Outreach/Missions

Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church is involved in Mission…

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Shadow Hills Preschool Now entering over 6 decades of service nurturing the love of learning, nature, and faith among its students!

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SHPC and Shadow Hills Preschool Community GardenWe publicly launched on February 20, 2016 (the 3rd Saturday of February 2016) our on-site Community Garden that organically raises seasonal local produce (ex. pumpkins, raspberries, tomatoes, and more)! With this, we can supplement the fresh food supply of our local food banks. Crops can be used to make artisanal food for timely fund-raising sales too.

Included among our community partners are: Tierra del Sol Foundation, Ann Urich of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) at UC Davis, and our local Girl Scout Troop 1306! Initial supply donations were made by Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) of La Crescenta, CA. Master Gardener Anne Urich works with us to implement non-toxic composting, drought-resistant water collection and usage, and more while teaching our other volunteers of any age the principles of sustainable and cost-effective community gardening.

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A raspberry and a sunflower became the first of many anticipated blossoms from the SHPC Community Garden! 

Donations of time, tools, supplies, etc. are always welcome! Please kindly coordinate with either our Buildings and Grounds Elders Steve Blaich and Armand Kohut, or Pastor Arlo Tysinger, regarding needed donations and volunteer efforts.

Item donations that are welcome for the SHPC Community Garden are:

  1. Fruit Trees – Meyer’s Lemon, Dwarf Avocado, Plum, Apple
  2. Tumbler Composting Bins with Two Chambers
  3. Worm Farm
  4. Hoses
  5. Rain Collection Barrels
  6. Shovels
  7. Outdoor Paint for the SHPC Garden Mural
  8. Table to be adapted for accessible gardening for the disabled

SHPC Church Lady Booth Ministry – An as-needed fellowship ministry of applied talents in practical and creative areas like crocheting, knitting, packaging preserved foods (soups, jams), and other types of nurturing craftsmanship, this volunteer group spearheaded by Elder Rose Kukla and Natalie Murphy meets in the Church Office every Wednesday between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon to design items for sale during fundraising partnership events, such as the Crafters of Sunland-Tujunga Fairw hosted by SHPC. Donations of thoughtfully handmade novelty items are always welcome. 

SHPC Youth Souperbowl of CaringEvery Superbowl Sunday in February, the SHPC Youth under the guidance of the SHPC Elders in charge of Christian Education and Mission/Outreach Ministries, hosts a post-Sunday Morning Service meal of lovingly homemade soups from different cultures and of varied dietary persuasions (including vegan, low-sodium, gluten-free, et. al), with desserts typically supplied on sale by our local area Girl Scout troop, plus coffee, tea, juice, and/or water and other donated sides to raise welcome cash and check funds, as well as donations of canned food items, to supplement the mid-winter pantry stock of our local area Food Banks.

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A trio consisting of 1 Starck teen male and 2 teen Urias-Thompson females serve at Souperbowl of Caring 2017 inside the SHPC Parlor!

SHPC Quilting GroupA new monthly fellowship group that takes place at SHPC every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon starting Feb. 26, 2016! Just bring your own sewing machine, basic sewing supplies, and an extension cord so you can sew away at anything while enjoying the company of others. You can work on your own project, or develop a charity quilt, an item for fundraising boutique sales (such as the Saturday, Apr. 16, 2016 Crafters of Sunland-Tujunga Fair at SHPC), or a quilt square following the theme “The Women of the Bible”. Fabric will be provided for your proposed charity quilts and fundraising boutique sale items. This group is led by our very own expert quilter and Mission & Outreach Elder, Nancy Turney.

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SHPC Quilters Include (from L-R): Margaret Henken, Nancy Turney, Rose Kukla, Benita Sito, Esther Beardsley, and Linda Deckard, displaying one of the quilts lovingly made for survivors of various US-based terrorist attacks in 2016.

