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Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of The Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. PCOP members are involved in a variety of ministries.

 

Local, National, and International Mission & Outreach

The congregation is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in sending missionaries and supporting these missionaries with our money and with our prayers. We encourage all of our people to respond to God’s call.
PCOP has a long and proud tradition of using our time, talents, and resources to help fight hunger here in Jefferson County. Members volunteer locally at the Crosstown Food Pantry (located at and run by the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church) and prepare and serve meals here at PCOP as part of our First Tuesday Community Meal Program. The food bank provides large monthly distributions of food to local individuals and families.
Our Flight Bag program provides a small travel bag of toiletries, activity books, a “comfort cross,” a small amount of cash, and other items to people being life-flighted from the Punxsutawney Area Hospital to other hospitals outside the area, such as in Pittsburgh two hours away. These Flight Bags are provided free and are put together by volunteers here at PCOP. We have received many “thank you” cards over the years from patients and their families who received a flight bag and were touched by not only the practicality and handiness of it, but the generosity of it and comfort brought by it in a time of need or crisis.
Throughout the year, the Mission & Outreach Committee collects and donates funds, food, clothing, and other items to support local, state, and national charities and mission works. On an international scale, PCOP has teamed up with Heifer International and PC(USA) Presbyterian Giving to fund supplies and work projects for communities in developing countries. Additionally, PCOP participates in the four Special Offerings through PC(USA) to fund local and national charities and grants.
More information about mission opportunities, the First Tuesday Community meal, the Crosstown Food Pantry, and the PC(USA) special offerings can be found on the Events page in the monthly Highlander Newsletter.
 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Reaching out all over the globe, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has a long tradition of going into the scenes of some our most terrible disasters and begin the work that brings people and communities back to wholeness. PCOP has supported PDA through collecting funds for clean-up and aftercare, collecting hygiene and household items to send to affected areas, sending members on mission trips and in work groups to clean up and rebuild after disasters, and more depending on what PDA is doing. PDA is an important part of how we help serve all of God’s children.

 

Music & Worship

God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members get involved in actively leading or participating in the worship service each week, overseen by the Worship Committee. Each week an assigned member assists the worship service as liturgist, leading the congregation in prayers and readings from the Bible. Musical members play instruments, such as the piano or handbells, or sing in the choir. PCOP members have delivered the Sunday message and led the entire worship service, served communion, and volunteered to guide our Youth Group and children with our Children & Youth programs. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of PCOP, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.

 

Ushers

The usher team at The PCOP fills an important role. They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, ensuring the safety of the building during services, guiding traffic, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, unlocking and locking doors, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. The usher team is a service-hearted group of men and women whose ministry is integral to church life.
Please contact the office if you are interested in volunteering on the Usher & Usherette Roster

 

Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of PCOP. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. Each Sunday we look for volunteers to run the PowerPoint screen for worship and to ensure the microphones are working properly.
 

Children’s Church

In order to give our children the best Bible teaching possible, PCOP offers A Time for Young Worshipers before the sermon. This special time gives kids more opportunity for interaction and learning in a context and manner that may be better suited to their age and learning styles. Our friendly children’s church volunteers have an endless stream of creativity–ranging from puppet shows, to games, to object lessons. We also have a nursery available for infants and younger children, and several Youth & Children’s worship services throughout the year led by our Youth Group and volunteers.