LPC Alternative Gift Program, Christmas 2017


Langhorne Presbyterian Church

Christmas 2017

LPC’s Mission Committee offers donors an opportunity to help change the world through charitable gifts to carefully selected agencies serving at home and around the world in the name of Christ. A gift from the AGP may be the perfect way to honor friends, colleagues, and loved ones.


Scroll thorugh these gift ideas and then download load an AGP Order Form here.

Fill out an order form for each person you are honoring with your gift(s). Enclose a check with the total amount made payable to “Langhorne Presbyterian Church” in an envelope/pew envelope. Place your order in the Sunday morning offering plate or mail to the church office.

When you purchase an alternative gift you will receive a unique greeting card. This card with an insert which describes the gift you have chosen can be mailed or given to the person you have honored, creating a shared blessing for you, the person honored and the recipient.

Your gifts will change the world! They are gifts of hope and love, empowering the poorest of the poor to sustain life and build a better future for subsequent generations.

I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty
and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and
you gave me a room. –Matthew 25:35

gift-of-educationThe Gift of Education

Hunting Park Christian Academy (HPCA) provides quality Christian education to at‐risk children from low income families in the Hunting Park community. Since most of the students are not raised in Christian homes, the staff strives to train them up in the ways of the Lord. Many of the students have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time at HPCA and have come to know the Lord. Your $50 gift can be designated to the school’s General Fund or their Scholarship Fund.

The Gift of Sightgift-of-sight

“In Africa life expectancy is about five years if you go blind. It is a death sentence. Life is tough when you are blind in Africa. 75%-80% of blindness is treatable or totally reversible.”  Dr. John Cropsey.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in Africa. A fifteen minute procedure restores sight to those blinded by cataracts.  Kibuye is also pioneering the use of chemotherapy to treat pediatric eye cancer.  Its program is the first in Burundi to offer such treatment.

Your gift of $50 will provide for one cataract surgery or half of the cost of a round of chemotherapy for a child suffering eye cancer at Kibuye Eye Clinic in Burundi, East Africa.

gift-of-good-newsThe Gift of Good News

LIFE ABUNDANT MINSTRIES: Through its work at the Bucks Country Jail, Life Abundant strives to break the cycle of repeated imprisonment by introducing inmates, ex‐offenders and their families to Jesus Christ. Through God’s love and grace inmates overcome their addictions or other problems that were the cause of their repeated incarceration. Life Abundant volunteers create relationships with inmates through Bible Studies. A Bible is an essential part of any new Christian’s growth. $10 will provide a New Life Study Bible to an inmate eager to read the word of God.
A gift of $25 will provide three inmates or ex-offenders with a new Bible.

gift-of-musicThe Gift of Music

Music is everywhere in the slums of urban Brazil. But it’s more than boom boxes and ear buds. Brazilians love to make music. Through its Escola de Musica, the Presbyterian Church in Jardim America, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, provides an opportunity for the people of its impoverished neighborhood to learn to play the guitar, keyboard, or drums. Students not only learn the joy of music, they hear about the God who puts music in our hearts. Most students receive scholarships.

A $25 gift to the Scholarship Fund will help those students continue to learn to play an instrument and about the God who love them.

gift-of-careThe Gift of Care

GAiN CAREPACKS OR SEEDPACKS: You have the opportunity to relieve suffering, restore dignity, and reveal hope by providing school supply CarePacks or vegetable SeedPacks to people in the toughest places on earth. When children receive CarePacks, their hope for a better future increases. Not only do these children have an opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty, but a career that makes a positive impact on their lives could eventually be within their grasp. In areas where food shortages persist, GAiN provides children and their families with a sustainable food source — a variety of vegetable seed packs.Your gift of $15 will supply a CarePack or a SeedPack and the opportunity to hear the gospel

Boot Out Infections


This initiative recognizes the problem of kids walking through the puddles and floods of the rainy season with inadequate footwear. As trash, mud, and even sewage flow down the streets, kids march through with old, torn, and non-waterproof sneakers and shoes. This results not only in colds and illnesses, but also foot and toenail infections.

You can show you care by providing a pair of boots to a needy child for $10.

suitcaseAdopt a Suitcase

Every year as the “Away Team” prepares to make the journey to Guatemala, each team member fills a suitcase with 50 lbs. of essential mission goods. Some suitcases are filled with pharmaceutical products that will be used in the medical clinic to treat those seen by the doctors in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala. Others may hold toothbrushes, donated shoes, children’s ministry supplies, and more.

The airline charges a $50 baggage handling fee. Here is where your alternative gift will help. If you donate $50 to the Adopt‐a‐Suitcase program, you will help defray the cost of transporting one suitcase full of medicine or other essential supplies to Guatemala.

Welcome, Tyler Stanhope

On October 4 the LPC Session announced the appointment of  Tyler Stanhope as our new Youth Director. The elders wrote to the congregation:

What a joy to let you know that Tyler Stanhope has accepted the position of part time interim Youth Director at LPC.  Tyler will meet the youth this coming Thursday evening and Sunday morning and begin his 20 hour per week responsibilities as soon thereafter – he wants to finish well with his current employer.

