How can You Help?
You may continue to donate items for the recent flood waters in Nebraska and Iowa. We have an Amazon wish-list that items purchased will come directly to First Presbyterian Church or you can purchase items at the store you frequent and bring those items to church. One of the things needed now is clothesline. Thank you
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, plastic bags, egg cartons and would appreciate dish soap as well.
Pantry volunteers are always needed and appreciated to set up and serve every Thursday from 3:15-5:30 & to unload the truck the 3rd Thursday of every month at 8:30.
This is a wonderful outreach opportunity and would be a great way for high school and college students to stay connected during the summer. The next pantry truck to unload is scheduled for Thursday, December 20th at 8:30 a.m. Please call Judy Money for more information or to volunteer, 402-557-8674. Thanks for your continued support!
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity’s InterfaithCoalition, of which First Presbyterian Church is a part, is proud to begin a new home. Construction has begun on the Faith house, which First Presbyterian Church is a part of. We are seeking volunteers who wish to participate in a very worthwhile community project, while at the same time meeting very interesting like-minded individuals who seek to make our community a better place to live. If you have any Fridays or Saturdays available, come on over to 3323 Emmet St to help this family realize their dream of owning their own home. We need volunteers to provide meals for the workers, as well as helping with the construction. No prior experience is necessary, as you will learn as you go. For more information, contact Paul Jelinek at 402-960-8901, or email at email@example.com.
Our Mission Ministry continues to support Kellom Elementary School fulfilling needs for the students and the teachers. We have supplied the students with backpacks and various school supplies for the beginning of the year. FPC wll also provide dinner for the teachers at conference time. This is greatly appreciated at this busy time of the year..
The Mission Ministry is in contact with their principal for any other needs. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that we can help the youngsters as well as the teachers who help the youngsters all day long.
“And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” -Jeremiah 29:7 NLT
For a little over a year, a small part of FPC’s communtiy outreach, our work for the peace and prosperity of our city, has been to pick up litter in Turner Park once a month. We have plenty of trash bags. We have more than enough gloves. We even have several “EZ Reacher” devices for picking things up without bending down. What we have only in a limited supply, like five loaves and two fishes, are the many hands that make light work. Not that the work is heavy, but every pair of feet covering ground makes our clean up that much more thorough in the time we have. Since it’s summer, and the afternoons are hot, we intend to get started at nine o’clock and will have to knock off in time to get to the service at 10:30 We know that picking up litter isn’t exactly a walk in the park–no, wait, it is.
First Presbyterian Church has a long history of supporting mission, not only in our church and community, but also around the world.
One of the missions our church supports is located in Miraj, Maharashtra, India. Wanless Hospital, Miraj (pronounced “meer-udge”) Medical Centre is sort of a “mecca” to the people of South Central India for medical care. It is located approximately 300 miles south of Mumbai and is the only such medical center for approximately 15 million people within a radius of approximately 150 miles.
The Wanless Hospital had its beginning as a small dispensary started in 1890 by Dr. William Wanless, pioneer Presbyterian medical missionary. The first of the present buildings was opened in 1894. The Miraj Medical Center has a unique agreement with the State Government as a private Christian teaching hospital attached to a government medical college. In addition, it maintains an accredited College of Nursing as well as other diploma courses such as x-ray, laboratory, etc. and has a strong association with Richardson Leprosy Hospital. In addition to caring for patients in hospital, the medical center has a strong tie with the very active Department of Community Health, going to surrounding villages for teaching, immunizations of children and preventative and basic health services to the communities.
As an aside, Susan B. served as a Volunteer in Mission at this medical center in 1983. She spent most of her time going to the villages doing immunizations, and teaching. She was supported not only by First Presbyterian Church, but by the Missouri River Valley Presbytery.
April Mission Focus:
Percy Mdala School in Knysna, South Africa
Education is highly valued even in this poverty stricken settlement in South Africa; without it, 60%of students are destined for unemployment. Even the lucky ones who find employment must settle for low-paying domestic jobs. Support of 10th Graders is especially important, as only 54% of them meet grade requirements, compared with 70% overall for the school.
At the Percy Mdala School, 22 instructors teach 900 students. Class sizes average 65 students. All who are willing to learn are welcome. The teachers are paid the equivalent of $9,000 US dollars, which is far more than the community can afford. School supplies are expensive, especially to the many families who have difficulty even paying the $10 fee to start school.
While many of the families choose to live in this area in order to be close to the school, there are students who travel great distances. The school feeds and transports those staying far from school.
Through the generosity of your financial donations, there are many way to help.
There is a display in Calvin Hall near the elevator. You can choose where your donation will be used. Pick an envelope and help with general needs, snacks, school supplies, meals, transportation costs and salaries for teachers. This is a great opportunity to change the lives of today’s students and future generations.