FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Outreach Mission Ministries

Rise and Shine

Express your willingness to serve the homeless and the underserved of Gaston County each Wednesday morning, 7:00a.m.-8:00a.m., around the circle. We offer our honored guests a complete complimentary breakfast and provide a care package.

Non-Perishable Food Drives

First Presbyterians are invited to contribute non-perishable foods for the benefit of Crisis Assistance Ministry (CAM) throughout the month of January and Serving Our Community with Kindness (SOCKS) throughout the Lenten Season (Ash Wednesday through Good Friday). Both non-profit community outreach agencies serve greater Gaston County.

Designated baskets are located in the Sanctuary Narthex to encourage worshipers to bring a contribution as they make their way to Sunday morning worship.

Meals on Wheels

Members and friends of First Presbyterian faithfully deliver hot meals weekly to medically homebound individuals who are unable to prepare meals themselves or have no one available to prepare meals for them. The service is offered trhough the Adult Services Division of the Gaston County Department of Social Services. To learn more, click here.

Nickel-A-Meal Hunger Program

The Nickel-A-Meal Hunger Offering is received the second Sunday of each month as an act of worship. Our gifts are administered by the Presbytery of Western North Carolina.

Pack-A-Sack

Pack-A-Sack, a weekend backpack program, is deisgned to supplement weekend meals for students who depend on school breakfasts and lunches as their main nutrition.

Ways you can help:
  • $100 will sponsor one child for a school year.
  • Participate in providing food, packing and delivering to the school.
  • Donate any of the following food items: individual microwavable mac 'n cheese; Chef Boyardee multi-packs; Ramen beef noodles; Nutri-Grain bars; Vienna sausages; diced peaches; pears and mandarin oranges.
A big thank you to our own David Pegram for sharing these photos!

Our Fight
Against Hunger

STOP HUNGER NOW is an international hunger relief organization with a mission to end hunger throughout the world in our lifetime. Stop Hunger Now's meal packaging program provides us the annual opportunity to pack dehydrated, high-protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used in crisis situations and in feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world.

In addition, Stop Hunger Now has formed a partnership with the renowned organization, Wine to Water™ to provide meal packaging groups with the opportunity to assemble state of the art Sawyer™ water filters at large-scale meal packaging events. This partnership allows us to save lives by providing clean drinking water to the more than 1 billion people who lack access to adequate water. The revolutionary Sawyer® filter uses kidney dialysis technology to purify water to 99.99%. It is capable of supplying 295 gallons of water per day, enough water for up to 250 people. It is portable, inexpensive, easy to assemble, and lasts a minimum of ten years. This year, we will assemble up to 10 water filters. 

Our intergenerational meal packaging event took place Nov. 2. During this fun time of fellowship we packed 40,000 meals - to fulfill our mission to share Christ's love with our world.





During Samaritan's Feet, as FPC gathered at the Central YMCA to meet a need in our community, families lined up around the Y, along Franklin Boulevard, and back around Clay Street - waiting for shoes, waiting to receive these tangible expressions of Christ's love. Through this memorable event, we were honored to washing the feet our guests, provide them with shoes and school supplies, and serve them a meal. Thank you to everyone who particpated!
 
Family Promise of Gaston County helps homeless families achieve lasting independence by providing safe shelter, meals, day care and support services for these families designed to address the underlying causes of homelessness. Through a unique partnership with diverse communities of faith like First Presbyterian, Gaston Family Promise provides emergency shelter, meals and supportive services to homeless Gaston County families.

First Presbyterian Church is honored to host Gaston Family Promise: Oct. 26 through Nov. 2. Register your willingness to serve Gaston Family Promise.
Join us as we work at 704 W. Harrison Avenue - our 104th Habitat for Humanity home!

Since 1993, First Presbyterian has worked with Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County to build affordable houses for families in our community. For the past six years, the Church has built homes alongside members of 15 Gaston Area Presbyterian (GAP) Churches. The Presbyterian Endowment Trust has granted substantial funding to Habitat homes built by the church over the years, including grants of $25,000 each in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Blood Drive

First Presbyterian hosts bloodmobiles on campus in June and December for benefit of American Red Cross Gaston Chapter. Volunteers assist as requested and host the Canteen. E-mail the church office or dial Extension 100 to make an appointment to donate blood or volunteer.