Outreach Ministries

Yahve-Jire Children’s Foundation

This past year, our Mission Committee has become very active in helping a small orphanage in Crois des Bouquet, Haiti. The Yahve-Jire Children’s Foundation is currently housing nearly 20  children who are either forsaken by their families, orphaned, or whose families are not able to care for them. The Foundation is run by five individuals who are providing a home, food, academic education and Christian training for the children. Their dream is to build a larger orphanage to house 100 children, a library, a pastor’s residence, and dorms for visiting mission teams.  See more about orphanage.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us and confirm for us the work of our hands, yes, confirm the work of our hands. Psalms 90:17

Ten years ago, two women at the Hartford Seminary started a prayer shawl ministry. Here’s a quote from them: “Shawls have been made for centuries and are universal and embracing, they are symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, comfort, cover, give solace, hug, shelter and beautify us. Those who have received our shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles.

Several members of WBPC became interested in this Ministry — a ministry that combines our love of crocheting/knitting with reaching out to those in need of comfort and solace through the gift of a prayer shawl.  We started our ministry in March, 2008.  As the shawls are created by our volunteers, many blessings are woven into the shawl. When the shawl is completed, it is offered a final blessing before being given to a recipient by a Deacon, Pastor, or Stephen minister.

Whether the shawls are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantels, the critical point is that the crocheter/knitter begins and ends each shawl with prayers and blessings for theprayer_shawl recipient. Members of our church family/community are the primary recipients. Copies of the letter we send recipients and the shawl blessing are on the back of this flyer.

The Hands to Hearts Shawl Ministry Group meets at least twice a year. We have about 20 volunteers and our program is overseen by the Deacons. We do accept donations of yarn, money to purchase supplies, and gift bags. The volunteers find this ministry very rewarding and enjoy the fellowship time together.

INFORMATION: If you want to learn more about this ministry, please contact:

Yevonne Sue Brannon, (919-851-2805)  

Mission Trips

In 2011 and 2012 adult mission teams have visited the Yahre-Jire Orphanage in Haiti.  Prior to that youth and adults went on mission trips to  Louisiana or Mississippi. This experience was due to the vision of Larry Shelton and the Mission Outreach team. Each year our church has put together a group of youth and experienced servant leaders to help the folks in the Katrina devastated area  put their lives back together

Youth and Adult Mission Trip to New Orleans 2010

Larry Shelton and Grace Odom  led a group of youth and adults to New Orleans to continue the needed work of rebuilding homes in New Orleans that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.  The group worked through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  Twelve youth and 5 adults made the trip the week of June 19-26.  The group returned on Saturday June 26 being thankful for a safe and worthwhile week of work.  The group stayed in an abandoned Presbyterian Church in New Orleans East named Camp Olive.  The camp accomodations were air conditioned making this a perfect place for the group.

The group  teamed up with about 25 members of Presbyterian Church of the Master in Omaha.  They worked on all phases of home rebuilding.  Everyone is encouraged to consider joining a Mission Trip in the future.  This is a wonderful opportunity to help those who are still in need in New Orleans, visit a great city, work alongside other people for the common good.  WBPC has sent teams to the Gulf coast for the last four years.  People are welcome regardless of skill level.

Contact Larry Shelton (larry@psdnc.com) for more information.

The youth with leader Kevin Fischer  worked hard raising money for the trip.  The picture at the left shows a flurry of activity as they prepare for the potato bar lunch.  They also sponsored a movies on the lawn evening.  The group has t-shirts  saying "Presbyterian Disaster Relief - Out of Chaos Hope" 


  

Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN)

Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN) is a joint effort of a number of churches to address the needs of homeless families. For one week in each quarter of the year, WBPC is host to as many as five families who call our facilities home. Volunteers are needed to prepare meals, serve as evening and overnight hosts, set up beds and furniture on Sunday afternoon and take it all down the following Sunday morning, drive guests to and from the WIHN Day Center on Method Road, and more. The Day Center can also use volunteer help. Coming soon you will be able to sign-up online for next quarter WIHN program. 

