Local Missions supported by First Presbyterian Church:
Food is collected the third Sunday of each month for emergency food banks at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, East Wayne Street Center, and Wellspring Social Services.
For Oct 21 collection, agencies are asking for boxed cereal, cake mix, frosting, instant potatoes, powdered milk (1-qt pkts), 12-oz vegetable soup, and skillet meals (Hamburger Helper, etc). Budgeted church funds are used to purchase additional cases (3,229 in 2017) of food products.
On the third weekend of every month, a group of church volunteers prepares and serves over 150 Sunday evening meals for the downtown Rescue Mission. The Mission and the church welcome all to enjoy the home cooked meal. The homeless, the working poor, families and singles, all are encouraged to come.
During the six Sundays of Lent contributions of canned fish and crackers are collected.
Everyone a Neighbor Day
This is FPC's way of showing care and concern for our neighbors downtown. We know we can't solve their problems, but we are able to show we care for them through hospitality. We ask anyone in the neighborhood on the fourth Thursday of the month to join us, 10:30am to 3:00pm, for food and fun. We serve lunch and share stories at the lunch tables. We play bingo for $1 prizes. We collect used clothing during the month and put it out for the taking if anything might fill a need for them. On our lucky days someone sits at the piano and we have some good old songs to sing. We take prayer requests, and if we are lucky and a nurse joins us we take blood pressure readings. We try to make it feel as if they are at home in McKay Hall and enjoying family. Hopefully it is an afternoon of fun out of the sun, rain, cold – a problem-free afternoon. Contact: Joan Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children's Clothing Collection
The Board of Deacons is supporting a clothing drive for needy children, grades K-12, in the Fort Wayne Community Schools. We seek donations of gently used clothing, new underwear and socks, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and brushes. They are always in short supply. Please help! The clothing bank is also very grateful for any monetary contributions, and a tax form can be provided. You have been so supportive over the past years and have given with joy, and it has been received joyfully. If you have any questions, please call Annelie Collie at 485-6687.
Our Study Connection program provides tutors who can devote an hour a week to encourage a South Wayne Elementary student both academically and personally. These students arrive at 3:15pm every Monday for one hour, and we have snacks, read, and practice basic math facts. More importantly, the students benefit from one-on-one time with a caring adult. We need new volunteers to work with children in grades 1-5. Please consider volunteering. Call or text (260) 437-0584 or e-mail Kathy Adair at email@example.com) with any questions.
The 2018 Angel Tree committee can use help preparing the angels for the tree, tree set up and assisting church members with their selection of the angels. We can also use help receiving the gifts when they are returned and with delivery of the gifts to our participating agencies.
The committee meets in the evenings to allow working church members the opportunity to volunteer. Our first meeting, which will focus on angel card preparation, will be Monday, October 29 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Asdditional meeting will be on Monday, November 5th and November 12th 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. to finish the angel card preparations. Room numbers for all meetings will be announced later. We will be decorating the Angel Tree on Saturday, November 17th in the small dining room at 10:00 a.m. and Angel Tree selections for the congregation begin on Sunday, November 18th and run through December 9th. Delivery of the gifts to the agencies will be on Monday, December 17th.
If you are interested in helping with the 2018 Angel Tree, please contact Janice Roddy at 493-2511. New volunteers are always welcome and current committee members should confirm their availability for this season.
For 2017 we sponsored 139 children. Angels were available for ages newborn through age 12. Eligible Angels come to us each year from the East Wayne Street Center, Amistad Cristiana Center, Wellspring Social Services and Boys & Girls Club. Angels are made available for selection in the Small Dining Room beginning in mid-November. Individual Angels or families of Angels are available. Angel cards indicate if the child is an individual or part of a larger family. An individual Angel, one or more members of a family, or an entire family can be selected. All gifts given are new.
Each year the Deacons assemble more than 100 attractive cloth bags filled with personal hygiene items that are distributed to clients of Charis House, the YWCA Women’s and Children’s Shelters, the Rescue Mission and the Interfaith Hospitality Network.
Eyeglasses, Hearing Aids, Cell Phones
Collection boxes are located in the Small Dining Room for your no-longer-used eyeglasses, hearing aids, and cell phones.
Education Scholarships, Loans, and Grants
First Presbyterian offers $1,000 scholarships to qualifying members and children of members who are pursuing degree-directed post-secondary education. In addition, loans are available for those seeking church-related vocations and for staff needing assistance for graduate work. Applications, obtainable from the Financial Office, are due April 1.