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Valley Presbyterian Church
945 Portola Road - Portola Valley, CA 94028

Mission at Valley Presbyterian Church
Mission embodies and extends God’s eternal kingdom in the world.

Our Vision: Through mission, our VPC family lives the Word.

Our Mission Statement:  Putting self aside, we allow God’s grace to transform us, individually and corporately, and to help us humbly reach out to our brothers and sisters, sharing with each other our suffering, our resources, and our love.

FEEDING SHEEP

by Ann Weems

 

He said, “Feed my sheep.”

There were no conditions:

   Least of all, Feed my sheep if they deserve it.

   Feed my sheep if you feel like it.

   Feed my sheep if you have any leftovers.

   Feed my sheep if the mood strikes you.

         if the economy’s OK...

         if you’re not too busy...

No conditions....just, “Feed my sheep.”

Could it be that God’s Kingdom will come when each lamb is fed?

We who have agreed to keep covenant

    are called to feed sheep

      even when it means the grazing will be done

         on our own front lawns.

 

Mission is a very important component in the life of Valley Presbyterian Church. Each year, between 13% and 20% of the church operating budget is allocated to Mission programs. Approximately one third of that amount is sent to PCUSA General Assembly and San Francisco Presbytery. Some of that supports Presbyterian missionaries with whom VPC has established a relationship.

The remaining funds are administered by the VPC Mission Committee. We attempt to strike a balance between US and non-US programs, and among programs that benefit at-risk youth, the elderly, the hungry, the homeless, and the disadvantaged. We emphasize preventative, up-stream programs while trying not to neglect immediate food and shelter needs. We limit the number of continuing mission partners in order to give a funding amount that makes a difference to the partner, and we insist that each mission partner have a sponsor in the VPC community who can verify need and appropriate use of the funds we donate, as well as coordinate activities between the partner's organization and VPC.  And finally, we attempt to select as many hands-on programs as possible, giving VPC members and families many choices for giving of their time and talents, in addition to their financial gifts.

In 2009, the Mission committee began a Stewardship of the Earth initiative as well as a Living Waters for the World (LWW) partnership with our sister church in Tekax, Mexico.  In 2010, we installed an LWW system in Tekax, and in 2011 and 2012 we visited the installation on follow-up visits.  In 2011, we added a Solar Under the Sun partnership, and in 2012, a VPC team visited Haiti, and returned in Nov 2012 to retrofit solar into one LWW site and to survey a future site elsewhere in Haiti.

In 2010, the Mission committee approved a partnership with the village of Zang Tabi in Cameroon.  This is the village of our member, Gideon Ticha.  In June 2011, we were sad to bid farewell to the Ticha family as Gideon has been redeployed (with the US Army) to Atlanta, but a plan is in place to fund ongoing projects in Zang Tabi over 4 years.  Completed projects (as of 2012) include milling equipment for farmers.  Future plans are being madel.  Read about our Cameroon project here.

In May 2011, we held our first Christmas in May week, 10 days of mission opportunities for VPC families.  We created and delivered hygiene packages for the women in Safe House in San Francisco (Network Ministries), worked on school yard renovation for Habitat for Humanity, served a weekday meal at St. Anthony Padua dining room, built and planted a raised vegetable garden at Quetzal House (Bill Wilson Center), and finally, on our last day, filled 10,000 meal pouches in Lane Family Hall for the Stop Hunger Now program.  The success of this celebration has led us to make this an annual event, with our 2012, 2013, Service weeks held with the same projects.

The VPC Mission committee also manages scholarship funds for approved VPC members who attend seminary, sends budgeted funds for global emergencies (usually through the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance or PDA), and maintains a "Members' Passions" budget item where VPC members can request funding (in the $50 - $200) range for organizations consistent with the goals of the Mission Committee.  Read here the guidelines for approving Members' Passions funds.

In addition to our allocated Mission funds, our congregation is very generous throughout the year, donating to One Great Hour of Sharing at Easter and Alternative Gifts International at Christmas, in addition to other special requests for disaster/emergency donations, usually to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

The Mission committee is continually seeking to honor God's call as the Holy Spirit moves among us. If you have a mission passion, maybe God is inviting you to contact the Mission committee. We welcome all who wish to join.

VPC Mission Projects

MissionPhotoAlbum

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If you are inclined toward Mission or just curious about VPC’s Mission program, we encourage you to attend our next Mission meeting.  See the date/time on the What's New page.

All are welcome to join our Mission Committee.  Contact one of our Mission co-chairs, Candy Mindigo or Annegret Boge.

2013 Mission Annual Report

 

FY14 Mission Budget

 

FY13 Mission Actuals

 

2012 Mission Annual Report

FY13 Mission Budget

FY12 Mission Actuals

2011 Mission Annual Report

FY12 Mission Budget

FY11 Mission Actuals

2010 Mission Annual Report

2010 Mission Plan

2010 Mission Budget

2009 Mission Annual Report

2009 Mission Budget

2008 Mission Annual Report

2008 final allocation of funds

 

 

Guidelines for Approving Members' Passions funds

 

Mission Chair Responsibilties

 

MissionPhotoBook

DavidAllenStudio.com

 

 


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