Opequon Presbyterian is an active part of the community and surrounding area. Many of our members are involved with volunteering in the community. Here are some of the organizations that Opequon takes part in.
And the Lord God Planted a Garden…
When you start reading the Bible it does not take very long until God makes a garden and tells Adam and Eve to starting tending it.
Opequon’s Community Garden is beginning its 8th year at Hedgebrook Farm. The garden has 32 raised garden beds that are 8 feet long by 4 feet wide with a variety of different fruits and vegetables: beans, beets, blueberries, cabbage, chard, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, radish, tomatoes.
The Community Garden is tended completely by volunteers from the congregation, who plant and harvest food to be shared with our Wednesday LOGOS Program and Highland Presbyterian Food Pantry. Opequon volunteers have been joined by Kernstown United Methodist Youth, Frederick County Gifted Independent Study students, Governor’s School Students, as well as many others in the community.
It takes the gifts and talents many to grow fresh produce to share with the hungry in our community. Volunteering is an opportunity to meet new people, learn about gardening, soak up some fresh air in the sunshine and have fun playing in the dirt.
Garden Manager: Tammy Batcha, firstname.lastname@example.org, Cell: 540-550-1971
Gardeners on Call (GOC’s):
Robin Owens, email@example.com
Joelle Cafaro, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana Kelly, email@example.com
Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County
HFHWFC is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope.
Annually, Opequon serves as a host church for Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS). Area faith communities host shelter guests for one week at a time, beginning on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. and concluding on the following Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. A healthy, nutritious dinner and a light breakfast is provided each day. Guests are welcome to take a bag lunch with them as well. The shelter season begins in late November and continues through the end of March. Let us know if you are interested in volunteering!
Highland Food Pantry provides food assistance for our neighbors in need. Highland food Pantry offers USDA and non-USDA food and emergency assistance. The Pantry relies on donations from individuals and community partners to provide for our neighbors in need. Opequon members volunteer every Fourth Tuesday of the month, beginning around 5:30p.m.
Evans Home for Children
Evans Home for Children has been a local Mission Ministry financial outreach for Opequon since 2015. Operational since 1949, Evans Home provides a loving, nurturing home for abused, homeless or otherwise needy children. More than 500 children between the ages of 5 and 17, have called this place home. Children served are in the foster care system, and have experienced physical or sexual abuse, neglect or homelessness. This is a home where children who are in desperate circumstances, through no fault of their own, are given a chance to live a normal childhood, attend public school and participate in extra-curricular activities.
At Opequon, we are committed to reaching outside of our community to share our talents, gifts, and love to the World. Here are some of the organizations we aid and partner with.
After a visit in Fall 2013 to Ethiopia, the Mission Team and many families within Opequon responded to the needy at the orphanage in Gore, Ethiopia. Through the Shenandoah Presbytery initiated iCARE (Illubabor Children Agape REsponse), the sponsorship from Opequon has been overwhelmingly positive. At present, there are 18+ sponsors, including groups and families from within the church membership. The sponsoring families/groups also receive names and photos of their students receiving aid.
English as a Second Language partnership with IBS (Illubabor Bethel Synod)
Shenandoah Presbytery has been linked to Illubabor Bethel Synod for 25 years. Within the Illubabor Bethel Synod/Shenandoah Presbytery partnership, we have seen the presence of Christ with new eyes. As brothers and sisters in Christ, Ethiopian and American, we seek to enhance our relationship in both spiritual and societal aspects of service. We pray for one another, stay in touch, and visit with a trip at least once a year.
Each Fall, Opequon sends Church members to visit our Ethiopian Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Kolla Korma. They travel, worship, eat, learn, and enjoy fellowship with one another.
By using fair trade coffee, Presbyterians help guarantee that farmers will earn the income they need to feed their families, educate their children and improve their communities. Fair trade is a simple solution that means the difference between surviving and not surviving for small-scale coffee farmers. Fair Trade coffee, chocolate and other products continue to be sold every 4th Sunday in the Gathering Area. The purchase of Fair Trade products contributes to the English as a Second Language summer projects and gives small farmers an opportunity to have fair payment for their products.
This is a yearly pilgrimage with youth, youth leaders, and members of the congregation that
assist in rehabilitation, projects, teachings, and God’s work through their lives giving to others.
Global Missionaries who we support through prayer and financial support:
Rachel and Michael Weller – The Wellers are missionaries in Ethiopia.
Doug Dicks – Doug is a missionary working in Jordan.
MUZIKI is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides musical instruments, musical equipment, music, and music instruction to orphaned children at the One Heart Children’s Home in Turbo, Kenya. MUZIKI means music in Kiswahili, the language of Kenya, and is an acronym for Music Unleashing Zeal In Kenyan Individuals.
Music has brought new hope and a sense of belonging to these former street children, many whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS. Without the discipline and problem-solving skills learned through music, these orphans have little hope of making it in the outside world.
MUZIKI is changing children’s lives through music.
Watch the MUSIKI video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmJazxwx_Jk