Hand Up Food Pantry
Our Hand Up Food Pantry is open every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. except holidays. Our goal is to provide a hand up for those in our community by providing food. To receive a pantry please bring your social security card and two pieces of identification with an address. Clients are able to be served a full pantry once a month. We offer a weekly Senior Pantry for those 65 and over. Please note that the pantry is closed when Omaha Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.
The Pantry appreciates receiving jelly and jam for the children’s cupboard, which is a special kid-only area with kid-friendly and favorite foods.
We continue to need toilet paper, dish soap and syrup, but currently have an ample supply of plastic bags and egg cartons.
Lastly, please mark your calendars for the third Thursday of every month at 9:00 a.m. A truckload of food is scheduled to arrive monthly. Volunteers are needed! Please call Judy Money for more information or to volunteer, 402-557-8674.
Thanks for your continued support!
Castelar Kids’ Night
On the second Friday evening of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, we volunteer along with and other Presbyterian churches in Omaha to host a free youth event at the former Castelar Presbyterian Church located at 16th and Castelar. Neighborhood youth from kindergarten to eighth grade come for a night of games, crafts, worship and food. This provides a safe alternative to trouble that can occur on the streets without organized activities.
Crossroads Connection Prison Ministry
Crossroads Connection is a community of churches in the Omaha Metro area who have joined together to help prison inmates in their transition back to life outside of prison. Each Sunday a different church hosts a worship service followed by a wonderful homemade meal. This takes place at Underwood Hills Presbyterian Church.
Neighbors United is a neighborhood collaboration composed of 12 interfaith communities working together to help the needs and hopes of local neighbors. Every Saturday morning at First Baptist Church beginning at 11:30 a.m., approximately 150-200 community members and volunteers enjoy a meal together while getting to know one another. The primary goal of the Community Meals is to cultivate relationships among area residents.
Habitat for Humanity
“Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” We are a member of the Interfaith Coalition group with Habitat for Humanity here in the Omaha Metro area. This year the group will build and dedicate a house for a family in the South Omaha area. The house that was being built was dedicated in December, 2016, which included a welcome home party for the people who worked on the house and the family getting the house that they will make a home. Stay tuned for the house for 2017.
Kellom Elementary School
We participate in the OPS Adopt-A-School program by adopting Kellom Elementary School. We are currently collecting used clean jackets for delivery next fall. As well as sweat pants in black or navy, sizes small, medium, large and extra large; belts of various sizes; gloves for boys; jackets and scarves; underwear and socks of various sizes and back packs.
50 Backpacks for Kellom Youngsters
CCGM wants to collect 50 backpacks for students in need at Kellom Elementary.They can be new or gently used and should be appropriate for either male or female elementary students. They don’t need to be top-of-the-line—just something the owner will enjoy carrying back and forth to school. There will be a bin in Calvin Hall to put them in.
Then on Aug. 20th, Pastor Jenni will lead a “Blessing of the Backpacks” when students in the congregation will bring their backpacks to church to be blessed as a way to pray for the Lord’s guidance during the students’ school year. The 50 backpacks donated for Kellom will be blessed as well.
Getting the school year off to a good start can make a huge difference for any child. Having a new, fun backpack will help a child make that good start. Help us reach the 50 goal! Thanks for your generosity!
Turner Park – Keep Omaha Beautiful |Adopt-A-Park Program
First Presbyterian Church is proud to be involved with the Keep Omaha Beautiful Adopt-A-Park program. The church has adopted Turner Park, our neighbor east of us at 3oth and Farnam Streets. Volunteers from the church will monthly work at the park to keep it sparkling clean. We plan on meeting the second Sunday of the month. During the warmer months we will clean before our worship service at 10:30. In the colder, wintry months, we plan on cleaning, if weather permits, after worshp service. If you are interested in participating in this activity, contact the church at 402 345-5383 or email/call David at email@example.com or 402 278-2214.
All women of the church are members of Presbyterian Women in the Church (PW). PW provides many services to the church from hosting funeral lunches, a prayer shawl ministry and a monthly women’s Bible study to name a few. PW also organizes several luncheons throughout the year as well as the annual bake sale in August to support its various mission projects.
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Our refugee family arrived on Friday, May 26th !
We are sponsoring a family of eight from the Ukraine – a ouple in their 50’s, their son age 21, two daughters age 25 and 27 and their husbands, and one of the daughter’s son who is almost 2.
They will stay with their third daughter who is settled in Omaha for approximately three weeks which give us a chance to gather what we still need for their home. We will work with them for six to nine months to help in their adjustment. Families that receive such help do much better in a new country.
Please let the office or Kathy S. know if you can help.
There are many ways to get involved from donating household items to helping to mentor them so they acclimate to their new surroundings. Kathy has a list of needed items.
If you are interested in being involved in these active missions at First Presbyterian Church, please visit with Pastor Sloan or Pastor Jenni at 402 345-5383.