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. In addition, budgeted church mission funds are used to purchase additional food (26,963 grocery items in 2019) .
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 weeks of Lent, we have a Fish and Loaves food collection.
Everyone a Neighbor Day
NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS SUSPENDED DURING PANDEMIC. 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. 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
The 2019 Angel Tree team would like to say thank you to all who generously gave of their time, money, and gifts to make this year’s Angel Tree another huge success. We were able to provide clothing and toys for all of our Angels. We greatly appreciate the remarkable effort that our congregation makes each year to make certain that all of our Angels have Christmas presents.
The Angels, newborn through age 12, came to us from the East Wayne Street Center, Wellspring Social Services, Amistad Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church, and the Boys & Girls Club of Ft. Wayne.
Altogether we were able to sponsor 129 children this year. These children might not have had any Christmas gifts if it were not for this project, so you can understand just how important this mission is to our church and our community and how thankful the children and their parents are for your support.
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 each year.