New Beginnings/Special Offerings/Recycling Fund Gifts

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Click the link above to read our New Beginnings Assessment.

 Our Session, with support from the Presbytery of San Fernando, has completed a process called New Beginnings.  This is a program of our larger church that helps churches  renew their vision and mission.  We are excited and eager to discern the Spirit’s future for Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church.  Members of our Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) served on the New Beginnings Leadership Team along with several Ruling Elders.  The directions we discern in this process will guide us in our search for a new installed Pastor.

Here are the “next steps” we have begun to take since 2014 to renew and expand the SHPC ministry:

  1. Our first priority is to be practicing the new paradigm, turning outward.  We will begin to ask the question, “how is this helping us become a GO TO church?” every time we plan anything.
  2. There will be a small group/study and prayer component to whatever we do next. The Session, especially the spiritual formation team, will begin to plan for getting as many folks as possible involved in ongoing learning and thinking about mission, spirituality, justice, advocacy—whatever the hunger and the urge of session.
  3. We held a Session/PNC retreat to create a Mission Statement for the church.
  4. We can surely agree on one or two new ideas that could help us practice the new paradigm of moving outward. 
  5. We called a Town Hall Meeting for the first Sunday in May 2014 to report on all of this and get the congregation on board.
  6. Since April 2015 onwards, under the leadership of a new Head Pastor, Rev. Arlo Tysinger, and a reinvigorated Session of Elders, various projects and programs have either been initiated, revived, or enhanced to make SHPC the authentic “GO TO” church for individuals of diverse backgrounds and gifts.

 

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SHPC SPECIAL OFFERING FUNDS

Whether you are an actively pledging SHPC Member, a Regular Attender, an occasional Visitor or a Guest just passing through, you are welcome and highly encouraged to contribute any time to any of these listed Special Offering Funds.

These funds  strategically support SHPC’s growing ministries even amidst trying economic times, without depleting our church’s Pledge-driven operating budget and modest reserves from trusts and savings:

  • First Sunday Fund

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Feel free to give a dollar amount which matches the calendar date of each month’s 1st Sunday! For example, you can give an additional $3.00 (Three Dollars) this coming 1st Sunday/Communion Sunday of May 3.

  • Milestone Giving Fund

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Whenever you and/or your loved ones have a major milestone worth commemorating or celebrating, such as a Wedding Anniversary, a Graduation, a Birthday, or even any pleasantly surprising windfalls (such as a raise or bonus from work; prize money won from a fun Las Vegas trip;  found money from an old couch crevice; etc.), you are welcome to share a fitting dollar amount to honor the auspicious occasion!

For example, if your birthday is June 7, 1975, you could choose to give $67.75 (matching the numerical date of 6/7/75). If you healthily lost 25 pounds, you could give $25.00. If you are celebrating your 15th Wedding Anniversary, you could give $15.00. If you earned a 4.0 GPA, you could give $4.00, and so on.

The creative possibilities for sharing joy and honoring memories through milestone giving can be truly fun and meaningful!

  • Deacons’ Fund

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This is SHPC’s long-time standby fund to immediately and discreetly aid any member of our congregation, staff, or local community who reaches out to us in urgent times of verifiable distress. The aid provided is meant to help individuals confidentially get back on their feet with dignity. 

Over the years, the SHPC Deacons’ Fund has, among other things: restored water and power to indigent homes; paid for emergency repairs to family vehicles critically needed for work, school, and/or medical appointments; supplemented holiday food supplies (Easter and Christmas Dinner Baskets with pantry supplies that can last for the entire spring and winter seasons, respectively, as well as giving additional age-appropriate gifts to minors) for struggling families; and met medical expenses not covered by insurance.

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These are just some of the many Deacons’ Fund applications which remind distressed individuals that our compassionate God is concretely present through timely human assistance.

The SHPC Deacons’ Fund thus welcomes additional financial gifts anytime – such as after each Sunday morning worship, or after the Sunday afternoon PAWS service, or during weekday Church Office hours, Mon/Wed/Fri, 9am-2pm – so SHPC can best meet individual emergencies without delay. 

  • Capital Campaign Fund 2018-2020SHPCCapitalCampaign201820192020Envelope 

SHPC’s physical campus (including the Main Sanctuary, Pre-School, Chapel, Parking Lots, and Labyrinth) urgently needs some timely, energy-saving, water conservation-aiding, and natural disaster-proofing upgrades, since its last major capital campaign over 3 decades ago, in the 1980s!

