About Our Missions

The Mission, Service & Grants committee listens for God's call to share Christ's love, peace, justice and hope; interprets God's call to the congregation; responds to God's call by developing programs that give church members opportunities to serve Christ in the church, in the community and in the world, and by allocating mission dollars.

We also join other Presbyterian Churches in providing financial resources through regular and special offerings for greater on-going mission needs and disaster relief in the world.

Each quarter the committee reviews grant proposals for various mission projects locally, nationally and internationally. These grants are funded through our church's endowment.

Ministries

We support the following local, national, and international mission projects:

Hunger Ministry

This ministry seeks to coordinate the church's efforts associated with feeding the hungry.

  1. Skeet's Food Pantry - We maintain a supply of food at the church to give out to those in need in addition to distribution of food, and fresh produce on the third Friday of the month. Go to Skeet's Food Pantry for currently needed items.
  2. Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) - Volunteers needed to serve a meal the 1st Thursday of the month. Van departs church parking lot at 2:30 p.m., returns at 5:30 p.m. Call Anne Gordon at (609) 395-0897.
  3. Crop Walk - This is an annual 10K walk to raise money for hunger relief held in October.
  4. Bread for the World - This letter writing campaign seeks to impress on Congress the necessity for hunger relief.
  5. Spring of Hope Mission, Guatemala - We give funds each year to support a program that provides approximately 70-80 students at the local school with meals six days a week. The Allentown Presbyterian Church sponsors a one-week mission tour to Guatemala. For many years, the Cranbury Presbyterian Church joined them in this mission.
Other Ministries
  1. Centurion Ministries - this Princeton-based group advocates nationally for death row inmates unfairly incarcerated. We provide financial support and encourage volunteers for this organization.
  2. NAMI Mercer - We encourage and support the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness which serves individuals and families affected by mental illness through education, advocacy and mutual support.
  3. IMCK Good Shepherd Hospital, Congo - In 2008, while First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury was looking for a relationship with a PCUSA Mission effort, we were inspired by the work of Mike & Nancy Haninger, the PCUSA physician-nurse missionaries at IMCK-Good Shepherd Hospital among people of the Kasai in Congo. . .
    Read the article on page 2 of IMCK's November 2011 newsletter.
  4. Senior Fellowship - Provides for senior members of our congregation and the community by meeting regularly for fun, fellowship, exercise classes and outings.
  5. College Scholarship and Loan Opportunities - Available to Presbyterians. Details.
  6. Deacon's Benevolence Fund - Information on Deacons webpage.
Special Denominational Offerings
  1. One Great Hour of Sharing Offering - refugee relief worldwide.
  2. Pentecost Offering - children's ministries.
  3. Peace Offering - promoting peace locally-nationally-internationally.
  4. Christmas Joy Offering - the PC(USA) seminaries and Board of Pensions Retirement Fund for church workers.
Mission Matters

Mission is the very heart of a church's' outreach, and we participate in mission in many different areas of concern, as well as in many different countries. In fact, the mission money we send to Presbytery literally reaches around the world because a portion of it goes to our national church which is part of the entire mission program supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA). We have also designated funds through our general mission giving to organizations we select.

Sometimes our financial gifts just go on growing and helping. This is true with our contribution to the Princeton Seminary Scholarship Fund which was set up a number of years ago. The fund's worth has exceeded the goal of $50,000 and continues to help a student each year through the income earned of at least $5,000 per year.

The contributions that we make are appreciated as is evidence from the following thank you notes received from recipients of our endowment interest checks. Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) thanked us for our $5,000 donation and wrote that they have a three-fold mission--meal service, help patrons achieve lives of self-sufficiency, and make the greater community aware of their mission and needs. Better Beginnings, the day care center at the Hightstown Presbyterian Church which services families who live on the margin, used a card painted by one its small patrons to say "thank you" and an adult added appreciation for the donation of children's play furniture.

Heifer International assures us that our gift of $1,000.00 keeps multiplying as livestock given to mostly women reproduce and grow in value. The writer states "As Heifer's model of sustainable development changes one community at a time around the world, we thank you for your partnership in making this world a better place for all."

And finally, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance expressed appreciation for our on-going donations. Our generosity allowed PDA "to bring hope to people who were in need of food, shelter, and safety in 20 countries and 40 presbyteries that experienced earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and warfare."

Our local mission work has not been neglected. Connie Bauder, who chairs the Senior Fellowship, reports that many people attend their monthly programs. Many thanks to those who help at the meetings and those who help by driving for our trips.

MS&G Donates To NAMI

NAMI Check 2014


Church Members At TASK

TASK Check 2014

Another Donation To TASK From MS&G.


Youth Group At TASK

Youth Group at TASK

Youth Group donates Souper Bowl of Caring proceeds to TASK.


Church Members Serving At TASK

CPC at TASK

From left to right: Anne, Stan, Larry, Audrey, Jean, Karen & Pat.

Many thanks to those who have contributed extra gifts and donations to Skeet's Pantry. The program had been divided into several little jobs, with the leadership of Carol Kientz, Jane Huff, and Helen Dickerson they have spent much more money in the last few years as the numbers have doubled who come to the Pantry. The need is great, and over 1000 people are fed by the bags that are packed.

We are grateful to John Sprout who coordinates the Special Offerings during the year: the One Great Hour of Sharing; Pentecost, Peacemaking and Christmas Joy offerings. The confirmation class is usually responsible for the Pentecost Offering and families have volunteered to lead at other times.

We collect letters to our local legislators each year to support the mission of Bread for the World. Bread for the World is a strong force in reducing hunger here and abroad. Several programs help feed 30 million low-income children and they have been instrumental in getting these programs under way. But despite National Lunch and Breakfast programs, the Summer Food Service program, the Child and Adult Care Food program, all of which are entitlement programs, WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for women, infants, and children, is badly needed and must be funded by Congress every year.

While many children are currently being fed, it is heartbreaking to realize there are nearly 10 million missing breakfast and 16 million going without food assistance in the summer. Is it any wonder that Bread for the World encourages us to urge our Congressional members to make $20 billion available for needed changes in this year's reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act and to make feeding children a major priority in next year's budget!