Join us on our mission of engaging in service and growing in our faith as we participate in hands on ministries locally, nationally and internationally, with ongoing and seasonal ministries. We offer many opportunities for our members of all ages to personally engage in outreach. StepUp Ministry is our primary local initiative which empowers at-risk adults to achieve stability through Jobs Readiness and Life Skills training, along with serving twice weekly meals for anyone who is hungry at Hot Dish & Hope and the clothing ministry. We also provide a networking group for professionals who are seeking help and support to reenter the workforce through FPC Jobs.
“What does the Lord require of us but to do justice, have mercy, and walk humbly with our God?”
- Micah 6:8
The Human Race is April 18
Join the StepUp Ministries team in The Human Race at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Saturday, April 18. Gates open at 9 am, and the race begins at 10 am. (info) The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) walk or run allows many non-profit organizations to raise money through team members' fund-raising or sponsorships. You can join the StepUp team here or donate toward the $20,000 goal.
Shop between 6 and 8 pm on Saturday, May 2, at Ten Thousand Villages and StepUp Ministries will receive 15% of the proceeds from what you spend. If you have graduates, bridal or Mother's or Father's Day presents to buy this spring, StepUp Night provides a great way to find the perfect gift while simultaneously supporting StepUp's efforts to help Greensboro residents create more stable lives. You can find Ten Thousand Villages in the Jefferson Village Shopping Center off New Garden Road. The shop is near the Fresh Market and across from Starbucks.
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, e-mail Dolly Jacobs or 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.
To learn more, join our Giving Back Garden Tour after 10:45 a.m. worship services Sunday, Jan. 25.
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.
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.
Habitat for Humanity
One of FPC’s ministries serves people who are hammering, painting and shingling houses with our partner Habitat for Humanity. Several Saturdays each year, FPC and Our Lady of Grace volunteers provide lunch for Habitat work crews. What a great way for classes, small groups and pew friends to serve together!
Contact: Louise Bristol
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.