The Heart of What We Do
Mission is at the heart of everything we do as we seek to be faithful disciples according to Jesus.
“For 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 ofme, I was in prison and you visited me.” – Matthew 25:35-36 (Matthew 25:35-36, NRSV).
It is a priority in for our congregation to address issues our neighbors in need near and far are experiencing. Beginning in 2020, we are focusing on food insecurity in order to make a significant impact on hunger in our community while continuing to support other mission efforts. Information below offers a sample of our commitment as a congregation and in partnership with agencies and groups including many local faith communities.
Food Insecurity: Hudson's Roadmap
Focus on Hunger: Food Insecurity
by Beth Billman
After surveying the congregation and working with the Mission Committee, Session has approved a church-wide mission focus of Food insecurity. This will be the focus of our church moving into the future with a kickoff in January 2020. A task force was formed and has been working diligently to discern what this mission will look like, where we should put our efforts and how to engage all members and groups of the church. The members of the task force are Beth Billman, JoLee Carpenito, Carol Clemens, Mitch Perry, Glenn Schindo, Carolyn Scott and Debbie Kirk.
The task force presented their research, thought process, and future plans to the congregation in September during The Gathering. The presentation showed the statistics of hunger throughout our area and addressed difficult choices those experiencing hunger may be making in order to feed themselves and their families. We also announced an exciting new partnership with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The Vision, Mission and Strategy of the task force were explained as well. The entire presentation may be found HERE.
The Four Pillars that make up our strategy are: Partnerships and Relationships, Advocacy, Neighborhood Outreach and Education. Through these focus areas we are confident that we can make a real and lasting impact on food insecurity in our community. We are hoping that these four areas will hold something that is of interest to each of our church members. We will have opportunities to work with existing partners, for hands-on volunteer work, learning about the underlying issues of hunger, and working to improve public policies on the issues.
One of our first goals is to become a designated Hunger Action Congregation through the PCUSA’s Presbyterian Mission organization. At our kickoff in January we will all have the opportunity to sign the covenant that pledges our efforts toward this designation. This designation will show our denomination and the world that are dedicated to alleviating hunger and to work to end its causes. This pledge and commitment will be reviewed and explained over the next six weeks in Window articles.
I look forward to working with each of you as we move toward the goal of alleviating hunger.