What Does It Mean To “Serve”?

Part of the Northminster Presbyterian Church mission is to Serve All With Love.  To do this, the SERVE Ministry Team does the following:

  • Plans ways to serve others.
  • Identifies special mission programs to be supported by NPC.
  • Enlists financial and personal support for mission projects.
  • Visits hospitalized members.
  • Assists families with necessary funeral arrangements.
  • Provides opportunities for all to receive evangelism training.
  • Is involved with “every member” visitations.

Northminster Presbyterian Church Scholarship

Each year the Serve Team at Northminster gives out scholarship(s) ranging from $300-$500. The scholarship may be awarded to a high school graduating senior who was enrolled in a public high school and/or to a student who is enrolled in a college of higher learning. A college of higher learning may include a four-year college or graduate school, a two-year community college, or a trade school. Click the links below for more information.
Scholarship Amount: $300 – $500, depending on the funds available

Current Serve Projects

Local Mission projects Northminster Presbyterian Church is currently involved with are:

  • Bethesda Food Pantry – distributes food at site
  • ACCESS – provides living essentials such as toiletries, laundry baskets and detergent
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance
  • Emergency Residence Project
  • Ames Ecumenical Housing
  • MICA
  • Heartland Senior Services
  • People Place
  • Food at First
  • United Way (support for the Backpack Buddies program at Mitchell, Meeker & Edwards Schools)
  • Birthday Bags – for children–provided during Shared Blessings distribution hours-includes cake mix, frosting, plates, napkins, candles, party favors, etc.
  • Noisy Coin – 2 cents a meal collected by children at worship once a month, to help provide food for others
  • and others!


Shared Blessings at Northminster Presbyterian Church

Members of Northminster Presbyterian Church are reaching out and providing several items to individuals and families in the community to help them during difficult times due to the economy, poor health and unforeseen emergencies. These items include: toilet paper, diapers/baby wipes, detergent. Distribution of these items is on the first Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on the third Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the church’s gathering space. Please enter through the north doors of the church.


Homebound Members

We believe it is important to have continued fellowship with those in our church who have been faithful servants for Christ for many years. As a congregation we share our concerns and prayers for our members who are homebound and their caregivers. The Serve Ministry Team and many others are dedicated to visiting and contacting our long time friends who are no long able to attend services at Northminster.

Our children collect offerings to feed street children in the Congo

One Sunday each month our children collect a special “Noisy Coin Offering”. Our congregation loves this special part of the service as we watch our youngest children walk up and down the rows with the old style metal coffee cans. Members fish coins out of their pockets and purses and drop them loudly into the cans as our children learn the importance of giving to others.


Currently the Noisy Coin Offering is designated to help Presbyterian missionary Ruth Brown with her work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ruth, along with the Congolese Church and Presbyteries help children living on the street. Many of these children have lost their parents due to disease and high risk working conditions. They have no homes, sleep in the open market and forage for food. Thanks to the mission work they have safe shelter, food, school and foster families. Congo church teams support the foster families. The children learn about God and Jesus through Bible stories and songs. Our Noisy Coin Offerings will go to help provide food, which has very limited sources in Congo.

Other Highlights

  • AMEN  (“All Messages Express NPC’s Care”) Cards are sent to those who are hospitalized, shut-ins, those who need a cheering up, sympathy, etc.
  • The Congregational Care Team calls on those needing visits from members of Northminster Presbyterian.
  • Members visit congregational members who are hospitalized and provide meals to them as necessary.

If you would like to contact the SERVE Ministry Team, please email us at and put SERVE in your subject line.