Woodlake Presbyterian doesn't want to be a fortress, trying to hold our own in a hostile culture. We want to be a force for service and good, God's hand and feet, to our community and our world! One of our key values is fostering a culture of service. We are committed to fostering the church family’s desire to serve each other and the community, using their gifts to do so in a way that brings joy.To that end, we take part in a number of local outreaches and services including helping our local food pantry, the Woodlake Family Resource Center, and Angel Tree ministries. We serve the world through Operation Christmas Child, and through our work at Gleanings for the Hungry.
WPC has sent a summer team of youth to serve at Gleanings for over 25 years. Our youth have worked hard in the fruit dehydrating plant, the wood shop, the kitchen, and all over the ministry. We have watched Gleanings grow over the years from a un-air conditioned packing house to a wonderful facility which even holds a Discipleship Training School every year, and we look forward to continuing work with them to serve the needy and hungry around the globe! Last year they partnered with us to distribute soup mix to the villagers in Santa Juquila, Mexico.
Gleanings for the Hungry is a local ministry here in the Central Valley, and a part of Youth With a Mission (YWAM). They produce over 50 million servings of dried soup mix each year. Each summer Gleanings processes and dries fresh peaches - enough to fill about 10 sea containers, as well as hand-made warm quilts, several thousand each year! The product of their labor is given to partner ministries here in the US and abroad in about 100 countries to be distributed to the hungry, and used as a bridge for missionaries to serve their communities and share the gospel!