Mission Inside the Church
Outreach to the Community
At First Presbyterian Church we believe we are serving God when we are serving other people. If you are interested in joining us in one of our Mission Projects, please contact the Church Office. 309.755.1595
At FPC we invite people in our community to come and get to know us through a variety of Outreach opportunities including: The Community Easter Egg Hunt for all Children through 4th Grade. Held on the Saturday before Holy Week Saturday, Registration at 9:30 a.m., Egg Hunt at 10:00 a.m. Pets of all sizes and their humans are invited to worship at the The Blessing of the Animals Outdoor Worship Service in Mid-July. Please contact the church office, check our calendar or visit our church to learn about other Outreach Activities!
Outdoor Labyrinth for the Community—Open Dawn to Dusk Year-Round
The winding path of the Labyrinth dates back, in Christian tradition, to the 12th century European cathedrals, particularly in France and Italy. During the era of the Crusades it became incredibly dangerous to travel or pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The journey of the Labyrinth was used by many of the faithful to substitute for the journey to Jerusalem. In both instances, we are taken to a Holy place. Walking in silent prayer has long been seen as a symbol of the sacred meeting of mind, body and heart. While Labyrinths come in many forms, our Labyrinth is a full-scale duplication of the most famous of all Labyrinths, the Labyrinth of 1220 found in France’s Chartres Cathedral. It was created in 1997, and was the first public Labyrinth in the Quad Cities. If you would like more information about our Labyrinth, a brochure is available in the Church Office.
.Outreach to our Community
"Committed to Loving God, Loving Each Other and Reaching Out to People"
Presby Seniors—4th Wednesday of the Month—12:00 Noon—Denny’s Restaurant by Southpark Mall
This is a luncheon group for all who call themselves “Seniors” or “Retired.” We meet at meet at The Deerfield Inn Restaurant in East Moline for food and fellowship once a month. Pastor Becky drives the Church Bus for this event and will pick you up at your home or residential facility if you are unable to drive. Contact the church office by the Tuesday morning so you can be added to the rider’s list.
Join us for Fellowship Events for All Ages
At FPC we have fun together in many ways! During the season of Lent all ages gather after worship for the “Lenten Lunch and Learn” series each year. Several years ago we had our first Presby’s Got Talent potluck and talent show for all ages. This event takes place after worship and really you just have to see it to believe it! Throughout the year there are other special events and gatherings, call the church office or check the Calendar for our next Fellowship Event!
3rd Sunday of the Month - Food for the Meal site
We believe there are many ways to help people, some come from collecting! Please bring your donations to the bookshelf by the big puzzle in the library.
Pop Tabs help the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City, which houses families while their children are undergoing cancer and other medical treatment.
Used eye glasses are distributed by the Lions to those who cannot afford them.
Used cell phones are used by battered women and women in the battered women's shelter to have access to a 911 call at all times.
"Box Tops for Education" Coupons help our local elementary schools with supplies and equipment.
Canceled Stamps are auctioned to stamp collectors by a local Stamp Collector’s Club every April and the money raised goes to cancer research.
Cell Phones & Supplies for Winnie’s Place—Women in Need-Sheltered Into Excellence
We have an ongoing collection of used cell phones so women are able to make 911 calls. We also collect personal care products to help women and children in transition. From their website: “Winnie's Place is a shelter program to assist women, with or without children, who are homeless or victims of violence move away from their current situations and toward a world of new opportunities".
Winnie’s Wishes Resale Shop & More, 1605 Harrison St. Davenport, IA, 563.323.5007. FPC members also support Winnie’s Place by making donations to their Resale Shop!
Guided by our Mission Commission we gather supplies such as: Kleenex, crayons and pencils for school children in the winter when their supplies have run low;
WITHIN THE CHURCH
The Commissions of our congregation: Christian Education, Mission, Outreach and Fellowship, Finance, Property, Worship and Music meet on the first and second Thursday of the month.
Our Session, which is the ruling body of the congregation, meets the fourth Thursday of the month.
Our Deacons, who care for our members at home, nursing homes and hospitals, and provide Communion preparation and care for the Sanctuary meet on the third Thursday of the month.
Hands On Mission
Serve a Meal at the Churches United Meal Site 3rd Monday of the Month.
We gather ingredients, prepare and serve a meal at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, East Moline at 6:00 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of each Month. On the Sunday before people sign up to bring the food, help with cooking and help with serving.
Tutoring at Ridgewood Elementary School.
For many years people from FPC have shared their time with children at our local elementary school. You are invited to share an hour or more of your week tutoring children in Kindergarten through 4th Grade as they learn. You will be paired with a specific teacher and class as you make a difference in the life of children in our community.
Watertown Food Pantry in East Moline, a ministry of Churches United of the Quad Cities was re-opened the on March 2017 by church members Mike and Pat Tyler. Our congregation provides both food and cash donations to keep the pantry serving the neighborhood in need. The pantry is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-4 pm where you will find our church members stocking shelves, inventorying donations, and welcoming clients. We are always in need of volunteers, monetary donations and canned goods.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – 2nd Saturday of the Month—9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.
Since February 2007 crocheters and knitters have gathered to create Prayer Shawls and Lap Robes. Over 200 Prayer Shawls and Lap Robes have gone to people in our community and around the country. We are always looking for crafters from inside and outside the church to come join us once a month. As we make the Prayer Shawls we pray for the person who will receive it, then as a group we lay our hands on what we’ve made and pray for the recipients. Finally the Prayer Shawls, Lap Robes and caps are brought into worship and blessed during Sunday Worship. We see these gifts as a hug from God and a hug from First Presbyterian Church. If you or someone you know is in need of a Prayer Shawl please contact the church office or talk to Pastor Becky on Sunday morning.
God's Kidz Mission
God's Kidz in Mission: The children started making fleece scarves for area school children in need, as a birthday present for Baby Jesus in 2007. It was such a popular mission project that it has continued as an annual project – the children now make over 100 scarves a year, which are given to local schools for teachers to give out.
Place Flags at the Arsenal for Memorial Day Weekend
On the Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend in the afternoon we join others from around the Quad Cities to place American flags on all of the graves at the Arsenal. The group rides together in the Church Bus.
CROP Walk for Hunger –First Sunday in October—We Walk Because They Walk
“CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially the grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts of partner agencies in some 80 countries. CROP Hunger Walks help to provide tools of hope...From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans. In addition, each local CROP Hunger Walk can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to local hunger-fighting programs.” Each year Churches United chooses local hunger ministries to receive 25 percent of the funds raised.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing On one Saturday in December friends and family gather to ring the Salvation Army Bell outside the Silvis Hyvee, to support the many ministries of the Salvation Army.
JOIN US IN MISSION TO OUR COMMUNITY AND WORLD
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