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 in Chapin, South Carolina. GOoDWorks was formed by a member of our church, but it is for all churches. GOoDWorks helps the locally needy 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. 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; USC/Clemson giveoff raise 4,234 lbs with Clemson winning by 500 lbs. SNACKPACKS provides food for school 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. COUPONING FOR THE COMMUNITY is a blogsite to help our church members save money through couponing. These savings can be used to generously support the needy in our community. “Deals to Donate” are updated weekly with items from local grocery and drugstores. Many of these items are needed by LMPC supported missions. Food items are donated to We Care or to SnackPaks; personal care items, paper goods and laundry supplies are donated to Christgate, Thornwell or We Care. Designated baskets for each of these misions is located in the Fellowship Hall narthex. CHRISTGATE is a local women’s shelter. Our church is the major supporter for Christgate, paying their mortgage each month and assisting the residents with their needs This is a small shelter that is a safe haven for women and their children who have no place to live. THE HUB, once a bar, is now a vibrant place for area children to have 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 takes 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 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 annaul 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 supporting 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. DIASTER 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.
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 – AMF 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 – PFF in India. We work with OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD of SAMARITAN’S PURSE INTERNATIONAL. Lake Murray fills shoeboxes 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.