“It’s not just about feeding kids either. I think they deserve to be fed good food. Just to see their smiling faces… And we do more than just feed. It’s relationships being built here.”
–Vicki VanSickle, director of the Summer Food Service Program at Columbia PC
8,000 meals goal of Columbia PC’s Summer Food Service Program
Vicki VanSickle knows about hunger. For a time many years ago, she was raising two boys on her own, and when it came time for a meal, they ate and she didn’t. Now, she’s trying to make sure no one else has to go through what she and her children went through.
Vicki is the director for the Summer Food Service Program at Columbia Presbyterian Church in Lancaster County, PA (Presbytery of Donegal), which is providing lunch for youths 18 and under five days a week for the 11 weeks during the summer when school is not in session. In its fourth year, the program is hoping to serve in the neighborhood of 8,000 meals in six different locations near the Susquehanna River community this summer.
To read more about the Summer Food Service Program at Columbia PC, click here.
For Pastor Jim Agnew, Disability Inclusion Sunday is a weekly mission
Every congregation seems to have its own niche. Maybe it’s the free breakfast it prepares for the community once a month. Or maybe it’s the garden it cultivates that provides food for the community. Or maybe it’s the prayer shawl ministry that distributes handmade comfort items to the sick.
For Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church in Canonsburg, PA (Washington Presbytery), one could say its calling is associated with ministering to the mentally and physically disabled. About three years ago, Pastor Jim Agnew was called to Chartiers Hill United PC as a Seminary Graduate Assistant Pastor, bringing with him a family that included twin daughters, one of which had cerebral palsy. Hailee’s presence continued the congregation’s association with the disabled, so much so that once a year it devotes an entire Sunday service to ministering to the disabled.
To read more about Disability Inclusion Sunday and the ongoing ministry at Chartiers Hill United PC, click here.
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