Missions and Outreach

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Reaching beyond the local congregation for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) is of paramount importance to us.  We partner with mission agencies, send out our own people, and connect with indigenous peoples all over the world to accomplish this end.  Listed below are our current and retired missionaries, three local mission efforts, all as examples of how we reach out to our community and world with the love of Christ.

MISSIONS

IMG_1520John and Melinda Bernard.  Serving with United World Mission (UWM).  John has an administrative role as the director of UWM.  They are located in South Carolina.  More about the Bernard’s and UWM.

 

IMG_1512 Nathan Caldwell.  Serving with Camps International.  Nate is currently studying at Denver Seminary during the school year while organizing camp programs and training programs in Mexico that he leads during the summer.   More about Nathan Caldwell and CI.

 

IMG_1544Sharon Carlson.  Serving with International Accelerated Missions (IAM).  Sharon has an administrative role as Overseer and Vice President of IAM.  She is located in Bern, New York.  More about Sharon Carlson and IAM.

 

Alex and Laura Crum.  Serving with The Seed Company (TSC) that is part of Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT).  Alex works in web development programming and improving programs to assist the work of Bible translation by national workers in areas that do not have Scripture in their own language.  They are located in Scotia, New York and are active here with us in EGCC.  More about the Crum’s and TSC.

IMG_1569Glen and Beverly Ewart. Serving as a Campus Minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF). Glen works on the campuses of Clarkson University & SUNY Potsdam. They are located in Potsdam, New York. *More about the Ewart’s and IVCF.  More about the Ewart’s and IVCF.

 

Joseph and Tamara Hill.  Serving with PIONEER.  Joe and Tamara train and support missionaries in the field working with the Tarahumara people of northern Mexico.  They also keep in contact with the church in Brazil among the WaiWai people where they previously served.  They are located in Tucson, Arizona.  More about the Hill’s and Pioneer.

FullSizeRenderPaul and Nanette Holt.  Serving with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF).  Paul works with international students at SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University.  They are located in Potsdam, New York.  More about the Holt’s and IVCF.

 

IMG_1491Alex and Fran Knauss.  Serving with TransWorld Radio (TWR).  They are located in North Carolina. More about the here Knauss’ and TWR.   And here too.

 

IMG_1513John and Gail Morris.  Serving with Acts One Eight (AOE).  They are located in Colorado.  More about the Morris’ and AOE.

 

paschells2Matt and Nicole Paschall.  Serving with United World Missions (UWM).  They are serving in Budapest, Hungary.   More about the Paschall’s and UWM.

 

IMG_1545Cherie and Rick Vedder.  Serving with Youth For Christ (YFC).  Cherie coordinates the after school clubs for youth in the city of Schenectady, NY.  They are located in Alplaus, New York.  More about the Vedder’s and YFC.

 

IMG_1508Gordon and Sara Williams.  Serving with The Seed Company (TSC) of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Gordon is the Area Director of Field Programs in Asia focusing on the islands of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.  He travels frequently, coordinating and developing translation projects for national peoples in regions without scripture in their own language.  They are located in Wisconsin.  More about the William’s and TSC.

Mark and Rae Wilson.  Serving with Serving In Mission (SIM).  The Wilson’s serve the Maninka people in the country of Guinea, Africa.  More about the Wilson’s and SIM.

OUTREACH IN OUR COMMUNITY AND BEYOND:

East Glenville Christian Preschool   More about the EGCC Christian Preschool
Capital District Youth for Christ, Latham, NY
City Mission   More about City Mission
Mekeel Christian School  More about Mekeel Christian Academy
Spa Christian School  More about Spa Christian School
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC)  More about the CCCCs

Three EGCC MINISTRIES have their own unique service for Christ

The Dorcas Society draws its inspiration from the Acts 9 story of a disciple named Dorcas who was “always doing good and helping the poor.”   The Dorcas Society is a ministry of women doing good work to help the poor just as Dorcas of the Bible did.  The ladies meet together  on Tuesdays from 10:30am until 2:30pm and sew many items including lap quilts, bibs, walker bags for residents of local nursing homes, and clothing.  Please contact Carol Versocki at 399-7897 if you have any questions.

The Flannelgraph Ministry provides teaching tools for missionaries.  Ladies from various churches join together on Tuesdays from 10:00am until 2:00pm to paint beautiful scenes to be used with character cut-outs to tell the stories from the Bible, such as Moses, Noah, Joseph and his brothers, the good Samaritan, and Jesus.  They also enjoy great fellowship over lunch.  Please contact Ann Van Wie at 399-5328 if you have any questions.

The Diaconate Board is responsible for ministries that enable the congregation to reach out to people in need in our church and community.

  • Assistance is provided for people who need transportation to our Sunday morning worship service, special services, Wednesday Night Program, or even doctor’s appointments.
  • Volunteers are organized to provide a dinner meals for a family with an illness or special circumstance.
  • On the last Friday of every month volunteers serve the dinner meal at the Schenectady City Mission. Also, on the fourth Sunday evening of each month the Diaconate organizes a worship service.
  • On the 5th Sunday of the month (4 or 5 times a year), the Diaconate arranges a Sunday afternoon worship time, including music, prayer and a short devotional at Baptist Health Nursing Center. The service runs from 3:00-3:30 pm, with about 30-45 minutes before and after needed for transportation. We would love to have more volunteers to help as transporters.
  • Urgent prayer requests can be called into the church office where they are passed on to the Emergency Prayer Chain, pastors and staff. If you are not currently on a prayer chain but would like to be added, please call the church office.

RETIRED MISSIONARIES:

Paul & Grace Bartholomew (WBT); Chuck and Muriel Davis (AIM); Ruth Gibbs (SIM); Cliff & Melba Greene (WBT); Betty Hoffman (AWM); Rev. Michael & Athena Kantartjis (OC); Evie McNutt (MM); Richard & Priscilla Mellen (WBT); Rev. Edwin & Sharon Pedersen (SAM); Natasha Poysti (RCR); Fred & Goldie Stoll (SIM)

 

Take a few minutes to read this pamphlet on How to Pray for Missionaries if you would like to increase your effectiveness in this vital ministry.