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.

 

In mission, we are driven by the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you” (28:19-20a CEB). In the glory of that purpose, we may forget Jesus’ long journey of readying the disciples for their mission.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

BobTuttle

Bob Tuttle, vice president for the Center for Youth and Young Adult Ministry at Montreat Conference Center, is well aware of what it takes to fit disciples for service in the wider world. After 28 years at Montreat, Bob will retire August 1, having taught, guided, and mentored Montreat sheep. Thousands of youth and young adults, conferees and staff, have benefited from Bob’s meticulous planning, his attention to detail, and his gracious attitude in all sorts of situations.

Under Bob’s hand, a Montreat Youth Conference involving church professionals, volunteers, college-aged summer staff, high school students from many different places, and all the little clubbies associated with them, invariably runs without a hitch; at least Bob makes it seem so. Bob credits his ability to devote all his energies to the summer activities to his wife, Pat. During the nine months when she is deeply involved in her work – including many years as director of the Weekday School and Children’s Ministries at BMPC – he, though planning for the summer, has more leeway to help at home. Then, when summer begins, Pat gives him “freedom to focus” as Bob works 24/7 at Montreat, a job he likens to a marathon.In the setting of Montreat, not a place of need and deprivation often pictured as “mission,” Bob has nonetheless dedicated himself to his call to Christian education recognizing that, without enlightenment, mission doesn’t happen. Montreat leads people to spiritual growth. Although with so much need in the world, some may question giving money to support the grounding experiences at Montreat, Bob sees the need for both strains of mission. Without strong individual faith commitment from fellowship, spiritual connection, and personal searching, mission to the wider world would not be possible. People leave Montreat open and equipped to answer the needs of the world.

Bob is pleased that many church leaders credit Montreat with the discernment of their call to service, but he tells of the email he received from a woman who says, although she is not someone who went into the ministry or served in church offices, she feels the nurture and support of her time at Montreat to be a valuable part of her development. Bob views the mission of Montreat to give each participant a place to find spiritual growth and personal enrichment.

Throughout his tenure at Montreat, Bob and Pat have been active at BMPC. He says when they first came to Black Mountain, Pat was hired to teach in the Weekday School, and they began to look for a church to attend. Even though at that time there were fewer children involved in the BMPC, their children, Chris and Sarah, insisted they come here “because they had a gerbil in the classroom.” Rodents aside, Bob commends BMPC for giving all their family the “firm foundation” needed to pursue their personal missions. He says that his involvement in the church family is a “weekly reminder of why his work at Montreat is important.”

After serving as a career Christian educator, in 2010 Bob graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, and was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament with his assigned service in Montreat. He says he pursued his ordination as “another layer of call” rather than a replacement to his role as an educator. Bob sees his retirement from his duties in Montreat as the opportunity to continue to serve and teach Christ’s commandments in the world beyond Montreat’s gate.