The congregation of the United Presbyterian Church of Pottsville recognizes that it is blessed with a large space and like many other congregations; they are looking forward to the day when the pews will once again be filled. In the meantime, they continue to set their hands and hearts about the work of God.
Their drive stems from the teachings as found in Micah 6:8, “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
They have taken this passage to heart and discerned that for today, it is a call to relationships. Relationships that are among and between those already inside the church walls, but also and equally important, this is a call to foster and develop relationships with those located outside of the walls of the church. Rising to this challenge, they are not content to leave this missional thought as merely a thought, or simply as words scribed to paper, but in fact to take action.
The leadership team, the Session, has most recently voted in favor of opening the doors of the church as an emergency shelter for the homeless. They are partnering with My Father’s House, a mission of Servants for All located on Centre Street, Pottsville.
This is merely one more step in their journey to build relationships of care and value. This ministry builds upon some already tremendous mission work there; from hosting the home site for the Schuylkill Choral Society, a meeting site for the Local Housing Options Team, AA meetings- 3x times a week, as well as operating a weekly food pantry, cooking and serving monthly meals for the local soup kitchen, to now becoming host of an emergency housing shelter. Additional discussions and discernment are ongoing for reaching out to build friendships and mentorships among teenage and young moms by partnering with a program called Mothers of Preschoolers.
What tremendous glories of God are happening through the members of the Pottsville church.