Service and Mission
Service and Mission Committee
Goals and Functions
The Service and Mission Committee supports the link between the people of the Church and the needs of the world. We act as a representative of the Church (the body of Christ) as:
- we live out Christ’s love and care for humankind and all of his creation,
- respond to the call to do justice,
- love mercy, and
- walk humbly with God.
We will care for people as Jesus did in his time among us – to share the truth of the Gospel, and to care for their health and daily needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
- We will look first to help those in greatest need.
- We will look for ways to help people to help themselves.
- We will support only organizations that are financially responsible, and give preference to Christian organizations.
- We will balance our efforts and giving between local, national, and global needs.
- We will communicate with the congregation about this part of their Church’s life, and give individuals ways to be involved in the work of God in the world.
We are trusted servants of the congregation in the distribution of Church funds to causes that support the ministry of Trinity.
- Trinity is a tithing Church: 10% of our pledged income is given to Service and Mission Committee to distribute.
- The committee sets distribution goals each year. Our funds go to:
- PC(USA) mission work;
- Nueva Rivera, a new Hispanic Presbyterian Church in Sterling, which is part of Riverside Presbyterian Church;
- the Presbytery; and
- local (Washington Metropolitan Area) and national/global needs.
- We also support our Youth Mission Program.
- The Voice of Trinity (Trinity's Newsletter) articles
- Videos on various subjects shown after worship service in the Fellowship Hall or made available to Sunday School classes or other groups
- Talks/reports during worship services or to various church groups about committee goals and activities
- Bulletin board displays, posters, table displays such as the Alternative Christmas Giving table in November/December
- Interpretation of the six special offerings throughout the Church year (One Great Hour of Sharing, Peacemaking, Witness, Thanksgiving, Christmas (Joy), Christmas Eve)
- Information about missionaries
- Bread for the World Letters
- Website updates
- We are a conduit for outreach from the congregation to the larger community. We also encourage and support charitable volunteer efforts by others in our congregation. Examples include:
- HES - Herndon Elementary School
- Lunch for the Soul - hot meal and worship in Spanish Wednesdays at noon. Responsibility for this is shared with Riverside Presbyterian Church.
- LINK volunteers (food collection and distribution). This also includes Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets.
- Rebuilding Together (home repairs for indigent homeowners to help them stay in their homes) on the last Saturday in April each year
- Reston Interfaith volunteers (Embry Rucker homeless shelter, Laurel Learning preschool)
- The Closet - a non-profit thrift store
- Presbyterian Women (PW)
- WORKS Sunday (each August)