Lexington Presbyterian - Service to our Local Community
Whether the need is in our own community or elsewhere in the state or nation, Lexington Presbyterian participates either in financial contributions or in the active involvement of our congregation members. The following is a partial list of organizations we support in our region. Click on the underlined links for additional information.
Another face of local mission is our annual youth mission project. For more information, on project plans, visit our Youth page.
The end of summer brings new students to Lexington, giving us an opportunity once again to invite these young people into our church community and to get to know some of them personally. Members of our church family "adopt" interested VMI and W&L students.
These students often just need a place to get away and have some familial contact. Individual hosts and students set parameters in terms of time and frequency of visits as well as activities. Some provide comfort to a homesick student for a part of the year; others may develop long term relationships that last a lifetime. Imagine, as a parent, how much you would appreciate it if you knew a family was caring for your child away at college. Participation in the Adopt-a-Student program really does make a difference in the life of a student.
We match students with host families in early September, once both VMI and W&L students are in town. Do consider taking part in this campus ministry - either as a host or an "adoptee."
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, a member of America's Second Harvest, was established in 1981 to help feed hungry people throughout Virginia. It has distributed more than 100 million pounds of food throughout its service area, which includes 25 counties and nine cities in northern and central Virginia.
The mission of The Campus Kitchens Project is to use service as a tool to:
Strengthen Bodies by using existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in our community;
Empower Minds by providing leadership and service learning opportunities to students, and educational benefits to adults, seniors, children, and families in need; and
Build Communities by fostering a new generation of community-minded adults through resourceful and mutually beneficial partnerships among students, social service agencies, businesses and schools.
Campus Kitchen prepares and delivers about 300 meals a week to individuals and targeted organizations like: Project Horizon, Hospice, Natural Bridge Manor, the Office on Youth, Rockbridge Area Occupational Center, and the Magnolia Center. They have also experimented with serving meals at the Lee Apts. just down the street from our church on Main Street.
If you would like to know more about this mission and how to help out, contact Margie Page.
The Community Table seeks to relieve the hunger of those residing in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County of Virginia. Dinner is served on Monday evenings.
The Community Table is located on the ground floor of the Rockbridge Area Relief Association building at 350 Spottswood Drive, Lexington, next to the hospital. Guests will find a "restaurant" without a cash register, to serve all who enter. If you choose to donate $5.00, you provide up to three meals for your neighbors in need. Every dollar counts.
Our church provides volunteers for serving at 5:30 and cleanup at 7:30 on the 3rd Monday of every month. We work alongside volunteers from R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal. Come enjoy a meal, then try volunteering. To sign up contact Becky Merchant, 463-4356.
Habitat for Humanity Faith Build
This is a Fall 2017 Habitat for Humanity project! Lexington Presbyterian will be one of 8 to 10 local churches participating in this endeavor, which is known as a “Faith Build.” As with the many other Habitat projects our church has supported, the Faith Build will help a local family become owners of a new home. The project can also strengthen relationships between area churches and provide visible evidence to the community of faith in action.
But the house doesn’t get built without volunteer labor. There will be plenty of opportunities to lend a hand -– whether providing lunch for work crews or hammering nails yourself. No prior construction experience is required – and you are welcome to invite friends, family members and non-church members. Consider putting together a team of friends to volunteer once a week and share the inspiring experience of watching a home become a reality.
Watch “The City” this summer for more details about the house location, its prospective owners, and the groundbreaking. Pam Luecke has agreed to be the church’s liaison for the Faith Build. For more information -- or to let her know you’d like to help -- contact her at 463-7860 or ude.u1498305596lw@pe1498305596kceul1498305596
The Jesse Tree
The Jesse Tree is a part of getting ready for Christmas at Lexington Presbyterian. The Jesse Tree is an opportunity to remember those whom Jesus would have us remember – "the least of these my brothers and sisters." Gifts will be collected for:
- Community Table
- Lisa's House
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
- Roanoke Mission
Our gifts will provide much needed food to families in financial difficulty, household items needed for clients who come to Lisa's House, a safe shelter for victims of domestic or sexual violence. Gifts of cold weather clothing such as coats, hats, gloves, socks for adults or children will go to the Roanoke Mission which ministers to victims of poverty and homelessness.
To participate simply choose one or more of the many cards hanging on the Jesse Tree/Chrismon Trees in the sanctuary that describe a particular need. We invite you to bring the card attached to the gift back to church and place it under the Jesse Tree. There will be boxes under the tree for checks. We encourage you to simplify the wrapping as much as possible. May we give generously in response to God's greatest gift to us – the child born in a manger, our Emmanuel.
Meals for Shut-Ins
Volunteers deliver a physician-ordered, nutritious hot meal five days a week to handicapped or ill individuals unable to provide their own. Updated February 2017 - Meals for Shut-ins has an immediate need for substitute drivers. Please contact Tom Jones at 460-0443 for more information, or to volunteer.
The Lexington Presbyterian Church (LPC) Mentoring Program's mission is, with God's help, to heal and nurture families, guiding them from desperate and dependent situations to hope and independent living.
To accomplish this, the mentoring teams provide long term, and at times intensive, support to a family at a time of distress and help the family transition from welfare to independence. Depending on community needs, there may be several active teams supporting multiple families simultaneously.
Mission Next Door
Our congregation is joining Mission Next Door (MND), a home-repair ministry of several Rockbridge area Presbyterian churches. MND began when volunteers from Rockbridge County went to Mississippi to repair homes that had been damaged by Hurricane Katrina. They realized that homes in our area need repair, and that they could help families that could not afford needed repairs. Their projects have been as small as building a wheelchair ramp or fixing a broken window and as large as major remodeling and roof repair, costing several thousand dollars.
