Missions

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Hebrews 13:16


Current Mission: Operation Christmas Child collecting through July 28.

Participants are asked to fill a shoebox with small toys, notebooks, crayons, combs, sunglasses, yoyo's, puzzles, playdough, etc. Build a shoe box and place under the Christmas Tree in the Welcome Center. Starting Sunday 6/30 and ending on 7/28. We will display everything in the sanctuary on 7/28 to conclude the collection. All items must fit in a shoe box, NO FOOD. Indicate shoebox whether it was packed for a boy or girl and which age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

For more details, please see What Goes In My Shoebox?This link can anser direct questions regarding items for your shoebox.


Various groups throughout Gravel Hill are also actively involved in local missions with fundraising and providing services and goods and through companionship activities. Several groups include: Ken Staver Sunday School Class, the Missions Team, and Our Daily Bread/Bethesda Mission.

Please contact John Stewart, Missions Lead, if you are interested in learning more about mission opportunities. Missions include:

  • local community outreach (as needed)
  • Lebanon Rescue Mission
  • Active Construction Missions Team (as a resource for Orwigsburg UMC)
  • Puerto Rico Mission

Examples of several ministries we support include:

  • Love in a Box
  • Caitlin’s Smiles
  • The American House
  • GAINusa.org
  • Hope Lodge
  • Compassion International
  • Joy El Ministries
  • The Ronald McDonald House
  • Nothing But Nets
  • The Caring Cupboard
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • The Christmas Caring Tree
  • Lebanon County Christian Ministries.

The Our Daily Bread Ministry is also collecting items to donate to a growing number of homeless in Harrisburg. Check out the Bulletin for updated lists of needed donations.


In the spring of 2014, several members of our Church and Missions Team were called to help with Hurricane Sandy clean-up. One team went to Staten Island, New York in partnership with ReachGlobal.

“Crisfield is the poorest community in Maryland and was one of the hardest hit by the storm (Super Storm Sandy). Fifteen member of Gravel Hill went to Crisfield to help in the ongoing effort to make Crisfield whole again.”

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17 Years of Generosity: Gravel Hill's Partners in Missions Leaves a Lasting Mark on the Local Community.

Gravel Hill’s Partners in Missions/Missions started in September of 2004. The original goal for the group was to help local individuals and families in need. Over the years, M/PIM has helped numerous people, families, and organizations. Whether it be food, clothing, or medical supply donations, monetary donations for gift cards, help with rent & utilities, or gas card, or providing meals during Thanksgiving, our team works to better the lives of the people living in and around the Palmyra community. In addition to these, M/PIM also volunteers at two local food banks. Without volunteers from Gravel Hill to support this team with their time and generosity, we could never impact our community in such a powerful and positive way.

Here are some figures to think about. In an average year:

  • our “Save the Tape” Redners Program raises over $1200.00
  • our Aluminum Can collection raises nearly $50
  • general congregation collections raise approximately $3000

All these monies go right into our Missions Fund, which is used to help support the numerous causes listed above. Thank you from everyone on the Missions/Volunteers in Missions Team.