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Special mention is also due to Frances Rice Farrand for considerately volunteering her own technologically sophisticated, 6,000 patterns and more, home-based quilting workshop for special SHPC Quilting Group projects, such as: The January-July 8, 2017 Fund-Raising Raffle (only $5/ticket!) for Centro Desarrollo Integral/CDI, aka the Presbyterian School for Children at Bogota, Colombia, as initiated by Frances’ daughter (seen above with the raffle prize quilt inside the SHPC Parlor), Crystal Farrand!

SHPC Car Kit Program –  SHPC members and regular attenders have the option of carrying in their vehicles a portable essentials kit of water, nutritious snacks, and toiletries to aid indigent individuals and families on the road, as needed.  

Included in each Car Kit are: 1 gallon Ziploc bag; 2 bottles of water; 1 pkg. Top Ramen Noodle Soup (can get a 5 pack for $1 at Dollar Tree); 1 pkg. peanut butter crackers (can get a 6 pack for $1 at Dollar Tree); 1 soft chewy granola bar (can get 1 box of 5 bars for $1 at Dollar Tree); 1 other individually wrapped snack item (ex. Rice Krispy Treats, Cookies, etc.); 1 pkg. antiseptic wipes of 25-40 count; 1 pair of tube socks; 1 toothbrush and 1 toothpaste.

Year-round donations of these affordable items to the SHPC Car Kit Program are always welcome at the SHPC Narthex. The SHPC Mission Team thoughtfully assembles these kits from donations regularly. Each kit also comes with a note from SHPC. Over time, this highly mobile outreach program hopefully encourages SHPC Car Kit beneficiaries to safely reach out to other sources of long-term recovery through SHPC’s referral network for various social services.

The Bailey Human Care Center at Tujunga United Methodist Church on 9901 Tujunga Canyon Blvd., Tujunga, CA 91042, PH # 818-473-4185.

– Offers the following to working poor families with children, disabled residents, and indigent seniors who live within the Zip Code Areas of 91020, 91021, 91040, 91042, 91214, and 91342:

  • Food Pantry: Wednesdays & Fridays between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

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  • Clothes Closet: Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 noon; 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
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  • Supplementing these ongoing needs helps our struggling neighbors prevent homelessness by not forcing them to choose between paying for housing (ex. rent, mortgage, utilities) and paying for food, clothes, medicine, school supplies, and other life essentials from their meager household wages or income.
  • For ongoing updates on Bailey Human Care Center’s schedule of community services and volunteering opportunities, please feel free to call its host church site, Tujunga United Methodist Church, at PH # 818-473-4185.

Compassion Food Ministry at Chapel of the Hills – at Chapel of Hills on 11120 Oro Vista Drive, Sunland, CA 91040, c/o the local non-profit organization Making It Happen, Inc. at PH # 818-398-6232.

  • Offers Hot Sunday Dinners between 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to the Sunland-Tujunga community’s children and adults in need.

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  • SHPC is currently volunteering to cook fresh dinners on site and give out homemade portable desserts (ex. chocolate chip cookies, brownies, etc.) every 5th Sunday of the month at Chapel of the Hills throughout this 2016.
  • For more information, please feel free to directly reach out to Making It Happen, Inc. at PH # 818-398-6232.

Tierra del Sol Empowering adults with special needs and their families throughout Los Angeles County with a wide range of educational, employment, and creative arts opportunities for the past 43 years. Its volunteers have also graciously helped keep SHPC’s facilities well-maintained over the years in the spirit of good community.

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Ahead with Horses Los Angeles –  AHEAD (Accelerated Habilitation Education And Development) WITH HORSES INC. has an over 47-year history of providing unique, highly motivating and effective therapy, education and recreation through horses and related experiences to disabled/disadvantaged/at-risk/special-needs children and has earned recognition educationally, medically and scientifically. 

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Through vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse), even severely disabled children learn and achieve with the goal of enabling them to lead more independent and productive lives. SHPC members and attenders such as Jennifer Hall have been proactively involved in supporting various AHEAD w/ Horses LA events and activities!

Shadow Hills Convalescent Hospital – Over the years, various SHPC volunteers have held Bible Studies, visits, on-site movie screenings, and the like forms of meaningful companionship to the clients of Shadow Hills Convalescent Hospital, a 67-bed skilled nursing facility that has provided, for over 45 years now, both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care to those with lingering significant illnesses and/or injuries.

