Dorchester Presbyterian

Dorchester
Presbyterian Church
10290 Dorchester Road
Summerville,  SC

 

 

 

Rev. Jeff Kackley, Pastor

Rev. Dorothy Blackwelder, Associate Pastor

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Mission

Dorchester Serves Day

In the fall of 2009, we began our annual serves day tradition.  In our first year, 92 people served for a total of 450 hours.  We served at nine different sites, including the Villages of Summerville, Habitat for Humanity, Palmetto House, Rural Mission on John's Island, Metonia, Summerville SPCA, My Sister's House, and some of our own member's homes.  It was a great day!  The video is composed of pictures from 2009 and 2010.  We had 104 participants on October 8, 2011, serving at The Presbyterian Village, Salvation Army, Metanoia, My Sister's House, and making 250 surgical hats for the MUSC Children's Hospital.... and we are looking forward to Dorchester Serves Day 2015!

 

Ongoing Mission Projects

Second Sunday Stewardship

 


Palmetto House

Palmetto House is a homeless shelter for families and individuals in Dorchester County.  We assist this shelter with personal care items as well as kitchen supplies.  We also prepare and serve dinner once every other month for those staying at Palmetto House.


My Sister's House

Personal items, children's games, books and clothes are collected and delivered monthly for victims of domestic violence in the tri-county area.  We also assist with maintenance and organizational projects when needed.

Sunday school classes contribute to a weekly offering to the "Shoe Fund" which provides not only shoes but also needed clothing and school supplies for children staying at My Sister's House with their mothers. 


Thornwell Home for Children

Throughout the year, we collect Box Tops for Education and Campbell Soup Labels for The Thornwell Home for Children. The staff is able to turn these in for needed funds. As a part of our Sunday School Kick-Off each year, we also collect school supplies and participate in the Thornwell Offering.


Building-Our-Faith-shirt Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity develops communities for and with people who need and deserve a home of their own.   Dorchester Presbyterian is honored to have been part of the initial organizing committee in establishing the Dorchester County Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers from Dorchester, in partnership with Habitat, provide meals and work crews during construction of these houses, as well as work in the Habitat Store. Throughout the year, we also collect aluminum cans to raise funds for Habitat.


jenny-and-kids-quilts Crafting

The Presbyterian Women meet four times a month (the second and fourth Monday evenings at 7:00 pm and the second and fourth Thursday mornings at 10:00 am) to create a variety of crafts, such as quilts and rag rugs, which are donated to local charities. Quilts and other hand made items are also sold during the year to raise funds that are donated to local and foreign mission organizations.

 

 

Annual Mission Projects

Gulf Coast Mission Trips

In the Spring of 2007, Dorchester took it's first mission trip to Pearlington, MS to help with the rebuilding efforts still needed after Hurricane Katrina blew through in 2005.  We worked with the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program through many trips over the course of three years. 


Christmas Project

Habitat for Humanity provides our church with a list of ten families who could use a little extra love and support at Christmas. The names and needs of each family member are placed as ornaments on our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree to be chosen by members of the congregation. We provide a gift for each family member, a basket of non-perishable foods, fruit, and a gift card for a ham or turkey, a hand-made quilt, and poinsettia. We host a reception the week before Christmas so we can give these families there gifts, as well as spend time getting to know them.


Haiti Mission Trips

Members of our congregation have traveled with other church members in our presbytery each year to visit the homes for abandoned children.


God's Gift Shop

God's Gift Shop is an alternative Christmas gift market. A catalog with lists of local and global mission projects is available with items priced to "buy" as a gift in honor of someone for Christmas. Gift cards are provided to send to the person for whom the gift was purchased. God's Gift Shop provides an opportunity to give a gift and aid mission efforts at the same time.


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