Porter United Methodist Church is blessed to have many outreach ministries, both local and global, that are supported by our congregation to help those in need. Each quarter, we focus on a specific mission outreach. Besides the missions listed below, in the past our congregation has been involved in packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse and collecting items to put together "Purses of Hope" - an outreach to women in need, those who’ve been abused, and those who are homeless. To read more about this special mission of the ladies of the church or to see what items we are collecting for the purses, click HERE.
In addition to the missions supported by the church, the children of our church are learning about giving with an open heart. Each quarter, they take up weekly offerings during the worship service to help support outreaches that are kid-centered. In the past, the children have supported the Porter Police's program Christmas with the Cops, TrueNorth Training Stables, State Park Little League Challengers, Heifer Project (through VBS), Jacob's Ladder, and the VNA Phoenix Center.
Quarterly Missions for 2019 include: VNA Phoenix Center, TrueNorth Training Stables, Christmas with the Cops (formerly known as Shop with a Cop), and Life Recovery Bibles for Frontline.
2018 Supported Quarterly Mission Outreaches:
MAF Impact 2014/2015
Members from Porter UMC present a check to the VNA Phoenix Center during the May 19th worship service.
FRONT ROW (L to R): Ayden Edwards, Cooper Schultz, Jordan Schultz
BACK ROW (L to R): Gretchen Seidler Gibbs (supervisor from the VNA Phoenix Center in Valparaiso), Judy Reales (missions chair of Porter UMC’s congregation) and Pastor Liz Lahaie.
Check Presentation to VNA Phoenix Center
During the worship service on May 19th, our Missions Chair Judy Reales (with the help of some of our wonderful Sunday School children) presented a check in the amount of $396.47 to Gretchen Seidler Gibbs, a supervisor from the VNA Phoenix Center in Valparaiso. This wonderful organization helps children and young adults who have lost someone in their lives process their grief. Before the age of 15, statistics show that one out of every twenty children may lose a parent and one in five will lose a close family member or friend. When this happens, they feel all alone but when they have help coping during this stressful time, they learn they don’t have to be. The VNA Phoenix Center, located at 2401 Valley Drive in Valparaiso, is able to offer this service free of charge through support from the community and income through other VNA programs.
We will be continuing to collect for our quarterly missions throughout the summer. This helps the children grow in their relationship with members of the church and also discover that kids like them - no matter what their age - can help make a difference in the lives of other children within the community.