Our mission is to build and raise disciples of Jesus Christ by bearing witness to his teachings and doing works of mercy and charity. The purpose of the LPC Mission team is to help our congregation to serve by providing a variety of mission and charitable opportunities and events to participate in or contribute to.
We partner with several local charities throughout the year and cooperate in their efforts to lift up those who have fallen. We strive to show compassion to all people. By showing mercy to those who are without we are serving God.
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36. Please join us in our mission to serve the Lord.
Our Mission Partners
In 2016 Evangeline DeVol founded NEST (Nutrition, Education, Safety, Transformation) Community Learning Center (CLC) with the mission to address academic and non-academic barriers that perpetuate the cycle of generational poverty in our community. NEST CLC provides nutrition and targeted education in a safe neighborhood environment to transform the outcome of at-risk school-age children. Through its innovative mobile classroom, NEST delivers free programs and strategies to the suburban poor in our own “backyard” affording those it serves a fighting chance to change their futures.
Loveland Presbyterian Church has partnered with NEST to assist them in their effort to provide sound nutrition to the children they serve. Through our Soup Ministry, we provide soup for their after-school program throughout the school year. In the summer we put together energy packs for the kids to enjoy. Our Mission Team hosts several soup making parties throughout the year and members also make soup at home. Soup brought from home is placed in gallon sized zip-lock bags and frozen at the church for donation.
The Loveland Inter-Faith Effort (L.I.F.E.) Food Pantry is a faith-based organization that provides food, financial assistance, and services to residents in need within the Loveland School district and members of our supporting congregations. The L.I.F.E. Food Pantry is located on Loveland-Miamiville Road and serves over 500 families every week.
LPC supports L.I.F.E. in a number of different ways:
- Food Pantry collection: A collection bin is located in Nisbet Hall throughout the year. LPC also contributes to L.I.F.E.’s many special collections that take place annually.
- Student LIFE Shop: The goal of the Student Life Shop is to provide the school age children of our clients with a backpack full of new grade appropriate school supplies as they begin a new school year. During the summer months LPC contributes by collecting items to go into the backpacks. A complete list of needed items can be found on the Mission table in Nisbet Hall.
- L.I.F.E. Giving Shoppe: This program helps local families provide gifts to put under their Christmas tree for their loved ones. A family representative selects gift items for the entire family. Gift choices include clothing, accessories, household items and toys. The gifts are wrapped and sent with the family to celebrate the birth of Christ in their homes. L.I.F.E. supplies LPC with Angel Tags from the families in need wish lists that we place on our tree in Nisbet Hall in late November and early December. Members are invited to select a tag and purchase the item(s) to be returned unwrapped to the tree for donation to L.I.F.E. LPC is a proud contributor to The Giving Shoppe which assists over 200 families every year.
For over 200 years, Presbyterians have been responding to the call of Jesus Christ, taking the gospel into all the world and bearing witness to Christ’s saving love to the ends of the earth. Today the Holy Spirit is still on the move, calling us to share in what God is doing in the world. As your partner in Christ’s service, the Presbyterian Mission Agency is faithfully working to inspire, equip and connect all Presbyterians to do Christ’s mission, bringing together congregations, worshipping communities, mid councils, mission networks and other parts of the church ecosystem as they nurture and shape disciples and serve Christ in the world.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency is the ministry and mission agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Four ministry areas carry out our work: Compassion, Peace & Justice; Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries; Theology, Formation & Evangelism; and World Mission. We work together to inspire, equip and connect all Presbyterians for the church’s work.
Loveland Presbyterian Church assists in the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s efforts by participating in their four Special Offerings during the course of the year:
- One Great Hour of Sharing (March-April): Hunger ~ Disaster ~ Development
- Pentecost (April-June): Children at risk ~ Youth ~ Young Adults
- Peace & Global Witness (September-October): Peacemaking and Reconciliation
- Christmas Joy (December): Church Leaders ~ Past, Present, and Future
Matthew 25 Ministries Disaster Relief: LPC opens its doors to serve as an emergency disaster collection site, as needed, for natural disasters such as hurricanes and catastrophic flooding. Supplies are collected at LPC and then delivered to Matthew 25 Ministries for distribution by their Disaster Response Teams.
LPC’s Mission Projects
Join us in participating in the mission and charity work organized by LPC members and taking place inside our doors.
Harvest Bazaar & Turkey Dinner: DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC WE WILL NOT HOLD THIS EVENT IN 2020
Since 1972, LPC’s friends and members – old and new – have gathered in Nisbet Hall on the third Saturday in October to count our blessing for our family and friends, with a traditional homemade turkey dinner and all the trimmings. Dinner guests are invited to head over to the Havest Bazaar, a fundraiser for the mission projects and charities that we support, that includes a bake sale, bid & buy baskets, and raffles. Look for information for volunteers and donations in the fall.
Books & Bears for Head Start: A child’s development of a strong early foundation in literacy begins in the home. It is grown and enriched through participation in high quality early childhood education. To help Head Start in their effort to encourage their students to read while away from school, LPC collects Books & Bears (a stuffed animal character from the book) in November and December to gift to each Head Start student before they leave for their Christmas vacation. We encourage the donation of books and stuffed animals available for $5 each at Kohl’s as part of the Kohls Cares program, which strives to support the health and well-being of those in the community. This is our way of giving twice to the community! Look for announcements in the church bulletin when we begin our collection.
LPC Community Garden: LPC’s Community Garden is organized and run by our Mission Team as a way to show our love and compassion for our neighbors and the earth. Studies have found that the mental health benefits of tending to a garden are extensive. Not only can regular gardening reduce mental health problems like depression and anxiety, but it can also reduce stress and combat high blood pressure, as well as improving overall physical fitness. Connecting with nature can have a huge impact on our spiritual and mental health – spending time in green spaces helps people to de-stress, clear their minds, and relax. It also helps people to feel more at one with the world, and overcome feelings of self-absorption that can worsen mental health issues. In addition to the benefits our gardeners may feel in their overall well-being, many of our gardeners donate excess or unwanted produce to the L.I.F.E. Food Pantry in Loveland, providing fresh produce to those most in need of the health benefits of eating fresh vegetables. See our Community Garden page for more information.