God calls us to serve people at Salem Presbyterian (SPC), in the community, and in the world in Christ’s name. There are many opportunities to serve others in Christ’s name, including local, national, and international mission/service projects; the church Prayer Chain; elected church leadership (e.g., Deacons and Elders); teaching children, youth, and adults; and volunteering with Family Promise of Greater Roanoke (the homeless ministry housed in our Marshall House behind the church).
Some of our outreach and mission efforts include:
Area Churches Together (ACT): This ministry assists elementary school children in need by providing school supplies, hygiene items, and nutritious foods. You may place donations in the bins located inside the Clay Street entrance of the church. This program is sponsored by the Salem Ecumenical Ministries, a faith-based organization comprised of Salem churches of many denominations.
Benevolence Fund: Using endowed funds and our annual budget we provide financial assistance to those in need in our community such as utility or rent assistance.
Central American Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies (CEDEPCA): We travel to Guatemala to work with CEDEPCA in its ministry, and we also provide funding to CEDEPCA that helps people in need in Guatemala and provides training for church leaders in that country. For more information, visit www.cedepca.org.
CROP Hunger Walk: Annually in October donations collected to fight hunger locally, nationally and internationally. We join others in the Roanoke Valley for this walk.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner: On Thanksgiving Day, we host a lunch in Gresham Hall for anyone in the community who would like to attend. We serve roughly 250 people and also deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound people that day. Congregation members donate food, money, and time to make this ministry possible, and members of sister congregations in Salem help us that day.
Family Promise of Greater Roanoke (FPGR): We work with other congregations in the Roanoke Valley to provide shelter, meals, and support services for homeless families. As part of that effort, we house and feed homeless families in partnership with College Lutheran Church. The Marshall House, owned by and located behind SPC, houses FPGR’s day center. Family Promise’s goal is to move families from homelessness to some form of permanent housing. To learn more, visit familypromiseroanoke.org.
Habitat for Humanity: Every other year, SPC joins other congregations in Habitat’s efforts to end poverty housing through workdays and monetary contributions. For more information about Habitat for Humanity’s local ministry, visit: www.habitat-roanoke.org.
LEAP (Learning Education Academic Program): Literacy program provided by Roanoke College for SPC to K-6 grade students providing tutoring for study skills, reading enrichment and homework.
Ms. Dorsey’s Clothes Closet: We’re involved in this ministry of compassion and service by volunteering and by donating clothes and money.
Prison Ministry: We provide funding to assist the chaplain and prisons in ministering to inmates and their families.
Presbyterian Community Center and West End Center: We provide funding, and members also assist in these organizations’ tutoring ministries to inner city children. For more information, visit www.pccse.org and www.westendcenter.org.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA): We provide financial support to this Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA, our national governing body) organization for disaster relief assistance nationally and internationally.
Roanoke Area Ministries (RAM) House: We provide financial support to RAM in its mission to assist those in need of food and shelter.
Roanoke Rescue Mission (RRM): We work regularly with RRM, the largest shelter in the Roanoke Valley, serving those who are homeless, hungry, battling addictions, impoverished, and hopeless. For more information, visit www.rescuemission.net.
Roanoke College (RC): We work with Christian organizations on the campus of Roanoke College to connect with students there, and RC students worship at SPC on Sunday mornings and use our facility.
Ryan’s Case for Smiles (RCS): Gresham Hall (our fellowship hall) serves as the meeting place for the local chapter of RCS. RCS, including some of our members, create whimsical pillowcases for locally hospitalized children to brighten their surroundings and aid in the healing process.
Salem-Roanoke County Food Pantry: We support this local food pantry with donations of food, money, and volunteer hours and accept food contributions at the church. You may place donations in the bins located inside the Clay Street entrance of the church at any time or by the entrances to the sanctuary on Communion Sundays.
Salem Fresh Ideas Volunteer Garden: The Salem Volunteer Garden is located on property owned by SPC (behind the church and opposite the Clay Street parking lot). Volunteers from the church and the community grow and harvest fresh produce for the Salem-Roanoke County Food Pantry.
Salvation Army: In a corner of our parking lot there’s a large bin where members and anyone in the community can place donated goods (clothes, toys, household goods, etc.) to help those in need.
Serving His Children (SHC): We provide financial and prayer support to this Christian organization founded by Renee Bach, the granddaughter of SPC member Anne Bach. Our support has included providing funding for a full-time doctor on staff and a mission trip there. SHC ministers to malnourished children and their families in Uganda and educates family members and communities to prevent malnourishment in infants and children. For more information, visit www.servinghischildren.org.
SOUPer Bowl of Caring: On Super Bowl Sunday we collect canned goods and money that are donated to local organizations to fight hunger in our community.
Two Cents-A-Meal: A Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA, our national governing body) ministry addressing hunger and its causes nationally and internationally, which we support every second Sunday by donating money (ideally at least two cents for each meal the donor has eaten the previous month). Money is placed in jars provided on our sanctuary windowsills.
Union Presbyterian Seminary: Financial support is provided to this Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA, our national governing body) seminary in Richmond, VA, that educates and helps equip people for ordained and other ministries. It’s the alma mater of Dr. Robinson (Ph.D.) and Rev. Chisom (M.Div./M.A.C.E.)!
Young Life (YL): Financial support is provided to YL, and some of our youth participate in this non-denominational Christian organization.
Other programs/ministries: We host/provide special programs throughout the year such as the Christmas Music concert and the Salem Choral Society concerts while allotting 10% of SPC’s annual church budget to outreach and mission.