DURING THIS TIME of CORONA VIRUS giving of yourself is the greatest way to love God and to love your neighbor (our vision as a church). The Board of Deacons organizes ministry teams to provide care for the entire church family and often to the community beyond. These teams welcome participation from members and nonmembers alike. Training and support are enthusiastically provided! For information please contact Rev. Jan Cook.
Help bring Christmas joy through buying gifts for children and providing food for a family dinner. SMCC will bring support to 25 families in our community in partnership with mission partner La Casa de San Gabriel.
1. Visit the Giving Tree Amazon Wishlist to choose a child to support. Purchase a gift and have it shipped unwrapped by December 7, 2020, to the church office at 1750 Virginia Road San Marino 91108. Please be sure to use the wish list when you purchase to avoid duplicate gifts.
2. Provide a Christmas meal for a family, please click here to fill out form and go to the upper right corner to indicate "Christmas Giving Tree" as your targeted fund.
Thank you for being a blessing to a family in need at this very difficult, and yet special, time of year. For assistance with ordering please contact ChristmasGivingTree@smccpby.com.
Find unique and meaningful presents for loved ones. And you can do your Christmas shopping from the comfort of home. This is a great year-end giving opportunity to support our hard-working local and global ministries such as Ministry of Hope, Friends in Deed, La Casa Community Center, African Team Ministries, ICTHUS, and Covenant Children’s Homes. Learn more about SMCC mission partners.
HOW TO SHOP
Please fill out an Online Gift Order Form ( beginning Nov. 1) to indicate the "alternative gifts" you would like to support through contributions. To download a printable form, click here. Total all gifts and pay by check, Venmo (@smccpby), or credit card. (Note: African Team Ministries and Heifer project gifts are paid through their website directly africanteamstore.square.site.) Orders will be received through November 30.
SPECIAL “BAKE SALE” OFFER! For well over a decade the children of SMCC have supported scholarships for Ministry of Hope high school students in Malawi through a bake sale. This year we have a virtual option of a cookie baking kit. For each donation of $35 (one tenth the cost of a full year of high school in Malawi) you will receive a baking kit. (To be picked up at the SMCC office after the order has been processed.)
GIFT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT CARDS for alternative gifts are available for pick up at the church office or you can download them here:
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In December, San Marino Community Church receives the annual Christmas Joy offering which dates back to the 1930s. The offering provides gifts to Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and retirement communities. SMCC’s offering supports Monte Vista Grove Homes in Pasadena, Westminster Gardens in Duarte, and Menaul School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Please indicate "Christmas Joy" in the memo line of your check, or give online and indicate "Christmas Joy Offering" under funds at the top of the form.
"YOU CANNOT TELL A HUNGRY CHILD THAT YOU GAVE THEM FOOD YESTERDAY" - Zimbabwean Proverb
Together We Can Feed So Many!
Since the pandemic started, the need for food has greatly increased, and SMCC wants to continue to support and serve our neighbors. SMCC is asking for monetary donations* in order to purchase healthier food (higher in protein, lower in processed sugar) for the food pantry at Iglesia de la Comunidad Presbyterian Church in Highland Park. If donating non-perishable, (and healthier) food items, please drop off at the SMCC church office Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Contact Bong Bringas or Rev. Jan Cook
*Money donations may be cash, check or made online (Select Food Bank).
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events. Please join us in supporting Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Go to pda.pcusa.org. If you'd rather give a check to SMCC, please include "PDA" in the memo line.
Nearly one hundred have been in touch with 300 households to check in on their well-being, and to let them know we are here for them. There is always a need for more calls. If you would like to join the Stay Connected Team, please contact Eva Farrar.
Help support Door of Hope, and Union Rescue Mission, homeless and at-risk-housing organizations in Pasadena and Los Angeles who provide for families that have been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn of this pandemic. You can donate diapers (all sizes), or write a check to "SMCC" with “DOH” or“URM” in the memo line. Please drop off donations at SMCC church office Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 am -2:00 pm. For more info on other essential supplies needed. Contact Rev. Jan Cook
Now more than ever, prayer is a gift – and just as with any spiritual gift, it can be used to build up the church as well as encourage, comfort, and bear witness to the healing light of God through prayer. To join learn more about Prayer Team please contact Terry Shelton.