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LOCAL MISSIONS MONTHLY PARTNER | Christmas 2021

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH AND MISSION PROJECTS FOR OUR SHPC FAMILY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SEASON.  GRAB YOUR HERD AND GET INVOLVED!

Roses Creek – Adopt a roses Creek family and help make Christmas brighter for them!  The Woodland Community, also known as “Roses Creek”, is a Community Land Trust of 400 acres in the coal mining area of Clearfork Valley, located at the base of the Cumberland Mountains in northeast Tennessee. The nonprofit trust owns the land and leases it for a nominal fee to individuals who own the buildings on the land. As the home is truly their own, it provides the homeowners with the same permanence and security as a conventional buyer, and they can use the land in the same way as any homeowner.

Each year, members and friends of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian “adopt” families from the Roses Creek Community by shopping from a list submitted by the family of specific needs. Others make a monetary donation toward the purchase of items such as country hams, and, on a day before Christmas, we load trucks, cars, and suvs, and drive to Clearfield, Tennessee to deliver the gifts. While this community needs our help every year, this year has been especially hard for them. Would you prayerfully consider adopting a family? Please contact Jennifer White at 865-363-9684 or jennifer6178@hotmail.com for more information or to adopt a family.

Thrive Parkridge Christmas Store – Please join us in donating to the Thrive Holiday Store.  Students at Thrive earn “dollars” all year for good behavior to put towards gifts they can buy for their families. Click the following link for specific ways to help.  https://linktr.ee/thriveparkridge  If you’d like to purchase gifts for a deserving child in the Parkridge community, email cammyglover1605@comcast.net.

FISH Christmas Cards – Give the best gift of all by helping to end hunger in our area!  Each $5 card feeds a family of 4 for 3 days.  Cards are available in the church office in the credenza to the right as soon as you enter the office door.

Bring $5, bathing suit, and towel. All are welcome. More details to come!

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Other ministries we are actively involved with:

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FISH

FISH is a food ministry that is working with communities to end hunger.  FISH is part of Hospitality Pantries, Inc., a non-profit all volunteer organization that currently provides food packages to over 11,000 families each month and from its associate locations in Claiborne and Knox counties an additional 2,000 families receive food bags each month.  SHPC coordinates and delivers food monthly.  On the third Monday of each month, drivers travel to the West Knox Fish Pantry behind the Church of the Savior where they load the requisite bags and take them to Barron Hall. There they set up the tables and off load the bags.  Tuesday morning after the SHPC Fish phone center fills out request sheets from callers, members of the special needs team collect the specific extra products needed by each family, and they add these to that family’s order.  SHPC volunteers then arrive deliver groceries!

Additional service to SHPC’s hunger ministry: Once a year Sequoyah Church is responsible for buying food for the West Knox Food Pantry (a cooperative organization of 16 churches) which we use every month for our Fish deliveries. The tasks involved in stocking the pantry include: purchase the food from various vendors; deliver 10,000 pounds of food to the pantry; assemble each sack of food and place on shelves; clean the pantry; recycle cardboard; and maintain the pantry for the full month of March.

For more information about FISH visit: www.fishpantry.org.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped to build or repair over 600,000 houses for more than 3 million people worldwide.  Their vision is “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”  Through volunteer labor and the donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates homes partnering with their homeowner families.  These families invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

SHPC sponsors a Habitat house every four years. Volunteers help on Saturday build days as well as provide lunch for the workers on build days.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity visit: www.Habitat.org.

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Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM)

KARM provides daily for those whom are most vulnerable and desperate among us.  They supply rescue services of food and shelter, they build healthy and supportive relationships, and ultimately strive for restoration, which includes job-training opportunities. They feel when rescue is combined with the support and encouragement provided by healthy relationships that reflect the heart of Jesus, then true restoration can occur…restoration to God, self, family, and community. KARM’s Thrift Stores provide employment, donation opportunities for individuals and churches, and offer gently used merchandise for sale throughout our area. Revenue from donated goods sold at the KARM Thrift Stores is used to support the services at KARM.

Twice a year, SHPC volunteers cook, set-up, and serve an evening meal to over 250 residential families and homeless in our community.

For more information about KARM visit: www.karm.org.

SHPC Mission Trips

SHPC Mission Trips are scheduled as needed.  A yearly medical mission trip occurs in February. Past trips have included day trips to outlying counties to install clean water systems, work trips to Mexico, and various trips in TN. through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) which is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  PDA enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events.  The focus is on the long-term recovery of disaster impacted communities and provides training and disaster preparedness for presbyteries and synods.

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Pond Gap Elementary School

SHPC is in partnership with Pond Gap Elementary School. Various mission opportunities are available depending on the needs of the school and the students. Current and past opportunities include:

  • Providing food items for Second Harvest’s Backpacks for students program, backpacks are stuffed on Thursdays
  • Sponsoring/Tutoring of students (when needed)
  • Book Drive – organizing, wrapping the books, and distributing them to the children
  • Christmas Food Baskets
Thrive – Park Ridge

Thrive ministers to at-risk youth in the Lonsdale area to share the Gospel through relationships anchored in the love of Christ.  They do this through their three main programs: Thrive Afterschool, Thrive Summer, and Mentoring.

SHPC Youth ministry helps monthly in Thrive’s after-school program by helping prepare a warm cooked meal, serving that meal, helping students with homework after school, and cleaning up as we finish our time of serving. SHPC serves dinner the third Monday of each month.

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Rose’s Creek

Members and groups of SHPC adopt 30 families each year from Roses Creek, a Land Trust Community in Coalfield, TN.  Individuals, Bible Study groups, Sunday school classes or small group choose from a single adult, a small family or a large family with several children. Gifts are wrapped, tagged by individual and family, and delivered to the church by mid-December.  Volunteers with trucks or SUVs are also needed to deliver gifts to Roses Creek. Contact: info@sequoyahchurch.org.

Operation Backyard

Knoxville Leadership Foundation’s Operation Backyard is a year-round program that provides free home repair services for those with limited-income, those who are elderly, and those who are disabled. Operation Backyard utilizes volunteers to provide much-needed home repairs to families across the Knoxville area. SHPC Young Adults volunteer for a yearly project.

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Boy Scouts of America

Our congregation has supported scouting for about 40 years and continues to be the charter organization for Cub Scout Pack 39, which is part of the BSA. Various Scout troops also meet at SHPC.  For more information, visit their website at Pack39.net.