SERVE: LOCAL MISSIONS
The Local SERVE Ministry of HHPC exists to offer the hope of Christ to our neighbors in word and in deed. The Bible teaches us that by the intentional stewardship of our time, talent and treasure, Christians bring nothing less than a foretaste of the Kingdom of God into reality within their given community.
We are continuing to work with families in our community in need of home repair work. Join with a team every Monday and Tuesday morning, from 8:30am - Noon.
For more information, contact Jim Hill.
Join us throughout the year for SERVE SATURDAYS as we head out into the community and serve in Jesus' name! There are ways for everyone to jump in and help, both on-site and in the community. Stay tuned for the next date and project details! If you have any questions, please contact Jim Hill.
Serve Our Schools Christmas Bazaar
We have a wonderful opportunity to display the love of Christ to students in our community this Christmas season through the Serve Our Schools Christmas Bazaar.
This program will provide Christmas gift bags to 75 underserved Hilton Head Middle School students. Each gift bag will consist of a Hilton Head school sweatshirt, a fleece blanket, a Walmart gift card, and a stocking stuffer (either a McDonald’s or Dunkin’ Donuts gift card).
You can purchase individual items to contribute or an entire bag in the Welcome Center on Sunday morning, December 9th. Payment may be made using cash or check payable to HHPC. (And don’t worry - for those who find themselves at the bazaar without cash or check, there is also an IOU option where the amount due may be provided by cash or check on December 16th or 23rd.)
While a Christmas gift bag program has been in existence at the high school for several years and has been supported by several benevolent agencies, no such program has been offered for the middle school. HHPC is excited to start this middle school program for 2018 and serve our community.
Our local ministry began largely in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016. Since that time, the Local SERVE Ministry has been devoted to building relationships in our community through our efforts to make our neighbors and their homes safe, sanitary, and secure.
What began as a few teams of willing volunteers in the aftermath of the storm grew into a months-long project removing trees and debris from more than 340 of our neighbors’ roofs and yards. As this work in the community revealed more extensive needs, the Local SERVE Ministry shifted its focus to replacing damaged roofs, wet ceilings, walls, and floors for families around the island, with much of the work being done in mobile homes. HHPC has been blessed to partner with Habitat for Humanity for several of these projects, including major repairs for three local families.
Earlier this year, we received a donation expressly earmarked to build a habitat-style home for one of our church members, and we are excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity once again to build a four-bedroom home for HHPC member Thelma Byas, her daughter Sherry, son Maurice, and great-grandson Elijah. We expect to break ground in late 2018 and have the project complete in early 2019.
Stay tuned for more information on volunteering and how you can be involved! If you have any questions, please contact Jim Hill.
OUR LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS:
Our partnership with Community Foundation of the Lowcountry began in 2016 in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The foundation made $20,000 available to HHPC through a grant that allowed us to help many of our neighbors impacted by the hurricane.
“Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is dedicated to helping donors, nonprofit organizations and other community members make a difference in the lives of Lowcountry citizens. Our impact will be achieved by bringing together financial resources, knowledge and collaborative networks to serve community needs.”
HHPC supports our local HHI Cluster Schools (Hilton Head Island High School, Hilton Head Island Middle School, Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center, Hilton Head Island Elementary School, Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts) through teacher supply drives at the beginning of the school year, filling teachers’ mailboxes with encouraging messages, providing lunch for teachers during celebratory days, and spending Serve Saturdays on campuses, stocking snack closets and pantries for students that are in need with items such as uniforms, snack items, toiletries, school supplies.
For more information on how we support our schools or how you can be involved, please contact Shannon Bedenbaugh.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization with a vision for a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward this vision by building and improving homes in partnership with individuals and families in need of decent and affordable housing.
We began working with our local Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity in 2018 on several home repair projects for members of our community, and we are excited to grow in our partnership as we break ground on construction of a house for one of our own church members in late 2018.
Bluffton Self Help was chartered in 1988. Initially offering food and clothing to working families and senior citizens, Bluffton Self Help has grown over the decades to provide a variety of services including short-term emergency rent assistance and help meeting utility bills to prevent disconnection of services.
HHPC supports Bluffton Self Help by providing non-perishable food items donated by the congregation as part of our Bumper Crop ministry.
Since 1954, FCA has been using the powerful platform of athletics to share the Gospel. The FCA vision is to see the world impacted by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes and its mission is to lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church. Locally, South Coastal FCA has a presence in 30 middle and high schools along with USCB in a four-county area. Every week, over 2,000 coaches and students participate in FCA programs locally opening the Word of God and praying on all our public and private school campuses. HHPC has been a significant partner in ministry providing volunteers, several FCA board members, and resources that have multiplied FCA ministry in our area.
The Deep Well Project helps Hilton Head Island residents in emergency situations by providing support such as rent payment between jobs, food for families in need, school uniforms for children, and small home repairs.
Our congregation supports The Deep Well Project by providing non-perishable food items collected several times each year as part of our Bumper Crop ministry.
Young Life is a non-profit organization that reaches out to nearly 1.5 million middle school, high school and college students in communities across the United States and around the world, providing the friendship of adults who take the time to relate to kids in their world, a chance to gather and have fun in a safe setting outside of school, and an opportunity to consider the basic claims of the Christian faith in a non-threatening setting.
HHPC has supported our local Hilton Head/Bluffton Young Life since 2005. For more information about this ministry, contact Thomas Joyner.
The vision of the Kairos Prison Ministry is “a community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope and faith found in Jesus Christ.” Its mission is “to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.”
HHPC is an active supporter of the Kairos Prison Ministry through Kairos weekends that occur twice each year at Ridgeland Correctional Institution and the monthly Kairos reunions at the prison. HHPC also supports Kairos financially by providing a significant monthly donation. For more information, please contact George Pipas.
A local food back started address the issue of hunger among the underserved Hilton Head community, the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry now provides food each Tuesday and Friday to over 800 families. The Sandalwood Community Food Pantry partners with the Lowcountry Food Bank of South Carolina, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Second Helpings to provide healthy food options to residents of Hilton Head Island.
Our partnership with the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry began in 2018, providing non-perishable food items donated by the congregation as part of our Bumper Crop ministry.