He said to them, ‘Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.’ Mark 16:15
As the church, we are called into being and exist to bear witness to God’s grace and love, as expressed in the life of Jesus Christ. WPC actively seeks to work towards this calling by reaching out to others with the love of Jesus Christ. As believers inspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we strive to follow Christ in seeking out the poor, the oppressed, the sick, and the hurting. WPC gives witness to the compassionate love of God by reaching out to those within our community and abroad.
Over the years, Presbyterian missionaries have planted churches, built hospitals, and started schools on every continent. The seeds sown by those missionaries have, in many places, developed into self-sustaining churches and institutions now led by local Christians. In fact, more than 94 million Christians around the world now belong to churches that were founded or co-founded by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission workers.
The Ministry chooses, plans, and oversees hands-on mission projects throughout the year, giving church members opportunities to participate personally in local causes. Projects include WISD Feed the Children, Youth Mission Trips, Wimberley Fig Tree, Crisis Breadbasket, and Barnabas Connection.
It is through mission work that WPC takes the Christian message of love and hope beyond its walls and out into the community of Wimberley, across the United States, and around the world. The Outreach Ministry encourages all members and friends of WPC to participate in this vital part of our mission.
Deer Creek Worship
Enriching The Lives Of Seniors Through Your Support
Care of the aging, particularly widows, is one of the earliest tasks of the church and was identified as a marker of “pure and undefiled religion” in the book of James (1:27). Responding to this expectation, the Church has faithfully served marginalized seniors for centuries and remains the inspiration for the WPC Deer Creek ministry. The Presbyterian Church has been a leader in ministry to seniors, and the impact of the combined work of Presbyterian-related organizations in the United States is both historic and significant. Five of the 20 largest nonprofit senior care providers in the United States are Presbyterian-related, and 16 of the top 100 share Presbyterian roots.
The support and involvement of WPC members and community are vital to the Deer Creek senior living center. Throughout the year, WPC members donate time, talent, money, energy and resources. WPC supports Deer Creek residents through a monthly birthday party and other activities.
WPC’s opportunity to host the birthday party is on the second Thursday in January. We provide the Birthday Cake, Cookies, Punch, Entertainment, and a warm smile.
Fig Tree (food for WISD students)
Wimberley Fig Tree is a local nonprofit that helps feed children in need. Children who rely on the school free or reduced meal programs for their daily meals often have empty plates throughout the weekend. School staff help identify children who would benefit from the program and then are provided with backpacks filled with easy-to-open foods to eat for the weekends. WPC gives a donation every year, and offers our facility where the packs are put together and stored. We are honored to be affiliated with this program.
Crisis Bread Basket
The face of hunger has changed and continues to change each day. Many of us don’t recognize the face of today’s hungry.
Wimberley Crisis Bread Basket has made an outstanding effort in helping the Wimberley community by fighting hunger and supporting those in need for over 30 years.
WPC provides food every month. People bring nonperishables to church on the first Sunday of the month, we give an annual contribution, and we do a Reverse Calendar during the month of December.
Barnabas Connection Support for Low Income Families
The Barnabas Connection provides access to health & human services, client advocacy, and community education for people in Wimberley and Hays county. These services include helping people with: housing, employment, medical needs, counseling, addiction, transportation, household bills, and other crucial needs. Every year WPC gives a monetary contribution to their general fund, a contribution to their Christmas store, and volunteers at their annual Back To School Fiesta.
John Knox Ranch
At John Knox Ranch, they foster experiences of Christian community in the beauty of God’s creation on their 300 acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country. John Knox Ranch is a summer camp and retreat center owned and operated by Mission Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, USA. During the summer they offer resident camp for students entering grades 2-12 and day camp for kids ages 4-8. We contribute to their Camp Scholarship fund each year, and help clean the grounds before summer camp starts. We would also like to assist with hosting the Presbytery when John Knox Ranch has one of the quarterly session meetings.
MO Ranch is a conference center located just west of Kerrville, in the beautiful hill country. It’s owned by Synod of the Sun and is a wonderful place to gather as a group or a place of quiet and meditation that offers spiritual renewal. We make an annual donation.
¡Vamos Ya! Is our current Mission Support organization. ¡Vamos Ya! is a ministry of Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church that serves at-risk youth in the near-Westside community of San Antonio, Texas. ¡Vamos Ya! guides youth to realize their full potential and grow into productive people through support and caring relationships. It began as a K-12 after-school program that has blossomed to also include summer camp. This program is a bit special for us since it was imagined and created by Leah Watson Vick, who grew up in our church. We are pleased to be able to help such a worthy program.
WPC Christmas Market
Our Christmas Market is always held on the third Saturday in November. Church volunteers sell crafts created from local vendor and artisans from across the globe. Proceeds help people in impoverished parts of the world and local organizations such as the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. There are also tables with information about local nonprofit organizations that help people in our community. WPC takes donations of behalf of the organizations. We are honored that our church gets to host such an important event. This is the one event that usually requires the most volunteers.
The Wimberley Ministerial Alliance (Operation Good Shepherd)
We are fortunate to live in an area where the ministers of the community gather once a month to share ideas and help the community as a whole. The WMA also sponsors an annual Thanksgiving Service and a Good Friday Service.
The four church-wide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are a collective witness to Jesus Christ’s love for the whole church. One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost Offering, Peace & Global Witness Offering, and Christmas Joy Offering provide opportunities for individuals and congregations to join together with each other and in partnership with other Christians in responding to a variety of concerns.