Ways We Go & Give with Purpose

Here are just some of the ministries we support

Canonsburg-Houston Food Pantry

Assisting residents from the Canonsburg – Houston area, food pantry distribution occurs every third Saturday of the month from 8:30-10:00 AM. This wonderful ministry provides supplemental food resources to those families in our area who are in need. We serve 120 families monthly on average. 

Clients must provide proof of residency 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.

Mission Washington

Every year hundreds of volunteers, youth and adult, converge to make a massive difference in the community of Washington. Skilled labor force is partnered with students from multiple high schools to bring mentorship to students as well as significant change to projects in the area.

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.

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.