MISSION
    
As Christians, we are called to share God’s love with the world. 
We at Independence show that love in a variety of ways, and invite you to join us! 
We seek to undertake and support mission activities at the local, regional, national and global level. 
We do this through donations of time, talent and money. 
And we are always looking for new ways to serve others in meaningful and fulfilling ways.
 
The photos above illustrate the range of our efforts (left/top to right/bottom):
financial support for college student’s mission trip to Guatemala; hand-crafted knitted items donated to numerous local agencies; annual In-Gathering at Thanksgiving; serving breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House; sponsoring a cookie booth at Independence Home Days; mission/work trip to Appalachia.
 
THE KNIT-WITS
 
A large ministry group comprised of women from the church and neighboring communities meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, crafting beautiful prayer shawls, blankets, clothing, and infant layettes.   
 
In December 2018, the women donated  hundreds of items to a variety of local agencies including Family Promise, St. Malachi, MetroHealth NICU & PICU, Village Prep, Bethany Presbyterian Church, IPC Adopt-a-Family, St. Monica’s Adopt-a-Family. 
 
HOLIDAY
PROJECTS
 
Just before Thanksgiving,  we celebrate our In-gathering, a collection of food and donations provided to churches hosting food pantries and holiday meals.  The goods are displayed in the sanctuary during the Sunday service before Thanksgiving, and then taken the local churches.  
 
During the Christmas holiday season, we adopt a family with whom to share Christmas gifts – clothes, food, toys and more.
 
 
LOVE, INC.
 
Love, Inc. is a Christian organization that assists hundreds of individuals in Cuyahoga County.  In addition to making a monetary donation, which provides support to people in need beyond what any one church might do, we have participated in the October Coat Drive.  Throughout the year, we accept donations of toiletries, food, and clothing that Love, Inc. then distributes throughout the county.
COLLECTIONS AND OFFERINGS
 
In addition to our donations through PC(USA)’s  annual special collections (One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, and Peacemaking), our recent monetary donations from our IPC Crises Fund include:
 
Houston’s Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church and His Disciples’ Cooking Ministryboth serving those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 
 
Florida’s Beth-El Farmworker Ministry in support of hurricane relief.
 
 
HUNGER
 
Providing assistance to combat hunger is a common goal shared by IPC as a whole as well as individual groups and committees.
 
Participated in a Rise Against Hunger event with the Presbytery in 2017 and 2018, helping to pack 10,000 meals to serve the world.
 
Donated to the Cleveland Food Bank and South Hills Lend-a-Hand.
 
Serving community meals at Bethany Presbyterian Church
SUPPORT GROUPS
 
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at IPC on Thursday evenings.
 
Narcotics Anonymous / Serenity Group meets at IPC on Saturday evenings.  
 
 
 
 
WOMEN AND CHILDREN
 
Provided financial support to Brigid’s Path, an Ohio center for drug-exposed newborns and their mothers.
 
Serving breakfast at Ronald McDonald House.
 
Donations of hundreds of items by Knit Wits to hospitals and to Providence House.
OTHER PROJECTS
 
Supporting Habitat for Humanity at Huntington Beach Fun Days.
 
Helped to Recycle Pots and Pans to help people get started in new apartments and homes.
 
Our Vacation Bible School children donated a Buddy Bench to a school in Cleveland.
 
Our Sunday School children raised money from a mini-tree sale for hurricane relief efforts.