Penbrook United Church of Christ was formed in the early 1970’s as a union of St Paul’s and St Andrews. The earlier of the two congregations, originally located at the present site, was St. Andrews, which was formed in 1893. 2018 will mark the 125th year of this ministry in our community.
Today our ministry goes beyond the walls of the sanctuary on Sunday morning, and includes such community-impacting missions as Manna Food Pantry, which serves dozens of families in any given month and the Penbrook Learning Center, which has served our community for over three decades, which currently provides an inclusive and safe preschool and after school program for around 100 kids.
The combined budgets of our church, preschool, and food pantry and our other mission support means we make an almost $1,000,000 impact on our community each year.
To contrast that with a historical number, here is an excerpt of a Consistory report from October 28,1929, when the total expenses for the month was $119.85. Broken down, more than half this expense was pastor salary and telephone ($65.33), insurance expenses (combined total of $13.00), and other related expenses.
Contrasting that to today’s reality, the ‘insurance’ expenses for property and workman’s compensation, both covering the church and daycare, is more than $30,000.
It is certainly a different world today, in so many ways, than in 1929, but we are excited to be able to continue serving as witness to Christ’s loving presence in our community and our world.
No matter who YOU are, or where you are in life’s journey, you are always welcome here.