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Looking for a chance to give back to the community?  Get in touch with our Mission Committee!

 
Committee Description
 

The mission advocacy team actively leads EPC in outreach to the world. We promote a variety of causes to support through benevolent giving, donations, and volunteering. The goal of our Mission Committee is to communicate with and educate our congregation about mission opportunities, as well as organize and execute mission events. We reach out to as many people as possible within our community, our country, and as far as we are able to reach around the world. We seek to actively participate in God’s work here at EPC and throughout the world. The needs of people around the world change from minute to minute. It is important for our committee to be aware of these needs so that we may communicate to our church how best we can reach out to our world. Our committee communicates with our congregation through the Focus on Mission during worship services, the monthly newsletters, Facebook, e-notes, Remind messages, and the Sunday bulletins. We keep the congregation up-to-date on mission projects, special needs in disaster areas, special offerings, and all of our local mission outreach programs.

  • to continue our partnerships locally and abroad and continue our traditional annual commitments/missions
  • to explore strengthening our relationships with added efforts potentially in our Cuba partnership, in our relationship with our Guatemalan neighbors, and/or with New Deliverance Church
  • to fill our committee with members and friends who are called to do mission work
  • to maintain a balance of mission work in regard to who we serve (local, PCUSA, and global) and how we serve (donation of goods or money, spending time or labor)
  
Partnership Descriptions
 

Children Up – an Elmhurst organization started by a former York High School Teacher committed to strengthening the spirit of the people of northern Uganda, partnering with schools and organizations with the same mission in mind. EPC sponsors 2 students through this organization.  You can donate money through Simple Give or by using the Mission envelopes in the pews.

 Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry – 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 and coupons in the shopping carts in the Nelson White Room. You can also volunteer at the food pantry and donate money.

Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network – 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.

Erie Neighborhood House – a not-for-profit organization that reaches 5,000 people annually, empowering them to build better lives while strengthening their communities. Erie House offers Chicago’s Latino and diverse low-income residents a range of community-based education programs. During Advent, EPC members donate gifts to the children served by Erie House.

Guines Iglesia Presbyterian, Cuba – the Presbyterian Church in Guines, Cuba is our sister church.  We have a relationship with the church, the pastor, and the Havana Presbytery.  Several members of EPC have visited the church in Cuba to share fellowship and educational & medical supplies.  We also support them with financial donations that allow them to have a running well and many of the basic necessities of living.

We Pop Up! – an Elmhurst community organization of people gathers resources and donations to serve our neighbors in need.  We are hosting pop-up-pantries with We Pop Up! about twice a year.

DuPage Pads  – a not-for-profit organization that provides interim housing in DuPage County.  For many years, when the site rotated between churches nightly, Elmhurst Presbyterian was a PADS site that hosted guests one night a week. Since PADS now serves those without homes in a more extended stay hotel model, we continue to give a financial donation in support of their great work.

For more information about these organizations, to recommend other organizations for the committee to consider, or to volunteer, please contact Anna Lu at .