Mission and Outreach Task Force

Presbytery Activities




First Presbyterian Church
San Jose
 9:30-11:30 Making bag lunches for the homeless
First Presbyterian Church San Jose   9:30-11:30 Garden Project
Sweaty Sheep Ministries
Santa Cruz
11:00- 5:00 Work and Play.  Building/healing experience with our program’s homeless friends, refurbishing a sailboat and a variety of recreational activities.
St. Paul’s Shelter
Coordinated by Stone Church Willow Glen
 7:00-9:30 Serve dinner for the homeless.




First Presbyterian Church
San Jose
Preparing/serving BBQ lunch for the homeless
Immanuel House
San Jose
Gardening and Cleaning.  Immanuel House is a home for refugees sponsored by our Presbyter
Rebuilding Together
Coordinated by Stone Church Willow Glen
9:00-2:00 Repair and clean homes of those who are disabled and painting nonprofit offices.
Sacred Heart Community Service; Coordinated by Evergreen Presbyterian 9:00-
Bagging groceries and sorting clothes for the homeless.
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Palo Alto
10:00- 11:30 Preparing hurricane kits and learning about opportunities to help with recovery through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Donation of $15 requested or donation of items from list.
Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos 9:00-noon Rise Against Hunger meal packing
Sweaty Sheep Ministries
Santa Cruz
11:00- 4:00 Work with fruit trees at God’s Garden Ranch, and learn about hydroponic farming/aiding in building units for local impoverished neighbors served by community agencies.




Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy, Santa Clara 1:00-3:00 Worship Service.  CIC of Santa Clara County responds to the spiritual needs of Youth and Adults who have been incarcerated.
First Presbyterian Church

Palo Alto

12:00-2:00 Hygiene kits/hurricane kits
On the Table
Stone Church of Willow Glen
11:00- noon On the Table brings thousands of community members together to discuss pressing issues.  Share experiences, concerns, and solutions about our local housing challenges
Trinity Presbyterian
San Jose
9:30- 1:00 Trinity Acts of Service and Kindness
Numerous community projects



The registration form for this event can be downloaded here



Front Door Ministry
Immanuel House

Local Church Activities

  • Food Closet:  Monterey, FP San Jose, Covenant, Foothill, Trinity, GKI, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos,  Santa Clara, Daesung, Westview
  • Feeding Homeless:
    – Front Door: FP San Jose, Foothill, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Trinity
    – Independent: Monterey, CCSV, Santa Clara, Daesung
  • Housing/Shelter:  Covenant, Monterey, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Daesung
  • Refugees: Covenant, FP San Jose, Los Gatos,  Sunnyvale, Foothill, CCSV
  • International Mission Program: Covenant, Los Gatos, Monterey,  Trinity, GKI, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale
  • International Mission Trips: Covenant, Los Gatos, Monterey, Sunnyvale
  • Partnership with PCUSA Co-worker: Covenant, El Estero, Los Gatos, Monterey, Sunnyvale,
  • Youth/Children mission trips:  Covenant , Monterey, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Trinity, Westview
  • College Campus: Covenant, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, CCSV,
  • Hospital, At Risk, Disabled: Foothill, Monterey, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Trinity,
  • Women: FP San Jose, Los Gatos, Monterey, Sunnyvale, El Estero


1. Homeless Garden Project

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HomelessGardenProject

From the rather unique mission site of a 3.5 acre organic garden in the Westside of Santa Cruz, the Homeless Garden Project provides a unique transitional employment and job training program that offers a sanctuary to the homeless, sows seeds of hope for the heavy-hearted, and harvests the potential of every individual.  True to its mission, “in the soil of our urban farm and garden, people find the tools they need to build a home in the world,” the program empowers homeless individuals, helping each recognize and embrace their greater purpose in the world and make the most of their unique gifts

The program allows area homeless to sow, cultivate, and harvest organic produce to feed the community through a charitable CSA program that meets the nutritional needs of eight local nonprofit organizations serving over 1,400 individuals struggling with situations of foster and hospice care, post-imprisonment, HIV diagnosis, homelessness, and domestic abuse.  This transition from the role of recipient to provider gives “homeless trainees” a feeling of purpose and self-worth which allows them to value their unique gifts in the world.  The garden offers an interactive, relevant, and relational mission opportunity to individuals and groups of all ages as volunteers sow the soil alongside of homeless neighbors.  More than produce, the garden harvests relationships of mutual growth that open doors for individuals of all situations to share their stories, wisdom, and support across socio-economic lines.

We hope that you will consider the garden as a possible mission of your church and an opportunity for congregational members of all ages.  Please contact Ryan Althaus, a PC (USA) commissioned ruling elder, founder of Sweaty Sheep Ministries, and recent addition to the San Jose Presbytery at RyanA@homelessgardenproject.org or (443)223-7334, with any questions, ideas, etc.

You can learn more about the Garden at www.homelessgardenproject.org and take a look at the upcoming events at http://www.sustainevents.homelessgardenproject.org.

2. Personal supplies collection:

– Women’s Gathering Place: FP San Jose, Evergreen
– Opportunity Center for women out of jail: Covenant
3. School supplies donation: Evergreen
4. Christmas Gift:
– Ecumenical Hunger Program, East Palo Alto
– Second Harvest
5. Shared ideas:
– Fifth Sunday local services: Trinity
– Adopt a local school: Evergreen
– LIttle Free Library (“leave a book and take a book”): Evergreen
– Habitat for Humanity San Jose
6.Seasonal ideas:
Fall: Trunk-or-Treat: Trinity, Covenant
Winter: Alternative Christmas Gift Fair: Covenant

About The Task Force

1. To engage in sustaining relationships with local and international partners

2. To educate and resource congregations in the Presbytery of San Jose in understanding what it means to walk with our brothers and sisters in faith in communities that are vastly different from our own and to encourage multicultural presence and awareness within our presbytery.

3. To provide experiential/hands on opportunities to go and see what God is doing beyond our comfort zone, equipping God’s Children to serve in local and global communities.

4. To learn about existing partnerships within our presbytery

5. To explore a variety of models that seek to empower and equip God’s children in diverse economic realities

6. To connect with the General Assembly Presbyterian Mission Agency and other agencies both local and international. pcusa.org/missionconnections

Membership: The Mission and Outreach Task Force is comprised of Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders and members of congregations within the Presbytery of San Jose.

If you would like more to participate, or need information, please contact Task Force Chair, Margaret Boles semfemmb@aol.com