Puerto Rico Recovery Mission Trip

Returning to Puerto Rico in 2019

Plans are underway for a return trip to Puerto Rico February 24 – March 2, 2019.

We currently have 23 people signed up to participate from throughout our community including:

  • Saint James, Lancaster
  • St. John’s, Lancaster
  • St. Thomas, Lancaster
  • Zion Lutheran, Manheim
  • Community of Francis and Clare
  • Society of Saint Francis

The team will be returning to San Pablo Mission in Arecibo and working on 2-3 projects in that community. They will be staying at the Roman Catholic Retreat Center in Arecibo and have breakfast there. Our other meals will be at San Pablo’s. The fundraisers will help pay for our lodging, meals, ground transportation while on the island and supplies for the projects.

A Taste of Puerto Rico has been rescheduled!

The new date is Sunday, January 27th when 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!


We’ve got the whole place to ourselves and two seatings to choose from (4 and 7 PM) for this fundraising fiesta that benefits the February 2019 return mission trip to Puerto Rico. There are still seats available; please register by January 23rd at 9 AM.


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.

Reserve Your Seats Today

If you are having any difficulties registering online, please contact the Saint James Church office at 717.397.4858 .

Old San Juan Restaurant & Rum Bar 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

Click here to view photos of the 2018 trip.

Did you know?

In 2017, Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy protection and was then hit with the largest natural disaster in U.S. history, Hurricane Maria
(est. $100 billion in damages).
Islands of Puerto Rico

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