As Christians, we are called to serve not just each other, but the community around us. Members of our parish
find a number of ways to express this calling (these are just a few).
The vestry has donated our Easter and Christmas offerings to support
community outreach organizations. The Christmas 2017
offering went to Episcopal Relief & Development
designated for Puerto Rico Relief. Other organizations that have received support include Mercy
Ships and PATH (People Assisting the Homeless).
More about Mercy Ships
More about PATH.
The vestry has initiated plans to participate in Safe Parking LA,
a ministry that will provide parking for homeless women living in their cars. This ministry
is currently in the planning and preparation stage, but the intent is that Prince of Peace
will soon be involved. Learn about the plans for Safe Parking LA
The church school participates in Operation Christmas Child
sponsored by Samaritan's Purse. The
children invite adults to fill a Christmas Shoebox or provide funds so the children can fill
a Christmas Shoebox for them. These Christmas Shoeboxes are sent to children throughout the world, and our
children learn about service to others. Learn more about Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan's Purse
A number of Prince of Peace parishioners have traveled abroad on mission trips.
POP has a history of
supporting education and students in western Uganda. After the mission trips, several of the participants
were instrumental in forming the Uganda Development Initative (UDI) to continue support of the
schools and students.
More about the Uganda Development Initative
Mission teams have also traveled to Honduras
to support the Our Little Roses orphanage in San Pedro Sula.
Learn more about Our Little Roses
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) sponsor Days for Girls, a
major effort to sew and assemble
sustainable feminine hygiene kits to be distributed to girls in third world countries like Nepal and
Uganda. These events find a dozen or more women (and men) working with sewing machines, scissors, and
fabric in the family center.
Prince of Peace founded and still houses the West Valley Food Pantry
The Food Pantry has grown into a coalition of congregations located
here in the west San Fernando Valley that provides emergency food to the needy and homeless.
More about the West Valley Food Pantry.
In support of the Food Pantry, the campus contains a large number of fruit trees and the
garden, where fresh vegetables are grown. The fruit and produce go to supplement the emergency food
distributed by the Pantry.
Information about the community garden.
Prince of Peace also serves the homeless and needy community of the West Valley with our
Dinner program. On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, bountiful and delicious homecooked
meals are served (free of charge) to around 70 guests. This outreach requires dedicated service of
cooks, servers, and cleaners as well as financial backing from parishoners. As the program has grown,
committed outside groups have joined with Prince of Peace in providing these meals. We hope to be able
to expand the number of meals in the near future.
The Prince of Peace Health Ministry is a group of
parishioners who wish to integrate health and faith
and thus promote wholeness and healing within our parish. Parish Nursing holds the spiritual dimension
to be central to our practice, which also encompasses the physical, psychological and social dimensions.
The Health Ministry conducts blood pressure screenings, health teaching, and newsletters that promote
good physical, mental, and spiritual health practices. Beginning in 2018, additional focus will be placed
on emergency preparedness for home and the church.