Serving Our Local Community
Laguna Presbyterian Church members and friends organize and support the following ministries and nonprofit organizations through volunteering and financial giving.
Feeding the Homeless
Provide an evening meal for the homeless at the Laguna Beach Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL). LPC provides meals there on the second, third, and fifth Tuesdays and the second Friday of each month. Click HERE for more details on this program. For more information, click HERE to email Leigh Wilkerson.
LaPlaya ESL Center
Provides free English (as a second language) lessons taught by volunteers of the community. Lessons are Monday through Thursdays 9 – 11 a.m. at the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club. For more information, click HERE to email Gerd Gilbert.
Dresses for Africa Group – Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.
Sews dresses and shorts for children of Africa. Join this group, which meets every Tuesday in Tankersley Hall from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. Take-home kits with supplies are available or use your own material. Community is welcome! For more information, click HERE to email Diane Cullings.
Read about this ministry, “Sewing Dresses, Spreading Joy”, November 30, 2012. Click HERE to read an article by Suzanne Chen, published in the Examiner.
Love Thy Neighbor Program
Assist seniors, widows and others, by delivering a multitude of services they can no longer do for themselves. This program reaches out to members of Laguna Presbyterian Church and to individuals in the Laguna Beach community. For more information click HERE to email Rick Shoemaker.
Coordinates with San Clemente Military Family Outreach (SCMFO) to assist and support military families on Camp Pendleton Marine Base, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas with holiday meals and help in purchasing school supplies. For more information, click HERE to email Ken Cornelison.
Volunteers build homes to help families purchase interest-free, decent, affordable, healthy places to live. Watch for information about future building dates. For more information click HERE to email Rick Shoemaker.
Supporting Our Local Community Organizations
Laguna Presbyterian Church supports the following local non-profit organizations and ministries with a monthly monetary donation. Click on the name of the organization for more information. Many of these organization also have volunteer opportunities.
Provides medical care for all individuals in Orange County, regardless of ability to pay.
Assists homeless adults to regain self-sufficiency and become more productive members of the community.
Provides shelter and other support to women and children in need.
Provides transportation and other essential services for senior citizens of Laguna Beach.
Enhances the lives of seniors through programs and services that promote independence, wellness and community.
Provides resources for older adults to promote vitality, provide meals for the home-bound through Meals on Wheels, and support independence.
Provides short-term crisis intervention shelter for youth ages 11-17, with the goal of reunifying families
Provides assistance to Laguna Beach residents in times of disaster and helps homeless, indigent and the working poor with food, clothing and information.
Serving in Laguna Presbyterian Church Christmas Ministries
The following are Christmas events or opportunities organized by Laguna Presbyterian Church. Everyone is welcome to join in! This is a great way to celebrate the season while giving back to those in our community who need assistance.
Christmas Breakfast and Gifts
Christmas breakfast is served and gifts are given to the homeless in our community. This event is organized by Laguna Presbyterian Church, Neighborhood Congregational Church, local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops, and many individuals in the community. Click HERE to serve or for more information or call the church office. For more information click HERE to email Rick Shoemaker.
Christmas Giving Tree
Each Christmas a tree, located in Tankersley hall, is decorated with gifts tags that list presents for families or children in need of assistance at Christmas. Purchased gifts are returned to the church and then delivered to the local charities who distribute the gifts to the families and children. For more information click HERE to email Gerd Gilbert.
La Playa Christmas Party
This party is sponsored by the Mission Outreach Committee in coordination with the women of La Playa ESL Center. At this party held in Tankersley Hall, the gifts from the Giving Tree donations are given to the families. Volunteers at the party are always welcome. For more information click HERE to email Gerd Gilbert.
Heifer International is dedicated to ending world hunger by providing livestock, trees, training and other resources to help struggling families around the world. This is an alternative gift suggestion offered to the congregation through the Mission Outreach Committee during the Christmas season. Volunteer opportunities at the Heifer International Booth at the Orange County Fair are also available. For more information click HERE to email Katie Coffin.
Operation Christmas Child
Every year we participate in Operation Christmas Child. Last year we packed 115 shoeboxes filled with small toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The boxes are delivered to needy children all around the word. Watch for more news about the program as the Christmas season approaches. For more information click HERE to email Gail Onodera.