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Thank You to the Volunteers of the Interfaith Shelter!

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Thank you for supporting the Interfaith Shelter Network homeless shelter at PLCPC.  You welcomed, housed, and fed fourteen individuals experiencing homelessness.  Some quick facts:

  • 141 nights of shelter were provided for 14 individuals
  • 296 dinners were served
  • 136 lunches and 144 breakfasts were provided
  • over 130 of you filled 183 volunteer shifts, totaling 712 volunteer hours

Thanks go to all who helped set up and take down the shelter, all who contributed to and prepared meals, and all who volunteered for tasks big and small.  In a broader sense, thanks go to all of the congregation for supporting this effort with your prayers, for your financial support, and for building & maintaining a facility so well-suited for this purpose.

The lasting benefit to our guests, though, will come from your many hours of conversation, prayer, listening, playing, tutoring, loving, and simply being present at a time when our guests needed support.  All who stayed with us expressed their gratitude for the warm embrace received from our congregation. 

If you were inspired by this experience, consider supporting or volunteering with one of our mission partners who serve the homeless, including:  Presbyterian Urban Ministries, OB Emergency Food Bank (Loaves & Fishes), Ladle Ministry, Uplift Tutoring, and OB Community Dinners.  More information about these organizations can be found on the Mission Beyond page of the PLCPC website.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…                                                                 Matthew 25:35

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Plant With Purpose visit to PLCPC Sep 18, 2017

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Plant With Purpose (PWP) is an organization that ministers to the rural poor in seven developing countries around the globe. Our church has supported PWP’s work in the Dominican Republic (DR) for over a decade. For the past seven years we have sponsored the village of Los Arroyones in the DR, bringing spiritual renewal, economic empowerment, and environmental restoration to the community. Durbel Lora, PWP’s Country Director for the Dominican Republic paid a visit to PLCPC’s Mission Beyond Committee on September 18. He updated committee members on PWP’s work in the Dominican Republic and delivered the news that Los Arroyones is expected to “graduate” within the next year! “Graduation” means that those living in the village have developed a vibrant church, sustainable agriculture practices, and a mature Savings and Loan Association. They will no longer need weekly support from PWP staff, freeing those resources to begin working with another community in need. PLCPC will celebrate this accomplishment during our “Year of Celebration.”
Durbel was accompanied by Philippe and Deanna Lazaro, Ocean Beach residents who have been worshiping at PLCPC for the past several months. Philippe is a marketing specialist on PWP’s San Diego-based staff. Please pray for Plant With Purpose and welcome Philippe and Deanna to PLCPC.

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