Missions

 

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Mission Trip: Senior Only Trip to San Luis Obispo, June 19-26, 2017

Purpose: This trip is planned and designed especially for those senior students who are a part of the ReFormed Student Ministry at Chapin Presbyterian. Trevor Allen, the Student Ministry Director, and a group of both male and female student ministry team members will accompany our senior graduates on a trip to California where we will minister to and engage in gospel centered dialogue with members of the homeless community. Students will be required to read Learning Evangelism from Jesus, which is a book written by a professor at Covenant Seminary named Jerram Barrs. The group will have monthly meetings starting after Christmas Break to start melding us together, answering questions and concerns, and for us to grow in our outreach and apologetic skills in sharing the gospel to people who do not “look, act, smell, and seem” like us. While we will be focusing in on ministerial service, apologetics, outreach, and serving our fellow image bearers; this trip is also meant to be a nostalgic last “hoorah” as well for the ministry, service, intimacy and love shared together as the ReFormed Student Ministry says good by to our graduating seniors before they go off to, trade schools, the military, community college, the work force, college or whatever.

Location: San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach and Santa Maria, CA.

~Place of work: During the day from 12:00 PM-5PM we will be doing outreach to the homeless community around San Luis Obispo and the beach areas letting them know of local and free services, open up conversations about their stories, share the gospel, perhaps help with job application forms, and minister to them any way we can. I addition to outreach we will be handing out Bibles, blankets, beanies, water and snacks to the homeless as we talk with and minister to them. After day outreach we will then go to the Maxine Lewis Memorial Homeless Shelter in San Luis Obispo. There we will be handing out meals and assisting staff with needs in the shelter between the hours of 5:30 PM-9:30 PM.

~Housing: We will be staying on the sanctuary floor of my home church in Santa Maria, Ca. Feel free to check out their website at gracebap.net. Pastor Benji Magness is their Sr. Pastor and he has already given us the okay and a gracious welcome! We will stay their free of charge. And the local YMCA will allow our group to shower for free and use their facilities the whole week.

Agenda:

Monday: Travel and settle in! Trevor’s parents will be hosting dinner the first night as the students will have real BBQ for their first time! Then back to Grace Baptist for sleep and a nightly devotional. Asleep by 12 AM.

Tuesday: Wake up 8 AM; Devotionals until 9:00 AM; Shower/Breakfast until 11:15; Arrive in San Luis/Pismo/Avila at 12; Outreach/Evangelism/Care packages until; 1 PM Lunch; 1:45-5PM Outreach/Evangelism/Care packages; Arrive at Maxine Lewis Memorial Homeless Shelter at 5:30 PM; Leave at 9:30 PM; Get dinner and arrive back at Grace Baptist 11PM; Evening Devotional and bed by 12AM

Wednesday: Wake up 8 AM; Devotionals until 9:00 AM; Shower/Breakfast until 11:15; Arrive in San Luis/Pismo/Avila at 12; Outreach/Evangelism/Care packages until; 1 PM Lunch; 1:45-5PM Outreach/Evangelism/Care packages; Arrive at Maxine Lewis Memorial Homeless Shelter at 5:30 PM; Leave at 9:30 PM; Get dinner and arrive back at Grace Baptist 11PM; Evening Devotional and bed by 12AM

Thursday: Wake up 8 AM; Devotionals until 9:00 AM; Shower/Breakfast until 11:15; Arrive in San Luis/Pismo/Avila at 12; Outreach/Evangelism/Care packages until; 1 PM Lunch; 1:45-5PM Outreach/Evangelism/Care packages; Arrive at Maxine Lewis Memorial Homeless Shelter at 5:30 PM; Leave at 9:30 PM; Get dinner and arrive back at Grace Baptist 11PM; Evening Devotional and bed by 12AM

Friday: Wake up 8 AM; Devotionals until 9:00 AM; Shower/Breakfast until 11:15; Arrive in San Luis/Pismo/Avila at 12; Outreach/Evangelism/Care packages until; 1 PM Lunch; 1:45-5PM Outreach/Evangelism/Care packages; Arrive at Maxine Lewis Memorial Homeless Shelter at 5:30 PM; Leave at 9:30 PM; Get dinner and arrive back at Grace Baptist 11PM; Evening Devotional and bed by 12AM

Saturday: We will do a free day of whatever the students want to (within reason and budget)

Sunday: Wake up at 7AM; Shower/get ready for church. We will attend the early morning service at Grace Baptist church from 9-10:30 AM. Then we will go into the Student Ministry SS from 10:30-12PM. After have lunch with the pastors and students until 2PM. We will get a quick beach trip in from 2-5PM to be back and get cleaned up for Sunday Evening Service until 7. Then we will go to Trevor’s parents house for one last meal and game night. Then back to Grace Baptist to unwind and digest our week from 10-12AM. Lights out 12 AM.

Monday: Travel Day.

Cost:

~Plane: As of the date (Aug 2016) plane tickets are $506 dollars from Charlotte to LAX for a round trip ticket. We will buy the tickets no later than April 18th as a group. You will need to have your ticket money put aside by April 1st.

