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The Mission & Service Committee reflects the mission of Chapel in the Pines to show forth the love of God by caring for those in need, locally and globally.  We work to identify needs in our community, especially focusing on north Chatham County.  We work with other congregations in our area to try to help those in need in this community.  As a committee, we also try to inform the congregation at large of the needs identified and encourage volunteer participation in programs to meet those needs.  Globally, we have chosen to support a mission worker in Guatemala and a theological mission program in that country.

The Mission & Service Committee coordinates several local and global mission projects. Chapel in the Pines supports these programs both financially and with direct volunteer assistance.

Click here to learn more about Mission & Service Volunteer Opportunities



Chatham Habitat for Humanity

Bart Holtz

Chatham Habitat for Humanity works to change substandard housing conditions throughout Chatham County by making homeownership possible for low-income families.

Since 2006, Chapel in the Pines has helped construct more than ten Apostle Build homes with other area congregations.

Ways to serve:

  • Join a work team
  • Prepare and serve lunch on work days

Take and Eat Food Pantry

Monty Brekke

The pantry, located at Evergreen United Methodist Church, provides food-assistance to our hungry neighbors in eastern Chatham County, specifically the Northwood High School attendance area.

Take and Eat Food Pantry is an ecumenical endeavor which involves support from Evergreen United Methodist Church, Chatham Community Church, Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, Lystra Baptist Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Grace Community Church.

Ways to serve:

  • Volunteer to help on the 1st Tuesday of each month to distribute food from 6 p.m. to approximately 8 p.m.
  • Volunteer to help on the 2nd Tuesday of each month to distribute food from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m.
  • Donate healthy food items to the First Fruits and Vegetables collection each month
  • Donate cash – We make your contribution go further by purchasing food items at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC at significantly reduced rates.

Click here to sign up to volunteer. 

Click here for more information in English or in Spanish.

Take and Wear Clothes Closet

Sally Wehmueller

This ecumenical ministry, located at Lystra Baptist, provides new and gently worn clothing and shoes to those in need in our community.

Ways to serve:

  • Donate clothing and shoes, in good condition, for all ages.
  • Assist in sorting the clothing on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m to 12 p.m.
  • Help distribute clothing to families during Saturday morning openings.

Take and Read Book Club 

Paul Harrell

Reading makes a difference in children's lives. Having books in their homes improves academic success for children, yet low-income children often have limited or no access to books. Take and Read provides books for children who may have few books in their homes.  New or gently used books are given to Chatham County agencies, encouraging parents to read to their children, and to children and teens. Books are given to food pantries, preschool and after school programs for low-income children, health clinics, and other social service agencies. Take and Read Book Program is an outreach program of Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church.

Ways to serve:

  • Donate new or very gently-used children’s books
  • Donate simple coloring books and crayons
  • Donate book store gift cards, even those that are partially used
  • Donate cash (check payable to Chapel in the Pines marked "Take and Read")


Family Violence & Rape Crisis Center

[No CITP contact at this time]

Services such as crisis intervention, shelter, court advocacy and counseling are provided by the Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center to battered women and sexual assault victims in Chatham County.

Ways to serve:

  • Donate the following items:
Liquid baby formula, baby diapers, and baby wipes
Bottled water, preferably the large hard plastic containers with a tap
Snacks and juice
Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Donate lunch once a month for the counselors who are constantly busy helping clients

The Farm at Penny Lane 

Karen Fisher

The Farm at Penny Lane (part of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health) is a therapeutic farm providing holistic healing environment for clients with multiple and persistent disabilities. The Farm has regular work days every Friday 10-Noon when clients, staff and volunteers come to the farm and work in the garden. Several Saturdays during the year, The Farm schedules a large Work Day when there may be some building projects, and other larger-scale projects as well as the other usual farming/gardening projects. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Planting, tending, and harvesting in the garden
  • Occasional painting and small building projects
  • Preparing new growing areas to expand the harvest
  • Working with the PAWS program at the Farm where service dogs receive training
  • Sharing your expertise on bees, gardening, horticultural therapy, aquaponics
To learn more about this exciting farm just down the road from Chapel in the Pines, visit their website (click here).  

English for Speakers of Other Languages

Pat Poret

The Chatham County Literacy Council is a non-profit whose mission is to help adults, living or working in Chatham County, N.C., acquire the literacy and educational skills they need to function successfully in society. Through our free one-on-one tutoring and small group classes, people in our community are reaching their goals and becoming part of a work force that will be prepared for the new jobs envisioned for Siler City, Moncure, Pittsboro, and other parts of our county. For more information and to volunteer, please visit the website:


Presbyterian Coffee Project

Janet Dopler

The Presbyterian Coffee Project supports small scale farmers across the world by serving and selling fairly traded coffee from Equal Exchange. In addition, fairly traded teas, cocoa, chocolate bars are also available for purchase.

Ways to serve:

  • Purchase fair trade items which are available in the narthex.

Mission co-worker in Costa Rica – Rev. Dr. Karla Koll

Amanda Briggs & Pat Poret

Karla Koll serves as professor of history, mission, and religions for the Latin American Biblical University (UBL), an interdenominational institution located in San Jose, Costa Rica, which has been training Latin American church leaders for over 80 years. 

Ways to serve:

  • Read Karla’s monthly prayer letter  (Click here for May 2015 letter)
  • Remember and keep Karla and the people in Guatemala in your prayers
  • Provide financial support through PCUSA Mission for Professor Of Church History, Mission, & Religion, Guatemala, E200373

Central American Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies (CEDEPCA)

Amanda Briggs & Pat Poret

CEDEPCA (Centro Evangélico De Estudios Pastorales En Centro América) is a training center that provides safe, accepting, creative spaces where women and men from many different Christian traditions can deepen their faith while they strengthen their ability to confront the key issues facing their communities.

CEDEPCA seeks to form thoughtful, compassionate disciples of Jesus Christ whose world is big enough to include all God’s children and who care for all of God’s creation.

CEDEPCA offers people the tools to eradicate violence and injustice in their world, especially violence against women and children.
The CEDEPCA Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Training Program offers a contextualized theological education that is born from the needs of communities of faith in Central America and that provides tools to facilitate biblical interpretation and theological reflection.  

CEDEPCA, an ecumenical institution, is accredited as a validated mission partner of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Ways to serve:

  • Pray for CEDEPCA personnel as they facilitate theological training, reflection, and pastoral practice in Guatemala and Central America.
  • Continue to support CEDEPCA programs financially through PCUSA Mission:Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Training Program E047879

Other PCUSA giving to Guatemala:


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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts.



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