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Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church

MISSIONS

MISSION FUND RECEIPTS

Total Given for the Year

 $ 6,086.00

Given in May

$ 1,238.00

Change for Missions

$ 284.50

Specified Missions

$ 95.00

Needed for the Year

$ 23,900.00

 

 

 

 

 

MISSION OF THE MONTHS OF...

JULY – THE PITTSBURGH PROJECT
The Pittsburgh Project is a Christian nonprofit community development organization that has been developing servant leaders and helping vulnerable homeowners maintain their dignity for 32 years.

There is a year-round staff of 31 (15 full-time; 16 part-time), plus a summer staff of more than 70. They run a progressive series of after-school and summer programs for more than 250 urban young people, deploys more than 1,500 people each year to do free home repairs for more than 130 of Pittsburgh's elderly homeowners, and provides recreation space by maintaining Fowler Park and operating Fowler pool.

Pittsburgh Project's vision is that the city will be called a City of Truth, where senior men and women can once again sit along the streets and city streets are filled with children playing.

There are week-long opportunities to help owners as well as weekend opportunities geared to students and families.

Youth and adults from Mt. Vernon Church have served with Pittsburgh Project many times, most recently for a youth/family weekend in April 2016.

For more information about the mission and opportunities to serve, go to www.pittsburghproject.org.

AUGUST – CAMP CRESTFIELD
Each year, a group of youth from the Elizabeth Forward area spend a week in August at Camp Crestfield. During that week, participants enjoy a variety of fun activities while learning about Jesus. For many of those children, the week spent at Crestfield was life-changing and a week they remember into adulthood.  Camp Crestfield got its start in 1947 when Dr. Hugh Thompson Kerr of Shadyside Presbyterian Church bought a 59 acre farm called Crest View Farm and sold the property to Pittsburgh Presbytery. Work camps in the summer of 1948 began the transformation from farm to camp and in the summer of 1949 there was an eight-week schedule of junior and senior high campers.

The camp went through some big changes in the subsequent decades. In 1959, Jack Lewis was hired as the Crestview administrator to handle the camp and conference programs. He initiated new camping programs like off-site activities for senior high students like canoeing, trail hikes, and sailing. Family Camps were successful and year-round use of the facilities was offered for retreats and conferences. Additional land was purchased in the 1960s to give the camp 80 more acres.

In 1969, the Pittsburgh Presbytery Camp Association acquired another camp, Fairfield. For financial reasons, only one camp could be operated. Because of its location, Crestview was chosen as the camp that would be kept and in 1978 the camp was renamed Crestfield to honor the tradition of both camps. Improvements were made in the 1980s including new cabins, and renovation of the Main Lodge and Recreation Hall. Scott Lodge in the fall of 1999, offering 24 hotel-style rooms with private baths for each room.

Crestfield is a thriving camp and conference center, serving more than 600 campers in the summer and nearly 3,000 conference and retreat participants.

 EF PROJECT THANK YOU
Thank you to everyone who so graciously donated a basket for the EF Project fundraiser during the Strawberry Festival. We raised $295 that will be used for the fall mission weekend. EF Project started in the fall of 2016 and its mission is to help homeowners in the Elizabeth Forward area with projects they are physically or financially not able to do themselves. So far we have served three homeowners with a variety of work. They are humbled that strangers are willing to give up a weekend to help them and they are very grateful. The volunteers also are blessed by serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to those in our community who need some help. Information about the fall EF Project weekend will be announced soon.

HELP “CHANGE” THE WORLD
On the third Sunday of each month we will take an offering of your loose change that will go toward supporting missions.  Empty those change purses!

 

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