Sharon Presbyterian will host a barbecue fundraiser and silent auction Feb. 27 to help raise money for the senior youth missionary summer trip to East Bank, W.Va., to help families in need.
The barbecue and silent auction will help send 20 high school seniors and their advisers to East Bank to live out their Christian faith through acts of service. East Bank has a population of about 900 people with a median income of $35,000, according to the 2000 census.
The church hopes to raise $5,000 to fund the summer trip.
The Sharon Presbyterian youth mission group will be joined by several other youth missionary work camps from across the country to help the East Bank community.
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Every year the Sharon Presbyterian missionary group travels to different areas of the country to help a town in need. The group tries to have an international trip every three years.
"We will be an open and non-judgmental servant to the world, embracing diversity, offering rest and hope for the weary, testifying to our faith through compassion and advocacy for the less fortunate and rising above the drift of cultural beliefs and behaviors," is the Sharon Presbyterian missionary vision.
In past years, the missionary group has traveled to Wyoming, Canada and New Jersey to rebuild or fix homes. They have rebuilt decks, replaced roofs, built walls, taken down shrubs and accomplished other general home repairs.
On Sunday, the parent volunteers will cook the barbecue and side dishes and the senior high school youths and their advisers will serve the fundraiser meal and set up for the auction. Sharon Vanpelt, director of Sharon Presbyterian Christian Education, says the event is an example of how it takes a village to raise young people as members of the community and as church members.
Sharon Presbyterian Church was founded in 1830 in a Sharon neighborhood home owned by Martha Kirkpatrick. Sharon Presbyterian was built and established in 1831.
The church has been known to serve the community with crisis assistance, CROP walks, furniture drives, emergency winter shelters, Loaves & Fishes monthly food drives, meals at the homeless shelters, blood drives and more.
Sharon Presbyterian members and friends will donate items for the youth missionary silent auction, such as trips to the mountains or beach houses, ballgame tickets, gift certificates, baked goods, event services, gently used items, games, media and large gift baskets.
After attending Sunday worship, the congregation and community members can purchase plates or pounds of barbecue and bid on the silent auction items.