Mission Commitment of PCW:
As members of the Presbyterian Church of Washington, we have the opportunity to serve and impact others in many unique ways.
Our time, our talents and our money are directed towards a Christ-Centered mission to simply help others. Locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, our work knows no boundaries.
Weekend Meals on Wheels
Every weekend, all year long, PCW delivers free lunches to people and families in need in the Washington city limits.
We are currently partnering with Life Stream, Peace Lutheran and First United Methodist Churches to bring food to the hungry, hurting and lonely of our community.
“If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness…” – Isaiah 58:10
We typically cook on Fridays and deliver on Saturdays. Drivers make 5-10 stops to drop off much needed food supplies to our most vulnerable population.
To volunteer to be a driver, shopper, cook, etc., please contact the office. Or, to see if you qualify as a client, e-mail the church at [email protected]
In our own backyard, we grow potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, green beans and much, much more.
Everything we harvest is donated to Loving Hearts Outreach, and other local food pantries, to help feed the hungry of our community with healthy, organic options.
If you would like to join the list of “Garden Angels,” please submit your name to [email protected] if you would like participate in any way. This can be planting, weeding, picking, delivering, etc.
Local Mission Projects
The Harvest Table
The Harvest Table is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a free community meal in the dining room of the St. Peter’s UCC Church in Washington, every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. Meals are home-cooked and nourishing. Since 2013, The Presbyterian Church of Washington is dedicated to provide food items and volunteer assistance 3-4 times per year.
2023 Harvest Table Dates are March 4, May 20, August 5 and November 11.
Loving Hearts Outreach
Loving Hearts Outreach provides families and individuals residing in Franklin County, Missouri with food, clothing, shelter, energy assistance, minor household repairs, Christmas gifts, household supplies and medications.
To learn more about Loving Hearts, visit their website at www.lovingheartsoutreach.org/.
Every Christmas season, PCW organizes a Giving Tree where we support a family or two through our local Pregnancy Assistance Center agency providing new clothing and Christmas gifts for them. “Ornaments” listing items in need are taken by our members to be returned by a designated date. The Giving Tree is located just outside the Sanctuary.
First Washington United Methodist Church Food Pantry
In partnership with the First Washington United Methodist Church, we help to provide food items for their Community Food Pantry by sponsoring Food Drives and a donation drop box at PCW. All donated items go directly to their Food Pantry serving residents of Franklin, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren counties.
Gateway YMCA Adult Literacy Project
This free program sponsored by the YMCA and local libraries throughout the region is tailored to the literacy and English language needs of adults. They provide instructional materials to build skills that help adults succeed at home, at work, and in their community. Serving residents of the Greater St. Louis Area. Part of the proceeds from the PCW Book Sale held every Spring go directly to our local Four Rivers YMCA Literacy Program.
Bethel Hills Community
Bethel Hills is a beautiful new and growing community in Dutzow. The property is owned and operated by Advocates for Community Choice, which is a 501(c)(3) Missouri nonprofit with a mission to provide supportive housing, social, and other opportunities for adults with and without developmental disabilities that enable them to live, learn, and worship together.
PCW supports Bethel Hills with food and volunteer labor. A “Backyard Mission Trip” is in the works to Bethel Hills in summer of 2023!
Neighbors United: Undoing Racism
Neighbors United - Undoing Racism began over 20 years ago with the goal of building positive relationships across racial lines in Franklin County, Missouri. We help this organization carry out their mission to "undo racism by providing opportunities for all people to be treated with dignity and respect through education and communication" through ongoing projects, programs, and events within our community. https://www.facebook.com/neighborsunitedmissouri/
National/International Mission Projects
Marion Medical Mission
Marion Medical Mission is an ecumenical, Christian, front-line, hands-on, volunteer, non-profit organization that responds to Christ’s call to serve by working hand in hand with God’s people in Africa. We show the love of Christ through projects that directly impact the African people, stressing self-help and sustainability. Marion Medical Mission seeks to share the love of Christ with the extreme poor in Africa by providing all in need with a low cost sustainable source of clean, safe drinking water. www.mmmwater.org
Coins for Chickens
For all those with loose change rattling in your pocket or purse, put it to good use. We are starting the Coins for Chickens campaign. For every $20 we collect, we can provide chicks (and training in their care) for African and other third world families through Heifer International. Hens can lay up to 200 eggs a year, providing a reliable source of protein and income. The collection container is located just outside the church office. Visit www.heifer.org for more information.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
For more than 75 years, Wycliffe has helped people around the world translate the Bible into their own languages. Helping local churches lead and sustain community translation programs that bring positive life transformation. Wycliffe USA serves together with churches and Bible translation organizations around the world so that local churches have Scripture and other resources to meet their spiritual needs, along with the capacity to continue to meet those growing needs in the future.
Warner’s Winter Coat Drive
What started in 2001 as a one-day coat drive prior to a Rams game has turned into a two week community wide effort with hundreds of drop off locations throughout the St. Louis area resulting in approximately 10,000 coats collected each year. We gladly accept new and gently-used winter coats of all shapes and sizes. Operation Food Search, St. Louis’ largest free food and personal care non-profit distribution center, distributes the coats collected to their network of schools, shelters and social service centers. PCW serves as not only a collection site, but our Fellowship Hall has hosted the sorting center for coats collected throughout Franklin County. www.kurtwarner.org/coatdrive