The General Assembly Council (GAC) of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) approved a quarter million budget to support missions programs in 43 churches across the nation, during the councils meeting in Louisville, KY., on Sept 25, 2004.
In total, the GAC approved $269,811 for migrant ministry, ministering to the disabled, and maintaining a home for the aging; the funds are taken from the funds donated to the Assembly for specific PC(USA) mission use within the United States and Puerto Rico.
I think there are two things about it, said Manley Olson, chair of the Restricted Funds Oversight Subcommittee, which made the recommendations. One is, it represents the result of a lot of good loyal Presbyterians giving money to the church to form the basis of it. And secondly, that there are a lot of needs out there.
According to the PCUSA, the grants, which are distributed yearly, began in 1997 upon the approval of the 209th general assembly; the grants are given to congregations, presbyteries, synods and General Assembly entities.
The following is the list of recipients, as listed by the PCUSA:
The projects approved for Restricted Funds Grants:
First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, KY, $587 for health care in southern Appalachia.
Sparta Presbyterian Church in Sparta, NC, $3,266 for Appalachian health care near Laurel, NC.
National Volunteers Office in Louisville, KY, $1,247 for preparation of youth for overseas service.
First Presbyterian Church in Farmington, NM, $1,105 for medical work and health care among Navajos.
Brighton Presbyterian Church in Zanesville, OH, $1,706 to provide yearly dental visits for children who do not have access to dental care.
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies in Bloomington, MN, $1,617 for education of Native Americans.
Kenyan Community International Church in Seattle, WA, $600 for Christian education.
Stone Presbyterian Church in Clinton, NY, $1,000 for Christian education.
Grand Canyon Presbytery (on behalf of Cook College and Theological School in Tempe, AZ), $10,280 in Christian education.
First Presbyterian Church in Sharpsville, PA, $2,000 for Christian education.
Health Ministries USA in Louisville, KY, $7,682 to support medical research.
Whitefish Presbyterian Indian Mission in Stone Lake, WI, $600 for Native American ministries.
First Presbyterian Church in Havre, MT, $550 for Native American ministries.
Christ Presbyterian Church in Crown Point, IN, $1,283 for evangelistic work.
Iglesia Presbyterian Aurea Luciano in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, $700 for evangelistic work.
First Presbyterian Church in Hobart, OK, $1,000 for evangelistic work.
South Dakota Presbytery in Sioux Falls, ID, $20,100 for mission work.
Chicago Presbytery in Chicago, IL, $15,000 for mission work.
Synod of Pacific in Petaluma, CA, $15,000 for mission work.
El Redentor Presbyterian Church in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, $15,000 for mission work.
Allendale Presbyterian Church in Allendale, SC, $4,000 for mission work.
Horizon Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, AZ, $2,400 for mission work.
Congregational Ministries Division in Louisville, KY, $1,167 to support education and ministry with the disabled.
Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian Church in Wildwood, MO, $1,000 for support education/ministry with the disabled.
Canoga Park Presbyterian Church in Canoga Park, CA, $542 for direct relief to people (food, clothing, etc.).
First Presbyterian Church in Holland, MI, $1,661 for mission work among Chinese and Spanish Americans.
North Puget Sound Presbytery in Everett, WA (on behalf of Tierra Nueva, an ecumenical ministry in Burlington, WA), $523 for migrant ministry.
Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY, $1,200 for environmental advocacy and evangelism.
West Virginia Presbytery in South Charleston, WV, $7,013 for environmental advocacy and evangelism.
Hillside Presbyterian Church in Decatur, GA, $4,329 for mission work.
Oahe Presbyterian Church in Pierre, SD, $976 for medical work with emphasis on diabetes and related diseases.
Westwood Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY, $976 for medical work with an emphasis on diabetes and related diseases.
Woodbury Union Presbyterian Church in Warwick, RI, $500 for mission outreach.
United Church of La Jara in La Jara, CO, $1,166 for mission outreach.
Office of Financial Aid for Studies in Louisville, KY, $60,000 to train ministers for preaching and teaching Bible in the Western Untied States.
Synod of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, CO, $5,000 to train ministers for preaching and teaching Bible in the Western United States.
Central Washington Presbytery in Yakima, WA, (on behalf of The Campbell Farm in Wapato, WA); $794 to help needy persons.
Rosebush Presbyterian Church in Rosebush, MI, $16,370 for establishing, maintaining and providing a home for aging people.
First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount, NC, $16,371, for establishing, maintaining and providing a home for aging people.
Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church in Lincoln Park, MI, $3,500 for organization and development of Sabbath Schools.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN, $6,000 for organization and development of Sabbath Schools.
Salem Presbytery in Clemmons, NC, (on behalf of Mission Hispana El Buen Pastor in Winston-Salem, NC), $12,000 for organization and development of Sabbath Schools.
Synod of the Pacific, Petaluma, CA, $22,000 for organizations and development of Sabbath Schools.