 

Thus, to help pay off the zero-interest installment loan SHPC took out from PCUSA’s Presbytery of San Fernando to fully re-shingle our roof this past 2017 –  as well as to sustain a separate Buildings and Grounds fund that can over time finance cost-saving, conservation-enhancing, and accident/disaster-proofing 21st century technological improvements – the SHPC Capital Campaign Fund 2018-2020 has been recently started.

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Whatever modest regular, seasonal, or one-time monetary amounts we can afford to give towards revitalizing SHPC’s over 6 decades-old facilities (first starting with a modest barn chapel that was transferred from First Presbyterian Church of Burbank on February 1950, then started offering regular Sunday services from April 1950, seen below) will directly benefit not only SHPC and the Pre-School.

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Other greater community members who use our facilities as their own activity haven and oasis will directly benefit too, including, but not limited to: TSDA (Tujunga Seventh-Day Adventists Group), COAC (Christian Outreach to Armenians in California), the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Tierra del Sol Adult Work Groups, the American Sewing Club, the Los Angeles County Elections Polling Team, and more.

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Please kindly keep in mind that separate SHPC Capital Campaign Fund envelopes are available, and whatever one gives to the SHPC Capital Campaign Fund must not end up displacing the regular offering pledges which sustain SHPC’s day-to-day operations and ministries.

Let’s continue to strengthen and conserve the water and power use of SHPC’s physical campus for generations of even more diverse community members to come, through the SHPC Capital Campaign Fund 2018-2020!

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SPECIAL MONETARY OFFERING (CASH OR CHECK) GIVING TIPS:

  1. Just as with regular Pledges for Cash and Check gifts, these Special Offering Funds also have their own separately labeled envelopes (available at the Pews, at the SHPC Narthex Table, or upon request from the Church Office) for you to conveniently use when you are willing and able to do so.
  2. Don’t forget to include your Complete Name, Mailing Address, & Payment Type (“Cash” or “Check”) when labeling any of your SHPC Envelopes (i.e. Pledge, Loose Offerings/Welcome/Pew Envelope, and any of the following Special Offering Envelopes), since every financial gift you make to any SHPC fund is Tax-Deductible.
  3. If you are interested in giving through secure Electronic Debit means from your own checking/savings/credit account, please kindly contact our Church Office by phone during our weekday office hours (Mon/Wed/Fri, 9am-2pm) or by e-mail any time as listed on our “Contact Us” page to explore various set-up options.

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RECYCLING FUND GIFTS (CA CASH REFUND/CA CRV-LABELED ALUMINUM CANS, CA CASH REFUND/CA CRV-LABELED PLASTIC CONTAINERS, AND PRINTER CARTRIDGES)

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A. In front of SHPC’s Kitchen: Two (2) or more Labeled Bins for CA Cash Refund or CRV-labeled Aluminum Cans and Plastic Containers

Two (2) or more huge circular bins are available, where one can drop off used aluminum cans and plastic bottles/jugs any time, as long as these have the CA CASH REFUND or CRV logo stamped on their labels or container body.

Label or container body recycling codes to look for include:

  • CA CASH REFUND
  • CA CRV
  • California Redemption Value
  • CA Redemption Value
  • California Cash Refund

This means that these items do earn cash value at the professional recycling centers SHPC volunteers take them to!

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Please kindly drop off  your CA/CRV-logo carrying recyclables in the assigned separate cans & plastics bins in front of the SHPC Kitchen.

B. In the Room next to the SHPC Narthex: Printer Cartridge Recycling Bin

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In the room next to the SHPC Narthex is a bin dedicated to collecting empty printer cartridges you could spare from your home and/or workplace.

It is generally a good habit to thoughtfully scour your home, workplace, vehicle, and the like for various cash-earning recyclable items that one could gather up on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.) in a trash bag you could keep in the trunk of your vehicle or another secure area. This helps one be mindful of setting aside recyclables for drop-off at any of SHPC’s dedicated bins.

SHPC’s revitalized Recycling Fund program not only save our local landfills and waterways from waste.

It also helps SHPC accumulate additional cash that can steadily supplement our operating costs without depleting our modest savings and reserves.

*LET US ALL SHARE IN THE JOY OF GRACIOUS GIVING AND GOD-CENTRIC GROWTH AT SHPC!*

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