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Canonsburg–Houston Food Pantry

Assisting residents from the Canonsburg – Houston area, food pantry distribution occurs every third Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM until Noon. This wonderful ministry provides supplemental food resources to those families in our area who are in need. We serve 120 families monthly on average. Toys, clothes and household items are also made available to families.

Clients must provide proof of income and residency plus social security information to qualify for assistance.

We thank many area schools, churches, companies and area stores who donate food to the pantry throughout the year. We also appreciate the U.S. Postal Service who holds a large food drive in May donating over 15,000 pounds of collected food!

Because we serve so many families, many volunteers are needed to make this outreach successful. Over 40 volunteers are needed monthly to prepare and carry out distribution day, and so many more are needed throughout the year to help with sorting, collecting, delivering and working with clients. New volunteers are always welcome and serving is a great way to for high school students to fill their community service hours.


Workcamp

Every year, our Senior High youth participate in Workcamp, a mission trip experience through Group Workcamps (www.groupworkcamps.com). These week long trips re-focus on God and use the experience of serving to shape and change the lives of both you and the people you are serving.

Throughout the week a group of 400 teens from across the nation descend upon a town to share and show the love of Christ in a very practical way! You could be helping a needy family by painting or rebuilding a home or installing a wheelchair ramp. It’s a great chance to meet new people, see God at work through you and most importantly strengthen your connection with Jesus in a week of work and worship. It’s an experience you’ll never forget!

In 2009, and again in 2011, our church was blessed with the amazing opportunity to host Workcamp here in Canonsburg! What a great experience it was to cover our community in His love and serve those living in our neighborhood. The support from local businesses and individuals was astonishing and many lives were touched in a way that only God could! We are so thankful to every person who shared their time to support Chartiers Creek Workcamp.


Operation Shoebox

Operation Christmas Child (Operation Shoebox) does much more than just deliver shoe boxes of Christmas toys to needy children across the world… it reaches children and families with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Countless lives are changed as volunteers share the message of eternal life through Christ.

We are blessed to participate in this outreach and ministry each year. Participants pick up their empty shoeboxes at church in October and November and begin praying for the child who will receive this gift. They then fill the boxes with age appropriate gifts like small cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, stuffed animals, crayons, coloring books, toothbrushes and toothpaste-items that would delight a child. Shoe boxes are returned to the church on or before our dedication service as we as a church family pray over the children and families who will be blessed with these gifts.

The boxes are sent to a distribution center where volunteers deliver the boxes to children at Christmas, telling them about Jesus Christ through Gospel literature and evangelism programs.

This mission touches the lives of so many who wouldn't be able to celebrate Christmas otherwise and is a wonderful way to remind all of us how fortunate we are that our lives are filled with the Lord’s blessings!

Get your family, friends, neighbors, school or youth groups involved in collecting items and packing shoe boxes too! It is a great way to teach young children the joy of giving and sharing the gospel.

Visit this mission online at: www.samaritanspurse.org.


Family Promise

Family Promise of Southwestern PA is an interdenominational program that links local church congregations to offer meals and shelter to homeless families in the Washington and southern Allegheny County areas. The Family Promise office in Washington, PA provides social services. There are two Day Centers, one in Washington and one in Crafton. CUPC works with the Washington circle. The guest families work with Family Promise staff to set priorities and take the steps necessary to gain self-sufficiency. Services are comprehensive and tailored to address each family's specific situation. The Family Promise Family Day Center has facilities for daily tasks such as laundry and showers. It is the base for children to attend day care or schools in that area.

As a host church, Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church takes in guest families on a rotation basis with the other host churches in the Family Promise network. CUPC volunteers provide transportation to and from the Day Center, evening meals, and overnight accommodations. Other volunteer opportunities include setting up the cots in class rooms, laundry of the bedding, shopping for supplies, driving the van and trailer to the next church and more.

Special friendships and bonds can form as CUPC volunteers work with the guest families. It is the efforts of all of the network volunteers that make it possible for the families to stay together while going through a tough time. To learn how you can volunteer during CUPC's host weeks please contact the office at 724-745-0800.


Prayer Team

This ministry of the church calls together members who wish to put into practice the power of prayer as a healing agent. It recognizes that healing involves the body, mind, spiritual and an emotional aspect of a person's being. The group's purpose is to be available to offer prayers of healing, wholeness, and thanksgiving in a variety of settings.

Prayer Teams of one or two members of the group are available in the Prayer Chapel after both Sunday services to pray with those having special concerns or joys. The Prayer Group continues to collect pew prayer cards and places those concerns in prayer. Prayers of joy or concern can be requested by filling out the card and placing it in the prayer box by the Prayer Chapel.

The Prayer Team also conducts Services of Prayer and Thanksgiving at the church four times a year. These services are comprised of music, a message, communion, and prayer, either privately or with small prayer teams located around the Sanctuary.


Canonsburg-Houston Toy Chest

This mission, hosted at Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, provides children in our area who are less fortunate with toys at Christmas. With the generous support and financial assistance of many area businesses and individuals, this mission can continue to purchase new and very gently used toys, stuffed animals, books and bicycles for those children ages 6 weeks- 16 years of age.

It’s a blessing to be able to provide such an outreach to those in our community and not be possible without our wonderful volunteers to support and assist the mission every step of the way. This program is sponsored by the Canonsburg-Houston Ministerium. God continually works through the Toy Chest to touch the lives of many families at Christmas!


Thanksgiving Dinner

Hosted yearly at Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, the Canonsburg – Houston Ministerium provides a free Thanksgiving Dinner to families in the area yearly on Thanksgiving Day. This ministry serves over 350 meals and helps so many families, who would not be able to do so otherwise, share in the joy of Thanksgiving.

It takes many volunteers to make this wonderful outreach possible. A sincere thank you goes to everyone who helps make each year a success. Whether you baked pies, helped set up or clean up, served dinner or prayed for those receiving the dinners, we are humbled by the love you share for people they do not even know! You bring the true meaning of Thanksgiving to life.


If you are interested in volunteering to serve this ministry, please contact the church office for details.