Missions and Outreach
The church’s Mission and Outreach program is managed by a committee by that name. The chair is a currently-serving elder; the pastor attends meetings as much as possible; other members have volunteered their time and expertise. The committee meets monthly (presently on the 1st Wednesday) and visitors are always welcome to sit in. New committee members are always welcome, in order to provide as much breadth and depth of interest and experience in missions as possible. The contact person is Carol Nussbaumer, chair, at 970-586-2437 or through the inquiry form at the bottom of this page.
Mission and Outreach works from a budget that averages approximately $40,000 and from extra giving opportunities. This is divided into 3 areas: Local mission, regional/national mission and international mission.
Within local mission, the church supports 8 Estes Park-based organizations as well as mission trips. The 8 organizations are: Crossroads Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, Salud Foundation, Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS), Estes Valley Crisis Advocates, Lifelong Learning of Estes Valley (LLEV), an Emergency Fund (used in 2016 to assist the victims of the Chapin Lane fire) and Back Pew Creations (melodrama) expenses. Information about these organizations can be found under Community Partnerships on this website.
Within regional/national mission, the Mission and Outreach program supports our Plains and Peaks Presbytery, the PCUSA General Assembly and the PCUSA Theological Education Fund. The church also assists the Medical Benevolence Foundation and the Highlands Camp and Conference Center.
On the international scene, the Mission and Outreach program contributes to the Marion Medical Mission Shallow Wells ministry (PCCR provides funds for 2.5 shallow wells in Malawi each year) and for 2 PCUSA mission co-worker couples. Jeremy & Luta Garbat-Welch are working in Malawi and east-central Africa. Rev. Sara Armstrong and Rusty Edmondson work in Peru. You can find out more about the work of Jeremy and Luta Garbat-Welch here: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/jeremy-and-luta-garbat-welch/ , and about Rev. Sara Armstrong and Rusty Edmondson here: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/the-rev-sara-armstrong-and-russell-edmondson/
The Mission and Outreach effort offers the congregation extra opportunities to be involved in mission either in person or by contributing to special funds. The church participates in all 4 of the National PCUSA Special Offerings (One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost Offering, Peace and Global Offering and the Christmas Joy Offering). Each of these is targeted to address specific needs ranging from youth programs to emergency support for retired church workers to reducing hunger to programs designed to alleviate poverty and promote peace.
Each November, the Mission and Outreach Committee involves the congregation in preparation of “side dish bags” for the Crossroads Ministry annual Thanksgiving baskets. In 2017, members of the congregation contributed to purchase and helped to assemble 120 bags.
In late summer, the mission committee organizes and participates in two fund-raising golf tournaments: one mini-golf and one “real” golf. Proceeds go to support our two mission co-worker couples.
During the season of Advent, the committee organizes and runs an Alternative Giving opportunity. These gift opportunities benefit organizations outside our usual budget and offer unusual gifts for the “person who has everything”. In recent years, gifts such as note cards by a deaf African artist, coffee from farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, hand-sewn bags from Malawi, solar lanterns and gift cards announcing a financial gift to one of several organizations have been offered.
Mission and Outreach also supports the Crop Walk held each September (contact: Pete Vanderveen 586-0578 or 690-8973) and the annual Melodrama held each spring (contact Ginger Wilkinson 586-5275). The committee works with Back Pew Creations to select 3 or 4 local charities who will split the proceeds from the melodrama. See the section in this website on Fellowship for additional description of the melodrama.
Individuals within the congregation participate in mission and outreach on many levels. This includes those who work on the melodrama, those who attend the golf outings and purchase alternative giving gifts, those who give time, energy and funds to any of the organizations noted above and all those who express an interest in and support for mission. Members of the congregation have traveled to La Puente (Alamosa, Colorado) to work with that mission; others travel to Malawi, Africa to help install shallow wells.
Mission is really a part of everything that happens within the church. Mission is not just “out there” somewhere, done by some special kind of person. Mission is the job of every Christian as they move about their family, community and world. It is a very real way of serving God and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. As has been said: “Preach the Gospel continually. Use words if necessary.”