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.

 

Where our mission money goes

 

Matthew 5:16 says,
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” For many good workers, the light is a guide to their work, rather than a spotlight.

 

Volunteer Spotlight

 

AnneDrummond&Grace Anne Drummond does much that we all appreciate while she receives little attention for her efforts. Three times a year, she organizes the youth potato lunches. The efforts of Anne and her team not only help support the youth mission trips, but also bring the congregation together. Anne credits her professional training as a project manager for the seeming ease she demonstrates in making sure everything goes smoothly, and she acknowledges the good people she works with for the success.

Anne has managed to stay behind the scene in much of what she does at BMPC, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t extremely active. Her full life outside the church, as wife to husband Paul, mother of four, with a full time job that often requires travel, would seem a good reason to “wait until things slow down” to volunteer. However, she hasn’t waited.  Instead, after moving to Black Mountain in 2011, she has been quietly involved. Since BMPC began doing “Stop Hunger Now,” Anne has been an important part of the committee making all the arrangements for each event. In addition, Anne is a working member of the Mission Team, is part of the Faith Builders church school class, and is a regular presence at FirstLight. Anne’s contributions to each activity reflect her feeling that “camaraderie is such a gift.”  With her skills she adds to each team effort.

Service and mission are integral to Anne’s life. The daughter of missionaries, Mariella and Raymond Provost, Anne was born in Korea and moved as a child to Mackinaw City, Michigan when her father took a church there. Although they were stateside, they family didn’t lose their mission zeal, and when the area in Korea where they had served needed a school, the Provost family worked diligently to help raise the money to fund the school. Later, when Barbara Nagy described a similar need in Malawi, Mariella contacted the now successful Korean school and asked them to help build the Ebeneezer School of Learning. Last year, Anne traveled to Malawi to help dedicate a library at the school, and she and her sister remain involved with the school by organizing sponsorships for students there. Begun as a preschool, a new class has been added each year, and currently they have 60 students per entering class and the first class of students will graduate from seventh grade this year.

Anne models active mission to her children by taking part in service with them. Her continuing dedication to the potato lunches shows her dedication to youth ministries. Before coming to BMPC, she sponsored youth groups at Massanetta and Montreat Youth Conferences, and she supports her children’s involvement in mission projects each year. In April, during the “Inasmuch” week, Anne and Joy planted gardens at the Bounty and Soul office, and Anne is always present when Grace serves as liturgist for FirstLight.

All Anne’s activities are done with thoughtful thoroughness. The grace with which she works gives joy to all and glory to God.