Stone Church supports both local and world missions.
Rise Against Hunger
Stone Presbyterian Church participates in Rise Against Hunger, a community-wide effort led by the Clinton United Methodist Church. We are working as a community to raise money for hunger relief.
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.
Parkinson’s Unit/Presbyterian Home of Central New York
The Presbyterian Home of Central New York was the first nursing facility in the nation to provide a designated residential location specializing in the care of those afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. By using a very personal approach for the care of each patient, the home is able to provide individualized treatment in the effort to minimize the tremors and rigidity that these patients suffer from. In an effort to go even farther in their efforts to maximize what they can do for these patients, the Home is planning to redesign their current Parkinson’s facility into a 34 bed “high tech” unit. This new addition to the facility will be revolutionary and will greatly improve the lives of those afflicted with these devastating neuromuscular diseases.
They have asked/requested for financial help from us and from all the Presbyterian Churches in the area. Stone Church’s Fair Trade Shoppe, Deacons and Women’s Association have made significant contributions to this important effort. A Benefit Concert by the music students of Lauralyn Kolb and Ewa Lawrence raised a significant amount toward the effort. Several members of Stone Church participated in the Parkinson’s Walk on September 15th and were able to make an important contribution to the cause. We are committed to supporting this project and will gladly accept any donation that any individual would be willing to make to help them complete this very worthy endeavor. The Mission team has been able to honor its ongoing committment to the Pres. Home Parkinsons’s Fund. During 2013, our promises have been kept as funds have been sent to the Home to support the continued development of this world-class unit. We will continue to support this effort in any way possible.
Your Neighbors Project
We have begun participation in the Your Neighbors, Inc. project. Your Neighbors is dedicated to providing quality service and support to people who are frail, elderly, or have a disability, in their home setting. We have agreed to provide at least 50 three-course frozen dinners. Each dinner must have either a meat dish, a starch, and a vegetable, or a main dish with starch (casserole), a vegetable, and a freezable dessert that can go right into the oven for reheating. Food preparation will be done in our homes, but we will gather to assemble the dinners.
Stone Presbyterian Church is proud to be in partnership with other area churches in support of the Country Pantry Food Bank in Clark Mills. This organization is a United Way Agency and serves the Clinton, Clark Mills and Westmoreland areas. The Country Pantry provides both nonperishable and fresh foods monthly to low-income families and individuals. Member families pick up groceries that have been packed by volunteers at the distribution site in Clark Mills. Special projects include Easter baskets and Christmas gifts for children, Thanksgiving turkeys, mittens and hats for children, and school supplies, socks, and underwear for school children in September. New this year is a Country Pantry garden to grow fresh produce for the food bank clients. Stone Church members make donations of food and special items throughout the year to support the food bank as part of our mission.
On the fourth Monday of each month a group of our congregation serves dinner at Hope House at the corner of South and Steuben streets in Utica. It’s a great opportunity to do some hands-on mission work and a very rewarding experience. We also donate items to the organization according to their needs. We encourage anyone to join us whenever you have a chance. You won’t regret it!
At Christmas time, we adopt a family or two from names provided for us by the Neighborhood Center. Our generous parishioners donate food, clothing and toys for these families to make sure they have a great Christmas. Funding for this project is provided by the Women’s Association of Stone Presbyterian Church.
We support the mission work of the Presbyterian Church (USA) by allocating a portion of our annual budget for this cause. Some of the different ways mission is carried out by the Presbyterian Church (USA) are:
International Health Ministries
Self-Development of People
Presbyterian Hunger Program
New Church Development
New Immigrants Ministries
Presbyterian Disaster Relief
Mission Through Education
Financial Aid for Presbyterian Students
For the annual CROP walk, participants collect donations from the congregation and other individual sponsors that benefit local hunger-focused community groups. The following are also some of the projects which are supported by the CROP walk:
• Long-term development in some 80 countries
• Helping meet the special needs of refugees
• Assisting families in disasters
• Sharing some $3,600,000 annually to support local hunger-fighting efforts across the U.S.
Chocolate Lover’s Sale
Each year the Mission Committee holds a Chocolate Lover’s Sale. Members and friends of our congregation bake wonderful and delicious chocolate goodies to be sold. The proceeds are used to support our various mission projects.
We celebrate Mother’s Day by making a contribution to the Church World Service Blanket program.
Our donations help mothers around the world care for their children.
Light weight blankets are available for chilly nights and mornings.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Our gifts to One Great Hour support ministries of development that assist people in their lives and work thereby strengthening their families and communities, disaster assistance and hunger. Our gifts help our sisters and brothers around the world to find the hope for a brighter future.
The Self-Development of People, which is supported by One Great Hour, has assisted thousands of people around the world in their quest for a brighter future as they struggle for social and economic justice.
Our gifts to One Great Hour support ministries of development that assist people in their lives and work thereby strengthening their families and communities, disaster assistance and hunger. Our gifts help our sisters and brothers around the world to find the hope for a brighter future. The Self-Development of People, which is supported by One Great Hour, has assisted thousands of people around the world in their quest for a brighter future as they struggle for social and economic justice.
The Abraham House performs ministry of hospitality for the dying needy and lonely. It offers the neediest of the terminally ill a home in which to spend their last days in comfort and safety.
The aim is to make the benefits of end-of-life care more available to the needy and the alienated persons living in Oneida and Herkimer counties.
Abraham House is located at 1203 Kemble Street, Utica, NY.
Emmaus House is an emergency shelter which provides temporary housing for homeless families. It is located at 1215 Kemble Street in Utica, NY.