American Red Cross
The church participates with the American Red Cross by sponsoring a community Blood Drive here at the church semi-annually in February and again in July. All persons are welcome. Contact the church office for details.
Youth and adult leaders spend a week during the summer in a designated area of Appalachia. They are assigned a home with much-needed repairs where they work Monday - Friday. “God moments” are shared during evening worship services that are held with other groups from other churches and other denominations. Specifics of parts of the construction trade are learned, fellowship with other Christians is enjoyed, and a different avenue for communing with God and his creation is opened.
Brethren Disaster Ministries focuses on rebuilding homes, caring for children, and providing international relief to serve communities recovering from disaster. A group of dedicated volunteers from the Bush Creek congregation commit at least one week a year, traveling to project sites to repair or rebuild damaged homes for disaster survivors who lack the resources to hire a contractor or other paid labor. The next scheduled trip is the week of March 26, 2017, when the Bush Creek group will team with other volunteers and travel to Columbia, SC to assist in the ongoing recovery from flooding and storm damage sustained in October 2015.
Every spring Brethren from the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Pennsylvania Districts travel to Christian Aid Ministries in Ephrata, Pennsylvania to assist in meat canning. Chicken is processed and canned for distribution to areas of need in the United States and around the world. This past spring, nine members of the Bush Creek congregation left at 3:30 am to make the trip to Ephrata and work at various tasks in preparing the canned chicken. Each fall the congregation holds an Apple Harvest Festival, and a portion of those proceeds benefit the Meat Canning project.
SERRV was begun by the Church of the Brethren after WW II to help refugees rebuild and originally stood for "Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation and Vocation." Its mission has greatly expanded and it is now an independent organization. Twice a month, volunteers from Bush Creek Church travel to New Windsor, Maryland, to help unpack and process items.
Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center is a retreat center and summer camp owned and operated by the Mid-Atlantic District Church of the Brethren. Bush Creek Church actively supports the camp; a portion of the proceeds from the Apple Harvest Festival mentioned above go to the camp.