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Community Outreach

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness
and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
-Frederick Buechner 

We are a mission-centered congregation, committed to minister to Easton, and our members volunteer their time and talent generously. We reach out to our community through the following programs and partnerships.

Mission Programs: 

Angel Tree  – The Deacons set up an “Angel Tree” annually to provide Christmas gifts to families referred to us by local service agencies.

Ark Soup Kitchen  – We provide a Saturday luncheon meal annually for this soup kitchen based out of Trinity Episcopal Church in Easton.

“Cooking Matters”  – In conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank, we offer a series of six-week classes throughout the year held in our church kitchen to teach both cooking skills and basic nutrition to local adults who are referred to us by our local food bank.

“Make It – Take It” Kitchen  – Working with ProJeCt of Easton and with a grant from Lehigh Presbytery, we host periodic Make It – Take It events in our church kitchen and fellowship hall to help low-income families learn to prepare healthy meals on a budget. Participants leave the event not only with the food they prepared that day but also with the tools and groceries to replicate the recipes at home.

Presbyterian Coffee Project – The Deacons are now serving Equal Exchange Coffee during the coffee hour on Sundays! For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods Presbyterians purchase through the Coffee Project, 15 cents per pound goes to the PCUSA’s Small Farmer Fund. The total Small Farmer Fund amounted to $11,819.30 in 2016 alone.

Shawl Ministry  – This group meets monthly at church to make scarves, hats, shawls, blankets, lap robes, and knitted/crocheted baby gifts for hospitals, nurseries, schools, church members and troops overseas.

Troop Support Project Sunday  – This annual drive provides toiletries, other personal articles, snacks, and personal thank-you cards to troops serving overseas.

Worldwide Mission  – We have a partnership with the Nagyvarad-Ret Hungarian Reformed Church of Oradea, Romania. The Nagyvarad-Ret pastor has visited us with his family, and members of our congregation have visited the Romanian congregation. This partnership was established in 2003.

Community Partnerships: 

Easton Area Community Center – This center provides care for students after school.  Once a month, we provide an ice cream party in celebration of their birthdays.

ProJeCt (Protestant-Jewish-Catholic) of Easton  – We make monthly contributions of food and  cash to the Interfaith Food Pantry and participate in other ProJeCt events as needed.

ProJeCt offers comprehensive emergency assistance as well as language and literacy services.

Safe Harbor-Easton  – We provide food for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month for this emergency shelter; we also provide and serve a full dinner at the shelter once a month.

SHARE Food Program  – We brought SHARE Food to Easton: a bulk-buying program from Philadelphia that enables people to purchase good food at a reduced price in exchange for volunteer work in the community. Working with other agencies in Easton, we coordinate the ordering and distribution out of our building of SHARE Food on a monthly basis. This partnership is currently inactive, but we are hoping to continue it in 2017.

Third Street Alliance – Church volunteers help with the Senior Day Care Program and other volunteer activities as needed at this community center which has a special emphasis on programs to help women and children.

Meals on Wheels  – Our church team delivers meals once a month to homebound people in the Easton Area.

 Facilities Sharing: 

When we remodeled our church house in 2008, we did so with the intention of making our building a welcoming place for the surrounding community.  This renovation included the addition of an elevator, a new accessible entrance onto our parking lot, a modernized kitchen, and an expanded fellowship hall.  Additionally, we moved the nursery to the main level and reconfigured the classrooms to better accommodate students.  We also installed new heating, air-conditioning, electrical, and plumbing systems.  Following this project, we are now able to share our building with the following organizations.

Genesis Church / Iglesia Genesis – a Hispanic Pentecostal congregation led by the Rev. Kimberly Lara which worships in our sanctuary on Sunday afternoons and conducts Bible Study on Tuesday evenings.

Al Anon – a support group for family members of people with alcohol addiction that meets at our church every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) – holds two meetings at our church each week. The Two Rivers group meets each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. while the Spring Garden group meets each Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – meets at our church on a monthly basis.

Narcotics Anonymous – leaders of local NA groups meet at our church on a monthly basis.