TPC Capital Campaign Funds. Students and parents are enthusiastic and highly supportive of this program. TPC provides annual financial support for this program and assists with volunteer tutors.
Laurel House. Laurel House provides shelter and Christian nurture to teenage girls from troubled homes. It provides both temporary housing to teens and counseling to their families. TPC has been a long-time supporter of Laurel House, and we are pleased to be able to continue providing support for this mission project.
New Theological Seminary of the West. We continue to support New Theological Seminary of the West as a mission endeavor. We partner with them as they seek to offer a quality education to both those seeking to enter the ministry and those who wish to develop a deeper understanding of theological issues. Besides funds, we provide space at TPC for their classes.
Keeping CHRISTmas Market. This popular annual event connects our people to many of the organizations that we support, including Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise, Heifer International, Laurel House, Third World Hand Arts, and Tustin area needy families. It also provides our members and friends with another way to contribute significant financial support over and above our budget to participating groups.
Mission Co-Workers. We continue to support two missionary families. Jeremy and Luta Garbat-Welch in Malawi, Africa, serve with partner churches and organizations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Sudan, and Zambia as community health facilitators. Ryan and Alethia White in Berlin, Germany, serve Iranian refugees and the Iranian Presbyterian Church in Berlin, providing pastoral care and church development assistance. Both missionary families have ties to the western United States, so we look forward to them visiting our church and providing information on their service to God’s Kingdom.
Special Offerings/Support for the PC(USA). TPC consistently gives to all four of the denomination-wide annual special offerings — One Great Hour of Sharing, the Pentecost Offering, the Peace and Global Witness Offering, and the Christmas Joy Offering — along with the General Mission of the Presbyterian Church. These offerings, which TPC members have always generously supported beyond their pledges, provide support for a wide range of human needs — locally, nationally and worldwide.
Mission Opportunities. Would you like to help fight homelessness but are unable to participate in the overnight church hosting? The Mission Committee has another way to help. We are expanding the homeless support by offering the congregation the opportunity to donate hygiene-related products. The donated products would be used by the guests at the Family Promise Day Center when they return after an overnight stay and to help them get started into a home after they graduate from the program.
Tustin Presbyterian Church is a participant in the Central Orange County Interfaith Council.
Watch for announcements about upcoming interfaith events.
The gifts of the time and talents of the members of the Tustin Presbyterian Church continue to help us further the Kingdom of God in our community and around the world.