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Mission Projects

The Mission and Outreach Committee of the Session plans, promotes, and supports the church's outreach ministries at all levels.

Over the last several years, in addition to the monetary support we provide to missions through the Presbyterian Church agencies, we have supported the following missions directly through our giving of money and time:

Bower Hill Braillists Boy Scouts Bread for the World
Christmas Mission Tree East End Cooperative Ministries East Liberty Family Health Care Center
Family Promise Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Haiti Water Purification
Hekima Place Hopi Christian Mission School Infinite Family
Lydia's Place Margaret McKee Scholarship Fund Medical Benevolence Society
Miryam's House Neighborhood Academy Pittsburgh Project
Produce to People South Hills Interfaith Ministries Wallace Memorial Food Pantry
Washington City Mission The Woodlands  

 

Bower Hill Braillists

The Bower Hill Braillists Foundation was established in 1964. Volunteers create braille versions of literary books for the lending library, which ships books to readers all over the country. They also produce textbooks, math books, and other educational material for schools and colleges. If you would like more information, contact the Braillists directly at: 412-343-3667.

Boy Scouts - Troop 28, Cub Scouts - Pack 28

Boy Scouts - Troop 28 The Boy Scout Troop meets every Tuesday evening throughout the year in Fellowship Hall. For over 50 years, Troop 28 has had a tremendous impact on the lives of the boys and leaders that have participated. Boy Scouting is a program for boys age 11 through 17. For more information, please contact Scoutmaster Mike Fuson via the BHCC office. Cub Scouts - Pack 28 Cub Scout Pack 28 serves boys age 6 through 10, from the Mt. Lebanon area. Meeting generally on Thursday nights, the pack continues to help boys learn about what it means to be a Scout through both community service and fun, out-door centered activities. For more information, contact Cub master Anthony Moretti via the church office.

Boy Scouts - Greater Pittsburgh Council

Bread for the World

This is a national Christian citizens movement seeking justice for the world’s hungry people by involving our nation’s decision makers.  BFW Institute seeks justice for hungry people by engaging in research and education on policies related to hunger and development.  Bower Hill Community Church supports this program through financial assistance. Bread for the World

Christmas Mission Tree

At Christmas members are invited to purchase Christmas Gifts for mission projects. The projects vary each year. Recently Lydia's Place and the soldiers in Iraq have been recipients of the gifts.

East End Cooperative Ministries

During the winter season coats and blankets are collected to be distributed by the East End cooperative Ministries

East Liberty Family Health Care Center

In 2007, this Christian ministry provided care 39,816 times for 8,186 individual patients. At the two offices in Pittsburgh's East End, the Center provides primary medical care, dental services, mental health care and social work. Patients had prescriptions filled at a price they could afford. Bower Hill Community Church provides financial support through its Mission program. East Liberty Family Health Care Center

Family Promise

We have supported Family Promise by making fleece blankets for their guests, serving dinners and performing work on their residence home. Family Promise - Pittsburgh and Washington

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

The food bank has been the recipient of food and money from various hunger events. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Haiti Water Purification Project

Bower Hill Launches a
Haiti Solar-Powered Water Purification Project

You are invited to join us in a new Bower Hill mission effort.
The installation of a solar-powered water purification unit in Haiti!

On Sunday, June 5, the Rev. Karen Battle presented Bower Hill with a mission opportunity to respond to a desperate need in Haiti through the Presbytery's Haiti Water Project (details below). A joint effort of the Synod of the Living Waters (‘Living Waters for the World’) and the Synod of the Sun (‘Solar Under the Sun’) trains church teams in the installation of solar-powered water purification systems that can be used anywhere in the world where people are in need of clean water for drinking and cooking.

A group from Koinonia was very excited about the prospect of serving our Lord by helping those still suffering the deplorable conditions in Haiti. This group proposed to Session and the Mission Committee that we form a Bower Hill team to install such a water purification unit in a Haitian community. On Sunday, July 10, Session approved this project.

Based on Rev. Battle’s presentation, several congregation members have already expressed an interest in being on the traveling team  and several more have indicated a desire to help here in Pittsburgh! If you are interested in being part of the traveling team, let us know! In addition, there is plenty of support work to be done by volunteers here at home.

Please call or email the church office if you are interested in joining the BHCC team (either traveling or support) to make the Haiti clean water project happen.

If you have any questions, phone or email:

Phone: 412-835-0348

Phone:412-341-1029

This water purification project is indeed a MAJOR commitment on the part of BHCC, but we believe the Spirit is alive and working in this congregation to give us the power to make it happen.

