Service Opportunities

Every Member Has a Call

Each year during Lent  we spend time reflecting on who God is and who we are called to be. As part of EMHAC we are also challenged to consider where we are being called to serve and share our many gifts. These forms are available by clicking here for you to review and pray over. We hope you will return a form and share with us where you are currently serving, and where you sense you are being led to serve. You may also complete this form online here. If you are not able to bring your form to worship on Palm Sunday, please return your completed form to the Church Office as soon thereafter as possible.

Great Day of Service, Sat., March 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m., gather in the Sanctuary
***Click here for a video link to excerpts of our 2018 Great Day of Service.***

Bring your family and join in fun, fellowship, and service to our church and our neighbors. Clean the Sanctuary, work in the HOPE Garden, spread pine needles around our campus, cook for the Hunger Outreach Program or Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, help unload and sort items for the Family Promise Yard Sale.

Family Promise
OAPC has hosted families for over 12 years! Be a part of this incredible ministry . . . 

Our upcoming Family Promise Hosting Week is: Dec. 23-29, 2018. Help us "make room in the Inn" as we welcome our guests. We could still use Christmas-themed crafts for the families, a few overnight hosts, sheet sets of all sizes, as well as new, self-inflating blow-up mattresses. Sign up here online.

Volunteer as:
Set-up team member (Sunday/ noon-12:30 p.m.)
Meal provider (6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.),
Evening host (6-9:00 p.m.), or
Overnight host (9:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m.)
Re-set team member (Sunday/ 9-9:30 a.m.)

To volunteer, please contact our coordinator:  Scott Huffmon (803-909-7089)/ 
News from Family Promise of York County is available here

Hunger Outreach Program (HOP)

1st Sunday afternoon of each month (Sept.-May). Teams of 8-10 people cook, pack, and deliver meals for our neighbors who live off of Saluda Street, Heckle Bypass, and Blackmon Road. Contact George Hook,, or Jane Summey Mullennix,, to sign up or get more information.

Habitat for Humanity

Each year OAPC helps support Habitat through a Faith Build and encouraging participants to be a part of the Women's Build.  As dates come available, we will post them here and in our other church publications.

  • Next Workday to be determined: contact George Sawyer, 803-371-2524, to assist or for more information.
  • Sign up in the Church Welcome Center.

Red Cross Blood Drives, Activities Center, 504 Oakland Ave., 2-6:30 p.m.

We host quarterly Red Cross Blood Drives, usually on the first Monday of March, June, September, and December. Next date: Dec. 3, 2018, . We need donors, hosts, and bakers. Hosts work a 2.5 hour shift greeting people and serving snacks. Bakers drop off cookies and/or bread or fruit, either the Sunday before a drive or the morning of the drive. To volunteer, please contact our coordinator: Kathy Emerson (328-2764)/

STAR Tutors

Each Fall we kick-off a new year of tutoring and continue our relationship with Ebenezer Elementary School and Winthrop University. After the year starts, classroom teachers select children for the program and Winthrop teaching fellows and our OAPC volunteers are trained. We need adults to work with the children on Thursdays from 2:15-4:00 p.m.

Each year we also need bus drivers to take children home after the program.  If you are between the ages of 25-65 and are available from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursdays, we would appreciate your assistance with this program as a regular driver or substitute.

To volunteer, please contact: Barb Penny,

Yarn and Thread Ministries

Learn more about our knitting, prayer shawls, prayer quilts and prayer squares by clicking here. In 2019, this will be expanded to include a Sewing Group. Their first meeting will Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in room 207. Please bring your sewing machine, scissors, thread (white, black or grey) and a light lunch. We will go over the use of rotary cutters, using a cutting mat, measuring with plastic rulers, etc. The plan for the day is for each person to make a pillow case for Family Promise or yourself. All fabric will be provided. In Feb. the group will learn how to make pillowcase dresses; in March they'll make a soup bowl basket. Each month will build on the skills of the previous month, and then learn to make a quilt. Please contact Martee Patton:, or 803-517-1669, if you are interested in learning to sew and quilt with this group. 

Last Published: November 29, 2018 12:41 PM