Mission Work at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

Caring for our neighbors near and far has always been part of OPPC’s beating heart.  Our faith community commits its time, talent and treasures to care for immediate needs (charity), partner with others to find longer term solutions to poverty (empowerment) and work to address the underlying causes of societal problems (advocacy).  OPPC members are a very giving congregation with a drive for food, clothing, housewares, disaster cleaning buckets highlighted almost every month of the year. 

For more information about these mission opportunities, please contact Rev. Dr. Shelly Wood at shellywood@orchardpark.org or Cindy Muse, Mission Elder, at cindyanddavidmuse@gmail.com.

In Our Community

Camp Pyoca

For many years, OPPC children and youth have attended Christ-centered camps at Pyoca Camp & Retreat Center, with many of the kids later “graduating” to become summer camp counselors.  Each year, OPPC hosts a week-long Camp Friendly and Junior High Camp.  In addition, financially supports Camp Pyoca through its operating budget and endowment funds.  Learn more at www.pyoca.org.

CUMC Food Pantry

In the 2nd year of the pandemic, OPPC decided to step up its efforts to help those in our local community who are food insecure.  We partnered with Carmel United Methodist Church, who has operated a food pantry for nearly 30 years, to supply eggs, hygiene products, dollars and volunteers.  Today, we deliver 300 dozen fresh eggs per month, have a cadre of OPPC volunteers who help staff the food pantry, organize food drives such as Souper Bowl of Caring and financially support the pantry through OPPC’s mission budget.

Clothesline Ministry

OPPC partners with Carmel Clay schools to provide clothing, free of charge, to students who are identified as needing help by school counselors and social workers. We collect new and used clothing, sort and launder the donations and fill and deliver requests as they come in. As the need has grown, so too has the Clothesline Ministry with plans to expand to more schools, provide hygiene products and partner with Kids for Coats to provide socks and underwear to students in need.

Day of Caring

Each year, OPPC designates a day for worship, fellowship and hands-on mission to assist our brothers and sisters in need. In 2022, we packed 9,500 meals to fight hunger in Indiana, assembled 100 birthing kits for Haiti medical teams, prepared and served a lunch and coordinated an activity/craft for guests of Day Spring Center in downtown Indianapolis and assembled 15 school supply backpacks and 12 food boxes for distribution through Harvest Christian Fellowship to residents in the near north Reagan Park neighborhood of Indianapolis.

Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network

Indianapolis Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) operates under the umbrella of Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis. It is a ministry of hope for homeless families in the Indianapolis area. OPPC partners with Family Promise to provide a week-long place for families to shelter overnight as health concerns allow. Since the pandemic, homeless families have been housed in apartments with OPPC helping to supply dinners, housewares and furniture, as well as contributing financially from the mission budget. Learn more at www.fpgi.org.

Harvest Christian Fellowship

In 2012, OPPC members began collaborating with Harvest Christian Fellowship to host Black History Celebrations, provide music, bags full of groceries, clothing and medical check ups at HCF’s annual fall festival and prepare 30-40 Thanksgiving dinners to residents in the HCF neighborhood. During the pandemic, some of these activities continued. Today, OPPC still provides Thanksgiving dinners, sacks full of groceries, school supply backpacks, food boxes and also contributes monies from its mission budget to pay to keep HCF’s heat and air conditioning running.

Together Today Carmel

OPPC hosts a weekly program of social time, games and lunch for promote and support independent lifestyles for adults 55+ in Hamilton County. We partner with Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County and provide a welcoming space for folks to gather on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Learn more at https://shepherdscenterofhamiltoncounty.org/together-today/.

Trinity Fellowship

Once a month, OPPC hosts a fellowship benefitting physically and mentally handicapped challenged individuals. Approximately 30-40 adults gather on the first Friday of the month in the evening to enjoy fellowship, snacks and entertainment such as dances, Bingo, karaoke and music groups.

In Our World

Alternative/Christmas Gift Market

Each year, OPPC offers worshippers an alternative to “regular” Christmas gifting. Folks can make a donation in honor of a special person to provide life-saving medication to patients in the mountains of Haiti, combat severe malnutrition and offer shoes to children in the mountain villages of Mombin Crochu, Haiti, support Orchard Park youth on their annual Youth Caravan mission trip, provide chickens and pigs to families in need in developing nations, distribute clothing to children at risk in Carmel schools and much more.

Fountains of Hope

For more than 13 years, Fountains of Hope has been working on the vital issue of providing clean water to humans by installing over 265 water purifier systems worldwide and bringing safe water to over 125,000 persons each and every day. In 2022 alone, FOH teams installed systems in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Haiti. OPPC supports FOH’s projects both financially and through participation in its travel teams. To learn more about what FOH is up to click here

Haiti Post High School Scholarships

OPPC and its members are primary contributors to a post-high school scholarship program for students in Central Plateau, Haiti. Courses of study range from 3 months to 4 years, focus on marketable educational opportunities and include studies in nursing, education, accounting, construction, computer science and even a diplomacy. 53 students are graduating from the program in 2022. Members Al & Becky Atz are directors of the non-profit – Central Plateau Scholarship Program – which administers the program. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/cpsprogram/.

Haiti Mobile Clinic Hospital

In 2012, Dr. Renaud Gerve opened a mobile clinic to serve the remote villages in the Central Plateau area of Haiti. The clinic serves 20 remote mountain villages and routinely treats between 500-1,000 patients per month. In addition, a stationary clinic is being built in Mombin Crochu, Haiti with financial assistance from OPPC. Each year, OPPC worshippers assemble 100 birthing kits for use by midwives and village care workers. Members Al & Becky Atz serve as officers of the Pro-Famille Clinic Foundation, Inc. They call Dr. Gerve family – a son. Learn more at https://www.profamilleclinique.org/.

Presbyterian Mission/Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

OPPC members routinely step up to help neighbors around the world but especially when disaster strikes. We support mission causes close to home through the Whitewater Valley Presbytery (Westminster Neighborhood Services, Hispanic Ministries, Camp Pyoca, Congo Helping Hands), as well around the worlsd through the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Special offerings taken for One Great Hour of Sharing and Christmas Joy support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, Self-Development of People and support and leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian ministers. In 2022, we delivered 55 buckets of cleaning supplies to assist with clean up following Hurricane Ian in Florida. Learn more at http://www.whitewatervalley.org/ or https://specialofferings.pcusa.org/

Tijuana Christian Mission

For the past 5 years, OPPC member Cindy Brentlinger has worked as a full-time volunteer at Tijuana Christian Mission in Tijuana, Mexico.  TCM is an orphanage for children in need.  It provides housing, shelter, clothing, education and so much more to children who have no where else to turn.  OPPC has provided substantial financial and prayer support to Cindy and TCM since 2018.  To learn more, visit www.tijuanachristianmission.org and sign up for Cindy’s newsletter by contacting her at cbrent3@gmail.com.