Elmhurst Presbyterian members and the student jazz choir - Blue, from nearby Elmhurst College - joined together on a recent Sunday after the service to create hurricane relief kits for Church World Service (CWS). Each kit contains essential post-hurricane cleaning supplies such as trash bags, laundry and cleansing soaps, work gloves, insect repellent, sponges, clotheslines and pins, and much more. CWS keeps kits in stock to be rushed to areas that have been hit by natural disasters, and as you would expect, its stores have been nearly wiped out by this season’s storms. Gathering the materials and assembling kits like these is just one of the ways our mission reaches out to help others in need.
Looking to make a difference? Get involved in EPC’s Mission group. There’s lot of opportunities to serve.
Children Up - is an Elmhurst organization started by a former York High School Teacher. It is committed to strengthening the spirit of the people of northern Uganda, partnering with schools and organizations with the same mission in mind.
We sponsor Acan Rovister. She is the second oldest of 6 children. Her father was in the army during the war with the Lord’s Resistance Army. During that time he disappeared. Her mother grows crops near the family home and then is able to cook the food for her family but also for travelers who commute on the nearby road. You can donate money through Simple Give or by using the Mission envelopes in the pews.
EPC Advocates: Jeff and Trish Waters
Church World Services – is a faith based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. You can support the group by using the Mission envelopes in the pews.
EPC Advocate: Marj Schuham
Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry – is for the charitable distribution of food for the relief of hunger to our neighbors in need residing in the communities surrounding us, including Elmhurst, Addison, Bensenville, Berkeley, Hillside, Lombard, Oak Brook and Villa Park. Donate non-perishable foods, paper products, toiletries, coupons and empty egg cartons in the shopping carts in the Nelson White Room. You can also volunteer at the food pantry and donate money.
EPC Advocates: Karen Fitzgerald and Alan West
Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network – is designed to offer emergency assistance to clients who find themselves in a difficult situation. Financial assistance includes rental/mortgage assistance; utility bill assistance; access to Immaculate Conception Food Pantry as well as information on other local food pantries and clothing closets; some clothing and food vouchers; one-time only car repair; gas vouchers for assistance getting to work, a job interview, or doctor’s appointment; prescription help. Assistance goes directly to the service provider. No cash is kept on the premises.
How you can help:
- Donate money by using the Mission envelopes in the pews.
- Donate stamps, white copy paper, blue or goldenrod copy paper, gift cards for gas ($40), Subway ($5), or West Suburban Office Products (any amount).
- Recommend family and/or friends who need their assistance.
EPC Advocate: Pam Fuesz
Erie Neighborhood House – is a not-for-profit organization that reaches 5,000 people annually, empowering them to build better lives while strengthening their communities. ENH offers Chicago’s Latino and diverse low-income residents a range of community-based education programs. With forward-thinking leadership, ENH is committed to continuing its legacy of cost effective, award-winning programming. During Advent, EPC members donate gifts, gift cards, hats and gloves.
EPC Advocate: Marj Shuham
Feed My Starving Children – Volunteers meet at FMSC facilities and hand-pack meal that are donated around the world where kids are fed and lives are saved.
World Relief - is a Christ-centered organization that partners with local churches and works with hundreds of individuals and community groups to offer a comprehensive range of services to refugees and immigrants living in DuPage and Kane Counties. Watch announcements for donation and volunteer opportunities.
EPC Advocate: Cami Streuter
Guines Iglesia Presbyterian, Cuba - EPC is a sister church of the Presbyterian Church in Guines, Cuba and has a relationship with the Havana Presbytery. Several members of EPC have visited the church in Cuba to share fellowship and educational and medical supplies.