LOVING AND SERVING OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, CITY AND WORLD
Our mission as a church includes following Christ as he calls us out into the world—sharing his Good News with others and serving as instruments of His love toward all people. As a church body we’ve committed to giving a portion of our money and our time to those outside our congregation. We partner with established organizations wherever possible and follow their lead in serving their communities and clients. We also support church members who God is calling into the mission field. Scroll to see a list of the individuals, organizations, and other churches we partner with.
The LSPC Missions Team is a group of volunteers who lead us in this work. The Missions Team focuses on building and maintaining enduring partnerships, supporting our partners through fervent prayer and generous giving, and inviting the congregation into the work of reaching and serving our neighborhood, city, and world. If you’re interested in learning more or joining our Missions Team, contact LSPC deacon Kelly Early.
Our Missions Partners
The Lincoln Square Friendship Center was born out of a meeting between clergy in the neighborhood and our Alderman. A nearby food pantry had closed down and the Alderman thought food insecurity was one of the greatest needs facing the neighborhood. We partnered with other churches to get the Friendship Center started, and today it is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and personal hygiene items at no cost to members of the Lincoln Square and Ravenswood communities. If you would like to get involved or learn more, please contact LSPC deacon Monica Johnson or the Friendship Center.
Boulevard Presbyterian Church: In 2017, in partnership with Covenant Presbyterian (the church who planted LSPC), we planted Boulevard in the Oak Park and Austin neighborhoods. Starting new churches throughout the city is a very real way to advance God’s kingdom here, and we are excited to have the ability to participate in this work. As one of Boulevard’s planting churches, we support them in a number of ways: commitment to financial contribution, oversight until they have their own officers, mentorship and spiritual guidance. Learn more about Boulevard here.
Rob Globke, a member at LSPC, serves as the Director of Chaplain Ministries of the Midwest region for Hockey Ministries International. In this capacity, Rob coordinates and leads chapel services for hockey teams from the NHL to junior leagues. Rob is also responsible for planning and running youth outreach hockey camps throughout the summer. For more information and ways you can support Rob, email him at email@example.com.
Mark and Alicia Garavaglia, members at LSPC, live in Amsterdam where Mark serves as the president of Tyndale Theological Seminary. Tyndale’s mission is to stand as a witness for Christ in multi-cultural Europe, equipping leaders to reach Europe and the world with the gospel. Students from over 20 countries come to Tyndale to prepare for future ministry in their home countries. Visit Tyndale’s website to learn more.
Will and Katye Lowery are members at LSPC who live in Birmingham, UK, where they serve with the Alliance for Transatlantic Theological Training. Will is an intern with AT-3 serving on staff with Grace Church in Birmingham and is also attending seminary part-time. Katye spends most of her days with their son Judah and is also serving in lay ministries, like helping the church consider launching a lay counseling program. You can connect with the Lowerys here.
El Shaddai Ministries International (ESMI) is a local ministry in Haiti that cares for the needs of the Haitian people through the churches, orphanages, schools, microbusinesses and medical clinics they build and operate. LSPC and several other churches from the Chicago Metro Presbytery partner with ESMI in a number of ways. We send teams twice a year (July and February) to provide medical, engineering, and other assistance. We provide financial support for their staff and purchase medical supplies for their clinics. We also participate in the Haiti Orphan Project, which allows individuals and small groups from the church to provide monthly support to the children living in ESMI’s various orphanages. Learn more here. If you’re interested in joining a team to go to Haiti or sponsoring a child through the Haiti Orphan Project, please contact our partner liaison Jessica Kerslake.
Living Hope is a PCA church in the Woodlawn neighborhood. It started in 2003 as a satellite location of Bethel Christian Church (a PCA church with locations in Portage Park and Wheeling) and became its own church plant in 2010. Living Hope has also established an independent non-profit called Hope Works, which empowers those in need of employment and works toward greater economic development of Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Find out more about Living Hope or Hope Works.
Nueva Esperanza (“New Hope”) is a PCA church located in the city of West Chicago. Like Living Hope, we’re not their planting church, but we support them financially and in other ways as we’re able. To learn more, visit nesperanza.org.
World Relief Chicago works in close collaboration with community partners and volunteers to come alongside refugees and immigrants on their journey through cultural adjustment with the goal of assisting refugees in becoming self-sufficient in the United States. Through these partnerships, World Relief seeks to empower the local Church to serve the most vulnerable in our neighborhoods, and envisions these men, women, and children transformed economically, socially, and spiritually. If you would like to get involved or learn more, visit World Relief Chicago or email the Missions Team.
Waters Elementary isn’t just the location for our Sunday worship services. We endeavor to be a faithful partner to the school and its students in whatever ways we can. One example is the Thanksgiving Baskets we put together for Waters families every year. If you would like to get involved or learn more about our relationship with Waters, please contact LSPC deacon Pete Fogarty.