Mission Work in our Community

Responding to the needs at home

Serving with Habitat for Humanity

With the onset of COVID-19, our missioners helped rebuild a property on East Strawberry Street, just a block away from Carter & MacRae Elementary, the benefactor of our Ollie’s Closet school supply drive.

Condemned 7 years ago, this potential home needed a lot more than a little TLC. Crews of no more than 6 volunteers have been working on demolition, framing for new walls/windows and prepping the outside brick walls for repointing.

As with all Habitat for Humanity projects, the new owners, when chosen, will help with the completion of the project.

Many of our team were on site working the weekends of September 5 & 6, and 19th & 20th.

Click here if you’d like to volunteer with our local Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity.


Archived mission trips

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Click here to registerContribute to the 2020 mission trip to Puerto Rico

If you have any trouble registering online, please contact the Saint James office at 717-397-4858.

Thank you to all who participated in the Give 20 at Iron Hill on December 2. 

Taste of Puerto Rico Fundraiser
Sunday January 19, 2020

On Sunday, January 19, we will gather for a festive celebration of Puerto Rican food and fellowship at the charming Old San Juan Restaurant & Rum Bar in downtown Lancaster! Proceeds from this event will help fund the next mission trip to Puerto Rico scheduled for February 16 – 22, 2020.

Last year’s event was so popular we’ve added an additional seating! We’ve got the whole place to ourselves and three seatings to choose from (1:00, 4:00 and 7:00 PM). There are only 180 seats available for the day and this event will be broadly promoted in multiple congregations and the community at large, so reserve your table now!

Feast on island delicacies such as pollo guisado (stewed chicken), pernil (roasted pork), rice and beans, vegetarian delight, plátanos maduros (fried sweet plantains) and beef empanadas, all served buffet-style so you can sample it all!

Fountain sodas, coffee and tea and your gratuity are included with your ticket. At the restaurant’s Rum Bar, you can purchase a variety of wine, beer and cocktails, including Old San Juan’s own Caribbean specialty drinks. Dessert (did someone say flan?) is also available for an additional price.

Old San Juan is located in the Hager Arcade adjacent to Central Market. There is plenty of street parking and fee lots right around the restaurant.

We are now receiving donations for our return mission trip in February of 2019

Funds collected will be used to pay for transportation while there, some building materials and other expenses during the course of the week.

Make a donation