Where are you called to serve? Every Christian has at least one spiritual gift.

1 Peter 4:10
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Outreach Ministries

Dardenne Presbyterian Church feels strongly about reaching out beyond the walls of the church building and making a difference locally, nationally, and around the world. Shown below are a list of some of our outreach ministries so you get a sense of our involvement and where you might feel called to get involved.

Where are you called to serve? Every Christian has at least one spiritual gift. (1 Peter 4:10) Have you discovered yours? Even if you think you know your gifts, could another lie undiscovered? An online Spiritual Gifts Survey is available to help you discover your gifts. If you’d prefer to download the survey and do it yourself offline, click here.

BACKPACK PROGRAM

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Weekend Break

Each week Dardenne Presbyterian Church decreases the burden of childhood hunger by collecting over 700 food items to feed 60 local elementary children who live below the federal poverty level.

The partner organization for Operation Backpack is Operation Foodsearch, a regional charity dedicated to healing hunger in the greater St. Louis area.

 

Let’s work together to stand in the gap for these children.

Please donate any of the following individually packaged, shelf-stable items.

  • Canned vegetables, fruit, or soups

  • Macaroni and cheese

  • Granola bars

  • Hot chocolate

  • Canned ravioli

  • Oatmeal

  • Individual snack items

Together we will ensure that these precious children will receive proper nutrition vital to their growth and development.

For more information or to get involved, please contact us at
backpacks@dpc4u.org or call Jessica Grotewiel directly at (314)-603-1415.

HELPING HANDS  is a local mission that assists both church members and people in the local community that are experiencing short term financial need. Funds for this mission come from dedicated giving to the Helping Hands Fund. The fund will assist with rent, utilities and any other need deemed worthy by the committee.

Those wishing to apply for assistance should start by contacting the church office and filling out a request form. For this form, you will need: ssn#, driver’s license, information on income and expenses, copy of bill and/or account numbers, name and address, landlord name and address (if applicable). Someone will contact you when the request is received. Within two weeks you will receive a letter informing you of the action taken by the Helping Hands Committee.

THE HOPE MINISTRIES FOOD PANTRY started in 1988, and operates under the auspices of Operation Food Search. HOPE Food Ministries is open on Wednesdays from 8-10am, and is located at 206 Elm Street in O’Fallon. For more information, call our church office at (636) 561-4347. We collect and distribute food weekly to those who have qualified. As part of our ministry of help, we also encourage our patrons to sign up for Christmas gifts.

Beyond the Christmas help, we collect food all year. There is a large armoire in Mission Hall where food items can be dropped off for pick up. Any non-perishable foods are greatly appreciated. We also continue to need plastic and paper grocery bags. Thank you so much for your help and support. Look for us in Mission Hall!

MARY MARTHA THRIFT STORE  is located in Wentzville at 9 West Koenig Street. It is supported by eight local churches, including DPC. Once every eight weeks, it is our turn to manage the store. There are two parts to the store: the clothing side, where everything is sold for $6 a shopping bag or $1 for an individual item; and the household side, which sells items such as kitchen goods, toys, books, crafts, tools, and more. These items are individually priced at 50 cents or more.

Our responsibilities include emptying the boxes and bags of donations, sorting, pricing, and placing them on shelves or hangers for sale.  With very few exceptions, there is no heavy lifting involved. We even have some jobs where you can sit and work.

The store is open for shoppers on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 – 4:00 and on Saturday morning from 9:00 to noon.  On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, volunteers sort, price, and stock shelves.  If you can volunteer just a few hours during our week, you will be part of something special.  We have fun as we work and fellowship with other volunteers and customers.

 

All profits from the sales are divided among the eight churches, 20 local charities, and 5 Christian educational institutions – including Adam Lamb Preschool. DPC’s portion helps fund The Helping Hands Ministry, which helps those in need in our community.  

 

Come join us as we Restore Community while Representing Christ!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD  brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love.

Every day, boys and girls worldwide suffer from war, poverty, disease, and natural disaster. Operation Christmas Child allows millions of these children to experience God’s love through shoe boxes filled with gifts by caring individuals, families, churches, and other groups in the U.S. and ten other sending countries. OCC distributes the gifts to children in almost 100 countries and works in and through local churches where possible, offering children Gospel literature and culturally appropriate evangelistic and follow-up programs. The shoe box gifts open doors for presenting the Good News of Jesus Christ.

National Collection week always falls the week before Thanksgiving on any given year. Information on collection times and opportunities for volunteering will become available in the later part of October and will be announced here.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

Prayer shawls are given to anyone in need of comfort. Did you know that you are part of this ministry? Prayer shawls are lovingly created for folks who need warm arms of concern wrapped about them. Dardenne Yarn Angels knit or crochet shawls while praying for the recipient. Prayer shawls may be given to any­one in need of comfort regardless of church affiliation and may be given by anyone within the church. The shawls are kept in the closet across from the office mailboxes. Feel free to take one and record the recipient’s name on the clipboard hanging in the closet. If you would like to become a Dardenne Yarn Angel, know of someone who is in need of a Prayer Shawl, or have any questions, please contact Leah Reynolds at 636­-485­-9653 or Nancy Krone at 636­-978-­2301.

