Help build a Habitat house!
We are 75 percent of the way to our $75,000 goal for this year's Habitat building project.
Work is now under way, and you can sign up today!
How to sign up
Then follow these directions:
- Click on “Sign In” in the upper right-hand corner. NOTE: Ignore the “reserved” messages on the main page.
- You will then create an account. After you enter your user name and email you will be asked for a join code where you will enter FB2016FPC. After this you will follow the prompts to create your account. (You cannot sign up for a slot unless you create an account first.)
- After your account is created you will be taken to the events page where you should scroll down to find the schedule of work days for First Presbyterian. Just find a day and task that interests you and click on ‘Sign Up”.
- You will then be asked to confirm your information, and after that you are registered for the work day. You should receive an email confirmation at the address you provided immediately.
- If you have any problems or questions please call Chris Tippens at 336-707-8050.
Children's Clothing Closet has moved to Encore!
FPC's Children's Clothing Closet, formerly located on the second floor of Shetler, has moved to the Encore! Thrift Store at Golden Gate Village Shopping Center. The closet still would love to have your gently loved children’s clothing (all sizes, up through teen years) or shoes. The closet works with school counselors and social workers to identify children in need. The closet is a project of the GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) Monday morning women's group. To learn more, call Debbie West, (336) 312-2665.
The Giving Back Garden
Once a vacant lot, the corner of Fisher and Greene is thriving as the Giving Back Garden. Produce from the garden is helping Greensboro residents this fall through Hot Dish & Hope, Second Harvest Food Bank and Greensboro Urban Ministry. After harvest season, the garden will be gearing up for its second season.
To get involved, contact Jane Trevey, firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-6691.
Caroline Yarbrough created a video chronocling the garden's first season. You can watch it here.
In the media: Susan Ladd of the News & Record recently posted about the Giving Back Garden. Read Susan's post here.
Encore! on Facebook
StepUp Ministries' Encore! thrift store at Golden Gate Village is on Facebook. Like Encore's page to stay up to date about store news.
Ten Thousand Villages
FPC was a major sponsor for Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit, Fair Trade retail store benefiting artisans in around 35 developing countries around the world. You can help support the store and the artisans who stock it by
- Shopping: The store, located at 1564 Highwoods Boulevard, Jefferson Village (New Garden Road and Bryan Boulevard), is open from 10 am to 6 pm (1 to 5 pm Sundays). The store offers unique gifts and home accessories.
- Volunteering: Help with sales, unpacking or board membership. Call Joelle Nealy, executive director at (336) 834-4606 to learn more.
The store also has occasional fund-raisers for StepUp Ministries.
New Creation Presbyterian Church
New Creation Presbyterian Church, led by founding pastor Frank Dew, meets at 5 pm for worship and fellowship in Redhead Hall, located in the Memorial Building on the 600 block of North Elm Street. Also, Rev. Dew leads a Centering Prayer meeting at noon each Monday in Redhead Hall. Learn more about the church at its Web site, http://www.newcreationpres.org.
Boy Scout Troop 203
Our church sponsors Boy Scout Troop 203, led by Scoutmaster Vance Barron. You can learn more about the troop at www.wildernessadventures.tv.
StepUp Ministry needs clothes, shoes and volunteers
StepUp Ministry is accepting gently used, seasonal clothing for Encore!, its new store. Business casual and professional work clothing for men and women, including shoes and accessories, are needed. We also want clothing and shoes for children of all ages. Clothes may be delivered to Encore! at 2222 Golden Gate Drive Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donation receipts will be provided.
Additionally, the store needs volunteers. Call (336) 676-5871 and ask for Jackie. Many jobs are available.
StepUp Ministry embodies the commitment of First Presbyterian Church and our collaborative partners in the faith community to seek justice and compassionately serve our neighbors in need, particularly for those facing the challenges and hardships of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, we seek to empower people to secure economic stability, build community and find hope. Reflecting God’s inclusive love, we honor the dignity, gifts and potential of all—those served and those who serve. Ministries under the StepUp umbrella include the following and details of each program are on the StepUp Ministry page:
- StepUp Jobs ReadinessTraining
- StepUp Life Skills Program (Adults)
- StepUp Life Skills Program for the Children of the Participants
- Hot Dish & Hope Meals
- Clothing Closet
- GED/Literacy Program
Wheels4Hope Car Ministry
Wheels4Hope is a faith-based, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals by providing them reliable, affordable vehicles. FPC outreach is involved through our support of this agency and client referrals from StepUp Ministry and by encouraging car donations and volunteers. Donate your car by calling 355-9130 or see further details at www.wheels4hope.org
Volunteers are needed to work with local independent garage owners, car runners, mechanics (different skill levels are welcome!), administrative work, ambassadors, etc. For further information, please contact Larry Bowden at 337-9721. Child care available.
Refugee Resettlement Program
In 2010, First Presbyterian Church became involved in refugee resettlement ministry through the work of a non-government organization active here in Greensboro, Church World Service. Since late 2010, when two teams of FPC members welcomed families arriving from refugee camps in Nepal, the focus of this ministry has shifted from securing furnishings and negotiating necessary appointments to nurturing deepening friendships. It is a partnership built on mutual respect. Get involved in a variety of ways such as tutoring refugee students or help adults with citizenship classes, English classes, and crafts and conversations with refugee women.
Contact: Dottie Blanchard
Members are encouraged to donated gently used furniture to this organization. We provide vouchers which are used by referred individuals and families in need of home furnishings. These individuals are transitioning into new homes due to a crisis situation such as spousal abuse, homelessness, newly arriving refugees and immigrants. www.thebarnabasnetwork.org.
This ministry delivers hot meals to senior adults along with other FPC members on the third Wednesday of every month. Contact Mary Bolling, 274-1995, to learn more or to volunteer.
We also need Mobile Meals volunteers for fifth Mondays. Fifth Monday volunteers serve four times a year from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Please consider serving as either a regular or a substitute. To volunteer or to learn more, contact Mary Bolling, 274-1995. This well-organized and long-standing organization is a United Way Agency which provides hot noontime meals for those seniors who have no other means of obtaining a meal. Meals are planned to meet the nutritional needs of older adults. This service is available for the elderly who may be disabled or frail.
Triad Career Network
Triad Career Network (formerly FPC Jobs) is a networking group of women and men who have had careers, most have post-high school training, education and professional credentials, and are seeking their next career step. This group focuses on a number of initiatives that surface potential positions and prepare participants to move ahead on their career pathways. Triad Career Network meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. in the McAlister Scout Room (under Memorial Chapel). Contact, Bill Linton or visit the network's Web site, http://www.triadcareernetwork.org/.
Every Member Can
Every Sunday we collect non-perishable food items at the doors to the Sanctuary and Life Center for the Urban Ministry food pantry which serves families and individuals who are experiencing hunger resulting from a crisis situation. Emergency food orders are running an average of a 20% increase from the previous months. Donations may also be dropped off during office hours in the Life Center or at the Reception area of Shelter Building.
Pennies for Hunger
The first Sunday of each month, bring a contribution for this international Presbyterian project which fights hunger locally and internationally. Donations are collected by FPC’s children as they grow grateful and generous hearts.
Good Samaritan Fund
On Communion Sundays, gifts are collected for the church’s fund which provides crisis financial support via referrals from select social services agencies, schools and an interfaith network we belong to.