Mission & Outreach

First Presbyterian Church has always been very involved in community outreach. Our congregation has been particularly committed to participation in multiple local organizations which include:

  • Area Relief Ministries (ARM)          
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Brighter Christmas Fund
  • CASA
  • Day by Day
  • Dream Center
  • Good Samaritan Fund
  • Habitat for Humanity                                                  Peanut Butter & Jelly Ministry                                                  Month of Miracles
  • Heifer International                                            
  • JACOA
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Partners in Education
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Ministry      
  • Red Cross
  • Rivers of the World (ROW)
  • Room in the Inn
  • Salvation Army
  • Share Fest
  • Snack Back Pack Program                                                                                                                                                                                 Appalachia Service Project
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Youth Town

We also sponsor Helping Hands, a sewing ministry that makes lap quilts and walker bags for nursing home and hospital patients. Helping Hands is currently involved in sewing for Sew Much Comfort, a non-denominational ministry providing "dignity garments" for those men and women who have been injured while protecting our country. Garments are modified with Velcro and elastic access to accommodate bandages and prostheses. FPC also proudly sponsors Threads of Love, a sewing ministry that makes infant burial gowns and clothes for premature babies in incubators.

Appalachia Service Project 2014

In June 2014, FPC participated in the Appalachia Service Project (ASP). ASP provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation -- bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. But ASP is more than just a home repair program. Yes, Appalachia's poorest families urgently need help, but they help changed our lives, too. Because when you change the lives of others, they have a way of changing you.

After a few days of hard work repairing homes with ASP, our hands grew a little tougher, our arms a little stronger, and our relationship with God a whole lot deeper. We returned home to our community with a passion for service, a renewed compassion for other people, and a fresh appreciation for our place and purpose in this world. Best of all, we discovered first-hand that regardless of geography, education, or economic class, we are all equal members of the family of God.

 

 

Dominican Republic Mission Trip 2013
In June 2013, First Presbyterian Church participated in international mission work in the Dominican Republic through Rivers of the World.  We had 22 team members of youth and adults who spent months in preparation for this mission work. They poured out their hearts and worked tirelessly for 5 hot and sweaty days for our neighbors in the Dominican Republic. Moreover, the entire congregation supported this trip in many ways including donating school supplies, children's clothing, flip flops, hats knitted by the Presbyterian Women, and most importantly, praying for the team and the people of Dominican Republic. First Presbyterian Church participates in both domestic and international mission work every year.

Please see the video and photo album for more exciting pictures of this life changing experience.

Alabama Mission Trip 2012
In June 2012, FPC participated in a domestic mission trip in Alabama. Seventeen youth and adults set out to be the hands and feet of our Lord to help tornado victims. The weather was hot and humid as we diligently persevered as warriors of God to serve those that were still living in the devastation of the April 27, 2011 tornados. As we went out to bless, we in turn were the recipients of the greater blessing as we experienced the joyful attitudes and strong faith of those people living in unimaginable situations.

Our daily activities included major home restoration, as well as sharing our hope and love for the Lord through planting trees at homes, giving out "Hope Blankets," Bibles, hymnals, devotionals, children's books and food. We also spent time listening to the people's stories of the devastating tornados and how they lost so much, yet how blessed they felt to be alive. As we finished our work week and returned home, we brought with us a life changing experience and memories of the wonderful people who touched our lives forever.  Our mission team grew even closer as a church family and appreciated the prayers and support that made this trip possible. 

Copyright © 2013 First Presbyterian Church. All rights reserved.