RESTORE ST. CHARLES  was founded to help our fellow citizens with the challenges facing them today and enabling them to reclaim their future. It is a missions focused group started by the members of Dardenne Presbyterian Church and supported by several local churches, service organizations, and gracious sponsors. All are focused on helping where help is needed. For more information, visit the Restore St Charles website.

Mission

To restore lives, hope, and faith by restoring homes and properties.

Objective

Enable clients to better cope with their problems (lifestyle, medical, personal) by relieving them of difficulties fostered by inadequate living quarters.

Bring together those that want to help:


Volunteers – skilled and unskilled who agree with our mission
Churches –who are seeking to improve their local outreach
Sponsors – businesses and individuals using their dollars to really make a difference

 

The King will answer and say to them,

“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”— MATTHEW 25:40

Here’s some examples of how Restore St. Charles has helped:


Family X – Removed damaged flooring and laid hardwood floor of a family with five young children and mother who was, and continues to be, treated for cancer.
Family Y – Laid tile floor and installed toilet and sink in first floor bath for single mom with 4 young children, one disabled and unable to climb stairs to upstairs bath.
Family Z – Repaired the roof of a manufactured home being destroyed by squirrels.
LINC Recreation Facility – Cleaned up the recreational facilities, painting tables, cutting grass and removing trash.
1911 Glengate Residence – fully restored a condemned residence for an evicted single parent family and brought the home up to code; completed on Christmas Eve.

Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for other’s needs. Be it a simple act of kindness or rebuilding a home; Restore St. Charles is working hard to do what is expected of us. Will you join us?

Please Email Restore St. Charles for more information or contact the church office.

STRATEGIC WATER TEAMS

Strategic Water Teams is a faith-based organization that seeks to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by addressing a global health issue. Its focus is on restoring health, hope, and faith by providing clean/safe drinking water to all those in need.

To accomplish this missing they:

  • Provide training and certification on the installation, operation, and maintenance of the New Life International Chlorinator in multiple system configurations

  • Educate trainees on the importance of proper health and hygiene and provide tools for improving such in developing countries

  • Leading and participating in mission trips to developing countries (such as Hati) with the objective of installing water purification systems and training local leaders on their use and maintenance

  • Repairing hand-pumps and supporting the installation of systems to gather and collect water for purification

  • Developing and supporting strategic partnerships with other organizations that share a common goal of raising awareness of the water crisis

  • Spreading the Gospel of the "Living Water" of Jesus to communities they visit worldwide.

Clean water is not a luxury. It is essential to human life. Help to SHARE HOPE by joining them to provide clean water to those in need. They are a stand-alone 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Visit their website at Strategic Water Teams or contact the SWT Administration Team at strategicwaterteams@gmail.com.

STRONG TOWER RANCH

Strong Tower Ranch features horsemanship and day camps with the goal of providing quality, Christ-centered programs that are engaging, character-building, and rehabilitating. “Strong Tower” reminds us that we have a mighty fortress in Christ.  STR wants children, teens, and adults who come here to find love and refuge from a harsh world. Our priority is to help those who are at risk or less fortunate. We are non-denominational, non-profit, and dependent on prayers, financial support, and volunteer help.

 

Located on 114 acres in Foristell, Missouri, STR enjoys a peaceful, beautiful setting for recreational ministry. The Horsemanship program serves children from age seven and up, teens, and adults. The Day Camp program serves children ages 8-14. People come to volunteer expecting to be a blessing and leave saying they received more than they gave. The training for those who serve in programs is very valuable, especially to young people (15+) who wish to develop leadership skills.

 

There are many opportunities for volunteer service at Strong Tower Ranch. Below is a list of some specific areas of need. If you see something on this list that interests you, just send an e-mail to info@STRanch.org . Please indicate the area(s) of service in which you are interested.

 

Day Camp volunteer:  

  • Arts/Crafts

  • Counselor/Assistant Counselor

  • Music, Drama

  • Food Service

  • LifeGuard

  • Nurse

  • Outdoor/Nature Instruction

  • Recreation/Sports

  • Van Driver

Horse Program voluteer:

  • Horse Care/Training

  • Horsemanship Instruction

  • Youth Discipleship

Property and Grounds Maintenance

  • Auto Repair

  • Boat Maintenance (non-motor)

  • Carpentry

  • Construction

  • Landscaping

  • General Maintenance

Administrative:

  • Office Work/Computer

  • Volunteer Coordination

Other support

  • Friend & Fundraising

  • Public Relations

  • Grant writing

  • Special Events support