Activities

Food PantryHand Up Food Pantry            

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.               

                                      Thanks for your continued support!

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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 jelinek1@cox.net.

 

 

    Kellom Elementary

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.

 

 

Adopt-A-Park Turner Park

“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.

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Miraj, Maharashtra, India

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.

 

PW Mission Month

Thanks to everyone for their support and generosity of Presbyterian Women’s August Mission Month, including a bake sale and luncheon, over $700 was raised to benefit Saving Grace, Perishable Food Rescue and Delivery. 

Saving Grace provides a pipeline that connects excess perishable food that would otherwise go to waste with nonprofit agencies that feed the hungry. Donated food from grocery stores, restaurants, event venues, schools, wholesalers, caterers and other food purveyors is matched with the needs of partner nonprofit agencies that use it to feed their clients. Saving Grace’s efforts keep thousands of pounds of food a month out of our landfills. And, the donated food allows the recipient agencies to provide healthy meals to their clients, while directing more of their resources to other programs. 

If you were unable to participate in the mission month activities, it is not too late to donate to this worthy cause. Simply place your check made payable to Saving Grace in the collection plate. 

Thanks again for helping Presbyterian Women help Saving Grace! 

 

September Mission Focus

Habitat for Humanity

Being around people who believe in God is important to Lino, Grace and their family. They are excited to work alongside Faith House Coalition volunteers to build their home in the Adams Park Neighborhood. 

Lino and Grace are originally from South Sudan, and are part of the Acholi Tribe. Their six children grew up in a refugee camp in Uganda before the family travelled to Omaha in 2014 as part of the Refugee Empowerment Center’s resettlement program. During their time in Omaha, they have made many friends. Some of these friends encouraged them to apply for Habitat Omaha’s Homeownership Program. 

The family looks forward to being part of their new neighborhood and spending time with one another in their own home, eating their favorite foods and watching movies. 

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 jelinek1@cox.net.