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Service through Gifts-based Ministries –

If you love someone you not only want to spend time with them, but you want to do things for them, and be engaged in what they are doing. God’s mission is caring for creation: you and everything else. In the life of Christ we see that God has a particular heart for “the least of these.” At Yorkfield we want you to support the work of God’s church financially, and also find a place to serve others in an area you are passionate about that utilizes your God-given spiritual gifts.

 

This “gifts-based” ministry is something we are passionate about. We don’t need or want you to simply fill a slot that happens to be open, but to find a place to serve that exercises your energy and imagination. If you don’t know what your spiritual gifts are we have some tools (particularly the NETWORK course) to help you discover your passion, spiritual gifts and ministry style.
 
Grace Café 
On Monday, March 6, YPC will again host Grace Café in Fellowship

Hall by offering a nutritious hot meal to local people who are hungry, lonely, or simply searching for community. Local Elmhurst churches are working together to offer a meal on the first and third Mondays of the month. We need your help to prepare, setup, cook, serve and cleanup the meal. A signup list is available in on the Mission bulletin board, or you may contact Monica Lockie and/or Martha McGreal (members of the Mission Commission) for more details.
 
 
 
Family and Friends Can Get Involvedrefugee one 30 yr

Do you have neighbors or friends that would like to financially support the refugee ministry we offer through YPC? Donations can now be made through the YPC webpage. Simply choose "Refugee Assistance" from the online giving drop down menu.

A list of needed household items is being gathered and will be available in the coming week.

If you are interested in being part of the YPC effort to assist a refugee family, please contact Kathie Watts (coordinator) by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please indicate the capacity in which you would like to assist.


DuPage Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS)Dupage Pads

The people of Yorkfield Presbyterian Church provide the volunteer manpower to staff a PADS site. We are responsible to staff the site Apr 1, and May 27.  This year you are invited to sign up with a specific team. Teams are asked to serve all five weekends October through April. Our responsibility includes preparing and serving dinner on Friday nights. Having a minimum of two people at the shelter throughout the night, preparing and serving breakfast Saturday and providing a sack lunch for clients to take with them when the leave at 7:00am Saturday morning.

 


 

 

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 Year after year the adults of this church commit to giving their talents, vacation time, weeks away from family and children to offer the hope of God that is eternally present.

In the spring of 2012, we traveled to Towanda, PA to work withThe Lackawanna Presbytery to help repair damage caused by the early September 2011, flooding of the Susquehanna River. The flood broke all previous records when Tropical Storm Lee rained over a year's rainfall on the area in one weekend, causing a crest of more than 24 feet above flood stage at Towanda. River water backed up into non-protected areas, spilled far over stream banks in low-lying areas, and inundated communities along its entire length. Repeated rain over the following weeks hindered clean-up and further damaged soaked homes, businesses, roads and bridges. Teams from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, worked with the presbytery staff and volunteers to meet the needs of those who are displaced.

In spring of 2011, seventeen adults joined efforts with Project Homecoming, a mission of the Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, to restore a double shotgun house in the 9th ward. With the entire YPC crew on one house they painted, laid bamboo flooring, installed trim, hung doors, created window sills and caulked. And yet, these mission trips are really not so much about the work as they are about relationships. We offer our best skills, but most of us are not skilled technicians or trades folks. We offer the love of God and the hope of the Holy Spirit simply by being present, by offering a witness. Come and join us. It will be a life changing experience.

Following up on their scouting trip of 2010 and inviting others to join them, a crew returned to Xpujil Mexico in January 2011 for a week of building cisterns, painting and various other projects. Ten folks from four families were inspired as they partnered with the Presbyterian Elders of Xpujil in the Yucatan region of Mexico. They were guided and hosted by PCUSA missionary, Todd Luke. We are currently raising monies to finance building new cisterns in the same region and plan to return to Xpujil in early 2013.

 

 

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Every year YPC collects children's' toys, games, and gift cards to help needy families in DuPage County share the Christmas spirit. These gifts are distributed by the Peoples Resource Center, a west suburban social services and community assistance organization.

 

 

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The primary food pantry for eastern Dupage county is housed here at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church. Members of the congregation work at keeping the shelves stocked which includes shopping, ordering from Northern Illinois Food Bank, unloading and putting away donations received. Volunteers are also needed to work with clients on pickup days. For more information, see their website at eyfp.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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