Alternative Giving Catalog

2020

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Alternative Gift Fair Goes Online

This Christmas, more than ever, our neighbors are seeking jobs, food, shelter, education, healthcare, medicine, and other basic necessities. For over 20 years at Christmastime, OAPC has offered opportunities to provide life-sustaining gifts through our Alternative Gift Fair. 

This year, because of COVID-19, our Alternative Gift Fair will be a virtual event, from November 18, 2020—January 31, 2021. 

During this time, you can honor the birth of Christ by purchasing (and/or receiving) alternative holiday gifts. Buy once, give at least twice: 

1 — to your recipient;                                                               
2 — to our Mission Partners and the people they serve; and
3 — to a talented artisan, if you buy through Serrv International.

What a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ!

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Donate to any Mission Partner(s) listed in this catalog. Acknowledgement cards are available in the Welcome Center. These cards state: “A gift has been given in your honor to XYZ Mission Partner.” along with a description of the work of the Mission Partner you are supporting. If you are unable to pick up these cards, you may request they be mailed to you, by completing the number of cards needed (for each MP) on your Order form, or by emailing: kfeldman@oapc.us with this information and your address. Payment options: online at www.oapc.net (“Donate” in the upper right corner); mail or deliver a check (payable to OAPC); or text 73256, type OAPC, click link and select from the drop down menu.
     
  2. Purchase fair-trade gifts through Serrv International, one of the first fair-trade organizations in the world. Use the link provided in this booklet, and OAPC will receive 20% of your purchase, which we, in turn, will distribute to our Mission Partners.

If you prefer to give your loved ones a tangible gift, you can purchase fair-trade items in the Welcome Center: coffee grown by our Mission Partners in Mexico, tea, chocolate, and cocoa from Equal Exchange, and beautiful handmade gifts from SERRV.

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SERRV INTERNATIONAL
Established 1949

Fighting global poverty through fair and ethical trade

One of the first fair trade organizations in the world, Serrv International began its mission by helping displaced European refugees trade their handcrafts for income after the Second World War. In the past 70+ years, Serrv has reached 25 countries worldwide, empowering over 8,000 artisans and farmers every year by selling their beautiful handcrafts. More than a business philosophy, fair trade is the development of relationships built on respect, honesty, freedom, and dignity.

Key Values of Serrv:

  • Creating employment
  • Paying fair wages
  • Encouraging sustainable practices
  • Supporting community development
  • Preserving traditional crafting techniques

Order gifts online through OAPC’s custom link –
http://www.serrv.org?a=OAPCSerrv
and our church will receive 20% of all your purchases.

(This link will take you to Serrv’s homepage, but be sure the banner at the top
of the page indicates that 20% will be donated to OAPC.)

The sale concludes on January 31, 2021.



OAPC MISSION PARTNERS

(Italicized items give you an idea of how your money may be used.)

Adult Enrichment Centers

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Offers day programs that promote self-advocacy and independence for adults with disabilities and people who face challenges of aging, such as the effects of a stroke, physical injuries and dementia. Activities include socialization, health services and friendship so that participants can live life fully engaged. AEC was started at OAPC by church members in 1985.

It has now expanded to four locations throughout York County.

www.adultenrichmentcenters.org    803-327-7448

Scholarship for 2 days of services, nursing care,
hygiene assistance, 2 meals and a snack…….$112

Bethelwoods Camp & Conference Center

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A place set apart in York County to encounter God’s love through creation and community as we grow in Christian faith. Supported in part by Providence Presbytery. In addition to OAPC children, students in the STAR tutoring program enjoy Bethelwoods.

www.bethelwoods.org   803-366-3722

Camp scholarship………………….$285
Bible for first-time camper……….…..$5

Pack of arrows………………………$20

CROP Walk for Hunger

Community-wide fundraiser to end hunger in the US and around the world, sponsored by Church World Service.   

www.crophungerwalk.org/rockhillsc/

Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen

Serves free, hot lunch, for over 30 years, Monday-Saturday. OAPC members cook and serve on 3rd Tuesdays and 5th Saturdays. Located at 902 Crawford Rd., Rock Hill (across from St. Mary’s Catholic Church.)

