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.
Christian Life Center
UPC supports the Christian Life Center, located at 232 S. College 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 The Christian Life Center. 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.
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. Currently, UPC has seven dedicated women who provide this meal once each quarter. The members of this team are Marilyn Allen, Mary Baxter, Jackie Corbit, Leona Berg, Nancy Hill. Ann Howells, and Pat Rockas. This is just one of the mission opportunities our church has accepted. We look forward to another year with this worthy cause.