Palmdale is a mission church. It is the caring and warmth of this community that compels it to reach beyond itself to help the community and try to address the social concerns of the larger world. Mission work enables the Palmdale Church to witness the reality of God’s love.
Where do you fit in all of this? What talents do you have to share, and how much time do you want to invest? Consider the areas below and see what interests you the most. We have an opportunity for you!
The Mission Committee meets the first Thursday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary kitchenette. This is a hardworking group where members can select projects and opportunities that fit their goals and lifestyles. Contact the church office to join.
Some areas of focus:
2 Cents per Meal
This is a partnership with other members of the Central Florida Presbytery. As a partner of the Presbyterian Answer to Hunger, 2 cents per meal provides aid for a variety of projects both in Florida and in third world nations. Projects are the Second Harvest Food Bank (Central Florida), The St. Barnabas Agricultural School (Haiti), ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organizations- Ft. Myers), Rancho Ebenezer (Nicaragua), La Nueva Esperanza (The New Hope- Puerto Rico)
Food Barrel Collections
On the second Sunday of every month the church collects non-perishable food items for the Brevard Sharing Center. Food collected stays in the community to meet the needs of those who otherwise might go hungry.
Daily Bread is a local soup kitchen that feeds the homeless in the Melbourne area. Every third Monday, volunteers from our church staff this facility. It is a service to those in need in the community, which gives Palmdale a chance to show the love of Jesus.
Habitat For Humanity
Palmdale is happy to be helping build a fourth house. Past houses have been a great opportunity to share a worth while activity with other Christian Churches. The current house is in the Palmbay area. It is a joint effort between four churches. Ground breaking is to be early in May.
Community of Hope
Community of Hope is an ecumenical, faith-based ministry that places families in transitional housing situations in order to promote long-term stability in the lives of God's children. Palmdale is a founding church along with Ascension Catholic, First United Methodist of Melbourne, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic, Holy Trinity Episcopal, Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd, St. Mark's United Methodist, and Trinity Presbyterian.
Holmes Trauma Center Outreach
Many of us have found ourselves in a hospital waiting room anxiously awaiting news on the condition of a loved one. The local hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center is the only trauma center in the Brevard County area. Holmes receives the trauma patients that come from accidents on I-95, and many of these people are from other areas of the country. This outreach program provides comfort items to these out-of-town patients and to those awaiting news. Items like magazines, tissues and snacks are placed in gift bags for the hospital staff to distribute to family members. Patient comfort items, such as scented hand creams and electric tooth brushes, are provided by this ministry and distributed to patients by the nursing staff.
One Great Hour Of Sharing
This is a spring collection that helps sponsor the charitable works of the Greater Presbytery. When we give we have no way of knowing who we will help, who will be in crisis, who will need a hand in recovering from some sad event. It may be in an area of the US that we have friends, it may not. Wherever it is we know we will be a voice of hope and a sign of love. Last year this effort helped fund the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, which gave flood relief to people in West Virginia as they rebuilt their homes.
The South Brevard Crop Walk
For the past several years Palmdale has participated in this ecumenical effort that benefits Church World Service as well as the local ministries of Daily Bread and the South Brevard Sharing Center. Walkers enjoy an afternoon of fellowship as they walk the Melbourne causeway and raise money through the support of sponsors.
This Presbyterian ministry works through out the world. In Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos they do missionary work. In Burma they work on refugee relief. In Pakistan they support churches under attack. They coordinate and train people to work not only in Southeast Asia, but also in India, Central and West Africa also. This mission truely supports spreading the good news.