Missions…it’s not about US!

Missions collageAs a United Methodist congregation, CrossPoint has always been actively involved in missions, both local and global.  We have a passion for love, justice, and spreading the gospel, and we do it at every opportunity.
But you might be asking yourself, “Where do I fit in?
It’s simple, take a look at what’s available and do
what you love.

Local MissionsCrossPoint Food Pantry

The Pantry has very quickly gained a reputation in the community as being a place where people are loved and respected for who they are and not what they have.  Located at our Rutherford Campus, the Pantry is open every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 1-3 pm.  By working closely with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, they serve more than 200 people per month!  For our volunteers it’s a great opportunity to serve in a community ministry.  If families want to work, there are plenty of jobs like doubling bags, carrying groceries to cars, restocking shelves, and associated with pantry patrons.  Our volunteers in ministry have greatly expanded this mission outreach and thanks to the donations and contributions from our generous congregations, lives have been changed tremendously!

Global MissionsMaboleh Church, Sierra Leone

We have a sister church!  Makeni, Sierra Leone is a war-torn part of South Africa and we have adopted another Methodist congregation in that part of the world.  Providing both financial and material aid, and working in concert with our Conference and Arms Around Africa, we see our partnership continuing to develop with a mission team visit in early 2009.  They will not only bring supplies, but also skilled nurses and laborers.  To aid in that endeavor, our vision is to streamline all of our church-wide missions to benefit Sierra Leone.  Every drive for funds, school kits, and soccer balls is about helping out our brothers and sisters.

Homegrown Missions – People’s Mission Fund

There are times when people in our own congregation have financial needs that go above and beyond their means.  To help, we have a People Mission that can provide assistance with groceries, utilities, taxes, and housing, as they may be needed.  This fund is overseen by the Director of Missions and at times, families in need will be paired with families who have been blessed.  For example, a person with HVAC skills might be asked to service a family’s heating and cooling units.  For more details send an e-mail to Pastor Jen at jwilliams@xpointumc.org.

Other Missions We Support – 2nd Mile Giving

Do you have a passion?  Is there a mission that’s not listed?  Maybe you want to help people who have been hit by a hurricane or tornado.  Maybe you’re looking for a simple mission trip to Philadelphia or New York City.  Looking for opportunities to participate or give to missions around the world? Check out The Advance, where 100% of what you give goes to your designated recipient. You can subscribe to a monthly e-mail newsletter at this link.There are all sorts of missions, far too many to list them all here.

For more information contact Pastor Jason, Director of Missions at (717) 545-1911
or missions@xpointumc.org

This ministry would not be in existence if it were not for our volunteers! We need individuals who are willing to answer God’s call to urban missionary work. IF you are willing to say, “Here I am, send me,” please contact us about one of the following opportunities: After School helpers at Youth Center; Tutoring; Drivers for our female clients; Groups to pack food bags; Clothing room coordinators; Various other ministry opportunities. You will be able to demonstrate love for your neighbor in need!

If interested, contact Deb King, Volunteer Coordinator at (717) 257-4442, ext. 222.

Committed to ending and preventing homelessness in your community…one church and one family at a time.  Local Bridge of Hope Affiliates bring together professional staff and trained church-based mentoring groups to empower homeless and at-risk single mothers to attain:

  • Permanent Housing
  • Financial Self-Sufficiency
  • Life-Changing Friendships
  • Growth and Wholeness

If interested, contact Melanie Miller, Harrisburg Director at (717) 635-5957.

This is an ecumenical partnership with over 140 member churches in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties.  Our goal is to provide assistance to many more people in need than one church could provide on its own.  They house the HELP Ministries, La Casa de Amistad, and the Dauphin County Prison Ministry.

Their local office is at 413 S. 19th Street, Harrisburg, Pa 17104,  or you may call: (717) 238-2851.

Daystar understands itself to be a Christian mission. They believe that persons of faith have a responsibility to help free others who are addicted and affected by addiction. We invite all who share our values to join us in this mission. You can become a Star Associate (volunteer), staff, board member, client, graduate, donor and prayer partner as a member of the “Daystar family.” We believe that as we help the addicted overcome their spiritual disease, we too are helped to overcome whatever negative forces bind us.

Their local office is at 125 North 18th Street, P. O. Box 60574, Harrisburg, PA 17106-0574
or you may call: (717) 230-9898

This ministry helps poor and homeless single parents and their children in the Greater Harrisburg area by providing the emotional, educational, financial and housing assistance needed to achieve self-sufficiency.  The program provides a suitable apartment for a two year period to male and female single parents who have shown a genuine desire to move out of homelessness by participating in the program rules.  Upon “graduation” from the two year program, participants have moved into their own apartments, improved their parenting skills, bettered their educational backgrounds, gotten steady employment and improved their credit reports.

Their local office is at 2041 N. Second Street, P.O. Box 5342, Harrisburg, PA 17110
or you may call: (717) 232-2970.

Created in 1986, this ministry envisions a food system that empowers farmers and consumers, supports small farmer co-ops, and uses sustainable farming methods.  They started with fairly traded coffee from Nicaragua and didn’t look back.  Today they continue to find new and powerful ways to build a better food system by partnering with co-operatives of farmers who provide high-quality organic coffees, teas, chocolates, and snacks from farmers all over the world, including here in the United States.

For more information or to place an order contact Kathy Goodman at (717) 545-1911.

This is the mission warehouse of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Our partners include other United Methodist conferences in the Northeast Jurisdiction as well as a host of denominational and nondenominational mission groups in South-Central Pennsylvania.  With our volunteers, we process United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) “Relief Kits” for use around the world, provide all types of needed supplies for local and national ministries, and assist many projects that are sending God’s love around the world.  Working in concert with other denominational and nondenominational programs, we have sent medical supplies, educational supplies, and daily living supplies and equipment to destinations such as Africa, Argentina, Kenya, Belarus, and other areas where the needs are great.  Our work in disaster response has provided aid for people affected by every major weather event since 2003.

Their local office is at 5 Pleasant View Drive, Mechanicsburg, Pa 17050
or you may call: (717) 766-1533.

This ministry would not be in existence if it were not for our volunteers! Our clients might be worried about an unplanned pregnancy.  If a baby isn’t part of their plans, they might be looking for an abortion clinic to terminate their pregnancy. At our Pregnancy Centers they won’t find anyone judging them or telling them what to decide. They’ll find personal answers to personal questions. We’re here to help with FREE medical quality pregnancy tests, and, above all, the staff will explain to them every option they have if they’re really pregnant. We understand that sometimes they need a place to process everything, to think through all their options, to feel safe to share what ’s on their mind. We need individuals who are willing to answer God’s call to counseling and administrative work.

For assistance or to volunteer call: Harrisburg (717) 901-2799,
New Cumberland(717) 901-5433, Middletown (717) 944-3888.

The General Church has identified four goals for missions. Through our Shares of Ministry, we support activities of The General Board of Global Ministries, including the the United Methodist Committee on Relief. We encourage inviduals and Small Groups to get involved and support these various mission activities.

For more information contact Pastor Jason at (717) 545-1911
or missions@xpointumc.org.

If you would like another mission opportunity that’s not listed here,
contact Pastor Jason, Director of Missions
at mission@xpointumc.org or (717) 545-1911.