Community Organizations

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

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

 


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


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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