Mission Team Committee
The intent of our mission commitment at First Presbyterian Church is to attain a balance in giving to missions by geography (local, regional, national, and global) and by purpose (evangelical, educational, and humanitarian).
Each year a tithe or greater amount is budgeted to assist a score or more churches, agencies, and other entities, all of which are rigorously examined by the Lay Mission Team. Local mission dollars support the Maywood Mission, Christian broadcasting, community benevolence and others. Regional and national programs include Presbytery support, inner-city outreach and homes for troubled youth. International efforts include mission trips to foreign countries. Many of the church youth and adults regularly participate in these opportunities to minister to the world's needy.
Boy Scout Pack 5
This Pack, hosted and sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, is open to all boys in grades 1-5 and their families.
Boy Scout Troup 5
This Troop, hosted and sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, is open to boys ages 11-18.
Following Thanksgiving each year the congregation is given twelve families in need of help at Christmas time. Fairfield County Community Action provides the names after researching the needs of the Fairfield County area.
Food is purchased for these families from the church mission fund but the congregation is given a list of Christmas gifts needed by each family to complete their holiday lists. Families or individuals sign up for a particular family and then shop for and gift-wrap their purchases. All food and gifts are distributed by volunteers from the congregation following the 10:45a worship service the week before Christmas. Help is needed for grocery shopping, providing gifts, and delivery.
Discipleship House Bookstore
The bookstore is a ministry to the members of First Presbyterian as well as an outreach to the Lancaster and Fairfield County community. Conveniently located on the middle level of the church near the sanctuary, it is well stocked with a variety of Bibles, study materials, books on prayer and Christian living. Books and DVDs for children are also available. Much of the bookstore business is in the form of special orders. Books, special Bibles, CDs and DVDs may be ordered with most arriving within three days. Seasonal materials associated with Christmas, Easter, Graduation, Mother's Day, and Father's Day are stocked or available by special order.
Discipleship House Bookstore hours:
Foundation Dinners is founded on the Gospel of Christ. It serves the needy of the community and gives opportunity to privileged people who care to express their concern in a meaningful way.
Every day, every year, since January 1, 1994, the Foundation Dinners has served a meal to those in need. Devotions and prayer are a part of each meal. They are an agency of the United Way of Fairfield County.
Twice each month, at least five persons are needed from the church to prepare, serve and clean up.
Friend-To Friend Visitation Ministry
This ministry has been a strong component of the church for over twenty years. Serving on Friend-to-Friend is an extremely rewarding experience.
A friendly call from a church member to another who is limited and often homebound is an extremely welcome event. These monthly visits always lift the spirits of both parties. Many wonderful and lasting friendships are made as friends share their faith and love for our church. Members are always eager to hear about the activities of the church and how those events are affecting the life of the church.
The Friend-to-Friend Visitation Ministry also teaches participants to appreciate aging positively and gracefully. It is a program filled with unexpected blessings for all involved and is a truly special ministry.
Nuevo Paraiso, Honduras
Beginning in 1998 First Presbyterian has sent work teams to the village of Nuevo Paraiso during the summer. The predominant residents are women and children. Food, medical/dental care, clothing, books, school supplies, love and spiritual support are among the many things included in this outreach ministry. Each year the work teams are assigned specific projects to complete during their stay.
Team members also minister to nearly 250 elementary children by teaching arts and crafts, music and physical education classes. A library at the school has also been established through the efforts of First Presbyterian Church. Nearby Montana de Luz has also been a recipient of this ministry. This village was established to meet the special needs of women and children who are HIV positive.
The Southeastern Ohio Correctional Institute has many needs that may be met by the local community. First Presbyterian Church is involved with meeting the special needs of this prison community, especially those being presented by the prison chaplain. Education is sponsored with personal grants to prisoners for college tuition by way of distance learning and independent study. Special educational needs are also supported as needed. Church and community leaders also carry out a program of special speakers.
A used book and magazine collection is ongoing. Donations are accepted at all times in the box located in the narthex. As a part of this ministry, a book club meets as needed to discuss books of common interest. The inmates operate a sweater ministry, producing knitted sweaters for distribution to needy persons. Yarn donations are accepted at the office.
Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Project
Samaritan's Purse is an international ministry headed by Franklin Graham. Citizens and organizations in ten countries participate in this outreach to the needy children in over 90 countries worldwide.
Each fall First Presbyterian Church members respond to this ministry by preparing a castoff shoebox as a container and then lovingly and prayerfully filling the box to capacity with a variety of personal and hygienic care items along with an age appropriate toy and perhaps a personal message and some candy. Guidelines for the shoebox contents are given to all participating. After the shoeboxes are collected and dedicated during a morning worship service, they are delivered to a transfer site for shipment to North Carolina.
Each year a mission team of interested church members travels to a North Carolina warehouse to help with the work needed to prepare these gifts for shipment around the world.
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