First Presbyterian Church

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.


Latrobe Street Mission

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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.


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

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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.


GoPacks

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Food insecurity, that is, the lack of consistent access to food, affects many children in our country.  In 2012, 21.6% of children in the US were food insecure.  That figure was even higher in Ohio with 25.2%.  This chronic hunger affects children’s physical health as well as their ability to do well in school.   Excessive absences, short attention spans, and a general inability to concentrate are all direct results of food insecurity.  In addition, entire school communities are affected when chronically hungry students are hyperactive, aggressive, irritable, and have trouble forming friendships and/or getting along with others.

The GoPacks Program is designed to offer food insecure students a source of nutrition when they are away from school on weekends and short school breaks.  Backpacks filled with shelf stable food are sent home with students in need on Fridays.  Food sent home is meant to duplicate the meals students would normally receive in school and typically include two breakfast options, two lunch options and two snacks.  When at all possible, food packed is of kid friendly preparation.  Backpacks are then returned to the schools on Mondays, allowing the cycle to repeat. 

First Presbyterian Church launched the GoPacks program at Washington Elementary School in the spring of 2015.  The program seeks to partner with families, creating a unified effort – families, schools, & community – against food insecurity.   The program is in the first stages of becoming a community driven & supported program.  A diverse board has been assembled to direct the program.  Community support in the form of sponsorships, financial & food donations, and volunteers is requested.

If you or your business would like to learn more about the GoPacks program or how you can become involved please contact the program’s Director/Coordinator, Heather Warner.

Email: Heather.Warner@GoPacks4kids.org

Come join us in creating relationships, strengthening communities & most importantly, Help Keep Kids Going.


Special Offerings

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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.


Mid-Ohio Valley Interfaith

Mid-Ohio Valley Interfaith is an initiative that seeks to find unity, support, and dialogue among all faith communities. A number of programs have been created through this effort since its inception in 2016. The need for inclusive and unified support among religious and spiritual groups is imperative. Together we are able to ensure that all people can have a seat at the table. (Our Pastor is a member of this initiative.)


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 the Marietta Community Food Pantry. In fact, helping the Marietta Community Food Pantry grow has become a special project of our church, our monthly loose change offering is collected solely to benefit the Food Pantry.


Alternative Giving

The First Presbyterian Alternative Giving Catalog 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 Gallery (ground floor near the bottom of the stairs) and also online here: