A strong commitment to mission is a core value of Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Church members who believe that serving others, deepens our relationship with God and with God’s people. Working together, we know that we grow closer to each other, to those we serve, and most importantly to the Lord through mission and service. Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Church (CHCPC) members have stated:
- We’ve been blessed. Giving to others is a way to share those blessings.
- The Bible charges us to “love our neighbors,” including our service and our finances.
- Outreach giving is a way of witnessing God’s many blessings in our lives.
The value placed on mission at CHCPC is shown by generous support from the operating fund used solely for mission and outreach activities. Priorities have been established for the use of mission funds and guide the outreach committee in determining support to agencies, organizations and projects as follows:
4 local organizations are supported including:
1. Presbyterian Sunday Supper held at First Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, IA
2. Northeast Iowa Food Bank (www.northeastiowafoodbank.org)
3. Crop Walk through Church World Service & the NEIFB
4. Salvation Army – Feeding Program
- Helping Youth & Families
6 organizations are supported including
1. Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley
2. Family & Children’s Council
3. Adopt-a-Cabin – Lakeshore Center at Okibogi
4. Youth Scholarships to Great Escape Camp
5. Youth Scholarships to Montreat Camp
CHCPC youth are supported in Christian service and growth activities
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- Health & Housing Assistance
6 organizations are supported including:
1. House of Hope (www.houseofhopeccd.org) Habitat for Humanity (www.heartlandhfh.org)
2. Catholic Worker House
3. Cedar Valley Friends of the Family
4. Operation Threshold
5. Battered Women’s Shelter Salvation Army
6. Alliance for Mental Illness
- World Giving
6 organizations are supported including-
Bihembe, Rwanda–Major emphasis since 2008, has been the support of the Bihembe community and the Presbyterian Church in Bihembe. Projects have included buying goats for food and fertilizer, providing access to clean water, electricity allowing for school computers, and building a secondary school. (See Presbyterian Mission Yearbook)
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance–contributions are sent as needs arise nationally or internationally (www.presbyterianmission.org)
In addition to Presbyterian Unified Mission giving, hands-on service activities are supported. A partial list includes-
- Day of Discipleship in June–the congregation is involved in a day of service in our church and in the surrounding community.
- Back to School Collection in August—the congregation is encouraged to purchase needed school supplies for a local elementary school with low income families.
- Thanksgiving Food Collection—the congregation brings food items to the church for the local food bank. Every year the collection amount has increased.
- Mission Trips Presbytery Annual Mission trip for adults with participation by CHCPC members