The missions programs at Lake Murray Presbyterian seek to reach out to the community and to the world. We are doing God’s work locally, regionally, and internationally. In many ways, we are living in a mission field in which people need to be told that there is hope, good news, forgiveness, and eternal life offered in Christ.
We work with GOoDWorks (here) 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 2016 Blitz will run from June 20th through June 23rd. Contact Associate Pastor Blaine Hill at (803) 345-5140 or email@example.com to sign up to help. Click here to see a presentation about the 2013 GOoDWorks Blitz.
WE CARE (here) 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. We are currently hosting work groups from around the U.S. as they offer relief from the flood in the Fall of 2015.
Each year, we send a team to Iquitos, Peru to work with our partner church there. This team helps with water filtration buckets, building the visiting pastor’s office and library. In addition, the children at Lake Murray have the team take cards to the Peruvian children. Pray for Pastor Guillermo in Iquitos. This work is done through AMAZON MISSION FELLOWSHIP and MEDICAL MISSIONS, INC. Medical Missions was founded by Francis Burriss, a former pastor of Lake Murray Presbyterian. We have participated with PRESBYTERIAN FRONTIER FELLOWSHIP in India. We work with OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD of SAMARITAN’S PURSE INTERNATIONAL. Lake Murray fills shoe boxes for needy children overseas. These boxes of toiletries, age appropriate school supplies and basic living needs are purchased and packed with love. Often, a member of Lake Murray will include a photo of themselves and a note of Christmas cheer and Christian love.