MISSIONS

General Missions giving from United Presbyterian Church is distributed to the following mission ministries: Presybtery Mission, Sudanese Mission, Bolivia Mission, and Hope Ministries.  In additional to financial giving, prayer support is greatly encouraged.

United Presbyterian Church is committed to supporting DISCOVER HOPE 517, which is a local Christ-centered ministry dedicated to providing support for those struggling with addiction. Discover Hope’s mission statement is “Discovering hope through Christ Jesus for those who want to transform to a new life and break free from their past”. The ministry is based on II Corinthians 5:17: This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! Our community has struggled with the bondage of ad-diction for many years, substance abuse in particular. Discover Hope intends to be a catalyst for changing that. In one year Discover Hope 517 outgrew their location, invested in a bigger space, which provides an Addiction Recovery Community Center (ARCC), recovery housing, mentor and navigator training, life skills classes, evening recovery support classes and community events. Our support helps this ministry to move forward in helping the community break free from the bondage of addiction. For additional information, email discover-hope517@gmail.com, call 641-841-0598 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or visit their website at http://www.discoverhope517.org (click on the image)

United Presbyterian Church has pledged mission giving to The Bolivia Mission.  Senora Eida Dunn, director of the Hogar Jaime Dunn (a children’s home) in Camiri, Bolivia, is scheduled to be in the United States mid-April and hopes to include a stop to share in worship with the UP congregation.

United Presbyterian Church has pledged financial support to Hope Ministries, located in Des Moines, and ministering to men, women and children in need in the Des Moines area who are facing homelessness, hunger, and despair. United Presbyterian is committed to assisting with the physical needs of nutritious food, safe shelter, clean clothing and new hope through God’s Word. There are many other ways to get involved in this ministry; check it out at www.hopeiowa.org (click on the image).

In addition to UP’s General Mission giving, UP is also committed to:

Shoebox items for Operation Christmas Child are collected throughout the year to be packed into shoeboxes in the fall for distribution to needy children around the world. If you are out and about, or ordering from Amazon, pick up or order some cool stuff to help fill shoeboxes at the church or to fill your own at home. Donations can be left on the stage. In 2020 (yes, during the height of the pandemic!), we packed and sent out 192 shoeboxes!

United Presbyterian Church provides items to the local Salvation Army Food Pantry each month. Donations are collected in the church fellowship hall and then taken to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army also welcomes volunteers to assist with the bread line ministry on Tuesdays and Fridays each week.

One Great Hour of Sharing contributions are collected during the weeks before Easter with a special plea on Easter Sunday. Gifts to this offering support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development around the world that help people find safe refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen families and communities.