Current Mission Happenings

Flower Card Sales

Treat someone you know—even yourself—to a fresh flower bouquet every month the whole year through. Flower cards to benefit the HFU Missionaries are currently being sold for $20.00. Starting in July 2015, you will be able to pick up a bouquet from Phillips-Kifer Flowers on East Main Street each month for 12 months.

Cards will be available from the church office, at Phillips-Kifer Flowers, or from a member of the Mission Team until they are sold out. Contact Carol L'Insalata at (814) 229-2185 for more information.

Why Me?

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” ~ Isaiah 6.3-13

In response to God’s love, we are moved to respond through joyful service. As followers of Jesus we seek not to be served but to serve others. All members and friends of First Presbyterian Church are invited to serve though our many local, congregational, and global missions. More information about these service opportunities is available from the church office, or by clicking any of the links here.

 

Where and How

In our community    

     

    In our church

    •  Sunday School leaders and helpers for students of all ages.
    • Nursery care volunteer.
    • Office assistance.
    • Sing in the Choir
    • Play in the Bell Choir
    • Provide a meal or simple household chores for someone who is homebound or recovering from an illness or accident.
    • Join the Caring Callers in sending notes of love and encouragement to our members.
    • Plant flowers and pull weeds.
    • Assist with parking and doors on Sundays and for events.
    • Offer a ride to church or to an event outside the church.
    • Prepare emergency food bags.
    • Sewing, cleaning, fixing, donating, tending, gathering, visiting.... the Mission Team facilitates many local projects throughout the year.

     

    In our world

    • Heart for Uganda mission work in Kyenjojo, Uganda, Africa. Our congregation is deeply connected to the mission and ministry of Alyssa Cooper Sande in Uganda.  God has placed a vision on her heart to construct a Children's Village to provide for the medical, spiritual and educational needs of the children of Kyenjojo and He has made us a partner in this ministry.  Of all the pressing needs, clean water is one of the most vital.  Our congregation has committed to build a clean water system for the Children's Village. We eagerly anticipate it's completion and our continued involvement in this ministry. The Heart for Uganda Prayer and Action committee meets at 6:30pm, in the Ministry Central room, in the Christian Education wing, on the third Monday of each month. These meetings include the most up-to-date news from Kyenjojo, prayer and Bible study, activities to support Alissa and develop the medical, educational, spiritual, and emotional nurture for the children and this specific community in Africa. All are welcome to join us & share your gifts so that others may know God and how He loves.  
    • Operation City Compassion - by the New York School of Urban Ministry ministers to the homeless of New York City by offering hot meals, warm clothing and a compassionate ear. An annual trip of members and friends includes training, hands-on ministry opportunities and worship.
    • Operation Military Support collects and sends comfort items, cards and homemade goodies to men and women serving our country far from home. Members and friends serving in several branches of the military, based both in this country and abroad receive gift boxes to share with their units.
    • Operation Christmas Child distributes millions of gift boxes to children in need each Christmas.  These tangible expressions of God's love open doors for local churches to share the true meaning of Christmas.  We pack shoeboxes with the school supplies, toys, hygiene items, sweets and personal notes.  The boxes are distributed by Samaritan's Purse along with a Gospel Storybook in each child's own language, an opportunity to take a bible class and an invitation to accept Jesus in their hearts.