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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations

Matthew 28:19

Northminster members have been really busy and generous over the past few months (as usual). You have donated many backpacks (I lost count) with school supplies to Dyer Kelly in the fall.
In November and December 2015 you have brought in at least 100 coats for those kids and now you have responded once again with gifts for Christmas for nearly 100 needy children who may ONLY get that one gift.
On a Friday evening in December 2015 about 20 volunteers from our church converged on Dyer Kelly School to assist with the Annual Family Winter Craft Night there. We organized 5 craft stations and the school planned 3 crafts. Children and families enjoyed doing the crafts along with a visit from Santa with photos.
In addition to our ministry to Dyer Kelly, you have donated generously each first Sunday to some mission project around the world.
A ministry that is new to NPC is Family Promise. We partnered with Bethany Presbyterian in April when they were a host church providing an evening meal, sleeping space, showers, and breakfast. Our church helped in whatever ways we were able.
A very successful ministry we have ongoing is our Blessing Bags for the homeless. The items in the bags are expensive to purchase, so if you could donate some items from your hotel stays over the Holidays (shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, etc.) that would help. You have really been passing out these bags. Keep up the good work. For a list of supplies to donate, talk to a committee member or check out a bag.
Watch for another project coming possibly in February, a benefit concert, held here at church. Date, time, recipient of the donation to be announced.
Thank you to the good people of Northminster for your support!

Active Missionaries

Our Mission Co-workers
Jeremy and Luta Garbat-Welch

They are based in Malawi but Luta also works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Zambia as a community health facilitator. She helps African partners develop sustainable community health programs. Jeremy, a clinically trained hospital chaplain, shares his expertise with Presbyterian clergy in Malawi.

Living and working in these African countries in these times is not easy. The Garbat-Welches have asked for our financial support and especially our prayer support. Luta has written "We are blessed each time we see the various ways people support us, and it helps us know we are not alone.”

Luta, who grew up in Africa as the daughter of Presbyterian mission co-workers, sensed a call at the age of 7 to “love the least of these” as a mission co-worker.

“As I grew up and experienced new things and new ideas this call was further clarified in bringing health and wholeness to individuals and communities,” she says. “This led to a degree in public health.”

Jeremy felt a tug toward long-term mission service while working in Cameroon. “I heard God calling me to serve as a hospital chaplain and to help train chaplains in countries where seminaries do not generally offer such courses,” Jeremy says.

As the son of missionaries in Africa, Jeremy, like Luta, experienced the continent as a child. “While we have always been open to wherever God would lead us in mission, we have always felt our gifts have been shaped by and for the work in Africa.” Jeremy observes.

As Africa Community Health Facilitator, Luta Garbat-Welch advises partners on community health and development programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Sudan, and Zambia. She promotes the development of Community Health Evangelism programs, an initiative that brings people together around priorities of evangelism, community health, and discipleship.

From her home base in Malawi, Luta makes periodic visits to the other four countries and helps partners in each country learn from one another. Her duties include a special focus on the health ministries of Malawi’s Synod of Livingstonia, helping the synod with organizational development and the implementation of its strategic plan.

Jeremy is a trained chaplain and is using his skills with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian which has expressed great interest in chaplaincy training.

We were privileged to have the Garbat-Welches visit us in the Spring of 2016 and were impressed with kind of people they are and the kind of work they are doing. They are currently staying with family in Southern California pending Luta's delivery of their second child.

Other Missions...

Mission Committee Efforts...
…A car load of back packs and school supplies was donated by the Northminster members and friends for the children at Dyer Kelly Elementary School. …The Harvest Table offers home grown fruit and vegetables. The donations received go to our Hunger Committee to help with their feeding the hungry efforts. …Blessing Bags are available to the Northminster members and friends to take and give to the homeless and others in need. The bags are filled with Granola bars, fruit snacks, bottled water, travel size toiletries, socks and small tissue packets. 
Hunger Committee...
The 2018 Sacramento Crop Hunger Walk is scheduled for Sunday, October 28th. Northminster members and friends have participated in this walk for many years. This year the walk raised $11,583.00 to help feed the hungry. Northminster was the 2nd largest contributor, raising $1,908.00. One-fourth of the money raised stays local and is divided among 3 groups and our own Brown Bag Program is one of the 3 groups. A portion of the money raised will also go to the wild fire victims. (The Brown Program provides at least one grocery bag filled with canned goods, dried foods and fresh produce as available to low income seniors.). 
Our Brown Bag Program supplies surplus food to seniors and handicapped individuals who qualify. All applicants must pre-register to receive this benefit. The food items are delivered by the  California Food Link and donated by members of our congregation. 
Each month we give food bags to 65-75 families on average. We know we make a difference in so many lives, and we would love you to be a part of it!
Our Brown Bag ministry is designed to help meet the nourishment needs of financially burdened senior citizens and handicapped individuals. We offer a full bag or box of non-perishable items (items vary by month); they may include dry pastas, rice, beans, canned foods and sauces, and when available, we include bread, produce, dairy products, and paper products.
Who Qualifies: SSI or lower income seniors (65 or older), handicapped individuals 30 years or older.  All new individuals registering will be placed on a waiting list until resources become available.
When: 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10AM - 12PM (Volunteers meet at 9:30AM to bag the food for distribution.)
Where: Northminster Presbyterian Church
Help Needed: If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this mission, please contact the church office for more information.
Donations Needed: Non-perishable food, preferably canned items, paper products, and any monetary donation to help with distribution.
Aid is being provided in many ways to help the students in this neighborhood school as we offer our services to a  neighbor in need. Many of the children that attend the Dyer Kelly School are lower income. Northminster provides aid in a multitude of ways to both the school and the children that attend. We provide food supplies to help the children. This program is called our Friday Back Pack Program; it provides children with food to help them over the weekends when food is not as readily available as it is on school days.
We also conduct a sock drive in the fall that begins in August. Many of these needy children have worn socks or no socks at all. Our sock drive raises both donated socks and monetary funds to purchase socks for the children. Often times our socks are the only socks these children will receive through the year.
Another program Northminster is deeply involved in for the children at Dyer Kelly School is our Christmas Gift Program. Northminster collects, purchases and puts together 40-50 Christmas Baskets per year for families of the children of Dyer Kelly Elementary, to both aid in food supplies during the Christmas week as well as provide the children in the home with a little toy, book, or gift of some sort.
Who Qualifies: Children and families of children that attend Dyer Kelly Elementary School.
When: All year-round
Where: Northminster Presbyterian Church - Hunger Committee
Help Needed: If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this mission outreach, please contact the church office for more information.
Donations Needed: Peanut Butter, Jelly, Bread, Milk, are all needed for the back pack program, as well as socks (youth size), toys, books, mittens, scarf's, etc... And of course any monetary donation to help with distribution, purchase of goods and resources.
Northminster partners with Bethany Presbyterian church as part of Family Promise’s program to provide food and shelter for homeless families. Bethany has the space needed but due to the size and age of their congregation, they do not have many people to spend a night with the families. They can also need help with meal preparation. Northminster will be working with Bethany again the week of October 9.