WIHN Weeks for 2014:  February 23 - March 1 ;  May 11 - 17;  November 30 - December 6

To volunteer to help during WIHN week, please signup here

Avent West Children's Mentoring/Kid's Cafe

AventWest Children’s Mentoring is an afterschool tutoring program for at risk students in grades K-11 living in the AventWest community. Students are transported to the program where they enjoy a physical activity period, a healthy snack or a dinner meal through the Food Bank’s Kids Cafe program and assistance with basic skills and homework.

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The program meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:45-6:45pm at two churches in the AventWest community. Elementary students meet in the Fellowship Hall at Western Blvd. Presbyterian Church. Tutoring is from 5:30-6:30pm. Volunteers are needed to assist with reading, math, homework and special activities for students in Kindergarten through grade 5.

Additional information is available at www.aventwest.com/awcm.  

 

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Stephen Ministry is available at WBPC.  Click here To go to the Stephen Ministry page.

 

Urban Ministries' Foodbags

Our church collects prepackaged food bags to be given out by Urban Ministries. People are encouraged to bring individual items for the bags as well as completed bags. A bag consists of the following items:  canned beans,  canned carrots,  canned tomatoes,  canned applesauce or fruit, 1 lb. grits, 1 lb. rice, 1 lb. dried beans, 2 boxes macaroni & cheese, 2 quarts powdered milk, tuna or other canned meat, peanut butter, and cereal. There is a special need for food bag items in summer when the end of our Wednesday evening meals makes it easy to forget the food bag program.

All donated food item are placed in the fellowship hall on a designated table. You can't miss the food bins.

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WBPC has participated in the Meals on Wheels for many years. Our church is assigned to deliver meals and cheerfulness one or two days each quarter to needy people in our community and area.

Our church is scheduled to deliver Meals on Wheels on the fifth Monday of the month of the calendar year with four delivery teams of two people each.  The routes are well-mapped and the door-to-door meal deliveries take about an hour and a half of rewarding time. 

2014 Dates for Meals on Wheels for WBPC:

March 31, 2014
June 30, 2014
September 29, 2014
December 29, 2014
 

Brown Bag Ministry

brownbagBrown Bag Ministry acts locally and thinks globally.  Started by a women named MaryJo and Patricia some years ago helps to feed the hungry and homeless here in Raleigh, NC.  Each Saturday this group of people package lunches at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Apex and delivers them to the needy in Moore Square mind pick up some of the meal bags for distribution in other local areas.

Some members of  Western Blvd Presbyterian Church help bag the lunches and distribute them in Moore Square.  It is a laid back, no pressure, limited time commitment way to help another human being.  

  

Stop Hunger Now event -- a Great Success

Stop_Hunger_suppliesOn February 21, 2010 WBPC held its second Stop Hunger Now packaging event.  The church raised $2,500 to pay for the 10,000 meals that were  packaged.  With the earthquake in Haiti and other events around the world, the need for food is greater than ever.  Food that can be quickly sent to places where people are hungry is desperately needed.    The meals that are packed can be stored for several years and are packed in boxes ready to be shipped quickly to places where there is need. Around 80 people participated in this special event.  See pictures in photo gallery.

 Each package contained rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and vitamins. Approximatel 10,000 meals were packaged to be sent around the world to people suffering from severe hunger. All participants enjoyed the fun atmosphere and worthwhile endeavor. Particpants were encouraged to taste the cooked rice mixture to see the tasty and nutritious meals that will be prepared from each package.  On Sunday July 19, 2009 around 60 members and friends of WBPC participated in the first Stop Hunger Now packaging event and packed approximately 6,000 meals. 

Scouts

Western Boulevard Presbyterian has a number of scout troops meeting each week.  The following Scouts meet Tuesdays at 6:30pm: Girl Scouts Troop 1113; Junior Troop 1113; and Brownie Troop 1464. Cub Scouts Pack 398 has Den meetings on Thursdays at 7:00pm and the Pack meeting on the first Friday of each month. Boy Scouts Troop 398 meets Wednesdays at 7:30pm.

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