To carry out the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ to the world and engage members of FPC in service that they may grow in Christ.
What We Do:
• Christmas Benevolence
• Sally Soup Ministry
• Support of MDO
• Promote special offerings such as One Great Hour of Sharing...
• Give care and nurture to inquirers (folks thinking about ministry) and
Candidates (folks in preparation to be Ministers of Word and Sacrament)
• Recommend elder commissioners to attend meetings of Grace Presbytery
• Provide financial support for agencies such as:
o Presbyterian Children's Homes
o Mission Support of Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly.
Jim Shatzsall is the contact person for this group of people who can help out with tasks that can be difficult for those who live alone. They can do odd jobs, or assist with referrals to trustworthy workmen in our community. They can be very helpful in turning off the water until a plumber can come make repairs! If you have a job that requires climbing a ladder, we suggest calling one of the Helping hands Volunteers. If you want to offer a helping hand, give Jim a call and be added to the volunteer list.
For many years our church has been blessed with funds to provide Christmas gifts for people in our community. The program has been managed several different ways through the years. The consistent factor is that our church members have done the “leg work” with the families that receive assistance through the program.
Currently, we contact the school counselors and ask for their assistance in identifying families that need assistance. The counselors contact the families to determine their willingness to participate. The families are matched with church members who contact the family and determine their needs. Usually the parents and the church members shop together, using the donated funds, so the children will be surprised with gifts on Christmas morning. We provide a Bible for each family and our members are encouraged to pray with the family as they work together. Each family receives a gift card to purchase a special meal for Christmas. The Presbyterian Women assist nursing center residents by shopping for their needs. The presents are wrapped and delivered in time for the Christmas parties at the nursing centers.
Each year we hear stories of the blessing these families are to our church members. Friendships are made and true joy of Christmas, being as Christ to others, enhances the lives of our members. Any church member can volunteer to participate in the program. If you have not signed up, just call the church office and you will be assigned a family to meet.