Members can participate in two ways:
First, you can put your name on the list of potential workers. Persons on that list are contacted before each repair job to see if they are able to work on that job. Persons volunteer for specific jobs only when they have the time and talents that fit that job, and they are contacted in advance to determine their availability. Most jobs take less than two days of work and often less than one day. There are jobs both for those who are skilled carpenters and for those without carpentry skills.
Second, you can identify families that need but cannot afford housing repairs and inform Mission Next Door about those families. In order to qualify, the house must be owned by the resident of the house or a family member. There is an application form that helps MND determine financial need, the criticalness of the repairs and other important information.
If you wish to be placed on the list of potential workers or if you know a family that needs housing repairs, contact Sandy McLaughlin (ten.k1498305596nilht1498305596rae@p1498305596bsnni1498305596alhco1498305596l1498305596, 348-4342), Malcolm Brownlee (ten.l1498305596iamg@1498305596eelnw1498305596orbsd1498305596nam1498305596, 348-6588) or Margie Page (463-9606). Contact them also if you want more information.
Project Horizon is dedicated to reducing domestic, dating, and sexual violence in Lexington, Buena Vista, and the Rockbridge County area through crisis intervention services and prevention programs. Lexington Presbyterian sponsors the "Jesse Tree" project during Advent. We collect household supplies, children's clothing and toys, plus gift cards and cash for Lisa's House, which provides up to 30 days of shelter to clients who are not safe in their own homes.
For more information, call 463-7861.
Rescue Mission Roanoke
Every Christmas we collect clothing for this mission. Visit RescueMission.net for details on the services offered by this organization.
Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
Visit the web site for the Rockbridge Area HFH for details on current projects.
You may sign up for local service and schedule your work days using VolunteerUp. No experience is necessary! Habitat supplies all tools and building materials, and a construction supervisor is always present to provide instruction.
Prayerfully consider volunteering to put your faith into action in our community. There are a variety of ways to assist:
- Helping to raise money. Individuals and groups like Sunday school classes or House Church groups may contribute. For example: mini-blinds cost $125, a washer/dryer costs $850, shingles for the roof cost $2000, and building materials for a whole house cost $60,000.
- Building. There are shifts on Saturdays from 8:30 – 12:15 and 1:15 – 5pm. There are also shifts on Tuesday & Thursday afternoons from 1:15 – 5. Special building talents are welcome, but for the rest of us there is supervised work that we can do. Once again, Kelly Wallace is our contact person at gro.t1498305596atiba1498305596hegdi1498305596rbkco1498305596r@yll1498305596eK1498305596 or 540-784-5030.
- Bringing breakfast food or potluck lunch dishes, or leading a devotional before the start of work the first Saturday of each month.
- Praying. Please keep the Disciples' Build in your prayers because what we accomplish there is truly a mission done in Jesus' name.
Rockbridge Area Hospice
Rockbridge Area Hospice treats, comforts and provides supportive care to terminally ill patients and their families in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County, Virginia. Services are rooted in the belief that an individual's worth, dignity and growth have no end. Through palliative care to control pain, as well as other medical and non-medical services, Hospice personnel seek to aid patients and their loved ones in living life fully at the end of the patient's life. They also serve the bereaved in growing through their grief.
You may have been curious as to why Rockbridge Area Hospice has begun displaying a "Christmas tree" year round. Well, it is not a Christmas tree. It is a tree of remembrance: Angels are festooning the tree, the morning sun glistening off of their wings - making the area bright with the reflected light. Each angel represents the life of a Rockbridge Area Patient who has died during the year.
At the end of each year, an angel is given to the family of the patient as a tangible remembrance of the life and influence of each loved one. As you enter the lobby of the office at Hospice, you are, at once, reminded of all those special folks who have touched the lives of family, friends, community, and those who work at Rockbridge Area Hospice. So, when you see the tree - hesitate a minute and say "hey! Look at the lovely angels" and remember what they represent.
Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA)
RARA has been serving residents of Rockbridge County and the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, VA since 1972 by providing emergency assistance with food, shelter, utilities, heating fuel, medications, transportation and other basic necessities.
To find out more information about this organization and how you might personally help.
Rockbridge County Library Literacy Center
In the Lexington/Rockbridge area, 29% of the population 18 years and older do NOT have a high school diploma or GED. 33% of the school age population of Lexington/Rockbridge area receive free/reduced price meals which is a major indicator of poverty. In 2004, the commonwealth of Virginia lost $300 million due to lost revenues from people without jobs, welfare, food stamp programs and other programs related to individuals with less than a high school education. If a child is unable to read by third grade, his or her entire academic progress is severely impaired. Some reports indicate the future need for prison cells is determined by the number who cannot read by the 3rd or 4th grade.
Please make time in your schedule for 1 1/2 hours per week to help a local student make progress in their reading, seriously improving the rest of their academic and regular life. These children are our future and YOU can really make a difference. When you are visiting the Rockbridge Regional Library, sign up with the Literacy Center and Susan Bushnell will give you a call about the up-coming classes. You will be glad you did!! Call Jo Anne or Eddie Willis @ 463-5104 if you need more information.
Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center
Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization offering educational programs, including subsidized care, to families with young children in the Rockbridge community. For more than 25 years, Yellow Brick Road has provided developmentally appropriate preschool activities within a program of affordable, quality, nurturing childcare. The Yellow Brick Road Director is Misty Camden. Margie Page is the Lexington Presbyterian Church contact - 463-9606