Clothing/Food Drive on June 26th and July 10th for the La Conexion Migrant Worker’s Camp visit in
Bloomdale, OH on July 17th
     The Mission Committee is holding a drive for donations of work clothes and shoes for men and women, and school and play clothes for children of migrant families that are staying at the Migrant Workers’ Camp in Bloomdale, OH.  We are also collecting 1 pound  packages of pinto dried beans, and canned tomatoes. Cardboard boxes noted for Mission Committee use will be placed in the Fellowship Hall on two Sundays after church on June 26th and July 10, 2016, where you can place your donated items.  These clothes, plus some clothes from the Deacon’s Shop, will be distributed to men, women, and children of migrant worker families at the Bloomdale camp during our party at Bloomdale that church members are welcome to join.   We would like to invite everyone in the congregation that would like to come to that event to show up at the church parking lot between 3:45-4:00pm, and a car caravan will leave the church parking lot about 4pm on the Sunday afternoon of July 17, 2016.  Food purchased by the Mission Committee will be provided to all attendees. This is an opportunity for participating in hands-on mission work, to see and meet the people that we are trying to help, with the assistance of La Conexion, a Wood County organization that has been an active partner for our church in the betterment of the lives of migrant workers in Wood County.  Interpreters will be present, and you will learn more about these people that our agricultural farms depend on for vegetable and fruit crops that still require manual harvesting.  

From the Presbyterian News Service. . . Local Mission Giving Increases Despite Numbers…..
Local mission giving in Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations went up by almost $7.7 million in 2015, according to annual statistics of the denomination.

And that increase in giving was despite the fact that the number of congregations decreased by 187 between 2014 and 2015 and the number of active members went down by 95,107. The denomination has 9,642 churches, compared to 9,829 in 2014. it also has 1,572,660 members ,compared to 1,667,767 in 2014.

“Presbyterians, regardless of how large or small they are in number are recommitting themselves to by the hands and feet of Christ in communities across the country,” said the Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. Local mission giving was $132,7373,066 in 2015 compared to $125,056,313 in 2014.
Special offerings:   Pentecost Offering contributions are $557 to date. We’ll be sending 60% to national and global Presbyterian projects supporting youth. We will divide the rest between the RISE project, helping youth who have been involved in human trafficking, and the Court Appointed Special Advocated program, aiding youth in the local court system.
 Every month we send $1184 to the mission program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to change lives for people in need all over the world.