Our mission program focuses on those in need, and provides love and support through prayer, care and through gift cards for necessities, direct food contributions, and financial assistance where needed. We engage the immediate Hobe Sound neighborhood as well as to the surrounding local communities in similar fashion. We provide backpacks and fill them with needed school supplies for a local school at the beginning of each school year. We take a weekly food collection for the House of Hope, and make financial contributions to many local charities and agencies, i.e. The Kane Center (services and activities for seniors), Butterfly Project, Molly’s House (lodging for families of hospitalized children), Samaritan House for Boys, and LAHIA help for the homeless.
Previously we have sponsored two programs for foreign missions: Great Commissions weekend of fellowship with SIM from Africa, and Missions Aviation Fellowship in Malawi, and through Presbytery we have provided help in disaster relief. Sunday School classes help with support of our military, preparing and sending greeting cards for Christmas and Easter, and shopping for and sending small gifts of necessities and books/ games/CD’s to men and women deployed oversees. We have participated in Adopt-a-Platoon and Canine Heroes Afghanistan.
In addition to funding the Missions program through our annual church budget, the first Sunday of every month is designated as Missions Sunday with special envelopes available for individual contributions to the Missions fund. A Christmas Angel Offering is collected each December as additional contribution to this fund. The Deacon Board often works with the Missions program on special projects, identifying Church members in need and, this year, providing Christmas gifts and needed supplies to 12 residents of an assisted living facility for challenged adults. Mission projects are generally developed as needs arise. This allows for flexibility and the opportunity to reach out where there is the most need. The House of Hope has a center in our own neighborhood, and is probably the most consistently served. Recently we have joined with the Seafarers’ House Program as a “mariner-friendly” congregation, whose mission is to minister to the crews of ships when they are in port.