Family Promise, according to their mission statement, "helps homeless families achieve self-sufficiency and regain a home for themselves and their children through an interfaith hospitality network of diverse faith communities”. Family Promise takes four families at a time and puts them up overnight in houses of worship. They work with them to help them stabilize their lives and get into permanent housing as part of this they offer preschool for working parents and parental education. They also assist in finding employment for parents. These families are carefully screened to select people who do not have drug or other problems that might prevent them achieving self-sufficiency. One adult must be working and 50% of the earnings must be saved toward first month's rent and a deposit.

These are not your stereotypical mentally ill or substance addicted homeless people. They are ordinary people who for one reason or another find themselves homeless. This has happened to people in our congregation who fortunately had family who could help them. The first time Mars and Mayre stayed at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral some of the Trinity youth were there to play with the homeless kids. They found they could not tell who was homeless and who was from Trinity until the Trinity kids left.

Staying overnight just requires someone who will come in the evening and get people off in the morning, but it much more rewarding to come in time for dinner and have a chance to actually meet some of the people. This can be two adults, or it can be a family.

People who are uneasy about spending the night or having their kids exposed to homeless people should consider just coming for dinner to better understand the kind of people Family Promise helps.

Although the biggest need is for people who can stay overnight, there are things that can be done to help Family Promise besides preparing meals and staying overnight. The Quilters have donated quilts which are works of art and wonderful for people who’ve lost nearly everything.

Homelessness is a major problem in our community and in our nation, and homeless families are just a part of the problem. This program will not solve the problem, but it will help.

In April, Bobbie Price, Linda Wolfe, Robert and Susan Tierney served supper and enjoyed the company of the guests, while Mars and Mayre Burnside were the chaperones for an overnight stay the next night.

Talk to Mars or Mayre Burnside for more information. They have stayed with families five times over the past year. One of the families had a child who is a student at Dyer Kelly, the school Northminster supports. For more information on Family Promise in general go to

If you can spend a night with Family Promise families during the week of October 9, can help with meal preparation, want to come for supper, or just want
more information, call Mars Burnside (916) 838 2501 or talk to him or Mayre after church.
The members of the Hunger committee sponsors our weekly Harvest Table, annual Crop Walk, a Heifer Project International-emphasis event and other projects that remind the congregation that not all have enough to eat. This group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at 8:45AM.
Each Sunday, gardeners may drop off fresh produce from their gardens and orchards before church at the harvest tables on the patio.  People may purchase this produce, by donation, before or after church.  The money and any remaining produce is donated to a local food closet.
Just 2 cents a meal will go an amazingly long way in benefiting someone who is hungry.
Our coin donations support the Presbyterian Hunger Program in our community, nationally and globally!
Heifer International is dedicated to the principle that if you give a person a fish, he eats for a day, teach a person to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. We celebrate our Heifer Sunday in May and provide families with livestock to truly enable them to sustain their family.
Each Christmas our Hunger Committee with the help of the Youth of our Church creates over 50 baskets that we deliver to families in the area that need a hand during the holidays. It is an incredibly moving morning, and too many of our members, sharing the baskets is about as close as one can get to the true meaning of Christmas. You can find out more, and see how you can help by reading about our Dyer Kelly Outreach efforts.
They say that walking in someone else’s moccasins helps you to truly understand their life. Walking a 5 K to feed a stranger is yet another way. Every Fall we have a team from Northminster that dons our walking shoes for CROP. Join us!


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