Missions & Outreach Opportunities
The First Presbyterian mission team is very proud to be able to serve a number of individuals and programs both locally and abroad. We have had the opportunity to support a number of ongoing projects in the past year and are building on a few new ideas for local missions.
Local efforts, First Presbyterian Church continues to support local families in need through our weekly on-site food pantry, open Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am to12:00-noon. Several of our members participate in serving Agnes’s Table, Infant and Toddler Spirit of Christmas Drive, The Open Door Clinic, Crop Walk, and local Habitat for Humanity projects. Other efforts include both participation and monetary support for the annual “Excellence in Education” sponsored by the Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce, Chippewa Jail Ministry and other local organizations.
CARE-LINK, a Chippewa County, program opened in March of 2010 and First Presbyterian Church offered to be the host. At least twelve area congregations have signed on to help in this endeavor both monetarily and with volunteer efforts. This program supports Chippewa County individuals and families who may need an emergency small gift card to Gordy’s County Market or a gas card, depending on where the need is greatest for the family in crisis.
Our youth also support Heifer International.
Another major effort for the Mission Team has focused on International Mission efforts in Bangkok Thailand. Monetary support was directed to Leith Fujii in Bangkok to support his missionary work. Support also was directed through the Presbytery by FPC to Carol Fujii to support a “sex worker” recovery program in Bangkok.
We have been fortunate to have a number of congregants who have donated their time and efforts to Mission efforts in response to Hurricane damage in Texas and Mississippi over the last few years. The Mission Team has been able to provide a small monetary travel token to these individuals and money for gift cards that they may be able to use for families in need once they are in the affected region.
The Local Missions:
- Food pantry
- Open door free clinic
- Mentoring in local schools
- The local mission coalition
- The use of the church building to house missions
- Rice for Haiti
- Soles for souls
- School bags
- “Silent givers”
The National Missions:
- Peace offering (Promote Peace Locally, Nationally & Internationally)
- Pentecost (Local & National Youth Ministry)
- One Great Hour of Sharing (Presbytery Disaster Assistance)
- Joy offering (Racial/Ethnic ministries / Assistance Program for the Board of Pensions)
- Connect to new sources of funding
- Communicate to the congregation and community
- Focus on needs in our community
- Provide assistance for mental illness needs
At First Presbyterian Church, we believe that discovering the unique way God has gifted each person and then sharing those talents or Spiritual Gifts in a meaningful ministry can be one of the most exciting parts of a Christian’s journey. Here are just a few of the many volunteer opportunities available:
Sunday School Teacher
Small Group Coordinator
Missions & Outreach
Transportation to functions
Food Pantry volunteer
Free Clinic volunteer
Welcome Center & Communications
Facilities & Grounds
Stop at our Welcome Center or call the Church office for further details at 715-723-5717
Small Group Opportunities
Why small groups make a difference at First Presbyterian Church:
- people talk more in small groups as trust grows
- group members realize that others face similar problems
- people use their gifts and talents to care for one another
- people encourage each other in their faith and change
- learning new ways to grow closer to God and gain new ideas to strengthen relationships
- people pray for one another
- growth groups are designed to be a safe harbor
- group care and accountability motivate members to step outside their comfort zones
- members can help each other in hard times
Shepherd’s Team – is a group to help with communication for special church activities and events, and to assist with extra contact between the church leadership and members, frequent visitors, and friends of our congregation. While not meant to replace the primary sources of information that go out to the entire church, the Shepherd’s mission is to reach out personally to all.
Deacon’s Ministry – their actions concentrate on extending friendship, helping those in need and improving communications among our members.
Other ministries – Christian Caregivers, Prayer Chain, Home Communion for those in need, Bi-monthly meals for the Free Clinic, arrangement of member transportation for medical appointments and Church functions, Women’s Quilting Group, Property Team, Communications, and Usher & Hospitality Teams.
The “Celebration Singers” is our church choir. Our members range from ages 15 to 85.
All of us love to sing and enjoy providing music throughout the year at our church services. We sing a wide variety of music from old favorites to gospel to contemporary. We are an enthusiastic and welcoming group. We would love to have you give us a try! So, warm up those vocal chords and join us for a time of sharing music and our faith. Rehearsal Times: Wednesday nights at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
Quartets and Praise Teams are formed throughout the year to provide music at the start of worship, during offering and at baptisms.
Prayer Chain – The Calvin Chain and The Knox Chain are two prayer chains within our congregation. If you have a request for a personal prayer or would like to be part of our Prayer Chain, call the church office at 715-723-5717.
Come Together to Pray – Gather for prayer on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 7:30 am for half an hour or come and go as your schedule permits. Meet at the back of the sanctuary in the choir area. We are praying for our church, our choir, our staff, our leaders, and for those whom we may introduce to Jesus’ love.
Would you like to be in a growth group at First Presbyterian Church? Talk with any of our members or Pastor Karel to get started.