www.dorothydaysoupkitchen.org   803-366-2963

Purchase recyclable paper goods…….$10

Habitat for Humanity

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An ecumenical international Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. We put God’s love  into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

www.yorkcountyhabitat.org   803-328-1728

Box of nails……………………… $10       Roof shingles……………… $35
Window……………….…………. $75       2x4’s for house……..…... $1140
2x4’s for ½ house……...……... $570       2x4’s for ¼ house……..… $285
Kitchen sink............................. $100       Front door………..……..... $150

HOPE Garden

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A garden at OAPC in which OAPC members plant, tend, and harvest crops to donate to HOPE of Rock Hill (see below), feeding people who are hungry in Rock Hill.

Email Sue Smith  803-238-8681

HOP (Hunger Outreach Program)

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Started 15 years ago in Rock Hill, OAPC joined this ministry in Spring 2017, to prepare and deliver 250 meals to some of our community’s most impoverished citizens. On the first Sunday of the month, OAPC members cook, package and deliver hot meals across the city.

Email Mary Scheper
Email Sharon Lee
Email Connie Matthews

Dr. Katie Cannon Scholarship Fund

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Supports education for African-American women in the PC(USA). The Presbyterian Mission Agency set up this fund to honor the name and legacy of the late Dr. Katie Cannon. Grants up to $1500 support Presbyterian women of color, with opportunities for leadership, spiritual development, and mission in the PC(USA).

www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/katie-cannon-scholarship-
womens-ministry-fund/

Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon was the first African-American woman ordained in the United Presbyterian Church USA, a precursor to PC(USA), and the first African-American woman to earn a PhD from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She was a role model, a dynamic professor, and a cutting-edge theologian who influenced many lives -- especially of Black women in higher education. When she died in 2018, the Presbyterian Mission Agency established this scholarship fund in memory of her.

New Vision in Honduras

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Cataracts stunt vision at an early age for the people of Trinidad-Copan in Honduras. A simple procedure can restore sight. Providence Presbytery seeks funding for several pieces of eye equipment and materials for surgery. OAPC is one of the visionaries and lead supporters of this ministry.

Email Barbara Kurz   803-328-6269

Presbyterian Communities of SC

Five senior adult communities dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors and their loved ones — spiritually, physically, and emotionally — anchored in our strong tradition of mission-driven service and care. PC(USA)

www.prescommunities.org   803-772-5885

Ticket to a play……………..…..$10
Jigsaw puzzles……..$20

1 hour of music therapy……….$75

STAR (Student Tutorial and Recreation)

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A weekly after-school program at OAPC for 25 selected students in grades 1-5 from Ebenezer Elementary School. One-on-one tutoring, healthy snacks, music, crafts, and field trips support and encourage success in school in the earliest grades. During COVID-19 we are delivering books to children on the STARmobile.

Email Barb Penny   803-322-5702

Thornwell Home for Children

Serving children and families all across South Carolina, Georgia, and   Florida since 1875, today we offer a foster care program, provide safe and loving homes for children in need, offer hope for a brighter future through education and community based programs, and encourage wholeness and healing with counseling and support.  PC(USA)

www.thornwell.org   864-938-2100

School pictures……….………………...…$25
Pizza dinner for a Cottage…………….....$50

Affinity Health Center

A full-service nonprofit family medical practice, serving the healthcare needs of York County by providing access to high-quality, affordable, comprehensive care with compassion, dignity, and respect. OAPC member and Elder, Anita Case, serves as Executive Director.

www.affinityhealthcenter.org   803-909-9710

Help pay for needs not covered by federal funding and community grants, including specialty care services such as radiology and obstetrics. All patients have no health insurance of any kind.

