The local communities served by the church were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. The church is designated as a Volunteer Village by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, providing housing to visiting volunteer work groups from around the country. Mostly, these groups do construction work in local homes that sustained flood damage. Up to 36 volunteer workers are housed in the Great Hall of the Education Annex, in dormitory-style accommodations, from Sunday evenings through Saturday mornings. Groups are booked through the National Call Center of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
The Mission Team of the Session oversees the church’s other outreach programs, and also interprets the work of Presbyterian Mission around the world.
Through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we provide designated mission support for Dennis and Maribel Smith in Argentina.
Local mission projects include St. Gregory’s Pantry, the emergency food pantry for needy individuals that is jointly supported by local churches, and support of mentally-ill adults who are residents of the Joan Valentine House (located down the street from the church). There is a Narcotics Anonymous group that meets in the Education Annex on Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm.
In 2002, we became members of the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). Through IHN, working families who find themselves without a roof over their head are housed and fed by local churches on a rotating basis. Volunteer opportunities exist for food preparation, hospitality, and sleeping over while up to 14 guests (family members of all ages) are housed in our building every 12 weeks.