MISSION

The missions programs at Lake Murray Presbyterian seek to reach out to the community and to the world. We do God’s work locally, regionally, and internationally. In many ways, we live in a mission field in which people need  hope, good news, forgiveness, and eternal life offered in Christ. In 2018 LMPC will launch a Daughter Church in the Dutch Fork High Zone area.  Click on this link for more info. 

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LOCAL MISSION

GOoD WORKS
We partner with GOoDWorks in Chapin, South Carolina. GOoDWorks was formed by a member of our church, but it is for all churches. GOoDWorks helps local, needy people with housing, utility bills, counseling and in many other ways. Each year our church has a GOoDWorks Blitz in which we repair, renovate, build handicap ramps, and encourage the local needy. GOoDWorks has won two awards by the state of SC for the highest percentage of its gifts going into ministry.  Our 2018 Blitz ran from June 25th through June 28th. 
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WE CARE is our local food pantry. Lake Murray Presbyterian supports this outreach ministry by donating food and giving financially. The We Care Center was established by locals churches to aid area individuals and families facing basic living emergencies. We Care coordinates resources for their clients The center is open Monday and Wednesday 9:00 am – Noon. We have given over 11,000 lbs of food to We Care this year; the USC/Clemson give-off raised 4,234 lbs., with Clemson winning by 500 lbs.
 
 
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THE JUSTIN PEPPER FOUNDATION (here) was established after Justin Pepper, an 11-year-old member of LMPC, died in a car crash. Justin was an outgoing young man who cared for others deeply. The Foundation has many activities, including Community Service Day, GOodworks Work Day, and their annual breakfast and toy drive. This event is the first Saturday in December. Everyone is invited to join in the fun.
 
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THE HUB, once a bar, is now a vibrant place for area children to get help with their homework. Five African-American local churches pooled their resources to purchase the HUB. It is a community center where tutoring and mentoring take place as well as scouts and special events. Melinda Rogers, a member of our congregation, assists with a summer program on Wednesdays. During this time, we feed the children and do Bible School activities.
 
 
SNACKPACKS provides food for students who have little or nothing to eat on the weekend. LMPC currently supports students at Chapin High School and Lake Murray Elementary with weekly SnackPacks. A bag is filled with non-perishable and healthy food items for each child to take home.
 

REGIONAL MISSION

THORNWELL HOME FOR CHILDREN is a home for abused or neglected children and teens in Clinton, South Carolina. Many small groups at Lake Murray Presbyterian support the children with toiletries, school supplies, and for the teens…cosmetics! Our youth have events with the youth of Thornwell. Lake Murray Presbyterian gives generously toward their endowment. PRESBYTERIAN COMMUNITIES has five retirement centers in South Carolina. They provide encouraging,safe, clean, and spiritually uplifting retirement living. MIGRANT MISSIONS is an opportunity minister to the migrant workers in Lexington County with other Presbyterian churches in our region. Our church gives them Spanish-English Bibles. PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE in Clinton, South Carolina is a Christian liberal arts college with deep Presbyterian roots. Our church provides and endows a scholarship for locals students who attend PC.
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DISASTER RELIEF

DISASTER RELIEF

is another vital mission ministry. Lake Murray  Presbyterian has taken groups to work in disaster relief in Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and our home state of South Carolina.  After the Flood in the fall of 2015, we hosted volunteer work crews from across the eastern half of the United States. We also served as a major drop of point for donations of materials and supplies.

 
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INTERNATIONAL MISSION

Each year we send a team to Chiapas, Mexico to work with our partner churches there. Through Trinity Presbytery and the Trinity South Sudan Ministry, we are engaged in supporting the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan as they pursue peace for their war torn country.  Our Pastor, Ben Sloan, travelled to Africa early in 2018.  Click here to learn more about his trip.
The church has served in South America and Africa.
 
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2017 YOUTH MISSION TRIP TO CHIAPAS, MEXICO

Frequently Asked Questions: Mission

How is Mission at LMPC Funded?
We have three sources of funding for missions: General Budget, Mission Fundraiser and Designated Giving

General Budget: Every year the session sets a portion of the general operating budget of the church for mission. In 2019 this budgeted figure is $90, 540. This money is not available until the end of December of 2019.  In addition to general mission work ($29,000), these funds are used to support our presbytery, church planting and a variety of organizations like Montreat, Police Chaplains and Presbyterian support groups. Mission Fundraising: Each March the Mission Committee conducts a mission fundraiser for a wide variety of mission work: Good Works, Mission Trips to Mexico, support of international missions, We Care, Thornwell Children’s ministry, to name a few. In 2018 you gave $14,228to the mission fundraiser. Designated Giving: Church members also make designated gifts to particular mission and ministry as they feel led by the Holy Spirit. This might be a special project like refurbishing the Justin Pepper House or an ongoing work like our mission partners in Mexico. The size of these gifts ranges from coins and dollars given on Souper Bowl Sunday to tens of thousands given to major projects

 
How do we spend mission money at LMPC?
Why do we send people to far away places for mission work?
Called We send leaders and members of our congregation to work with Christians in other countries and cultures because such work has always been a vital part of the Church of Christ. God calls us to help our brothers and sisters in Christ, both near and far. The letters of Paul show that the connections across cultures are fundamental to the Christian life.We believe that God has called us into our partnerships with churches in Mexico, Peru and South Sudan.
Connected We return to the same communities year after year in order to build an ongoing relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ in those places.  We are not seeking to drop in, fix a few problems, and bob back home. We want to know the people and congregations in the places where we travel.
Changed Though we definitely seek to bless and help the people with whom we serve abroad, our mission journey has as much to do with our transformation by the Holy Spirit as with the benefit to our host partners. In writing to the church in Rome, Paul notes that he wants to visit with them, so they can mutually encourage each other. Modern mission trips are as much about faith formation as mixing concrete and painting walls.
Caring We go to help the people and  churches in other places.  Our mission partners value our presence. They are encouraged in their faithfulness by our going to visit and work alongside them.