Appalachia Service Project, often referred to as ASP, is a summer mission opportunity for adults and youth who have completed eighth grade. CPC recently celebrated its 25th anniversary of service through ASP. The team travels to rural Appalachia (Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, or West Virginia) where they spend one week repairing residents’ homes making them warmer, safer and drier, interacting with those living in the area, and growing in their understanding of God’s service to others. At the site, teams are assigned various jobs, such as painting, carpentry, plumbing and roofing, to assist in repairing homes. Contact: Chris Bula, email@example.com
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A Taste of ASP is being held November 10 through 13 in Jonesville, VA. Jonesville is a year-found ASP center that provides housing and meals for volunteers so that people who cannot spend a whole week away in the summer can participate in this special helping ministry.
Presbyterian Church (USA) special offerings are received throughout the year. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering, collected in the spring, enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters (Presbyterian Disaster Relief), provide food to the hungry (Presbyterian Hunger Program), and helping to empower the poor and oppressed (Self-Development of People). Cary Presbyterian also collects a Peacemaking Offering in the fall, and a Joy Offering at Christmas. A significantly higher percentage of dollars goes directly to help because overhead is vastly reduced.