The Mission Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville meets the 4th Tuesday of each month September through June. This committee helps plan and execute hands-on Mission efforts and works on behalf of the session and congregation to determine which organizations our church will support. The Mission Committee also coordinates several of the Special Offerings during the year. If you are interested in being a part of this committee please contact Jeff Vamos.
Current members of the Mission Committee:
Don Barringer Jan Everett Eleanor Letcher Bill McCarroll Bruce McGraw Bob Sargent Jeff Vamos, Staff Liaison Rick van den Heuvel Brandt McCabe, Chair
Haiti Task Force
For the past 21 years the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville has been involved in the life and work of Harmony Ministries, based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and led by Pastor Luc Deratus. In celebration of our relationship with Harmony Ministries and Pastor Luc’s ministry, February was named Haiti Mission Month. The goals of the Haiti Task Force are to increase the awareness of the needs in Haiti and the extraordinary work Pastor Luc has accomplished, and to continue our help in furthering his ministry through work trips and financial support.
The earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010 destroyed Harmony Church in Port-au-Prince (PAP) and in Leogone, schools for over 500 children in PAP and Leogone and the medical clinic in PAP. We are in the unique position following the earthquake through our long time relationship with Pastor Luc to help him and his people; we know him well and he knows and understands best what the most important needs are. We trust him to spend our gifts wisely to help the people of Haiti.History of Our Mission in Haiti January 12, 2010: The Earthquake Helping the People of Haiti Rebuilding / Restoring Harmony Partners for Haiti
Membership on the Haiti Task Force is open to anyone interested and willing to devote time and ideas to support the Mission Committee’s efforts in Haiti. If you are interested in the Haiti Task Force, Harmony Partners for Haiti or have questions, please contact Joan Semenuk at, 609-883-4585, or send her a message.
Current Members of the Haiti Task Force
Robyn Campbell, Chairperson; Ni Golaz; Barb Hallows; Bruce McGraw, Mission Committee Liaison; Alicia Morrison; Craig Pasko; Jim Sapp; Joan Semenuk; Christina Shu; Jeff Vamos, Staff Liaison; Ann Wiley; Lorene Williams, Shiloh Baptist Church Liaison
The stated Great Ends of the Church contained in the Presbyterian Book of Order includes “the preservation of the truth;” and “the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.” In addition, “The Church is called to be Christ’s faithful evangelist participating in God’s activity in the world through its life for others by engaging in the struggle to free people from sin, fear, oppression, hunger and injustice,” and “sharing with Christ in the establishing of his just, peaceable, and loving rule in the world.”
The members of the Peacemaking Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville respond to this call by committing themselves to:
- increasing their own awareness and understanding of issues of justice and righteousness in the world as they feel led by the Spirit.
- Providing opportunities to present and discuss these issues with the members of our church, and
- Presenting options for member response to advocate for a fairer, more peaceable world.
In doing so, they hope to inspire and enable church members to be better engaged in public issues and to bring about a more “just, peaceable and loving rule in the world.”
Since the adoption of this mission statement, the Peacemaking Committee has provided multiple forums on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Immigration and genocide. For five years, it has hosted annual three-faith gatherings (Jewish, Muslim, Christian) at which we have shared deeply held beliefs and guidelines for living our lives. In addition, the committee hosts monthly movie nights at which we show dramatic films that depict people and cultures from around the world, focusing on themes that are common to all humanity. Recently, the committee has “adopted” a struggling Latino family to give the young children opportunities for cultural exposures and experiences, and to give church members who meet them a better understanding of immigrants in our community.
Current Members of the Peacemaking Committee:
Bill Bowers Dick Brown Dale Davis Barb Hallows Ellen Heath, Chair John Huchler Maia Hughes Edith Pike Bob Sinner Judy Sinner Jeff Vamos, Staff Liaison
The charter of the “Green Team” is to:
Reduce environmental footprint | Increase our visibility | Educate our community | Inspire our community | Connect with other organizations | Advocate for public policy change | Connect our efforts with our faith
The Green Team welcomes new members. Click for more information or to join the team contact Loraine Huchler or Phil Duran.