Mission is the heart of Peoples Presbyterian Church. We seek to serve our neighbors–both in Milan and around the world–in any way we can!
In partnership with other local churches, we help to offer hospitality to our local homeless population. Everyone is welcome for a delicious hot meal on Wednesdays at 5:30 at First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti! Once a month, we provide workers and a dessert for 60-80 guests.
Green Tape Sundays
We believe that there’s no “red tape” in helping to solve hunger in our community. On the first Sunday of each month, we push a shopping cart up the aisle to collect food. Giving food to Aid in Milan, a local food pantry, is just as much an “offering” as the money we place in the plates.
We recently started a “Book Buddies” program, in which volunteers take shifts to read with second graders at Paddock Elementary School right across the street. Every Wednesday while school is in session, we get to hear stories as the kids practice reading out loud!
During the Thanksgiving season, Peoples collects “Thanksgiving Feast” baskets to distribute through Aid in Milan. These baskets, filled with everything a family might need to celebrate the holiday with a bountiful meal. In 2018, we gave 10 turkey dinners.
Before Christmas, we partner with Aid in Milan to provide for both the needs and wants of local families, giving gifts of grocery store and gas cards, toys, clothes, food, and other holiday surprises. Last year, we collected gifts for a family of four.
Peoples Presbyterian Church participates in 3 major offerings for PCUSA:
- One Great Hour of Sharing in the spring is collected for those affected by natural disasters, for those affected by hunger, and for the poor and oppressed.
- The Pentecost Offering in the summer is collected for youth at risk.
- The Peacemaking Offering is collected to help the Church’s fight against conflict and injustice around the world. Our percentage of the offering has often been given to Safe House in Ann Arbor for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Throughout the year, we often have special collections. Most recently, we collected school supplies for public school classrooms since low funding often means that teachers provide pencils, paper, art supplies, etc., out of their own pockets.
Hats for Cancer
Vacation Bible School
During our 2018 Vacation Bible School, we collected shoes and a $115 donation for “Soles4Souls,” which has distributed 35 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries since 2006. For our 2019 Vacation Bible School, we collected books for “Books on Bikes,” a local organization that brings books to kids over summer break to encourage them to keep reading and to give them access to materials if they don’t have easy access to a public library. We also collected $372.52 that will go towards a sound system–well over our goal of $250!!!
Canopy on the Corner
On Halloween, we host a “canopy on the corner,” offering cookies and hot cider to trick-or-treaters and their parents!
Every year, we provide a fried chicken dinner for the homeless population served by Hill House in Ann Arbor. They are always excited to see us and it’s a great opportunity to get to know our neighbors!
We started a new Easter tradition this year by filling the plastic eggs at our egg hunt with plastic “bunny money.” We had one basket designated for a summer camp scholarship and one basket designated for “Books on Bikes,” and the kids used their plastic coins to vote for the charity they wanted to receive a donation. On behalf of the youth of Peoples, and at their request, we wrote a check to “Books on Bikes”!
Food Backpack Program
Over Lent 2019, we collected food for the social worker at Paddock Elementary to send home over the weekend with students whose families are homeless. The school told us that because we helped get their food backpack program up and running, they were able to give food to seventeen kids for eleven weeks–over 1,230 meals! Children cannot learn or thrive if they don’t know where their next meal comes from, but sometimes, a free or reduced school lunch or breakfast during the week might be the only real meals they get. We hope to help the school continue this very important mission for the 2019-2020 school year!