 

 

Hekima Place

The statistics are overwhelming: just 65% of Kenyan girls enroll in elementary school. Only 30% in high school. A young Kenyan girl orphaned by HIV/AIDS has little hope for education. Without it, her future is likely to be out on the streets. But Hekima Place, a Kenyan boarding school founded in 2005, is a beacon of hope to these children. Orphaned by HIV/AIDS, Hekima Place provides a stable home for these girls while they learn. A place of safety, comfort and love. If you would like to help support the ministry of Kate Fletcher to these girls, please make your check payable to Hekima Place and mail to : Kathy English, Treasurer, Hekima Place 3304 Brookdale Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15241

For more information, check out the web site Hekima Place

Hopi Christian Mission School - Box tops for Education

This is a program where church members bring in box tops from certain products. The manufacturers of the products will redeem them for education items for schools. We are working with a Hopi Mission School.
Hopi Christian Mission School

Infinite Family

This project involves one member of congregation interacting with an orphaned child in Africa via emails and a web cam. The idea is to be able to mentor the child. Betsy Hohlfelder is working with a 15 year old boy named Lucky. We hope to expand this program to involve more members. Infinite Family

Lydia's Place

This agency goal is to:

Margaret McKee Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was established to encourage members of Bower Hill Community Church to volunteer for mission service. The fund is administrated by the Mission Committee of the Session of BHCC. Requests for scholarships must be made with a written proposal at least 60 days before implementation. This proposal should include the location of the mission service project and the work expected to be performed in addition to the travel and living expenses expected to be incurred during the performance of the mission service. The fund will provide scholarships for up to three quarters of the expenses of approved proposals up to a maximum scholarship of $2000.

Past participants include: Jean Miewald (Home construction in Romania), Margaret Zabo (Teaching hand bell ringing in Romania), Sara Waller (Mission Trip to Alaska) and Betsy Hohlfelder (Equipment for mentoring an African child through Infinite Family and a trip to Africa to visit with the child she is mentoring).

The Medical Benevolence Foundation

This organization in partnership with the Presbyterian Church (USA), provides information about the international health concerns, raises funds to support the health programs, recruits health care professionals and other types of volunteers to serve in health related mission programs outside the US. Bower Hill Community Church has made a gift through this foundation to support the building of the Hospital Sainte Croix nursing school and is continuing their support by offering scholarships to nursing students. Medical Benevolence Foundation

Miryam's House

The Green Grocers (members of Bower Hill) deliver produce from the Village Square Giant Eagle in Bethel/ Upper St. Clair to Miryam's House each Sunday. A station wagon or SUV is needed to transport the produce to Miryams, which is located downtown near the new Consol Energy Arena. It takes less than 2 hours to accomplish this important task and is a very worth while experience. If you think this would be your type of outreach opportunity or want more information, please contact Dave Hicks at 412-833-7753 (home).

The Neighborhood Academy

The Neighborhood Academy began in 1993 as an innovative summer school program for at-risk youth. In response to the success of the summer school, The Neighborhood Academy opened its doors as a full year day school in  September 2001. It’s mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty by preparing    low-income youth for higher education by    providing a holistic college-prep education for students in grades 8-12 who come from low income families. Bower Hill’s Mission Committee and individual congregation  members have provided financial support to TNA. Volunteer opportunities exist for both tutors and those willing to assist with the lunch and dinner programs by calling 412-362-2001. Neighborhood Academy

The Pittsburgh Project

Bower Hill members have worked on various projects for the Pittsburgh Project during the last few years.

Produce to People

Bower Hill Community Church has supported and participated in Produce to People, a joint venture of the Pittsburgh Presbytery and Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. On several occasions during the year, members of Bower Hill join with the Northside community and members of other Presbyterian congregations to distribute fresh produce and other nutritious food items to families and individuals at risk. If you are interested, please contact the church or Keith Mason at krmason057@gmail.com or 412 - 344 - 1465.

South Hills Interfaith Ministries

Bower Hill supports SHIM monetarily and in various forms as the need arises. Every August, we support the SHIM Back to School Event. This event in August provides students with backpacks and supplies for the coming school year. The backpacks and supplies are distributed during a party held for the students in August. During the school year a group of members goes over in the afternoon to help children served by SHIM with homework assignments. South Hills Interfaith Ministries

Wallace Memorial Food Pantry

On the second Sunday of the month donations are collected at the church and delivered to the food pantry. Donations can be left at the church any time. Contact the office for more information.

Washington City Mission

Washington City Mission exists to share Christ, to shelter, to heal and to restore the homeless to independent living. Last year, they provided 133,000 nourishing meals for Mission residents and low income guests. They provided 27,451 nights of safe shelter for homeless men, women and children. They also provided counseling for addiction, mental health and spiritual restoration. Bower Hill helps the mission residents to celebrate Christmas by cooking and serving dinner on Christmas Day, making and hanging decorations in the dining hall, baking pies in our homes for dessert, assembling gift bags for each resident and providing stuffed animals for the children. Washington City Mission

The Woodlands

The Woodlands sponsors a variety of programs throughout the year that provide opportunities for people with disability or chronic illness of all ages to experience personal growth. Woodlands programs include

We support the Woodlands by supporting the Spirituality Internship Program at the Woodlands. This was done by applying for grants to support the financial needs of the program and with the participation of one of our pastors. Grafton Eliason, one of the pastors in our "Company of Pastors", serves as Chaplain and Coordinator of the Spirituality Program at The Woodlands Camp. He implemented the spirituality component and supervises interns from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.