The giving program of Druid Hills Mission Team is quite comprehensive, as you might imagine. While it would be easy to write a large check to a single non-profit organization each year, that is not how we approach mission at DHPC. There are many hands-on mission opportunities throughout the year:
- Once a month DHPCers make sandwiches for our hungry neighbors who live on the street. Our ministry partner, Mercy Community Church, a worshipping community made up predominantly of homeless folk that is housed on the DHPC campus, distributes these sandwiches most weekdays.
- During Holy Week, Advent, and other miscellaneous times during the year, DHPCers put together snack packs and hygiene kits for Intown Collaborative Ministries (ICM), a non-profit on our campus dedicated to finding housing for the unhoused and supporting those who continue to live without a home.
- During the week of Thanksgiving, DHPC’s children and youth grocery shop for the ICM Food Pantry, which serves low-income families and individuals in need of food.
- In the fall, the Mercy Church and DHPC communities gather for a Waffle House catered breakfast and Sunday school lesson taught by Mercy Church leaders.
- Two to three times a year groups from DHPC worship with Mercy Church and enjoys providing and sharing lunch with them.
- Two to three times a year groups from DHPC serve at the ICM Food Pantry and serve those in need of food for the week.
In addition to the hands-on work done by DHPC, the church is grateful for the opportunity to provide financial support to organizations that further God’s work here in our community. The organizations DHPC supports are:
- Fresh Start Shower Ministry, which provides the opportunity for individuals living on the street an opportunity to get clean and regain their dignity, even if only for a day or two;
- Presbyterian Peacemaking (Atlanta) and PC(USA) Peace Fellowship, organizations that advocate for peaceful solutions to local and global conflicts;
- Memorial Drive Ministries, which houses Shalom and Inspire, ministries that work with Atlanta’s refugee population;
- Presbyterians for a Better Georgia, a grassroots organization that works with the state legislature to improve conditions for all Georgians, but especially those living at the margins;
- Presbytery of Greater Atlanta mission co-workers, Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather, who work with a Christian organization in South Sudan that seeks to bring peace and healing to communities broken and hurting from decades of war; and
- GA Interfaith Power and Light, which supports churches’ efforts to care for the earth and practice environmentally friendly ministries.
The DHPC mission team is grateful for support of DHPC’s members and friends. This support comes in the form of time, talent, and treasure and allows DHPC to be an agent of change for God’s people all the way from our very own zip code to South Sudan. For more information on DHPC’s mission work or to get involved, contact DHPC’s Pastor for Mission and Education, Rev. Elizabeth Acton.