Local Missions


Message from Curtis Drever, Leader of Local Missions

It's our desire to see our entire church community participate in what God is doing in Orange County and Mexico. Locally, there are many opportunities to demonstrate Christ's love in practical, life-affirming ways! If you don’t know where to begin, this page lists local outreach programs in which our church regularly participates.

If you’re interested in joining any of these service projects, reach out to the contact persons listed with the organizations below. If you don't seem to see an exact fit, contact me directly — new opportunities are constantly arising, and may not be listed yet. I will do my best to help you find a place where you can serve with the gifts God has given you!

Mexico is also part of our church's local mission. We invite you to explore several ways we share the love of Christ with our brothers and sisters in Mexico. Visit the El Niño and Tijuana sections of our Local Missions – Mexico section for more information.

Blessings,
Curtis Drever, Leader of Local Missions
curtis@irvinepres.org



Local Outreach Programs

3rd Saturday Service Project (3SSP)
Meets every third Saturday of the month
5:30–7:30pm (we meet Saturday mornings occasionally)
Fellowship Hall
IPC Contact: Curtis Drever

As faith community we can have a great impact on our local neighbors. Each month we will learn about a different ministry or organization that is making a difference. From time to time, we’ll also hear personal stories of how serving others has made a difference in our lives. Our gathering is family friendly and IPC guest friendly, and a time where we can eat, socialize, and serve together on the third Saturday of each month.

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Food Voucher Distribution Program *

IPC Contact:  Merlin Eelkema

IPC’s Mission Outreach Team distributes food vouchers at church on the first weekend of every month to needy families. During the voucher distribution time, we prepare hot breakfasts for participants and get to know them and their stories. Come join us as we serve a welcomed hot breakfast. Spanish-­speaking volunteers are especially needed to assist with translation.

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Have Stitches, Will Travel  (Knitting Team) *

IPC Contacts: Suzanne Kameya or Mimi Laue

This group of IPC women knits, crochets and sews blankets, hats, bonnets, prayer shawls and many other items to meet people's needs in the name and service of Jesus. Their handiwork is sent all over the world by our church and missionaries in the field. Visit the Women's Ministry section for more information. 

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KidWorks
www.kidworksonline.org

Ministry Contact: Kristen Eelkema

KidWorks was established to transform challenged neighborhoods within central Santa Ana by building on the strengths and potential in the community through education, character formation and personal development. Volunteer opportunities include being an afterschool tutor, computer lab assistant, library aide, preschool helper, teen mentor, creative arts instructor and administrative assistant. You’re also welcome to meet at Kidworks the first Tuesday of every month to take care of preschoolers while their parents attend workshops on parenting, the U.S. education system, and other important topics.

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Orange County Rescue Mission (OCRM)
www.rescuemission.org

IPC Contact: Curtis Drever   

The Orange County Rescue Mission is a Christian, faith-based, non-profit organization that exists solely to share the love of God with the Orange County homeless population. IPC’s Men’s Ministry currently serves meals to the Men’s Shelter on a regular basis. OCRM also has a unique program caring for all aspects of students’ needs while enrolled in their New Life program. Students can complete the program in 6–18 months. One year after graduating, a student should be self-sufficient without government welfare. There are many different opportunities to serve — sign up at rescuemission.org.

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Pizza Friday (a.k.a. Jesus Pizza) *

IPC Contact: Sandra Smith   

Pizza Friday has been an outreach ministry to the kids of Woodbridge High School for the past 20 years. We offer an inexpensive lunch and a safe place for students to meet (two youth lounges, church steps, grassy areas); they have a chance to rest, relax and have some fun before returning to class. We need many hands. About 24 people, each week, are needed to serve approximately 500-600 students quickly, while role modeling hospitality, a servant’s heart, and God’s love. Many of the students have never been on a church campus. We want them to remember the way they were treated and welcomed while they were with us.

If you have an hour to spare on a Friday, and can smile, say a kind word, and pass out pizza at the same time, you are perfect for this ministry. You need only three to five seconds to touch someone’s heart and make a difference in their lives. God gave IPC this perfect location (which is not considered off-campus to WHS!) — and He most definitely wants us to use the gift of our location for His purposes.

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Royal Family Kids Camp
rockharbor.royalfamilykids.org

Next Event: Sunday, July 30–August 4

Contact: Randy German

Each summer a team of approximately 100 volunteers provide a week-long camp experience for local children, ages 7–11, from Orange County’s foster care system. The mission is to build self-esteem, model and teach the love of Christ, and impart hope and provide a positive memory for abused and neglected foster children from our local community.

Following camp, there is an opportunity to participate in a year-round mentoring program. We are seeking volunteers for our 2016 camp which will take place in San Diego County.

To learn more, or apply to join this local mission, visit rockharbor.royalfamilykids.org or contact Randy German.

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Samaritan's Purse (Operation Christmas Child)
www.samaritan.org

Ministry Contact: Barbara Robison

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. In November of each year, IPC participates in filling shoe boxes and helping in the Orange County Processing Center to carefully inspect and prepare each box for overseas shipment.

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Search Ministries
www.searchministries.org

Ministry Contact: Don Barkley

Don Barkley has served as the Orange County Area Director for Search Ministries since 1984. Don is an active member of IPC and teaches several classes each year.

Don enjoys teaching and conducting open forums, serving as a framework for his ministry. Many in the IPC community have hosted open forums at their homes (a gathering of friends for the purpose of interacting on significant life and God issues). If you have friends or family who are asking important life questions — if there is a God, how do they know He's real — contact Don. He is an incredible resource.

 

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Southwest Community Center

IPC Contact: Toby Weissert, 949.642.2448
Ministry Contact: Connie Jones, 1601 West 2nd Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703, 714.547.4073

The second Sunday of each month, 12:30–3 pm, a group from IPC meets at Southwest Center in Santa Ana to prepare and serve a luncheon to those in need. The two and a half hour commitment includes preparing the meal, serving the food, praying with and meeting the guests and clean-up. There are other opportunities to volunteer at Southwest Center. Contact the Center for more information. 

 
 

Compassion Irvine

Our mission is to demonstrate compassion-in-action with a team that is available on short notice to meet needs that arise in Irvine and surrounding communities by helping an individual or family who is experiencing a tough situation, in partnership with case management or other supportive service organizations. 

Compassion opportunities are far-ranging, though many are related to preventing homelessness and helping out of homelessness. It takes a community working together to make this successful!

If you are interested in joining us sign up below and Curtis Drever, Leader of Local Missions, will add you to Compassion Irvine.  Questions? Contact Curtis Drever, curtis@irvinepres.org


3SSP

Every 3rd Saturday of the month

Everyone is invited to the 3rd Saturday Night Service Project (3SSP). We’ll have a potluck dinner, socialize, and do a family-friendly service project.

For more info on the next event, contact Curtis Drever.