~Food: We will plan on spending about $10 per meal X 3 Meals= $30. $30 times 8 days = $240.

~Transportation: With 3 projected staff and 12 students we will rent a 15-passenger van for the week with a projected cost of $1,266.55 of van rental, insurance and fees, as well as an additional $300 in gasoline for the week… We will split $1,566.55 amongst 15 people for a projected cost of $104.43

~Needs: Blankets, Bibles, Beanies, Water, and Snacks will run about $70 per student.

~Miscellaneous: $50 for free day fun on Saturday.

~Plus whatever money the student chooses to spend on a souvenir; that is their call.

Total Projected Cost: $970.43 Based on the projected amount of students going.

Click here for the Mission Trip Payment Break-down —>>senior-mission-trip

 

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Mission Trip: Mission Trip to Maine! July 31st-August 8th, 2017

*** We are now seeking adults to come on this trip with us to help support and help care for our students. Please start to pray for the trip and pray about potentially being a student ministry team member with us to help serve our local, national, and international neighborhood.

 Purpose: Our mission for this week will be to partner with Free Grace Presbyterian Church and The Root Cellar in Lewiston (http://www.therootcellarlew.org/about_us). We will be helping and putting on a “Super Summer” which is essentially a summer camp for all of the children in the area (purple, white, black, Christian, Muslim, Catholic, Atheist). Please take a look at the website, pictures, videos, and social media sites to better equip and educate yourself on what next summer is going to look like. If there are any questions or concerns about this trip please, please, please, please, contact me! I know the thought of going to a Northern state where there is a larger per capita Muslim population may be nerve wracking, but please, contact me if there are any questions or concerns. And to help put minds to ease, safety and security will be a top priority for this trip at ALL times.

Location: Lewiston, Maine. The town of Lewiston is unique in that it has a population of 4,500-5,000, Congo, Angola, and Somali immigrants that have been there since 2001. There is a Bantu Tribe from Somalia, which for the most part, is a historically unreached people group to the gospel. Outside of Somalia they are the largest gathering of the Bantu in the world. Most of this immigrant population, like the original population, are business owners, active in community assimilation and outreach, and love their home in Maine that is not riddled with wars and evil unspeakable!

~Place of Work: The local Lewiston Community. I have attached an excerpt from one of the workers in Lewiston’s city hall giving a brief overview of the city. I have attached contact information for any of those who are worried about the trip for any reason of the Community Relations Coordinator.

Trevor:  So nice talking with you!  It’s exciting that a group from your church is coming to Lewiston to be of service.  As I assured you on the phone, we are a very peaceful community and lots of great things are going on here – arts, theatre, sports, great restaurants, super schools, four colleges, two major hospitals, historic preservation, etc.  Here are some pics that will hopefully enable your church members to feel more comfortable with the visit.  Also, here is our interactive web site – www.lewistonmaine.gov  At the bottom left, you’ll see a video series; the first four videos are Lewiston specific and will give you a flavor of the community.  You mentioned a church here; is it the Free Grace Presbyterian – if so, I know the pastor and one of their elders.  Great people!  Also, as I said we have an extremely low crime rate.   In addition—in regards to your concerns—I thought you’d like this link to a great CNN article about the Lewiston High School soccer team with many refugees who recently won a major championship.  http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/19/opinions/bass-immigrants-soccer-maine/   I’ve lived here my whole life and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!  Please let me know you received all these pics.  Thanks, Dottie”

 

Dottie Perham-Whittier

Community Relations Coordinator

City of Lewiston, Maine

(207) 513-3000, X3205

(207) 513-3007 (TTY/TDD)

dottie@lewistonmaine.gov

www.lewistonmaine.gov

 

~Housing: In order to keep costs down we will bring our own sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets and sleeping in Free Grace Presbyterian Church’s facility.

Agenda: The trip will consist of driving in a rented van for a two-day trip up to Maine, 4 days of serving, one day of worship, and a two-day trip back down. The purpose of the trip will be to help support our sister PCA churches in the North Eastern part of the United States. Pastor Per Almquist is the Sr. Pastor of Free Grace Presbyterian Church in Lewiston as well as two ruling elders who shepherd over the church. Per and the elders are currently bi-vocational, meaning, they have a job to support their families apart from being full-time pastors.

Cost:~Food: We will plan on spending about $10 per meal X 3 Meals= $30. $30 times 8 days = $240.

~Transportation: With 3 projected staff and 12 students we will rent a 15-passenger van for the week with a projected cost of $1,266.55 of van rental, insurance and fees, as well as an additional $300 in gasoline for the week… We will split $1,566.55 amongst 15 people for a projected cost of $104.43

~Needs: Bibles, Water, and Snacks will run about $70 per student.

~Miscellaneous: $50 for free day fun on Saturday.

~Plus whatever money the student chooses to spend on a souvenir; that is their call.

~The price will change nominally if we end up having to rent two vans, or if we need to rent a hotel for all of us on the hotel up.

Total Projected Cost $464.43-$564.43