Seeking Christ ... through our service.
Every minute of every day, PCM is reaching out to someone somewhere in the world who needs a helping hand. In many ways, some listed below, we at PCM venture into the world to help heal, feed, clothe, and comfort. While PCM gives money to various mission and service ministries, many of our ministries are hands-on, with PCM members working directly to bring God's justice into the world.
Here are some of the ministries that PCM assists throughout the year within the Omaha Community and with our World Mission Partnerships:
PCM Community Garden and Garden Mart
For a nominal fee, plots are offerred to gardeners on the PCM grounds. Gardeners are encouraged to donate the produce they cannot use to the Sunday Garden Mart. This bounty is offerred on a donation basis to both PCM members and members of the community. The proceeds from the Garden Mart are donated to hunger relief efforts in Omaha. The produce that isn't purchased is donated to either the pantry at Crossroads Connection or to the food program at the Siena/Francis House.
PCM Giving Tree
Located in the Communications Center, the PCM Giving Tree has items on its branches that have been requested by our mission partners or other local non-profits. The congregation is encouraged to peruse the tree periodically to see if there are items they can provide.
The American Red Cross
Three northwest Omaha churches have partnered to host several blood drives. Those churches include PCM, Holy Cross Lutheran and Maplewood United Methodist. Churches rotate hosting the drives and members of each church are encouraged to donate not only at their own church but also at the others. These events couldn't be held without volunteers to help with the administrative duties, the baking of the goodies, and of course those who donate.
Based in Omaha, Aqua Africa drills wells in South Sudan which enables villages to become sustainable communities. Buey Tut often says that without water nothing grows. Aqua Africa uses clean water as the beginning of developing a strong community. This year, Aqua Africa partnered with Water for South Sudan. PCM supports Aqua Africa through a donation from our World Mission monies.
Church World Service (CROP Walk)
CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. In addition each local CROP Hunger Walk can choose to return up to 25% of the funds it raises to hunger-fighting programs in its own community. CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs. We participate through individuals who walk and those who support the walkers financially. Curious to learn how PCM prepares for the CROP Walk? CLICK HERE to watch a video from the PCM youth and how they suggest you participate.
Crossroads Connection Prison Ministry
Crossroads Connection Prison Ministry provides worship, fellowship and spiritual assistance to current and former inmates in the Omaha arae. PCM leads several worship services and provided evening meals on Sundays. Many PCM members donated their culinary skills and served the meals. The PCM vus is used most weeks to transport inmates from the Douglas County Work Release Center to Underwood Hills Presbyterian Church for the worship service and meal. A dedicated group of drivers from PCM share the transport duties.
Food Bank for the Heartland
PCM supports the Food Bank through donations from our Hunger Ministry and through the efforts of volunteers who participated in our "Round Town Mission Trips." Food Bank for the Heartland is the largest food bank in Nebraska and Iowa, encompassing 93 counties in a two-state region. It distributed 12.6 million pounds of food in 2013. Their network includes more than 285 food pantries, emergency shelters, after-school programs, senior housing sites and rehabilitation centers in the community.
Habitat for Humanity
In 2013 Habitat for Humanity of Omaha will complete 34 homes. Homes are built with donor contributions, volunteer labor and donated materials. The families are required to work 350 hours of Sweat Equity on the homes being built. Their monthly mortgage payments are then used to build more homes. PCM has been part of the Carpenter's Crew for the past several years. Through the generous hearts of PCM members we were able to donate money towards the cost of construction. In addition to the dollars donated, PCM also donated labor and provided meals on work days. PCM members also created a quilt that was presented to the homeowners at the dedication of their home.
Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Their animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. The core of the Heifer model is Passing on the Gift. This means families share the training they receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. Heifer was the recipient of the funds raised through the PCM Christmas Card. Individuals/families are asked to donate the dollar amount they would spend on sending a card to other PCM members. One Christmas card, designed by member Ron Meyer, is sent out in the PCM Voice Newsletter with the names of all the donors.
Mission with PCUSA
We support our denomination through an annual mission pledge. These donations support mission at the General Assembly, Synod and Presbytery. In addition, PCM promotes several special offerings including One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost Offering, Peace-making Offering and the Christmas Joy Offering.
Nebraska AIDS Project
Nebraska AIDS Project leads the community in the fight to overcome HIV/AIDS and its stigma through education, supportive services and advocacy. PCM supports this effort through the Panera Bread Project. Several PCM members meet at the Panera Store on Saddle Creek to collect unsold bakery items which are re-packaged and delivered to Metropolitan Community Church to be used in their food pantry. PCM has also donated hunger monies to the MCC pantry.
The Siena/Francis House is the largest shelter for the homeless in the state of Nebraska. They provide overnight shelter to men, women and children as well as a meal program to Omaha's hungry. PCM supports their ministry through volunteers who serve an evening meal once each month and through monetary donations to the hunger program.
As the area's only dry homeless shelter, sobriety and a drug-free environment are the hallmarks of the Stephen Center's program. The shelter is open on an emergency basis from a few nights to two weeks or longer depending on the situation. The Emergency Shelter provides a gateway to a variety of supportive services including the opportunity to enroll in the Stephen Center HERO Substance Abuse Treatment Program or Transitional Living opportunities. PCM supports this program through donations to their hunger program. Stephen Center is also often on the PCM Giving Tree and receives donations in that way and has been a stop for the "Round Town Mission Trips."
The mission of Table Grace is to foster a healthy community by offering great food prepared and served in a graceful manner to anyone who walks through the door. Those who can pay for the meal do and those who cannot are encouraged to trade work for their meal. Table Grace has received hunger monies this year and was also part of a special PCM New Year's Eve fundraiser. Plans are being discussed for additional opportunities to partner on events with Table Grace.
The mission of Together, Inc. is to provide education, guidance and services such as food, living essentials and financial assistance to prevent people from becoming homeless. They provided nearly 45,000 services in 2013 by bringing together our community to assist people in need with hope, dignity and compassion. Together provides emergency resources and navigation to working families in extreme poverty to create housing stability.