The Missions Committee
Our focus is mainly on mission (with programs and events locally and abroad) and outreach. Through missions we have a wonderful opportunity to create relationships with organizations reflecting our Christian values, to whom we provide our church family support. The care packages we prepared for the Waltham Community Day Care Center and also our “Change 4 Change” program which contributes to different charities are just two of the many ways in which we support our community.
We are always looking for new missions and new ways of outreach. All church members are welcome to participate. Please share with us any ideas or suggestions for mission and outreach in the coming year.
Esther Tambe, Elder/Chair
Laura McTaggart, Deacon
The church disperses to serve God wherever its members are, at work or play, in private or in life of society. Their prayer and Bible study are part of the church’s worship and theological reflection. Their witness is the church’s evangelism. Their daily action in the world is the church mission to the world. The quality of their relation with other persons is the measure of the church’s fidelity.
– Missions (9.37 Book of Confessions)
Missions Plan at NPC
Newton Presbyterian Church supports global missions through PC (USA) and the Presbytery of Boston. We are dedicated to supporting missions reflecting our Christian faith.
Change for Change
Change for Change represents a special collection that we take up for a different cause every three months or so. Small amounts can make a big difference, as has been shown so far by donations we have made to several causes:
* Waltham Community Day Center
* Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
* Woodbury Union Church, a Presbyterian church that suffered from a fire
Currently we are supporting the Community Day Center of Waltham, which provides a core range of support and services to people facing homelessness in the MetroWest area. The Community Day Center is the only homeless drop-in center in the Western suburbs. It started in the basement of the Presbyterian church in Waltham, but has grown and now has its own building at 16 Felton Street, Waltham MA 02453.
There are many ways to contribute:
- drop change into the jar at the back of the sanctuary
- use the small brown envelopes in the pews and drop them into the offering plates
- click ‘Donate’ on our website and choose the Change for Change option
Scott and Louise MacGregor
Scott & Louise MacGregor are members of Wycliffe Bible Translators (USA) and its sister organization, SIL-International. From 1974-2008, they served in the Philippines – learning and analyzing the Kagayanen (kah-guy-YAH-nen) language. And, working with a team of expats and Kagayanen speakers, they translated the New Testament and Genesis into Kagayanen. These portions of the Bible were published together and dedicated in the spring of 2008.
Scott and Louise also worked to improve literacy for the Kagayanen in their own language by developing an appropriate orthography, conducting “How to Read and Write Kagayanen” seminars and by preparing reading primers, health manuals and a multi-lingual phrase book.
The MacGregors have since retired. You can read more about them in their newsletter here
Mission Proposal Form
Through missions we have a wonderful opportunity to create relationships as a church family with organizations reflecting our Christian values and the teachings of Jesus Christ. We want to find out which organizations NPC members and friends are already involved with and any new ones you would like to propose our church family support. To assist us in making decisions to support a mission, we have developed the following criteria. The criteria for Newton Presbyterian Church to support a mission includes:
- A mission should help us follow the teachings of Jesus Christ
- Organizations should reflect the beliefs of Newton Presbyterian Church
- Missions should be primarily focused on local communities
- Organizations should have a clear need which NPC can meet
- The organization should be able to provide an explanation of how financial support will be used, monitored and reported
If there is a mission you would like to propose, please download and complete this form and send it to us at NewtonPresbyterianChurch@gmail.com