Our congregation is active in loving our neighbors in this community. We are also act as the community center for our town and host a number of groups throughout the week.
Food Pantry – Our church hosts a food pantry that is an extension of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Every third Thursday of the month, we serve 20-30 families with a giveaway of food from the Food Bank, supplemented with donations from the congregation and community. We are also a distribution site for the Mobile Food Pantry Truck from the Food Bank. Volunteers are always welcome to help with food distribution, or to offer hospitality by serving coffee and snacks. Donations of food, cleaning products, personal hygiene products, or money are also much needed.
Office for the Aging – Our church is a host luncheon site for Schuyler County’s Office for the Aging (OFA). Every Thursday at noon, a nutritious and delicious lunch, prepared and delivered to our site by the OFA, is served to all who come. Important health information is shared by representatives from the OFA and other agencies. More importantly, this has become a place of fellowship and caring.
Bone Builders – Our church hosts Bone Builders. These are exercise classes sponsored by RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and run by trained individuals. They are intended to help older folks prevent or slow down osteoporosis. Classes are open to people 55 or older, but also require your physician’s permission. A class for women meets Tuesday mornings at 8:30 am. A class for men meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Trunk or Treat – We host a Halloween party for the community. Volunteers park their cars in our parking lot, decorate the trunks, and distribute candy. Games and food are offered in fellowship hall. This is a way for children to celebrate Halloween in a safe setting.
Saint Nick Social & Auction – Every December, our church holds its Saint Nick Social and Auction. Half of the proceeds from this event are divided evenly between two charities. Past beneficiaries have included the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Schuyler Outreach.
Spring Fun Day – This is a community event with games and crafts, and an Easter egg hunt.
College Scholarships – Annually, our Memorial Education Fund grants two to four college scholarships of $1,000 each to graduating seniors from local high schools based on academic performance and financial need. The number of scholarships awarded is based on the amount donated to the fund each year. Interested students must submit an application by April 15 of their senior year.