Tyler is 2013 graduate of Cairn University, having earned both a BS (Bible) and a MS (Christian Counseling).  In 2014 he was awarded a Certificate of Advanced Specialization in Christian Counseling from Cairn.

Following graduation, Tyler worked as a social worker, first with Bethanna  and its foster care program and then for the Center for Autism in Philadelphia.  During his time in social service, Tyler’s first love for work in the church was always tugging at his heart, and God’s timing seems perfect –as always – for this this season at LPC to be an answer to that call.

Tyler has been deeply involved at Riverstone Church (Bible Fellowship)  in Yardley since his family moved to Pennsylvania when he was in junior high school.  Tyler not only participated in youth group, but was also a volunteer youth leader throughout his college years. His experience is deep and significant.  He also served as a worship leader and small group leader at Riverstone.  Tyler and Erica have been married for five years, and Erica is an emergency room nurse at Saint Mary’s.

We could go on about Tyler, but the best way for you to share our excitement is to get to know Tyler yourself beginning this Thursday and Sunday!

Women’s One-Day Retreat 2017

REGISTER NOW FOR THE ONE-DAY WOMEN’S RETREAT: Can we really trust the Bible?

If you love retreat or iff a weekend retreat doesn’t appeal, you’ll want to come to a one-day women’s retreat here at LPC. Speaker Laura Guzman, a doctoral student at Westminster Theological Seminary, will lead the retreat on Saturday, October 21st, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Discover why we can trust the Bible as relevant to us today. Registration cost of $20 includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Due to the length of the event child care will not be provided. Registration deadline is October 8th.

Registration forms are available in the Narthex or here.

Questions? Contact Loren Hoeckele, Sandy Heuckroth or Kay Brown.

Youth Work Camp in Virginia Beach

Along the Virginia coast there are many beautiful beaches and coastal towns, but you don’t have to look too far inland to find communities that are struggling. In these areas the homes of many elderly people and families on fixed incomes sit in disrepair. This summer our youth group will provide help to get their homes repaired and maintained, and offer hope by reaching out in Christian service. Work will include general home repair, painting, and deck and wheelchair construction.

Our group of 12 kids and leaders will leave Langhorne after worship on June 25 and return the following Saturday. Their time away will include hard work, good fellowship, and learning more about the God who calls us to love our neighbors in very practical ways.

Pray for the team.

More on Fun Factory VBS

LPC’s Vacation Bible School theme for 2017—is Maker Fun Factory. Fun Factory helps kids spark their imaginations with faith-building fun!  The dates and times are Monday-Friday, July 17-21, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God. Fun Factory VBS will spark creativity with interactive activities and experiences. Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School will transform LPC and a week July into a place and time buzzing with excitement!

The program will be built around small groups made up of kids of a similar age or grade. Here’s a typical day at Fun Factory: We will spend each day with opening songs and skits and then travel to craft, game, snack, and story stations stations with our small group crews. Every station is designed to reinforce the daily Bible Point in a hands-on, interactive way that keeps everyone engaged.

The daily themes at Fun Factory are:

  • God made you
  • God is for you
  • God is always with you
  • God will always love you
  • God made you for a reason

You may download a VBS Registration Form 2017, or for more information, call Kay Brown at the church office, 215-752-3200

Women’s Retreat, 2017

kennbrookLPC Women’s Ministries is pleased to announce the 2017 Women’s Retreat, April 21-23. The speaker for the weekend will be Paige Britton, and the relaxation, renewal, and relationshipS will be rich.

 In your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15-16a)

 Whether we are studying the Bible or interacting with the people in our lives, paying careful attention to context is important! Learn how Paul respectfully adjusted his approach as he encountered different audiences, and consider how an awareness of people, place, and history can help you be a sensitive witness for Jesus in your own context.

Paige Britton earned a BA in English from Haverford College and a MA in Special Education from Millersville University. She is a speaker, writer, and teacher in the area of biblical literacy for adults, encouraging Christian believers to read the Bible reasonably, reverently, and joyfully. Paige is a member of Faith Reformed PCA in Quarryville, PA, where she paints maps on walls and coordinates instruction for adults. She is married to Josh and has two terrific kids, Caleb (18) and Susanna (13). You can access her work (and her maps) at (on Twitter @GrassRootsTheo).

Treat yourself to a weekend of renewal, fellowship, fun and discovery.

WHEN: April 21 – 23, 2017 Car pool leaves LPC at 5:00 p.m.
Light meal provided 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Program begins at 7:45 p.m.

WHERE: Kenbrook Bible Center, 190 Pine Meadow Rd, Lebanon, PA 17046
Kenbrook offers great facilities, including hotel style rooms (double occupancy) with private
baths. Five hot meals are included beginning with Saturday breakfast. We have a limited
number of rooms so registration will be filled on a first come – first served basis.

COST: $190.00 (Minimum $90 deposit required with registration; balance due by March 19th.)* Make checks payable to: Langhorne Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Gillam Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047. Place your registration in the Women’s Retreat mailbox on the wall by the office or mail to the church, Attn: Sandy Heuckroth.

* A limited number of “first timer” scholarships are available. Contact Sandy for information.