El Estero's Mission Giving
El Estero Presbyterian Church provides support to various charities identified either by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) or by our El Estero Church Mission Giving Committee. The Committee receives requests for Mission Funding and meets each year to read applications, review and recommend non-profit agencies as awardees for financial gifts. Application periods are announced during Worship Service and in the church newsletter. Organizations that receive funding are invited each year to share with our congregation their accomplishments. Support for Ministries may also take the form of providing services, materials or physical assistance in making objects requested by the organization.
Update December 2020: The application period during October for 2020 ended. The Committee reviewed applications and made a recommendation to the Session. The motion was approved by Session at their December meeting. Recipients of mission giving grants for 2020 will be The Salvation Army of the Monterey Peninsula, Pastor Mark and Brenda Hall in Mexico, and Nancy's Project.
The donation check was accompanied by a letter to the 2020 recipients that,
This donation is being made,
"In Loving Memory of Members of El Estero Presbyterian Church who have joined the Lord
Reiko Tashiro Kageyama
Dorothy Ayers Maceira
Royal Manaka, Sr.
And in 2020:
John Mitchell, Jr.
Lily Manaka Uyeda."
Mark and Brenda Hall were in the Mayan town of Totonicapány working with young people who distrusted religion-as-usual. What started as a Bible study with seven friends turned into an interdenominational youth group called Koinonia for those who feel they no longer fit in at the traditional churches. Koinonia is a discipling ministry dedicated to helping them rediscover an authentic relationship with Jesus. These young people also enjoy putting their faith to work in acts of compassion for the poorest in their community.
Missions Door asked them to minister to Guadalajara, Mexico and so they left Totonicapany in 2018 and moved there. Pastor Mark was planning on speaking at our church in July 2020, but due to Covid-19, he may not be able do so now.
Here is his letter for Easter 2021 to download and read.
Nancy's Project is a charitable nonprofit organization started by Nancy Costello, to distribute food, toys and other donated goods to farm labor families in Monterey County.
For over 40 years, Nancy collected and distributed food and donations throughout the year. Each December she organized the collection of food, toys, warm clothing and other donations for special Christmas baskets delivered to over 1000 families.
Volunteers continue to carry on her work. El Estero supports this program through Mission Giving Funds as well as through grants from our Presbyterian Women's organization.
The Presbytery of San Jose has purchased a home through their Refugee Ministry which has been named Immanuel House which provides transitional housing to newly arrived immigrants and assistance in finding employment.
El Estero also supports additional projects through Special Offerings which include