Missions

The Palm Mission Board seeks to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ by serving God’s people in real and tangible ways and by educating the congregation of Palm Schwenkfelder Church on the needs of those residing in our community and world so that we might better serve them in love.

 

Our congregation supports:

 

Open Link – regularly collecting and donating non-perishable food items

Chester County Migrant Ministry – collecting blankets and personal care items

Relay for Life – Palm Schwenkfelder Relay Team raises funds for cancer research on behalf of the American Cancer Society

Schwenkfelder General Conference (Mission Board)

Our Church’s Wider Mission (United Church of Christ)

Phoebe Home in Allentown and Richland

Advanced Living Communities (Schwenckfeld Manor)

Living Hope Mission in Haiti

European Christian Mission

 

We also support these special offerings of the United Church of Christ:

 

One Great Hour of Sharing

Click on image to open One Great Hour of Sharing Video

One Great Hour of Sharing  – supports Disaster Relief and Development work around the world

Neighbors in Need  – supports Justice and Witness Ministries and the Council for American Indian Ministries

Our Church’s Wider Mission  – supports

Strengthen the Church – funds new church starts and invigorates existing congregations

Christmas Fund – supports retired clergy and church employees who have difficulties meeting increasing living costs

 

 

We support three children through Common Global Ministries of the UCC

 

J. Vignesh—India

Rita Arabian—Armenia

Taurai Sithole—Zimbabwe (Africa)

 

We also have missionary relationships through Common Global Ministries of the UCC with:

 

Martha Mensendiek – Doshisha University, Japan

Jeffrey Mensendiek – Sendai, Japan

Rev. Jeanette Salley – formerly served in Haiti (2011-2013) and began serving in Guadeloupe in 2014

Judy Chan – Hong Kong

We have had the privilege of having Martha, Jeanette and Judy visit and share with us their experiences of participating in God’s work in these areas of critical need.

 

We also have a European Christian Mission

 

Dr. Drake Williams, III – Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Drake visits with Palm Church each summer to share his experiences.

 

We have supported members and friends of our congregation who have participated in mission experiences by taking Mission Trips.  The Palm Mission Team has served at these Mission sites:

 

A Future Hope (2014)- Long Branch, NJ partnering with Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey our mission team assisted underprivileged in their continued attempts to recover from Superstorm Sandy of October 2012.

Heifer International Project Farm (2013) – Rutland, MA–The team learned about the process Heifer uses to help people in non-industrialized nations and poverty areas of the USA through sustainable solutions and how to use the process and live sustainably in our own community.

Back Bay Mission (2010, 2012) – A mission of the UCC in Biloxi, MS serving the poor and homeless in Biloxi, Veteran Ministries and disaster relief work following Hurricane Katrina

Flood Relief Work (2011) – Nashville, TN in partnership with United Methodist Church Disaster Ministries

Palm’s mission teams would like to thank the Church of the Savior in Knoxville, TN for providing us with housing during our trips in 2010, 2011, and 2012

Mission Trip to Heifer Farm 2013

 

Our Church’s current mission projects are announced in our weekly bulletin, our monthly newsletter, as well as will be highlighted here on our website’s News and Special Events pages.