United Presbyterian Mission work
Mission & Outreach
Mission Opportunities at UPC
UPC has an active Mission & Outreach committee, co-chaired by Leona Berg and Leslie Ferguson. The committee oversees all mission and outreach activity in the church. UPC may be small in number, but our mission work is wide-ranging and touches many lives in our community!
Select from the menu on the left to view more information about our activities, sponsorships, and community partners.
*Please note that some outreach activities at UPC have been temporarily discontinued due to the ongoing pandemic. Contact us for more information.
Bringing U Blessings
We have been taking “Bringing U Blessings” bags to our shut-ins, and hospitals. Response to this outreach program has been very positive.
This year, we would like to increase our outreach efforts to include all the nursing homes in Mercer County. To reach our goal we will be needing donations for male and female residents. We have set up a donation box in the church narthex for the following needed items:
Kleenex; candy; pens, pencils; Puzzle books; book marks; note cards; chapstick; hand lotion; novelty items; combs; devotion books; body lotion; blank writing books; socks; shower caps; slipper socks with grips; wet wipes; and any other items that might be useful.
Volunteers to help with this ministry are welcome.
Box Tops for Education
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) is collecting box tops for education to help the schools in Mercer County. There is a basket for your box top donations located in the church vestibule.
Carrie’s Cause is a laundry ministry led by Helen Dedman, which provide money for laundry services to lower income and homeless members of the community. Helen continues this ministry in honor of her late niece who founded the ministry prior to her death.
Christian Life Center
UPC supports the Christian Life Center, located at 108 S. Main St, Harrodsburg, KY through regular food donations. There is a donation basket in the church vestibule into which congregants may place donations. We also collect mittens, hats, and socks for their Mitten Tree each December, which provides warm winter attire such as these items to area children at Christmastime.
Kate Riker Circle
The Kate Riker Circle is a women’s group led by Laura Devine. The organization leads many mission activities at UPC. They contribute financially to the Mercer County Backpack Program and Carrie’s Cause, as well as support the clothes closet led by Beverly Woodard and Janette Johnson. At Halloween, Kate Riker women prepare candy to distribute at the Night of the Great Pumpkin on Main Street, at which UPC usually has at least one activity for the children and a cup of hot chocolate prepared by the Hospitality Committee of Session for anyone who wants one. At Christmas, the Circle sponsors a family whose children are being reared by grandparents in partnership with the Harrodsburg Herald, which provides the names and needs of these families.
The Kate Riker Circle Bible study group is held on the first Monday of each month at 10:30 am in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome!
Mercer County Backpack Program
We collect food and other items for the Mercer County Backpack Program. This program supplies basic supplemental food items to children in need. Below are items needed:
Applesauce – any flavor Spaghetti and Meatballs
Apples - Spaghetti - noodles
Beanie Weenies - Spaghetti O’s
Beef Ravioli - Spaghetti Sauce (canned)
Beef Stew* - Tuna
Breakfast Bars - Vienna Sausages
Canned individual or mixed fruit
Cereal/any flavor (small boxes)
Chicken Noodle Soup - Cornbread mix
Soap, shampoo, conditioner
Cuties (small oranges)
toothpaste, deodorant, laundry detergent
Hamburger or Tuna Helper*
Instant Oatmeal – any flavor
Jelly – grape/strawberry in plastic jars
Macaroni and Cheese
Peanut Butter Crackers
Pop Tarts – any flavor
Pudding Cups – any flavor
Ramen Noodles (chicken flavor)
*These items are extremely useful for families to have for easy quick meals. Please send them in plastic or cans only.
In 2019, United Presbyterian was given the opportunity to partner with Mercer Transformation, a faith -based recovery program for anyone with any form of addiction. The goal was to provide a meal for their Saturday evening weekly meetings and offer conversation with any of the participants who wished to talk. UPC had 6 volunteers who divided into two teams, allowing us to participate twice quarterly. Over the year, we became acquainted with many of the participants who repeatedly have shared their appreciation for our sponsorship. UPC usually pays for the meat portion of the meal, and the team members furnish the remainder of the meal. This is just one of the mission opportunities our church has accepted. We look forward to another year with this worthy cause. Team I members are led by Session member Leona Berg with team members Ann Howells and Nancy Hill; Team II is led by Clerk of Session Jackie Corbit with team members Many Baxter and Lee Russell.
Paws for Prayers
Our ongoing Paws for Prayers program is one of UPC's mission and outreach community programs. We bring our blessed "Paws" to people in our church and community who need prayers. Since the project started we have delivered at least 57 stuffed animals!
We still need to collect fabric, thread, polyester batting, thin ribbon and other notions. The fabric print should be small print or plain. We enjoy coffee and fellowship as we sew. If you would like to be involved with this program, please contact the church office.
Please spread the word to your family and friends. We would love to donate more "Paws."
If you take a "paws" to give to someone, please sign it out on the sheet on the board at the rear of the sanctuary. Include an address so we can follow-up with a Praying for You postcard.
The Women's Exchange provides nice clothing to women and girls of all ages to wear to school, job interviews, or just for relaxing. Items available include women's coats, jackets, suits, dresses, pants, purses, shoes and more. All women and girls are welcome, and are asked to bring a can or coin to exchange for items.
Lisa Gilbert is knitting and crocheting scarves and lap blankets for the less fortunate who could use the items to stay warm. She could use donations of yarn from anyone who wishes to contribute. There is a box in the church narthex for your donations.