MWPC answers God’s call to serve those in need by sharing God’s love in our neighborhood, our community and our world. Whether you’re new to MWPC or have called this your church home for years, you’ll find many ways to reach out and make a difference.
The Serve Ministry Team coordinates many of MWPC’s mission and outreach ministries. To find out more, contact Serve.
Feeding the hungry in our community is MWPC’s main outreach ministry. MWPC focuses on bridging the gap between meals that is a reality for too many families. Through gifts of time, food, money and prayers, we’re working to make an impact on people’s lives with food, hope and love.
Free Community Dinner
On the third Sunday evening of each month, MWPC hosts a free dinner for the entire community. All neighbors and church members are welcome. The meal is from 6:00 to 7:00 pm (doors open at 5:45 pm) For more information, please contact MWPC at email@example.com or call 231-2650.
SEM Food Pantry
Housed next door to MWPC, the SEM (Southeastern Ecumenical Ministry) Pantry offers food and financial aid to people in need living in Anderson, Mt. Washington and Clermont County. As the largest contributor to the pantry (14 churches support the pantry), MWPC donates food, money, and time, thanks to the many members who volunteer to stock, sort, and assist guests. Visit the pantry’s website to learn more.
Sharing with others in need has never been so simple! You shop, we’ll share! Place your donations of non-perishable food/non-food items on the Pantry Shelf in the Gathering Area of the church. Volunteers sort and deliver the contributions to the SEM Pantry. Contact: Carol Legg
Mobile Food Pantry
MWPC hosts a mobile food pantry for an average of 150 families (reaching over 450 individuals) several times a year in partnership with the Freestore Foodbank. Each family can select up to 50 pounds of food, typically including meat and fresh vegetables, items that aren’t usually available at smaller food pantries. MWPC volunteers have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with our guests, helping them select and pack their food. Contact: Jill Brokaw
Tender Mercies of Cincinnati
Every other month on a Saturday, volunteers cook and serve a meal for the clients of Tender Mercies in Over-the-Rhine. Tender Mercies provides security, community, and housing to homeless adults with mental illness. Contact: Steven Bruening
MWPC provides homegrown produce for clients of local food pantries. Over the spring, summer and fall, volunteers offer their love of digging in the dirt, planting, weeding and harvesting vegetables from our garden plot, located behind the church parking lot. Communal garden time is 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings, but you may work in the garden at your convenience. May is the time to reserve a space in the garden plot. Contact Mary Lou Harris with the link below. Contact:Mary Lou Harris
Power Pack Program
MWPC sponsors the Freestore Foodbank’s Power Packs program at Mt. Washington School, which provides weekend food for children who are eligible for reduced or free school lunches. Volunteers pick up the power packs from the Freestore, and deliver them to the school. Contact:Scott Stewart
House of Peace
Various groups of MWPC volunteers take turns providing a meal on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for the House of Peace Battered Women’s Shelter. Members of the scheduled group prepare portions of the meal and deliver them to MWPC. A volunteer delivers the meal to the shelter. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Shelter House Cincinnati Meal Program
Volunteers serve dinner at the downtown shelter on the second Thursday and third Tuesday of each month. No meal preparation is required by volunteers. Contact: Jim Dockendorff
First Lutheran Church Community Lunch
MWPC volunteers join volunteers from other churches to prepare a community lunch at First Lutheran in Over-the-Rhine (OTR) the last Monday of each month. MWPC helps prepare (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.), serve (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and clean up (1 p.m. – 2 p.m.) for the meal, which feeds 200-300 residents of the OTR community. Contact: Joan Sigmund
Supporting Mission & Community
Alternative Gift Fair
The Alternative Gift Fair is a way to give a gift in more ways than one. Profits from items sold at the fair support local and international missions and create income for people in developing nations. The fair is usually held on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Contact: Kathleen Stewart
Each Fall, over 400 local kids receive backpacks filled with school supplies through the Backpack Ministry. Members donate money, supplies and time to sort and fill the backpacks every August. Contact: Jill Brokaw
The Giving Tree
This outreach ministry provides Christmas gifts for families in need in partnership with Mercy Hospital, Clermont YWCA, Birthright, Mt. Washington School, ProKids, and the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter. Members contribute gifts and volunteers sort, wrap and distribute gifts. Contact: Alycia Champion
Presbyterian Women participate in many mission projects serving the local community and the world. Click here to see more about their efforts.
Serve: National & International Offerings
MWPC participates in denomination–wide special offerings each year. A portion of those offerings support national and global projects through PCUSA, and a portion is used by MWPC for special needs within our community.
- One Great Hour of Sharing – During Lent, on Palm Sunday
- Pentecost Offering – During Pentecost (typically in June)
- Peacemaking Offering – On World Communion Sunday (first Sunday of October)
- Joy Offering – On the last Sunday of Advent
- Disaster Relief – Provides a mechanism for the congregation to give financial support for disasters such as the Nepal Earthquake, Famine in the Horn of Africa, and others as the need arises. These contributions find their way to the areas identified through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)