In 2016, Dickinson committed about 14% of the budget to local, national and global missions. Here is a brief summary of those missions:
Domestic Violence Services ($1,250) – DVS of Cumberland and Perry has provided 24 hour a day unduplicated services to these communities since 1990.
Habitat for Humanity ($1,250) – Since 1993, Cumberland Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHFH) has built homes for low-income families of Cumberland County. Currently CVHFH averages about three houses a year and has built as many as five houses a year.
Neighbors in Need ($1,000) – This is Dickinson’s very own mission. Neighbors in Need provides financial assistance to members, friends, family and the local community. We have helped those with a house fire, job loss, serious medical bills or many other situations. If you know of a need, simply fill out the Neighbors in Need form anonymously and give the form to any Deacon.
Missionary to the Sudan, Nancy McGaughey ($1,000) – Nancy witnesses for Christ as she serves as health coordinator with the Association of Christian Resource Organizations Serving Sudan (ACROSS). She provides advice and support and works with Health, HIV/AIDS and Household Food Security (HHH) programs. Nancy teaches basic nutrition to students and in the community and fosters the development of relationships between church and community leaders.
Presbytery Mission ($2,000) – In 2010, Dickinson gave to the Carlisle Presbytery Mission Fund for the Presbytery to use at their discression. Some missions that are supported by the Carlisle Presbytery are numerous soup kitchens and food banks, Camp Krislund, Lend a Hand, local homeless shelters, Honduras missions and many other worthy missions.
Mission Basket Collections: Special collections were taken throughout 2010 for Hospice of Central PA, Camp Krislund, a local family with excessive medical bills, and One Great Hour of Sharing. The Peace Making Offering went partially to international peace making efforts and a portion went to a local veterans home in Newville. This yearâs Project SHARE Benefit Christmas Concert was a great success. More than $1,000 was donated from the offering collected that evening. The Christmas Eve offering was entirely donated to Living Waters International, an organization that drills clean water wells for villages all throughout the world.
Mission Trips: Alex Quigley and the Messiah College Softball team was supported on their mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Dave Way and Kevin Mater were also supported in their Lend-a-Hand trips to Nashville.
Youth Group Missions: See Youth Group Report for the great missions they sponsored!
The congregation also supported gleaning events at Project SHARE, also collecting tuna for the organization. Groceries were also collected for the Newville Food Bank. The church bought Christmas gifts for the women at New Life for Girls and also treated them to our annual Christmas Party. Cookies were collected for Truck Stop Ministry. We are also committed to keeping the Walnut Bottom Road clean with our Adopt-a-Highway program. The congregation also gave very generously this year as we decorated our Christmas trees in the Sanctuary and the Christian Education Building with boxes full of mittens, hats, scarves and socks which were donated to Safe Harbour.
In 2011, the Connection Ministry Team has selected Safe Harbour, local Habitat for Humanity, Mission Co-Worker Nancy McGaughey and supporting volunteers in mission to Haiti, Ecuador and Philadelphia.