Mission & Service
We seek to grow our members’ participation in all aspects of the life of the church and to encourage them to make a positive difference in the lives of others through providing tangible expressions of hope through mission and service. Below are some of the main organizations we support:
The Presbytery of Middle Tennessee has a covenant relationship with the Presbytery of Peten in the northernmost part of Guatemala. The highlight of the partnership is the annual mission trip and our recent trip in March marked 17 years of continuous trips. To date, 25 churches and over 100 individuals have participated in this life-enriching experience. EBPC has been an active participant over the years. Highlights of the partnership include supporting education for children and youth, theological training for pastors and lay leaders, and women's empowerment project.
Another vital aspect of our Guatemalan partnership is supporting our Presbyterian mission worker there. The Rev. Philip Beisswenger is “the glue” that makes everything happen, providing the critical theological education and organizational support.
College Grove Food Pantry - We collect and distribute food for the College Grove Food Pantry in rural southern Williamson County every month that has a 5th Sunday. We will be collecting specific foods and will seek members help on distribution days.
Luke 14:12 - On the third Tuesday of each month, a group from our church serves lunch at Luke 14:12, an ecumenical effort to feed the homeless of Greater Nashville. New volunteers are always welcome to join this ministry.
Room in the Inn ~ From November through March, when it gets colder, we host eight men in our building one night a month. We serve them supper and breakfast, provide them a warm place to stay, and minister to other needs. Opportunities to help with this ministry are varied, and newcomers are always welcome to help.
Glenview Elementary School Partnership - Glenview, located near the Nashville Airport, has a diverse student population, with eighty percent of students coming from a non-English speaking background and almost all students qualify for free or reduced lunch (97%). East Brentwood Presbyterian Church & Preschool supports Glenview throughout the year by equipping students in need with uniforms and supplies, helping with special events like Fall Fest, recognizing Glenview's teachers for their hard work, and providing Glenview's families with items needed on an emergency basis (such as baby formula).
Safe Haven is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the entire homeless family. They keep the family together and provide comprehensive services that empower them to achieve lasting self-sufficiency. Safe Haven helps families experiencing homelessness by providing for their immediate needs of shelter and stability. They operate through effective and results-driven programs, integrating services that are evidence-based. Our housing first model, coupled with wrap around services is designed to give families the necessary tools to achieve lasting self-sufficiency, stable employment and secured housing. All of our housing programs begin in shelter. They have 10 spaces for families with children in our Shelter. Following a housing first model, they begin a housing plan when families enter shelter. Though multiple community grants, they are able to assist approximately 30 families at a time with housing in the community.
On a foundation of Christian faith, Martha O'Bryan Center empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and fellowship. Every June, they hold their Miss Martha's Ice Cream Crankin' at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN.
Nueva Vida - more information to come
EBPC Hunger Fund ~ We can all help with providing food for those in need. We encourage individuals and families to place a container on their dining table at home and collect 4¢ per person for each meal. A jar for weekly donations is provided in the narthex. On the fourth Sunday during worship, the money is dedicated. These monies are divided among various agencies we support, such as Luke 14:12, College Grove Food Pantry, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program.