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School-Church Partnership:
Chipman Elementary & Wicomico Presbyterian
Wicomico Presbyterian has joined in a faith-based partnership through Salisbury's Promise with Chipman Elementary School. Chipman is a Pre-K through 2nd grade school on Lake Street in Salisbury. You can visit the school's web page at http://www.wcboe.org/schools/ces/. The Deacons spearhead this exciting relationship, which has proven to be a blessing and benefit to both parties! Members of our congregation are invited to assist with activities and programs, serve as mentors or classroom volunteers, collect school supplies for students who need them, or support and encourage teachers, to name just a few possibilities. The entire congregation has become involved in this outreach to children in our community.
 
In August we collect basic school supplies for the beginning of the school year for those students at Chipman whose parents might not be able to afford them.  At Christmas the Deacons adopt a family in need. We maintain an ongoing collection of Campbell's Soup labels and General Mills box tops for education. Each May several of our members assist with Chipman's Field Day. The partnership has been a great success, and the faculty/staff at Chipman is most appreciative of our support.
 
WPC Supports the Pittsburgh Project
For the fifth consecutive year, Wicomico Presbyterian is sending a team to Pittsburgh for a week to work with the Pittsburgh Project. Our volunteers assist with painting, carpentry, yard work, and other jobs. The Pittsburgh Project is a nonprofit community development organization with a 25-year track record of developing leaders and serving the city’s most vulnerable residents.  The year-round staff of 51 operates a progressive series of afterschool and summer programs for 450 urban young people, deploys over 2800 people annually to perform free home repairs for Pittsburgh’s elderly homeowners, and spearheads economic development and job training efforts in Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Read more about the work this organization does at www.pittsburghproject.org
 
Heifer Project
In 2008, Wicomico Presbyterian Church entered into an exciting partnership with Heifer International, a non-profit organization whose goal is to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance & sustainability. Heifer's strategy is to “pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe. More information is available at www.heifer.org.

Our congregation reached and exceeded the goal of filling an ark in 2008, a challenge which required a total contribution of $5,000. We did it! We continued supporting the Heifer Project in 2009, and in 2010, WPC focused on Haiti, still in desperate need of help in so many areas. Our 2010 Heifer Project drive supported efforts for reforestation, clean water, and livestock starter animals for the people of Haiti. WPC currently supports a "Tower for Heifer," where members and friends can deposit their loose change each Sunday after worship to save for a large donation.
 
Community Emergency Shelter Program
Each year the Community Emergency Shelter Program provides overnight space to our community's homeless men during the coldest months of the year. For 6 years WPC has joined other community congregations in hosting homeless men for a week. The men arrive about 5:00 p.m. and enjoy a hot evening meal, fellowship, games, reading, or TV. They spend the night, and the next morning church members and friends provide breakfast and a bag lunch when the men depart at 7:00 a.m.
 
The week proves to be a blessing for our guests as well as our members and friends who help with this ministry. Thanks to Norma and Mark Cotter, Pat Taylor, and the Board of Deacons for spearheading this program.
 
Girl Scout Troop 741
Girl Scout Troop 741 under the leadership of Martha Swain meets at weekly at WPC. The troop is supported by the Deacons and Mission Council.
 
Habitat for Humanity
Through Habitat for Humanity, W.P.C joined 11 other congregations in a project called The Apostles' Build in 2009. This joint endeavor provided a 3-bedroom, 2 story home of about 1,100 square feet to a family who could not otherwise afford to purchase a home. Members of W.P.C. support Habitat by volunteering on a regular basis to help build homes in Salisbury, and volunteers are always welcome. To register to be a volunteer, visit http://www.wicomicohabitat.org/ and click on Volunteer Now.

Lazarus Mission 
W.P.C. supports Lazarus Mission in Salisbury with non-perishable food supplies to help our neighbors in need. Items like Hamburger/Tuna Helper, canned meats, fish, and soup are always appreciated. An ongoing demand exists for staples like peanut butter and jelly, breakfast cereals, and pop tarts. Donations can be dropped off in the receptacle near the back entrance of the church.

Joseph House
Once a month several dedicated individuals prepare and transport a delicious meal to the Joseph House in Salisbury. There they serve well over 100 adults and children a hot noon meal. Some bake and donate desserts; some work in our kitchen the day before to prepare food; some serve and clean up at the Joseph House. Good will abounds as our members provide a nourishing meal to our neighbors in need.

H.O.P.E. for the Homeless
The Homeless Outreach Point of Entry (H.O.P.E.) provides a variety of services for the homeless in Salisbury. H.O.P.E. guides and mentors people currently homeless, or at risk of homelessness, including individuals who are disabled, elderly, or veterans to establish their stability and independence in their community. Donna Clark administers this program from an office at Wicomico Presbyterian Church.

Our Deacons provide assistance to meet a variety of needs in the congregation and community.

The Wicomico Presbyterian Church also hosts several community groups such as Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, Sweet Adelines, and the Salisbury Chamber Singers.

 



Serving Others Near and Far

First Sunday Food Sharing
Members and friends are invited to bring non-perishable food items to church on the first Sunday of the month (or any other time!) to share with needy people in our community. These donations are taken to the Lazarus Mission in Salisbury.
 
Special Offerings 
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) sponsors four special offerings that our congregation supports throughout the year. Visit www.pcusa.org to read more about our denomination and each of these special offerings.
 
Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen their families and communities.
 
Traditionally received on the day of Pentecost, the Pentecost Offering provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. Congregations are encouraged to keep 40 percent of the Offering to support ministry with children at risk in their communities.
 
Created in 1980, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Offering supports the efforts of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to live out a deeper commitment to peacemaking as part of our faithfulness to God. Most churches receive the Offering on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October. Each congregation is encouraged to retain 25 percent of the Offering it receives to use for local ministries of peacemaking within the church and its community. Twenty-five percent is used by presbyteries and synods, and 50 percent is used by the General Assembly ministries through the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.
 
A Presbyterian tradition for almost seventy years, the Christmas Joy Offering provides congregations direct ways of supporting specific causes that help those in need. Fifty percent of the receipts to the Offering is distributed to the Board of Pensions for assistance programs that provide support to retired and active church workers and their spouses and families. The other fifty percent supports Presbyterian-related racial ethnic education through the National Ministries Division of the General Assembly Council.
 
The Presbyterian Women of our congregation support the Women's Birthday Offering and the Thank Offering, as well as extending their care to others through local outreach ministries.