Missions

Missions
Advent Night / Hanging of the Greens, Friday, December 1
What better way to start getting into the holiday spirit than to come to the annual Hanging of the Greens and Advent Night activities at GSPC.
 
Pizza Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
Mission Projects and Decorating for ALL AGES: 6:30 p.m.    
 
Take part in decorating the church for Christmas or take part in a variety of mission projects including repacking rice, making snack bags, and making soup.  Feel free to take part in more than one thing. All are welcome!!
 
 
Deacon’s Angel Tree, Beginning November 12
The  Deacons will once again have an Angel Tree to collect Christmas presents for children and families that otherwise may not receive holiday gifts.
 
Angels will be for specific individual wishes and/or age groups.  All gifts should be new, unwrapped, and returned with the angel attached to the gift.  Any donations of gift wrap or gift bags are greatly appreciated.
 
 Due dates vary, and are specified on the angel.  This year we will collect gifts for children and teenagers from theVillage (formerly Presbyterian Children's Village), Hope Prison Ministries, and Keystone Opportunity Center.  We thank you for your past support, and thank you in advance for your participation again this year!
 
 
Alternative Gift-Giving Mart For Family and Friends
This year’s Alternative Gift-Giving Mart (AGGM) will be held on December 3, 10, and 17 and will benefit six local and international organizations. You may pick up a booklet describing each organization in the narthex beginning on December 3.  The AGGM will be open for purchases after each Sunday worship service beginning December 3, and ending on Sunday, December 17.
 
 
ALMOST HOME MISSION OPPORTUNITY
One very effective way for the members of Gwynedd Square Church to grow our congregation is to provide important services to our surrounding community. We are already doing so through several of our missions and we now have new opportunities for service through Habitat for Humanity’s Almost Home Program.
 
This unique financial literacy program aims to help families become financially stable. Financial literacy skills are not taught in school systems, resulting in a large knowledge gap when it comes to money management. Habitat receives hundreds of applications for its Home Buying and Critical Home Repair programs, but often families are not financially stable enough to qualify for these programs.
 
The Almost Home Program works with families over an 8-week intensive program to set goals, learn skill sets, and change financial behaviors. Topics covered address the primary skills needed to achieve financial and housing stability, including budgeting, credit, cash flow, debt, project management, dealing with legal issues, planning for retirement, managing student loans, purchasing insurance, writing a resume, obtaining employment, and buying a home.
 
In addition to group classes, each participant works one-on-one with a financial coach to review his/her current financial situation and create a success plan. Financial coaches work with families for a minimum of four hours over the 8-week course and continue to work with the family for one year following the program. Also, Habitat offers childcare and meals free of charge during the program sessions to ensure that a diversity of families can access the services.

 
There are several ways for us to help:
-Coach families
-Teach a class
-Provide child care during a class
-Prepare a meal for a class
 
More information will be provided through the weekly bulletin as class dates are set and specific assignments become known.
 
The Mission and Stewardship Team welcome those interested in participating in the planning stages of Almost Home. Please contact the church office for more information.