Our Local Mission Partners

Due to our deep investment in the local community and our desire to encourage members to get involved with a ministry that is working toward a social issue that they feel called to be involved in, much of our mission and outreach is done through partnerships with local ministries and organizations that are dedicated to a specific goal. BMPC has a deep investment — with our prayers, our financial support, and our members who are involved in the leadership and work of these organizations. Church members: please let Margo Smith know where you are plugged in! For more information about any of these Mission Partners, please check out their websites, or contact BMPC Mission Co-Chair, Susan Jumper at susanjumper@charter.net.

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry

SVCM is a non-profit ministry that BMPC members helped organize in 1975 to address the immediate needs of the individuals in this community. BMPC members donate roughly 170 volunteer hours EVERY month, and our congregation donates over 350 items of canned goods monthly, and over $10,000 annually to SVCM.

Habitat for Humanity

We have a long and deep relationship with Habitat for Humanity working with them every summer to build a Habitat house in partnership with other Presbyterian Churches in the region.

Room In The Inn

Room In The Inn partners with local faith communities to provide shelter for up to 12 women each night. Each week, a different congregation opens its facilities to welcome the women as guests, offering a warm safe place for them as they work hard to move forward to permanent housing. The simple goal is to keep women without homes from sleeping on the street and risking their safety. The greater goal is to build loving relationships with them, one week at a time — this is when real ministry occurs. Room In The Inn is Homeward Bound’s most community-driven program, with more than 2,000 volunteers from over 40 faith congregations mobilized each year. BMPC hosts these women once a year. For more information or to volunteer, contact Yvette Ballard.

Helpmate

Helpmate offers compassion for victims of domestic violence by providing safe, confidential shelter to women and children who are leaving dangerous and potentially lethal living situations. For over 30 years, Helpmate has been helping victims of domestic violence in Buncombe County. Helpmate is a primary provider of crisis services offered exclusively to victims of domestic violence in the Asheville area.

Ministry of Hope

Ministry of Hope is a community funded chaplaincy program which employs on-site chaplains at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women (SCCW). The chaplains conduct religious services and provide pastoral care and counseling to the inmates, many of whom struggle with addiction, abuse and grief issues. These women are within five years of release or parole. When the program began in 2007 the inmate population was 80, but now the potential population has grown to 454. Through the Ministry of Hope Chaplaincy program the women are offered a sense of hope. There are volunteer opportunities to work with the women in this program by contacting: Kelly Stephenson — Administrative Assistant, The Ministry of Hope. The chaplains are Rev Lynn Michie and Rev. Chaplin Carol Dalton

Black Mountain Home for Children

We have volunteers who work in the study hall and in the garden. Last year the garden at the Home grew produce for donation as well as for campus meals. We also help to support a special academic incentive program that provides a special field trip for children who earn a required GPA at school.

Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand raises funds and collects school-related items for students in the Swannanoa Valley. Their popular spaghetti dinners and hamburger/hot dog sales help ensure every child’s dignity by providing help for school lunches, fee-related activities, clothing and more.

Bounty and Soul

If you want to feel as good as you can about helping the food insecure in our valley, and if you would like to volunteer either regularly or as your schedule allows, Bounty and Soul may be your calling. Volunteers for Bounty and Soul drive trucks to MANNA FoodBank and “shop” for perishable foods that cannot be stored on shelves; then they drive to locations for distribution – on Mondays to Blue Ridge Apartments, on Tuesday mornings to St. James Episcopal, and on Tuesday afternoons to Children and Friends Daycare – where food is unloaded and arranged for distribution. Before the food is passed out, Allison Casparian, the director of Bounty and Soul, leads an educational session demonstrating healthy food preparation and alternatives for a healthy lifestyle. Following the distribution of food, volunteers clean up the location and the remaining food is taken to SVCM to be distributed there. If you would like to be part of this meaningful mission, you can just show up: Mondays 11:45-2:30 at Blue Ridge Apartments or Tuesdays 2-5:30 at Children and Friends Daycare or contact Allison Casparian or Margo Smith.

ABCCM

Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry is a family of Christian congregations providing emergency assistance, temporary shelter, medical support and prison ministry to local residents.

Black Mountain Pastoral Care and Counseling Center

Black Mountain Pastoral Care and Counseling Center serves as a mental and spiritual health resource for the area and is supported by the ecumenical religious community as well as by civic and health care organizations in the Swannanoa Valley.

Bread For The World

Every May we join with Bread For The World in writing letters to our elected officials to encourage them to protect state and national funding for food programs that help feed our brothers and sisters in this country and around the world.

 

Proverbs 22:6 tells us:

“Train up a child
in the way he should go;

even when he is old
he will not depart from it.”

How early does one begin to learn mission?
Ask Alice Patton about lessons in The Weekday School about serving others or Ginny Soll about what Logos and church school teaches about mission. Or ask any of the youth of the church involved in mission to find that some very good seeds are being planted at BMPC.

Volunteer Spotlight

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Black Mountain Presbyterian practices mission, both locally and globally. From the deep commitment to mission of your church donations, to the number of Presbyterians involved all over the community, to particular dedicated mission trips, the church works at mission in response to God’s grace. While the church actively supports youth mission trips, such as to Philadelphia and Charlotte, recently the scope of mission trips has changed from youth or adult to intergenerational trips with youth and adults serving as partners in mission as was done in Guatemala last year and in Watauga County, NC, and Johnson County, TN, in July.
The intergenerational model works so well because of the authentic devotion to serving and guiding our children and youth to care about others. Youth who participated in the Appalachia Service Project mission trip, July 6-12, demonstrate how well mission is integrated into life. Several, Sydney Adams, Eli Barker, Caleb Ford, Kevin McDaniel, Nick Murphy, Grace Drummond, Caleb Holladay, and Taylor Morris, have each participated in missions such as traveling to Guatemala, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and working for Habitat, Manna and other local missions. For Micah Davis, Joy Drummond, Hannah Feinsilber, Kali Fleagle, Lauren Nalley, and Vance Stiles, their ASP experience was their first mission away from home.
One might wonder why youth would take a week out of their summer to stand on ladders or hold them, hammer nails, pick up trash, dig holes and carry rocks. Over dinner at the end of the week, they shared their feelings about the trip and about mission in general. Rather than sacrifice, the youth express a feeling of purpose. They value the opportunity to work with adults whom they find willing partners in completing their projects and in facing the same challenges.
The youth say that getting to know the families they were working for was a highlight of their trip. Knowing who benefits from the improvements makes each more willing to overcome the difficulties of rocky ground, plumbing breaks, hot sun and wasps. They enjoy spending time with the children of the families and knowing that their work will allow the children to live in a safe home.
Some indicate being in a new environment takes them out of their comfort zone and agree that some of the things they saw were eye-opening. As a result, they say they will appreciate their own lives more fully and hope to work to give others the same advantages they have. They find serving in an area away from home gives them a priceless opportunity to grow as individuals and to make connections with workers from other places, with adults on their teams, and with the people they serve. They appreciate the perspectives given by working away from what they know.
Lauren Nalley returned from the ASP trip on Saturday just to leave Wednesday with Matt Begley and the Western North Carolina Presbytery youth council on their trip to Guatemala.
We will hear more from the youth in the summer recap during both services, August 24. Clearly, BMPC has laid a firm foundation of mission for our children, and they respond with the energy and enthusiasm to remind the rest of us of God’s call to serve.