For more than 200 years, Presbyterians have responded to the call of Jesus Christ by proclaiming and living our faith, laboring with love and energy to promote God’s justice in the world. At Clarksville Presbyterian, we serve by participating in local, national, and international initiatives.
Current Clarksville Presbyterian Mission Projects
* Local and National Missions: Two committees of the church, the Mission Committee and CPC in the Community, coordinate a busy schedule of service and support of local, national, and international initiatives. In addition to our Hunger Action programs, we provide school and hygiene supplies for local schools, offer a “Cup of Cold Water” during Lakefest, "Cup of Hot Cocoa" during the Christmas parade, and Thanksgiving food baskets for local families, Operation Christmas Child, and other offerings through Presbyterian Missions. There are many opportunities for service, and community members who are not affiliated with CPC are welcome to join in.
A few of our current activities:
* Blessing Bags - WinGS (Women in God's Service) prepares bags to distribute to those who are homeless or have other urgent needs. Women are invited to leave items on the designated table in the Fellowship Hall. A time and place will be announced when a group can meet outside to assemble the bags.
* Thanksgiving boxes - The congregation prepares and delivers food items for families to prepare for a Thanksgiving meal.
* Christmas Families - The Mission Committee selects about 30 local children with help from the elementary school and the Food Pantry. These children will each receive two Christmas presents, and the parents/guardians will receive other small gifts.
We are a Hunger Action Congregation
Clarksville Presbyterian is a Certified Hunger Action Congregation, covenanted with other congregations in the PCUSA Presbyterian Hunger Program to help alleviate hunger and eliminate its underlying causes. The church was featured in “Backpack Buddies to Living Wages”, published by PC(USA), June 24, 2019.
Backpack Buddies was founded by Clarksville Presbyterian in 2013 and has grown into an ecumenical venture which now provides a bag of easily-prepared, non-perishable food to 120 elementary students and 40 middle school students at the end of each school week.
Clarksville Food Pantry - Clarksville Presbyterian was instrumental in creating a board to operate a Food Pantry, open to western Mecklenburg County residents twice each week. The Pantry is a member of the Virginia FeedMore Federation, which provides access to healthy, nutritious fresh, frozen, and canned food at prices well below retail, helping the Pantry stretch its precious cash donations for food purchases. Items in particular need at this time include:
Soup: tomato, chicken noodle, or vegetable
Beans: canned or 1 lb bag of dry beans
Peanut butter 18 oz. & jelly 18 0z.
Cereal and instant oatmeal
Juices: apple, cranberry and grape, 64 oz. bottles
Canned tuna and chicken
1 lb bag of white rice
Canned fruit: pears, peaches, pineapple, apple sauce
Macaroni & cheese
Beefaroni and ravioli
Canned vegetables and both instant mashed potatoes and canned potatoes
1 lb bag of spaghetti & canned spaghetti sauce
* For many years, CPC has supported the Yahve-Jire Children's Foundation Children's Home in Haiti, through contributions and prayer. In 2022, the church launched an ambitious project of constructing a residence building for young men who are in trade schools or universities. Through the generosity of the Lillian Hooker Fund, a check for $15,000 has been sent to Haiti, and we are meeting by Zoom periodically with our friend and Director, Chedlin Justinvil to follow the progress.
CPC has maintained an on-going covenant relationship with our Missionaries inworking in Thailand and Nepal, Andy and Ellen Collins. The Collins family is partnered with the country’s largest Protestant church, the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT). Andy and Ellen joined us at Worship on November 14, 2021, for a presentation on their work and send regular communications about their work.
* Samaritan's Purse - Christmas boxes have been packed and are ready to send to Operation Christmas Child.
Chedlin Justinvil ,Yahve-Jire Children's Foundation orphanage
Andy and Ellen Collins and sons, Missionaries in Nepal and Thailand.
Presbyterian Mission is the national ministry arm of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the largest of the six General Assembly agencies of PC(U.S.A.) They partner with congregations, mid councils, worshiping communities, mission networks and many other groups to nurture and support Christ’s disciples wherever the Holy Spirit leads and the General Assembly directs us.