United Presbyterian Mission work
The Kate Riker Circle is Collecting Used Stamps
Any used stamp donations may be dropped off in the basket located in the church narthex. Proceeds from the sale of these stamps are dontated to the Hunger Fund.
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! If would like any information on our bible study group, please call Laura Fugate Devine at 859-583-1813.
CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER
UPC donates food to the Christian Life Center in Harrodsburg. There is a donation basket located in the church vestibule.
BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION
The NSDAR, is collecting box tops for education to help the schools in Mercer County. There is a basket for your boxtop donations located in the church vestibule.
· Women’s coats, jackets, suits, dresses, pants, purses, shoes and more.
· Bring a can or coin to exchange for items.
· All women and girls welcome.
· Nice clothing for school, or a job interview or just relaxing.
We are located in the back of the United Presbyterian Church. Call 859-734-4710 for more information.
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.
Lisa Gilbert is knitting and crocheting scarves and lap blankets for the less fortunate who could use the items to stay warm. If you would like to help she could use donations of yarn. There is a box in the church narthex for your donations. This is a wonderful project and it would be great if we at UPC could support her as she shows God’s love to all.
UPC Teams with Mercer Transformation
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.
Mission Opportunities at UPC
One of the active committees of Session is Mission and Outreach; this year, the co-chairpersons of this committee are Leona Berg and Leslie Ferguson. One activity they sponsor is the Bringing You Blessings bags which provides personal needs items, books, devotionals, etc. donated by the congregation to those in the nursing home. In 2020, we are looking into volunteering with the Harrodsburg Nursing Facility to “adopting” those residents who have few, if any, family members who visit them. As a congregation, we contribute regularly to the Mercer County Schools Backpack Program and the Christian Life Center. The Kate Riker Circle Women’s group, led by Laura Devine, is the organization that leads in mission activities. They contribute financially to the Backpack Program and to Carrie’s Cause, a laundry ministry led by Helen Dedman to provide money for laundry services to lower income and homeless members of the community in honor of Helen’s niece who began the ministry before her niece’s death. The clothes closet is also supported by the Kate Riker women and led by Beverly Woodard and Janette Johnson. At Halloween, UPC participates in the Great Pumpkin on Main Street by giving Halloween candy prepared by the Kate Riker women to the children; we usually have at least one activity for the children who come by for Trick or Treat, 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; our newspaper, The Harrodsburg Herald provides names and needs of these families. It is a worthwhile and enjoyable partnership! Everyone in the congregation brings mittens, socks, and hats for the Mitten Tree at Christmas; those items are delivered to the Christian Life Center. These are some of the main activities of UPC. We may be small in number, but our mission activities are large and touch many lives in our community.
MISSION AND OUTREACH
“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.
If you would like to volunteer to help us in this effort, please
contact Leona Berg at 859-613-7973. Thank you for caring and sharing God’s love with others.
MERCER COUNTY BACKPACK PROGRAM
We are still collecting food and other items for the Mercer County Backpack program. This program supplies basic supplemental food items to children in need. Below are the 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.