2017 Chicago mission trip: sign up now!

Members of Covenant Community Presbyterian Church are making preparations to serve in mission to several Chicago inner city mission agencies. The mission trip, scheduled for September 21-24, will help the homeless and poverty-stricken at locations including Deborah's Place, The Night Ministry and other agencies. You can learn more and sign up. Contact Joanne Lapinske for more information.

Serving the Lord and the “least of these”

2016 chicago mission trip highlights

In the Sky Chapel on the 23rd floor of The Chicago Temple is a wood carving of Jesus weeping over both Jerusalem and Chicago.  Why is he weeping?  In Chicago (and everywhere), there are many things to weep over. Homelessness, poverty, hunger, mental disease . . . the list goes on.

What can be done?

Often the simplest gifts can make the greatest difference.  This October, members from CCPC became Jesus’ hands and feet, traveling to Chicago to give help to several ministries.  Most of our connections were with those in the city dealing with hunger.

We baked and sent homemade brownies and cookies. These simple snacks can be a real treat to many living on the streets.  The team assembled BLT wraps and hygiene kits (toothpaste, toothbrush, socks and shoes) for guests of a Chicago homeless shelter.  We cooked soup and provided beverages to the guests of a local soup kitchen at St Thomas of Canterbury Church.   

Then we dished lasagna and salad the guests at Deborah’s Place, a place of refuge for women experiencing homelessness.  Next, the “Crib” asked us to help. We prepared their sleeping quarters, amounting to nothing more than a mat, sheet, blanket and pillow. Afterwards, we prepared crock pots full of breakfast fixings (eggs, sausage, cheese, and potatoes) to serve their guests in the morning.

Before leaving for home, our team helped provide breakfast for those in need who come to two Presbyterian churches in the area.

Our Lord tells us in Matthew 25: 35-40 what he thinks of helping those in need: ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

The team from CCPC served more than 515 of the “least of these” in one short weekend!

- Joanne Lapinske

If you would like to be part of a similar trip in the future, contact Joanne Lapinske .

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord - and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I come up your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.’
— John 13:12-14