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Shadow Hills Convalescent Hospital does its best to accommodate clients who are referred to them via Medicaid, Medicare, the Veterans’ Administration, and the like entities that cater to individuals with a diverse range of needs. It thus welcomes additional donations of time, funding, and the like too, to make sure that clients of any background can have steady access to quality care.

Quilters for Others (Q4O) – Putting the quilting talents of San Fernando Valley women to great use for worthwhile causes. Various SHPC members are active leaders in Q4O and have used SHPC facilities from time to time for its various outreach-oriented quilting projects for military veterans, disaster relief programs, etc.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – In the Christian spirit of fostering ongoing accountability and healing towards lifetime sobriety, SHPC hosts AA’s Tuesday Night Step Study at 7:00 p.m. at our Small Chapel.

Please kindly call 800-923-8722 for more details on how to join these worthwhile sobriety support groups for individuals in recovery, as well as their family members and friends.

The Way of the Shepherd – An Armenian evangelical Christian church that meets regularly at SHPC’s Small Chapel during select Sunday afternoons, keeping in line with SHPC’s long-term tradition of supportive hospitality towards budding congregations.

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From L-R: The Way of the Shepherd’s Pastor Zorik Pirvesyan and his wife Rosalyn posing inside the SHPC Chapel where their Armenian congregants meet on select Sunday afternoons; Country Living in Shadow Hills signage beside the 3 signs of SHPC, Shadow Hills Presbyterian Preschool, and The Way of the Shepherd, with Phone Numbers.

For more information, please kindly contact directly their Pastor, Zorik Pirvesyian (PH # 818-441-6496; e-mail: zpirvesyian@yahoo.com) or their Youth Leader, Tim Pirvesyian (PH # 818-441-4319, e-mail: timpir737@yahoo.com)

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Throughout San Fernando Valley, the US West Coast, and the rest of the 50 US States through…

The Presbytery of San Fernando Overseeing a diverse range of 29 PCUSA churches and 3 churches in development throughout northwest corner of Los Angeles County, California, including significant sections of Antelope Valley. A Presbytery is a district governing body of PCUSA, coordinating efforts and dialogue for local churches geographically connected across similar counties, valleys, coasts, and the like. PCUSA presently has 172 Presbyteries nationwide.

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The Synod of Southern California and Hawaii – An alliance of 7 Presbyteries spread across the US West Coast and Pacific Ocean: Los Ranchos, Presbytery of the Pacific, Riverside, San Diego, San Fernando, San Gabriel, and Santa Barbara. A Synod is a regional governing body of PCUSA, linking various immediately neighboring Presbyteries. PCUSA presently has 16 Synods nationwide.

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Presbyterian Covenant Community Fund (aka Per Capita Fund)Every year, PCUSA members across 11,000 congregations and mid-councils contribute in a special blue offertory envelope a modest, once-a-year, tax-deductible monetary gift into the Presbyterian Covenant Community Fund, which is also known as the Per Capita Fund.

This amount is equitably and sustainably distributed to a congregation’s Presbytery, Synod, and PCUSA’s national governance, the General Assembly that is managed by PCUSA’s HQ staff based in Louisville, KY (see structural diagram above, wherein each local church Session or leadership councils in turn send representative commissioners to work with a district-level Presbytery, then from here, a regional multi-state Synod is fed into, and from each regional Synod there are General Assembly commissioners and advisory delegates for various working committees that meet every 2 years at an agreed upon US city location, on an even numbered year).

Unlike other religious organizations that take a top-down, order-giving approach, PCUSA keeps with its long-standing grassroots-based tradition of accountable, transparent leadership, dialogue, and cooperative action.

Per Capita funds are mostly kept within the Presbytery – given that congregations in each Presbytery have diverse needs and thus welcome additional help from fellow Presbytery congregations too, as our shared ministry work grows even in challenging times.

