MISSION

Woodlawn Chapel, in faith and love, strives to uphold our values of hospitality, spirituality and service. We are committed to outreach in our community, our nation and the world through many diverse mission projects throughout the year. 

Our Mission Team takes on a leadership role, but the entire congregation embraces these efforts…

Circle of Concern
Christmas Adopt-a-Family
Coupon Club
Little Lending Library
Mother’s Day Gift Bags
Newborn Layette for Crisis Nurseries Parkway School Food Pantry
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
UKirk

“Circle’s food pantry and programs help us cope with the severe downturn we have seen in our lives.”

-Elaine

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Circle of Concern has fed the hungry in west St. Louis County for 50 years. The organization, located in Valley Park, only 20 minutes from Woodlawn Chapel, began in 1967 with a “circle” of West County churches searching for a better way to serve area struggling individuals and families.

Today, Circle serves more than 2000 individuals monthly: 600+  families per month and nearly 1500 households annually. These include individuals and families residing in the Parkway, Rockwood and Valley Park School Districts whose household income is at or below 185% of the federal poverty level.

Woodlawn Chapel has supported Circle since our inception with:

  • Cash donations generated from our annual dessert auction
  • Coupon Club-purchased items
  • Emergency donations such as flood relief cleaning supplies
  • Volunteering as board members as well as pantry workers

CHRISTMAS ADOPT-A-FAMILY

Our annual adopt-a-family effort is accomplished in conjunction with Circle of Concern. Each Woodlawn angel selects a gift request for various family members from our Christmas giving tree and returns with the wrapped item by early December…in time to unwrap Christmas morning. In 2017, the congregation adopted XX families with 72 gift requests.

COUPON CLUB

Woodlawn Chapel’s Coupon Club is striving to cut our hunger by clipping and saving coupons in order to stretch our dollars to purchase more food for Circle of Concern and Parkway School Food Pantry. This energetic team actively shops every week for items on sale and needed by these local food pantries.

Some recent results:
• Spent $270.86 for $650.77 retail value
• Spent $80.00 for 80 Hamburger Helper kits
• Spent $60.00 for 38 15-oz peanut butter jars

Thanks to hard work and clever savings, this team, since 20XX, has purchased more than $40,000 of groceries for less than $11,000. This amazing ministry of love has enabled us to triple the amount of food we are able to provide on a weekly basis. We stretch the dollar so the food pantries receive more.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

Woodlawn hosts our own Little Free Library to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges.

Through Little Free Libraries, a nonprofit organization, millions of books are exchanged each year around the world, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT BAGS

For mothers staying in the three St. Louis area Ronald McDonald Houses, primary concern is for their child hospitalized nearby. Every May, the Mission team and Woodlawn volunteers assemble these beautiful, large leatherette totes bags filled with personal care items, reading material, puzzles, a journal and pen; items mothers will appreciate during a hospital stay, and that offer our hope and love during this stressful time.

In conjunction with this effort, the Mission team also sponsors the generous donation of healthy snacks twice a year for the Ronald McDonald room at Mercy Hospital, St. Louis.

NEWBORN LAYETTE FOR CRISIS NURSERIES

Each spring, Woodlawn members are asked to donate newborn clothing, blankets and infant care items for new mothers in financial difficulties. Everyone loves baby things, and the bassinette which sits in our narthex overflows with everyone’s donations.

PARKWAY SCHOOL FOOD PANTRY

Located at the Parkway School District Northeast Middle School, this pantry serves from grade school through high school – identified by school counselors as families in need. Currently Woodlawn volunteers deliver 100 bags of groceries each week to 12 different schools.

In conjunction with food requests, some students also need winter coats. Woodlawn volunteers responded in 2017 by repairing, washing and/or dry cleaning 100 coats from the Parkway Lost & Found to be distributed to Parkway students in need.

PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (PDA)

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

UKIRK

UKirk, or “university church,” is the PC(USA) Campus Ministry at Washington University in St. Louis & Saint Louis University and is open to college-aged students around the St. Louis area.

Housed in Trinity Presbyterian Church, UKirk is a faith community where students can worship and serve Christ by serving others, explore and learn about faith, and encounter God’s love. Through worship, fellowship, and service, UKirk models the hospitality and justice-oriented ministry of Christ.

ANNUAL SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Annual Dessert Auction

Every September our dessert auction brings out the best in baking from our members plus a fun bidding war for cakes, pies and cookies. In 2018 our Dessert Auction raised $3,840 to fund:
•Circle of Concern Food Pantry
•Coupon Club
•Parkway School food Pantry
•UKirk STL
•Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Special Offerings throughout the Year

  • Christmas Joy offering helps sustain important PC(USA) ministries and programs including assistance to current and retired church workers, and developing future leaders at racially/ethnically diverse schools and colleges.
  • One Great Hour of Sharing