Opportunities to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus – check the mission booklet for more information on these missions.

  • Manna Bags – join the Hands and Feet Sunday School class on the 1st Sunday of the month to pack manna bags
  • Family Renew – office receptionist, help refurbish apartments, provide child care for meetings.
  • Good Samaritan Clinic – needs volunteers to answer phones, file, make charts, etc.
  • Grace House Pregnancy Center – needs volunteer client advocates, boutique assistants
  • IDignity – volunteer the day of the event
  • Interfaith Kitchen – help set up and serve meals on the 1st Thursday of the month from 4-6:30 PM at First United Methodist Church; donate food for the week (check the Sunday bulletin)
  • The Neighborhood Center – volunteer to work the front desk, give to the food pantry, donate to the thrift store
  • Habitat for Humanity – volunteer at the ReStore; help with building a house
  • Young Life – help maintain the 1st Pres Youth and Young Life House, become a volunteer leader, attend the annual banquet, provide service projects for students to work in order to raise money for camp.
  • Mission Trips to Nicaragua and Guatemala – become a member of a summer mission team, donate toward a youth scholarship for the trip

Supplies for Manna Bags

The Hands and Feet Sunday School class will begin adding mini first-aid kits to manna bags.  We will be adding Neosporin packets, alcohol wipes, q-tips, band aids, safety pins, etc. We are also looking for mini sewing kits, the kind you often find in hotel rooms.  Donations can be left in the church office.  Contact Mary Hoffmann (mary100550@aol.com) for more  information.

Don’t Forget Your Manna Bag

Have you handed out your last manna bag? Need another for under the driver’s seat of the car? Pick yours up from the Welcome Cart or the basket in Fellowship Hall.   What is a Manna bag?  To the ancient Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years, “manna” was the food God provided for their survival.  For us it means an opportunity to meet the needs of the hungry by providing a bag of food to our homeless friends on the street. We have all seen people on the side of the road with signs asking for assistance. We want to help but are reluctant to give a cash gift. So instead we can hand the person a manna bag that contains food, water, and a few basic supplies. The bags can be stored under the front seat of your vehicle and passed through the car window when the need arises.  The bags won’t solve the greater problem of homelessness or hunger, but giving the person a bag is something you can do for one person right now.

InterFaith Kitchen Needs

Every month First Presbyterian Church members cook and serve a dinner for the InterFaith Kitchen, located at the First United Methodist Church on the corner of  Woodland Blvd. and Howry Ave.  If you would like to donate, items need to be in by the Sunday before the first Thursday of the month.  Volunteers are always welcome—we always feed between 80 and 100 people. Preparation begins each Thursday, at 3:00 pm and serving begins at 5:30 pm. Mary Eggleston is the contact (if you have any questions).  

Dixie Lodge

(a local mission that FPCD supports) is looking for some toiletries (such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant etc.) To donate, contact Mary Eggleston.  

100th Sleeping Mat for the Homeless Completed

At 10:56 AM on Thursday, February 5, a group of dedicated volunteers completely our 100th sleeping mat for the homeless. If you are available between 10:00 and 12:00 on Thursday mornings we could certainly use your help. Come and enjoy this fun, no skill needed mission. Room 11A. 100th-mat   You are Needed – Do you have a couple of hours to give on Thursday mornings to help with the Sleeping Mats for the Homeless ministry? Consider joining this congenial group for fun and fellowship as we work on this simple but worthwhile project. We meet from 10-12 each Thursday morning in Room 11A. We would love to have you join us.

What is a Manna bag?

To the ancient Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years, “manna” was the food God provided for their survival.  For us it means an opportunity to meet the needs of the hungry by providing a bag of food to our homeless friends on the street. We have all seen people on the side of the road with signs asking for assistance. We want to help but are reluctant to give a cash gift. So instead we can hand the person a manna bag that contains food, water, and a few basic supplies. The bags can be stored under the front seat of your vehicle and passed through the car window when the need arises.  The bags won’t solve the greater problem of homelessness or hunger, but giving the person a bag is something you can do for one person right now. Supplies for Manna Bags The Hands and Feet Sunday School class will begin adding mini first-aid kits to manna bags.  We will be adding Neosporin packets, alcohol wipes, q-tips, band aids, safety pins, etc. We are also looking for mini sewing kits, the kind you often find in hotel rooms.  Donations can be left in the church office. Contact Mary Hoffmann (mary100550@aol.com) for more  information. Sleeping mats for the homeless A group of dedicated people has been meeting at 10:00 AM on Thursday mornings in the Mission Room (11A) to make sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic shopping bags.  We delivered our first batch of 15 mats to the Mercy Hour at First Methodist Church and they were very excited to get them. We will also be delivering some to a group of homeless veterans.  If we have 15-17 people on a Thursday we can complete 3 mats in a morning.  We also need volunteers to flatten and cut bags.  This can be done with the Thursday morning group if you would like the fellowship or can be done at home in your spare time-or both! Contact Mary Hoffmann (386) 747-5165, mary100550@aol.com for information. How do we spend our mission money? Do you have a mission you are passionate about? Would you like to have the Mission Outreach Team consider it for funding? Contact Mary Hoffmann at mary100550@aol.co, and we will check it out. For those of you who followed the story of Aaron from Nicaragua and the book our church family gave him 14 years ago, this our nineth year of annual photographs. We are a mission church. We are a community committed to serving others in need. As we exit our building, we enter the mission field.   Nicaragua. This is our eighteenth year coming to Nicaragua. It is like a second home, for collectively we have built, repaired or renovated: homes; a Presbyterian Church [Shalom Presbyterian Church in Esteli, Pastor: Jan Carlos Guttierez]; a Vida Joven office, residence, and club house; conducted countless children and youth oriented Bible Schools; planted trees; built bio-digesters and outhouses; built trails; and performed numerous agricultural projects and tasks at the Young Life farm known as “La Finca”. We have friends here who were young children when we first arrived and now have completed school, college, married, and been blessed with children. Namibia. Talitha Kumi Christian Academy is dedicated to the education of orphans and vulnerable children in our care and from the community of Arandis. The support we provide for all the children in our care covers a wide range of needs from their home, food, medical, and dental to all their school needs. The full donation given by sponsors through His Promise Ministries goes to the support of the child. Click here to learn more. For more information contact Kathy Morganelli by email or call 386-738-7396. Guatemala. We continue to support AIR Guatemala for their truly outstanding ministries that have been ongoing for more than a decade. Click here to learn more and find the newsletters. For more information contact Anne Hallum -Wilgers, at ahallum@stetson.edu, or call 386-956-4321. Taiwan. John McCall has been serving in Taiwan for over 16 years. He spends a lot of time on trains, buses, and subways as he travels throughout Taiwan teaching courses on ministry and spiritual formation at the three seminaries of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan. John leads groups of pastors in different parts of Taiwan that meet monthly to find encouragement and challenge.   “I have the privilege of accompanying both seminary students and pastors as they seek to be Christ’s light and salt in this land,” he says. Most every weekend John is in a different church or presbytery teaching and preaching and equipping the leadership of the Taiwanese church. Many of these churches are indigenous, located in the high mountains, on the coast, or in Taiwan’s teeming cities. Click here to learn more and read his newsletters.