Ministries and Missions

By the Grace of Jesus Christ, we will strive to
Share the “Good News” with the world,
Nurture each other in our faith, and
Go into the world sharing Christ’s love and mercy.

There are many ways to share the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world and right here at home. We encourage you to look through these missions that we actively support and invite you to participate.

Shepherding Ministry

Jesus said, “If you love me, take care of my sheep.” — John 21:17

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THe Shepherding Bulletin Board shows our communities divided into "Flocks" each with its own "Shepherd"

The Shepherding Bulletin Board shows our church neighborhoods divided into “Flocks,” each with its own “Shepherd”

Our church is divided into geographical areas (flocks) served by volunteer “Shepherds.”
The Shepherding Ministry seeks to reach out and care for every member of our church family with the hope and prayer that each member will feel the warmth of a caring congregation and will grow in the spirit of commitment to the church and God.
Shepherds provide an after-church Shepherding Luncheon for the entire congregation three times a year. Shepherds also keep in touch with members of their geographically located “flock” during the church year in various ways. In addition, Shepherds may work with Deacons in providing a meal after a funeral service if requested.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Shepherd or helping with cooking for the shepherding lunches once they are announced, feel free to contact your Shepherd or Judy Peoples through the church office. Volunteers are appreciated in tidying up after the luncheon, too.

                                                                                                                      Latrobe Street Mission

Latrobe Street Mission is a homeless shelter located in nearby Parkersburg, West Virginia which provides emergency housing, meals, clothing, and counseling for anyone in need. Two hundred dollars a month goes from the church’s Mission Commission budget to support this project, and periodically children collect supplemental supplies, as in Vacation Bible School projects.

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Visit the Latrobe Street Mission Facebook page

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In February of 2015, our FPC Youth, along with other area churches, attended World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. This ministry desires to open students’ eyes to the truth about global hunger and help them learn what God wants us all to do about it. During this event, our Youth grew closer to God and each other as they fasted for 30 hours to raise money for global hunger together!

Click here to learn more about World Vision and the 30 Hour Famine.

                                                                                          The Garrison Family

Our missionaries Craig and Kara Garrison along with their children Jake, Sarah, Emilee, and Kate are helping to spread the Good News in Myanmar. For the Garrisons’ latest newsletter click here.

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Alternative Giving

P1100886The First Presbyterian Alternative Giving Catalog (the most important gift catalog of the Mid-Ohio Valley) is full of ideas for our brothers and sisters in need that live near and far from us. The organizations represented in the catalog offer a wide variety of alternative gifts from local, national, and international locations. The presents available range from $3 to $500. Gift ideas include clean water, electricity, a safe place to stay, food, chickens, and even kitchen sinks. Our congregation is encouraged to use the catalog to shop for gifts year round for any special occasion. Each donation comes with a card telling the honoree about the special present chosen for them. Catalogs are available in the Old Library (ground floor near the bottom of the stairs) and also online here:

Alternative Giving Catalog

Alternative Giving Order Form

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events.

Visit the PDA website   Visit the PDA Facebook page

Special Offerings

We receive four special offerings during the year that are used by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to support ministry locally, nationally, and globally.

The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering is received during Holy Week on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. An early church tradition tied Easter to the lunar calendar. Its observance ranges from March 22 to April 25. The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering is used for refugee ministry, disaster relief, and the self -development of people.

The Pentecost Offering is received on Pentecost Sunday, which is seven weeks after Easter. It is used for training and support of young adult volunteers, youth ministries, and child advocacy. Churches keep 40% of this offering for local ministry. In 2014, the Mission Commission designated our portion to the Summer Backpack Program.

The Peace and Global Witness Offering, formerly known as the Peacemaking Offering, is received on the first Sunday of October, which is also World Communion Sunday. The denomination uses this offering to address areas of injustice. The church keeps 25% of this offering for local ministry. In 2014, we designated our portion to support EVE, Inc. which seeks to end domestic violence.

The Joy Gift Offering is received in December, normally the Sunday before Christmas. This offering supports retired church workers and racial-ethnic colleges associated with the denomination.

Visit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Special Offering website

Visit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) Special Offering  Facebook page

Sanctuary Flowers

The flowers that decorate the front of the sanctuary are donated each week by anyone who would like to provide them. The donator may include a dedication which will be printed in the Sunday bulletin (please email or send your message to our Office Administrator, Karen, by Wednesday morning prior to the Sunday your flowers will be in the sanctuary, and provide a contribution for the flowers in your Sunday offering.) There are sign-up sheets located at the bottom of the stairs on the ground floor.

Flower Delivery

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Ready to deliver flowers

The Sanctuary Flowers are divided up, re-arranged, and delivered by the Deacons to members of our church and community who could use a little joy to let them know that we care for them and are in our thoughts and prayers.

Caring Connection and Food Pantry

A part of the Deacon’s funds goes to the Caring Connection (which supplies partial help in preventing utility shut offs, rent assistance, emergency prescriptions, transportation to an essential out of town medical appointment and free help in preparing income tax returns for our most vulnerable citizens) and to our Food Pantry. In fact, helping the Marietta Community Food Pantry grow has become a special project of our church. Our monthly Cents-Ability Offering goes to the Food Pantry, part of One Great Hour of Sharing goes to the Food Pantry, and a portion of the CROP Walk* proceeds, a ministry dedicated to raising funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world, goes to the Pantry. In addition, we collected food for the Pantry from our congregation during Eight Weeks of Sharing during the holidays, and over the course of 2013, our congregation collected and delivered over 900 pounds of food and health items to the Pantry. In 2013, at the request of the Mission Commission, $5,000 was contributed from the Goddard-Dyer Mission Fund to the Food Pantry.

*To learn more about the CROP Hunger Walk, visit their website.

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Home Communion

Home Communion is available to those who are unable to attend worship service. Please contact the church office if you would like to receive communion at your home.

Nursing Home / Assisted Living Services

Worship services are provided at various times throughout the year at the local nursing homes. If you would like to participate in leading the service, playing music, or singing beloved hymns with residents, please contact the Deacon’s Moderator (Scroll down on the Session & Deacons page)

Election Day Soup and Sandwich

On election day, the church holds a fundraising soup and sandwich luncheon. Funds raised go to one specific community charity, chosen each year by the Missions Commission.Election Day Soup n Sandwich

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Do you know of someone who would like to feel the warmth of Christ literally wrapped around them? Our prayer shawl ministry meets the first Thursday of every month and knits prayer shawls to be given to people in their time of need when they need a little extra love and comfort… or at times of special joy, like after the birth of a child.

Prayer Shawl Knitters

If you are interested in becoming a Prayer Shawl Knitter, feel free to contact Judy Peoples or Ilene Barengo through the church office or just check the Church Calendar on this website to confirm the date, time and location of the next meeting. If you know of someone who needs one of our prayer shawls, knitted in prayer and blessed before giving it away, you may sign one out from the Golden Circle room (near the Fourth Street entrance). The prayer shawls are already bagged with blessings and are available in the bookcase.

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We Provide a Community Meal on the Fourth Tuesday

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Harvest of Hope Gardener

Although our December meal might vary from this schedule, once a month our church, working with Harvest of Hope*, provides a free community meal — and donations of take-home dry goods and vegetables — in our Fellowship Hall on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Helpers for food preparation serving, and clean-up are always welcome, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to share fellowship as well. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board on the ground floor by the stairs, if you are interested in helping.

* You can visit the “Washington County Harvest of Hope ” website for more information.

Community Meal Sign