PCOM Missions Committee and the congregation have formed a partnership with Elementary Schools in the community. Members have built a rolling food cart, a large bookcase, repaired tables, created a community garden and will be installing a Mini Mailbox Community Library. A dozen PCOM members have been involved as after school tutors as well.
Christmas in May, 2015 at the Boys and Girls Club of San Juan Capistrano
A team of fifteen willing PCOM workers stepped up armed with paint brushes, rollers, power tools, cleaning supplies and lots of enthusiasm at the Boys and Girls Club. Our hands and our hearts worked in His name.
Christmas in May, 2015 in Mission Viejo (City of Mission Viejo)
The PCOM Missions Committee and congregation are partnering with the City of Mission Viejo in helping people in need in the community. Fifteen PCOM volunteers brought Christmas in May on Saturday, May 16 to a Mission Viejo homeowner and her daughter by trimming hedges, pruning trees, removing grass, clearing weeds, planting flowers and building a new front gate. The day was spent serving the Lord.
Work crews are organized to provide the manpower to assist with needed work projects such as clearing mud and debris from cabins and digging trenches to divert runoff water from the rains. In August, 2015, a team went to deconstruct older cabins by stripping wire, removing fixtures and other materials that are salvageable. These materials will be re-used in the construction of replacement cabins.
Gift Wrapping at the Boys and Girls Club of San Juan Capistrano
In November, 2014, PCOM has partnered with The Boys & Girls Club in San Juan Capistrano who is working with 300 children in after school programs. PCOM has donated toys and funds for the Boys & Girls Club Holiday Homework Project. As part of that project, members have participated in helping children shop for and wrap Christmas presents for each member of their family.
Illumination Foundation Vision Clinic
In May, 2014, PCOM volunteers manned a registration table, vision screening stations and eyewear stations for over 70 individuals from in and around our city. Lunch was provided for the clients as well as the doctors and trained assistants who joined us from Fullerton School of Optometry.
PCOM Quilt Dedication
Sunday, July 14, 2015 was Flag Day. On this day, 80 quilts were displayed in the Sanctuary. These beautiful treasures were made by The Comforters for the families of the USS Pasadena submarine crew stationed in San Diego. The quilts were presented by quilters and PCOM veterans for dedication and blessing.
PCOM Quilt Presentation to Families of the USS Pasadena
On July 27, 2015, the 80 quilts made by the PCOM Comforters were presented to families of the USS Pasadena crew in San Diego. It was a day of smiles, laughter and tears for quilters, wives, children, parents and grandparents.
In conjunction with Samaritans Purse, PCOM members held an intergenerational event packing shoeboxes full of items children would love. Grandparents, parents, and children all worked together to decorate and pack boxes and send them to countries overseas, like the Dominican Republic!
South County Outreach
PCOM partners with SCO to help prevent hunger and homelessness in South Orange County. We sponsor an annual food drive during the year to restock the food pantry with non-perishable items that reach over 9000 families during the year.
Colorado Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
In April, 25, 2015 PCOM members flew to Loveland, Colorado to work with Habitat for Humanity in preparing a subfloor on one home and installing siding, caulking and painting at a second location. The team also provided emergency assistance to a family in Este Park by building a trench to divert flood waters away from their home.
National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. More than 50 churches and 2000 joined together for this special evening held on May 7, 2015 at the Thomas R. Potacki Center, Mission Viejo. Pastors from various local churches and denominations prayed for God to bless our community, our leaders and our country. The service was held in many different languages. PCOM manned the finance booth to pray for those in need of a job or prayer for financial stability or for the economy and local businesses.
Oklahoma Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
In 2014, a PCOM team flew to Moore, Oklahoma to assist homeowners after tornados torn apart homes. The 2013 Moore tornado was an EF5 tornado that struck Moore and adjacent areas on the afternoon of May 20, 2013 killing 24 people and injuring 377 others.
Alternative Christmas Market
Each December, this opportunity time provides an alternative to the excessive commercialization of the holiday shopping experience. PCOM members purchased goods and services for those in need on both the national and international front.
Children of the Nations Meal Packaging Event
On February 25, 2015 PCOM members and their families and neighbors all worked together as a team to fill plastic bags equaling 20,104 meals or 3353 bags or 93 boxes with lentils, spices, chicken and rice, sealed and boxed them. Through our partnership with COTN and the volunteers from PCOM, these meal packages were shipped overseas to Los Robles to help feed our sponsored children and the families.
Los Robles, Dominican Republic
PCOM’s eight member team spent eight days on a Venture Trip at the end of January, 2015. The team’s mission was to visit the bateys sponsored by Children of the Nations and spend time in Los Robles with our sponsored children and to serve the Lord by building a roof, digging a new latrine and praying with the men and women of the village.