RGPC Mission Station
We serve many local, national, and international charities and organizations.
How we serve our community:
- Volunteering at Fort Street Mission on a regular basis
- Participating in an annual CROP Walk
- Holding three Red Cross Blood Drives each year
- Hosting the Boy Scout Troop 270 since 1929, as well as the Livonia Co-op Nursery School, Recovery Group and the Old Rosedale Gardens Home Owners Association
- Providing emergency food and gas gift cards to church and community members in need
- Distributing tomato plants in May and donating them to the Salvation Army in Plymouth
- Developing a Mission: Math program that has church members going into Grant School (across the street from the church) to help tutor the kids in math using flash cards
- Assisting in sorting food at Forgotten Harvest
- Volunteering to serve as greeters for every service, and handing out welcome bags to new members
- Local inter-generational service opportunities offered monthly
Our church sponsors a wide variety of mission activities.
- We participate in an annual one-day Habitat for Humanity project in Detroit.
- For the past 51 years, our high school students have been participating in an annual, weeklong mission trip.
Currently, we send out four groups on annual mission trips:
High School Mission Trip: For those who have completed 9th through 12th grade. Every summer, just after school is out in June, high schoolers journey to a location to learn to assist others in a variety of tasks, as well as learn more about each other and the Bible.
Young Adult Mission Trip: For members aged 18-35. After spending four years going on the high school mission trips, a group of 15-20 young adults leave for a week in service to others.
Adult Work Weekend: This retreat is an opportunity for adults in the congregation to serve the Lord by performing repairs, cleaning up, painting, and performing other necessary tasks for Christian camps that are located within a three-hour drive from the Church.
Disaster Relief Mission Trip: After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, members of the Church organized a Disaster Relief Mission trip. Groups of 20-25 people go out at least once per year to assist in areas where natural disasters have wreaked havoc on residents.
Military, First Responders and families: In October of 2014, we formally became a “Military Caring Congregation” through Military Caring Network, USA. As a congregation, we expanded our ministry of serving those who serve to include first responders and families of both military and first responders.
Transportation: In April 2015, we started a transportation ministry that leased a 15-passenger bus that includes a wheelchair lift. We fondly named it, “Rosie”. On Sunday mornings, two people, a driver and an assistant, volunteer to travel around to pick up those who would not otherwise be able to get to church. On other days, the Youth Group has “borrowed” Rosie to travel to activities in one vehicle.
Stephen Ministries: Stephen Ministries trains congregations to equip their members to do quality, practical Christian ministries in care giving, small groups and spiritual growth. Our first class of Stephen Ministers included seven women and one man who were commissioned on May 3rd, 2015. Besides assisting their care receiver, they are continuing to learn and assist each other every other week.
CHRISTMAS EVE BLESSING BAG PROJECT
RGPC had the wonderful opportunity to partner with the City of Livonia by providing Blessing Bags to all those working in health care and nursing facilities on Christmas Eve.
Check out this wonderful video!
- The Church and Society Committee has contributed funds to the following local organizations: Barnabas Youth Opportunities Center, Covenant House, Detroit Rescue Mission, Gleaners Food Bank, Lighthouse Ministries, Livonia Cares, Presbytery of Detroit, Redford Interfaith Relief, St. Edith’s Food Bank, Westland Tutoring Center, and others.
- We also assist many worldwide organizations, including but not limited to: Free Wheelchair Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Kids Against Hunger, Presbyterian Coffee Project, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Salvation Army, Vets Returning Home, and Yucatan Peninsula Ministry.
- Annually, our Endowment Fund Committee disburses four percent of the fund balance; one half goes to external mission, and one half is distributed within the church for programs or special services.
- We have contributed funds to the following organizations: Alternatives for Girls, Arc of Western Wayne County, Fort Street Open Door, Malaria Network, Starfish Family Services, and Gas and Food Card Fund.
- The congregation, through the Deacons, have contributed items to the following organizations: First Step Women’s Shelter, Fort Street Open Door program, Freedom House, Grant School, Ja’Noah House, and the Henry Ford School-based, and Community Health program.
- The Deacons have contributed funds to the following organizations: Camp Michi-Mac for children with asthma, Camp Skyline, Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners Food Bank, Goodfellows, Seedlings Braille books for children, St. Edith’s Food Bank, and Wayne-Westland Skill Center.
- In addition, the Deacons fund a High School Mission Trip Scholarship and a Young Adult Mission Trip Scholarship in honor of the current year’s Youth Deacon and Youth Elder.