Per Capita funds also subsidize the travel, room and board, and other work-related costs of the commissioners and advisory delegates of the biannual, even-numbered years only General Assembly of PCUSA. Without timely Per Capita funds, many of our General Assembly workers and delegates from around the 50 US states would otherwise be unable to afford to meet in person with others to effectively provide guidance to PCUSA’s 1.8 million members.

Per Capita funds also subsidize the ongoing work of the Presbyterian Historical Society of PCUSA in collecting, preserving, and sharing the heritage of the American Presbyterian and Reformed tradition.

Truly, the Presbyterian Covenant Community Fund, aka the Per Capita Fund, is a timely start of the year gift each PCUSA member makes to concretely maintain the solidarity and quality of PCUSA’s shared nationwide ministry and long-standing heritage.

 Traveling throughout South America, Rev. Sarah Henken (middle) works directly with a diverse range of indigenous and mixed-race South American citizens to make a positive Christian impact in their daily lives.

Traveling throughout South America, Rev. Sarah Henken (middle) works directly with a diverse range of indigenous and mixed-race South American citizens to make a positive Christian impact in their daily lives.

Throughout the World through…

The Reverend Sarah Henken – Our Mission Partner in Colombia An SHPC member since 1997, Sarah started her overseas mission work with PCUSA’s Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Program in 2002, after she earned her BA in Music and Spanish Literature at Occidental College. Her YAV work took her to Uruguay and Argentina through 2005, which is when she started to pursue her Master’s in Divinity degree from Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary. After earning her M.Div., she became the Coordinator for Presbyterian World Mission’s Ministry of Accompaniment in Colombia, providing timely protection and support for this country’s embattled human rights workers. From July 2010 onwards, she is the Presbyterian World Mission’s Regional Liaison for the Andean Region, supporting various social justice and development needs in Bolivia, Colombia (where she is still currently based), Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Sarah still occasionally visits the USA, joining her family in SHPC (her musician parents John and Margaret Henken, as well as the family of her sister Jessica Henken-Abernathy, Jessica’s husband David Abernathy, and their young daughter Victoria) for worship and outreach projects whenever she can.

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Global Mission of the Presbyterian Church (USA) – Working with a wide range of global partners in over 100 countries for almost 2 centuries on various long-term programs, including but not limited to: a) providing quality education for children, b) training community leaders in transformative leadership; and c) ending violence against women and children.

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One Great Hour of Sharing Collecting special monetary gifts (whether using the iconic Fish Banks that both children and adults love to place donations in, during Lent through Easter season in person, at their local PCUSA church, or even through the year-round One Great Hour of Sharing online giving button found on the PCUSA website, as can be clicked on through the highlighted link) to be equitably distributed across 3 outreach arms: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and the Presbyterian Committee for the Self-Development of People/SDOP. These three grant-giving and organizational training ministries all benefit both short-term and long-term projects and programs meant to empower communities from the grassroots up to adapt positively through various types of adversity, in over 100 countries – including of course the United States of America itself!

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Christmas Joy Offering – Providing timely financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families (Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions) while also providing scholarships to deserving students seeking to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools (Racial Ethnic Leadership Development).  While this program is typically highlighted throughout PCUSA congregations during Advent season (Nov. 29 through Dec. 20), this is actually a year-round program which welcomes credit/debit card donations through PCUSA’s secure online portal too.

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From L-R: Students at Menaul School in Albuquerque, NM (a beneficiary of PCUSA’s Racial Ethnic Leadership Development program to train future lay and clergy leaders across various cultures); Retired ministers and church workers who benefit from PCUSA’s Assistance Program from the Board of Pensions.

CROP Hunger Walk Raising funds and awareness against global hunger through yearly, community-wide charity walks.

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Peace & Global Witness OfferingFunding education and mediation programs locally and worldwide that address a wide range of ongoing conflict management fields, such as: domestic violence, bullying, human trafficking, criminal gang activity, racial/religious strife, and the like. Around 25% of each individual’s Peace & Global Witness Offering goes to local peacemaking initiatives. This program is typically highlighted during the months of September and October, culminating in World Communion Sunday. Online donations via credit/debit card through PCUSA’s website are also accepted for this program year-round.

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