Worthington Presbyterian Church
An open house event was held at Hoge in 2009 where all Worthington PC’s members were invited to tour our church and listen to a discussion of all the ministries available for them to volunteer at. Of the 90 members who came to the open house, more than half showed interest and signed up to help in one or more areas.
The Worthington PC Junior and Senior High youth groups agreed to start coming to Hoge on opposite months to fill food boxes for Hoge’s Food Pantry. The youth leaders, Keenan Blanke and Dick Jones, were instrumental in keeping the youth focused and motivated to come back month after month. They did a great job of keeping our shelves full of boxes ready to be handed out. With changes to the youth group on the horizon we hope to renew the youth’s interest in this ministry and hope to keep the kids of Worthington involved on a regular basis for a long time to come. For more about our food pantry program, please see that portion of our website.
The new full-time minister at Worthington who arrived this September is Rev. Julia Piermont. She has already made known her desire to come to Hoge and attend an HM3 service in the near future. She has also spoken quite highly about the relationship the two churches have. Many individuals and families have helped and continue to do so. Whether it be filling food boxes, handing out those same boxes to needy families, or helping with HM3, the help is greatly appreciated and never ending.
One WPC member in particular, Tom Piecenski, not only helps with the food pantry, but has been the lead in finding WPC members to assist in HM3 meals twice a month. In 2013 his scheduling was greatly simplified by the addition of two teams of families being formed. Those are teams Elliot and Milroy, each made up of four couples from the WPC congregation. These new teams provide one meal every other month. With the upcoming 2015 HM3 Calendar in the works, Team Piecenski has shifted to every other month. Teams Elliot and Milroy will continue to be scheduled on opposite months, but this time on the second Saturday of the month instead of the third. For more about what HM3 is, please see that portion of our website.
Over the past few years Worthington has also provided candy and manpower to help with Hoge’s Easter Egg Hunt. With 250+ kids and their families participating in the hunts, every bit helps.