“Using Christ as our example the purpose of the Palmetto Presbyterian Church Mission Team is to use our time and resources to assist those in need in our local community and in the world.”
Local Community Home Repairs and Handicap Ramps
For several years Palmetto has helped members of three small Huger United Methodist Churches by building handicap ramps and modest home repairs. We are expanding our efforts to a new opportunity to work through work directly with East Cooper Ecumenical Network of churches East of the Cooper River. A group called Operation Home is helping us identify and prioritize projects. Several times a year we will call on church members to volunteer their time and tools to help folks with health issues and who cannot afford these things on their own. You do not need any particular skill to help and youth are needed too! Several years ago we also helped build a “Presbyterian home” near Joe Rouse Road for Habitat for Humanity.
For more information contact Leonard Lindstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-259-1611 or 843-971-1202
Amazing Grays’ Mission Projects
The Amazing Grays, our fellowship group of retirees, has raised funds the last two years for curriculum materials for a summer enrichment program in Cainhoy/Huger for up to 100 children. The program runs from mid-June to mid-July and is held at Cainhoy Middle School, and is largely run by the members of the Huger United Methodist Churches. Palmetto church members have done volunteer morning readings for the enrichment program. The Amazing Grays also provide lunch for Crisis Ministries three times a year, provide gifts at Christmas for seniors through Meals on Wheels, donate toys to ECCO at Christmas, give funds to the Haiti efforts, and bake a lot of cookies for Kairos Prison Ministries. For more information contact Karen Rembarger at email@example.com or 513-919-2684
Youth in Mission
There are so many different ways the Youth and Children of Palmetto respond to the Great Commandment throughout the year. Whether they are collecting can goods for the food bank, making and selling keys for Keys for Hope, raising awareness about clean water needs around the world, they are seeking ways to reach into the community and world. The youth recently went to Charlotte, NC to do mission work with an organization called CROSS. They went to a variety of sites like meals on wheels, a home for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and a hospitality house. The youth also participate in local missions including the Hot Dog Ministry helping feed the homeless of Charleston. The youth meet every Sunday night at 5, have a mid-week missions meeting, Wednesday morning devotional breakfasts, and, and a monthly mission project.
HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support) is a non-profit agency that provides assistance to abused and neglected children in Charleston County and to their caregivers. HALOS works directly with CCDSS. One of their joint programs is the Angel Tree when partners of HALOS are asked to provide Christmas presents for children that are clients of CCDSS (Palmetto is a HALOS partner). Palmetto Presbyterian has participated in the Angel Tree for several years. For more information contact Kendra Tuck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-834-0064
Hands of Christ is a ministry led by Charleston area Presbyterian churches. Prior to each school year uniforms and school supplies are collected and distributed. Palmetto collected school supplies this year, and in past years we have been a distribution site and have helped with distribution at New Wappetaw Presbyterian in McClellanville.
Palmetto Presbyterian Church sponsors two collections a year for the ECCO (East Cooper Community Outreach) food bank. Grocery bags are handed out to our church members to fill with donations. Palmetto also collects Thanksgiving meals to be donated to the Huger United Methodist Churches. We also place boxes in the great hall that can be filled with items to restock food supplies for these Huger churches.
For over 100 years, Montreat Conference Center has been a place set apart for those who journey here seeking a closer relationship with their Creator. The conference center is one of the largest affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and is under the management of the Mountain Retreat Association, which formed in 1905 and is a church-related institute. Montreat annually hosts over 5,000 youth at our six Youth Conferences, offers over 40 conferences and programs year-round for individuals of all ages, and welcomes hundreds of church-related and non-profit guest groups who come to private retreats held at our center. Nestled in a peaceful mountain cove and surrounded by natural beauty, the conference center permanently protected 2,500 acres of pristine wilderness as a dedicated wilderness area registered in the NC Registry of National Heritage Areas, resulting in more than 40 miles of hiking trails for all to enjoy.
KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY is a world-wide, interdenominational, lay led ministry that takes Christianity inside prisons. Since 1976 Kairos has provided spiritual retreat weekends to over 150,000 prison residents in an effort to build a positive Christian community inside correctional institutions and thus change the prison environment from darkness and distrust to Christian camaraderie and support. A team of 50 men from Charleston churches, including Palmetto Presbyterian present the Kairos three-day weekend to 42 inmates inside Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville, SC twice a year Events are usually spring and fall. The men follow that weekend up with a mentoring program called Journey every Thursday evening. Additionally, a small group of Kairos volunteers visits the residents of South Carolina’s Death Row each Monday afternoon. A key attraction for inmates is cookies. For each three-day weekend, the team will bring in about 7,000 dozen cookies. Many will be made by the team, but congregational support is critical to making the cookies required and sending the message of Christian love to all 1500 inmates. Looking to spread the LOVE of Palmetto Presbyterian? Here is an opportunity. Stop me in church, call me (843) 388-5979, or send an email to Rick.Goldmeyer@comcast.net. Additional program information is available at http://www.kairossc.org/ or http://www.mykairos.org/.
Denominational Special Offerings
Palmetto Presbyterian has three special denominational offerings a year approved by session. The first is supporting those in financial need at Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina (the date of the offering is usually on -Mothers’ Day). The second is One Great Hour of Sharing – Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world; gifts to this special offering help provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed (this collection is usually in April). The third is Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, SC next to Presbyterian College. This is a home for disadvantaged children and youth who have been abused, abandoned or neglected (this collection is around Thanksgiving).