The Outreach Ministry Team leads the church in its ministry of witness, service and benevolence to the community of Fairmont. The team is composed of elders and lay persons of the church.
The team’s biggest commitment is the long-running Shoes for Kids program. This program provides shoes for underprivileged children in Fairmont and surrounding communities. The funding for this program comes largely from the sale of apple butter which church members make themselves at an annual Apple Butter Day. This “work day” is more fun than work and provides a wonderful opportunity for fellowship.
- Union Mission – a Christian shelter for homeless men, women and children
- Habitat for Humanity
- HOPE – a shelter for abused and battered women and their children
- Soup Opera – a local kitchen which provides meals for those in need
- Connecting Link – helps those in need pay their utility bills
- Scott Place – a shelter for the homeless
- Food Pantry – provides food for the underprivileged
The Outreach Ministry Team supports the Presbyterian Coffee Project: “Good coffee for a good cause.”
The Presbyterian Coffee Project offers a special link between congregations and communities around the world. Churches can now reach out to neighbors overseas not only with the prayers and offerings we give, but with the goods and products we purchase. A warm cup of coffee (or tea) in our hands is perhaps the most tangible daily connection we have with farmers around the world. It represents warmth, hospitality, fellowship, hard work and life’s pleasures both fine and simple. Buying fair trade through the Presbyterian Coffee Project ensures that more of the money we spend on coffee reaches the hardworking farmers who actually grow it.
The Outreach Ministry Team also sponsors numerous special offerings throughout the year. These include:
- Cents-Ability Offering – helps support hunger relief in the community
- One Great Hour of Sharing-supporting ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities
- Pentecost Offering- It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults
- Peacemaking Offering- A way to renew commitments to peacemaking as part of your calling as a follower of Christ, who not only taught us the ways of peace but is our peace.
- Christmas Joy Offering- Is distributed equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to support student scholarships at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.
The church congregation is made aware of the purpose of these special offerings through Minute for Mission talks, church bulletin inserts and The Chimes newsletter articles.