Children’s Attention Home

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Provides a safe and nurturing home, compassionate support, and individual-ized care for abused and neglected children ages birth through 21 years. 

www.attentionhome.org   803-328-8871

Support the ongoing care of abused and neglected children (i.e. clothing, bedding, education materials)

Church World Service

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Church World Service was born in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II.  Seventeen denominations came together to form an agency “to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone. The mission: Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless.” In addition to emergency assistance, CWS now offers disaster relief, refugee resettlement, and long-range, problem solving efforts– known as development.

www.churchworldservice.org

Blankets for relief and/or disaster use.......$10 each

Family Promise of York County

Provides meals, shelter, and support services to homeless families, through coordination with area churches (including OAPC), social service agencies, and volunteers. Our goal is that families resume and maintain self-sufficiency and independence in permanent housing. OAPC hosts families for a week each quarter.  

www.familypromiseyc.org   803-329-2456

Tank of gas for family………..$25  
School uniforms for child…..$100
Disposable diapers/week……$30

Haven Men's Shelter

Provides safe shelter for men who are homeless in York County, as well as services to assist them in becoming self-sufficient, productive, stable members of the community. This is now housed at Pathways Community Center. The OAPC PAW circle has been providing monthly dinners since 2005.

www.thehavenmensshelter.org   803-328-0052

House one man/night……………….……... $50
House one man/week……………..……... $375
House one man/month…………………. $1500
Food, supplies, other expenses..…..…….. $15

Heifer International

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Works in 21 countries locally, alongside local farmers and business owners, providing livestock and training in sustainable agricultural and business practices to create the greatest opportunities possible for the individuals and communities they serve.   

www.heifer.org

Share of goat............................. $10
Flock of chicks.......................... .$20

Honeybees................................ $30
Share of heifer........................... $50

HOPE of Rock Hill (Helping Other People Effectively) 

Serves families and individuals in the name of Christ by “filling in the gaps” when other social service agencies reach the end of their resources. HOPE provides food and partial payments for utilities and medicine. OAPC is a founding church and provides a space from which HOPE can operate.    

www.hopeofrockhill.com   803-328-8000

Kerosene for heating… ……$20
Utilities assistance..............$40

Prescription assistance.......$40

Hospice & Community Care

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Hospice is a vital part of care offered to seriously ill patients and their families. Neither hastening nor postponing dying, Hospice strives to give quality of life and comfort to patients, and support and knowledge to  families. Hospice and Community Care is the only non-profit Hospice in York County and it offers the only free-standing, inpatient hospice facility in our area.

www.hospicecommunitycare.org   803-329-1500

Just Coffee or “Café Justo”

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This grower-owned coffee cooperative developed and run by our missionary team in Aqua Prieta, Mexico, addresses poverty and immigration from Mexico to the USA. Farmers make a living wage, which allows them to stay on their land. Coffee is sold at OAPC. Donations are welcomed.

www.justcoffee.org   866-545-6406

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Piedmont Tri-County serves Chester, Lancaster, and York Counties.

www.namipiedmont.org or www.nami.org
Helpline: 800-950-NAMI

Provide stipend for education and awareness program,
In Our Own Voice…………………………………...$10
Supplies for teen program, Ending the Silence….$20

Pilgrims' Inn

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Serves people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or having trouble providing basic needs. Services include emergency assistance, Dorothy Bing Homeless Shelter for women and children, counseling, job readiness, Open Arms Day Care Center, and Tricia’s Court Apartments.

www.pilgrimsinn.org   803-327-4227

Safe Passage

Provides supportive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Services include emergency shelter, adult and child counseling, child and victim advocacy, forensic interviews, hospital accompaniment, and support groups for victims. 

www.safepassagesc.org   803-329-3336
(24-hour crisis line)  803-329-2800

Syrian/Lebanese Education Fund

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Local Rock Hill Group (Winthrop University, OAPC, Providence Presbtery, and other churches) works to increase awareness about historical, environmental, and cultural issues that have created the refugee crisis. Donations assist the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, -- Partner church with PC(USA) -- to help meet educational and other needs of refugee children.                             

Helen Guinness   803-366-7029

Nutrition/student/year…...……... $37.50
One teacher salary/week….......... $150

One teacher salary/month…..…... $600
Books & supplies/student/year..... $100
Transportation/student/year…..… $200