Mission – Living God’s Grace in the World

Upcoming dates

 

October 15 – SVCM Hunger Walk

November 5-11 – BMPC provides meals for homeless shelter

November 19-December 10 – Alternative Christmas Giving

January 21-February 11, 2018 – Mission Season

February 11 – Rise Against Hunger Event

Guatemala1ForWebAlmost everything we do at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church is Mission or Missional.

All church members are considered ministers and missionaries, carrying God’s grace and mercy out into the world. Much of our Outreach and Mission is carried out through our Mission Ministry Team in partnership with both local  and international organizations.

Please contact Mission Ministry Team chairperson Margo Smith or member Grace Stitt to learn more about how to get plugged into mission and outreach through BMPC.

As a church of around 650 members, we gave away $150,000 in 2017 to ministry partners here in Black Mountain and around the world to aid them in their ministries of compassion in the name of Jesus Christ! We also got our hands dirty with the thousands of volunteer hours that our members donated to SVCM and other ministries that we are involved in. Every week of the year our members give leadership, helping hands, cans of food, listening ears, and meals packaged or prepared and served with a smile!

As is our tradition, in 2017, our Session designated 10% of the overall annual church budget for our Outreach & Global Mission Ministry Team to disperse to denominational, local and international mission partners with the $85,400 available to them. Happily, we anticipate his year’s financials to report that 14% of the church budget supported Outreach & Global Mission – a total of $127,400, including special offerings and our Alternative Christmas giving. We support over 15 local ministry partners, our PCUSA denomination, our Guatemala Partnership, several international mission organizations, and five International Presbyterian Mission Co-workers in Louisville, KY, Malawi, Taiwan, Madagascar, and South Asia.

Where our mission money goes

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Volunteer Spotlight

MargieStansellSome people just need to be busy. For those who follow the counsel from Colossians 3:17, “Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him,” activity takes on more meaning than simple busy-ness. Margie Stansell is a prized volunteer because she combines the desire for an active life with dedication to doing God’s work in the world.

When Margie returned to BMPC Presbyterian, in 2013, she was well known since she had served BMPC as Interim Associate from 1996-1998. After leaving Black Mountain, she served at Guilford Park Presbyterian in Greensboro, where her emphasis was mission and pastoral care, and then after serving in Cullowhee, NC,  she returned to Black Mountain because it felt like home to her. Besides friends from the past, she was reunited with BMPC members Susan and Wilson Jumper who had been part of her Guilford Park congregation. Margie and Mary Katherine were seminary friends and travel companions who completed their seminary “alternative context” requirement together in Central America. Recently, Margaret and Bill Waterstradt, with whom Margie served in Greensboro, have also joined BMPC. Margie met Skip Stansell at the church, and they were married in 2015.

Margie’s compassion for others shows through her commitment to the area’s homeless population. She is a regular overnight volunteer for RITI and SVCM’s Shelter and was a vital member of the Hope to Home team. She is part of the A-Hope team and provides services at the Homeward Bound Service Center in Asheville every second Sunday. She further demonstrates her commitment to solving problems of inadequate housing by her work and enthusiasm for Habitat for Humanity.

Margie finds meaningful activities in this community that allow her to live service. She volunteers with Bounty and Soul’s Tuesday St. James market and prepares produce for their Thursday and Friday Mobile Markets. Bounty and Soul has come to rely on her regular support.

Even with her many “lay” activities, Margie remains involved in the Church as a member of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina’s Commission on Ministry which serves as pastor and counselor to teaching elders, ruling elders commissioned to pastoral service, and certified Christian educators of the presbytery, work that allows her to minister to ministers. In addition, she continues as a pastor in her visitation to those in hospice care and through supply preaching.

Margie describes her participation in mission travel as valuable and eye-opening and credits her experience with her deep commitment to mission in general. She also acknowledges the work of mission among those at hand and observes her work in the community provides “continuity” in mission because it gives opportunities for regular engagement in mission.

An avid hiker and wild flower enthusiast, Margie has served as assistant for the Road Scholar’s Wild Flower sessions and loved the opportunity to lead others to find beauty in God’s world.

When Margie isn’t up to her elbows in vegetables, wild flowers, or hammering together Habitat houses, she may be found making plans for the September wedding of her son, David, or visiting grandchildren. (A subtle hint might elicit a picture of son Blair’s new daughter, Katelyn.) When she takes a breath, Margie and Skip hike, camp, and travel.