1 Saturday morning.
30,000 people fed!
Saturday, Sept. 29, will be one of FPC’s biggest outreach days ever. All ages are invited to Mullin Life Center for our Meals of Hope project. Meals will be donated to the Out of the Garden Project, which distributes them primarily through Guilford County Schools.
We need about 80 volunteers of all ages to make it happen -- children as young as 5 can help! We also are looking for 10 team leaders to come at 8:30 and organize their table, and runners to restock ingredients as needed.
There will be music, snacks and fun. Sign up now! E-mail receptionist(at)fpcgreensboro.org or call 336-373-0445.
Hot Dish & Hope
Hot Dish & Hope offers a free meal and a measure of hope in Mullin Life Center each Tuesday and Thursday evening. We support this ministry through volunteering and donating money.
Please make your gift:
- by placing your gift in the offering plate (please use special envelopes in pews)
- by sending a check to the church office (617 N. Elm St., 27401 (please write Hot Dish & Hope on the check's memo line)
- or by giving online (please type Hot Dish in the notes box).
Cans for Urban Ministry
In 2017 we donated more than 13,500 pounds of canned food to Greensboro Urban Ministry. This year we want to surpass 15,000 pounds! Bring your donations to church each Sunday or to the Welcome Center during the week. Place donations in the Tower Room outside the Sanctuary or Mullin Life Center.
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.
To get involved, contact Glenn Williamson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-274-5022.
Caroline Yarbrough created a video chronocling the garden's first season. You can watch it here.
In the media:
- Keith Bowman shared this photo with the News & Record's garden gallery.
- Susan Ladd of the News & Record posted about the Giving Back Garden. Read Susan's post here.
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/.
Pennies for Hunger
The first Sunday of each month, bring a contribution for this international Presbyterian project which fights hunger. Donations are collected by FPC’s children as they grow grateful and generous hearts. All contributions support Hot Dish & Hope.
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.
SMOD for Swann
Swann Middle School (formerly Aycock Middle) will adopt Standard Mode of Dress (SMOD) for all students this fall. We're stocking a SMOD closet at the school to help students who can't buy new clothes to meet the guidelines.
Please bring clothes to meet the following descriptions:
- Polo shirts -- must be solid but can be any color, sizes youth L through adult XXL.
- Khaki pants -- in tan, navy, or black, sizes youth 12 through adult sizes.
- Gift cards -- to Old Navy, Walmart or Target. The school will use these for sizes in short supply.
You can drop off your donations in the Welcome Center.
Founded by FPC members, StepUp Greensboro offers job readiness training courses several times a year. The program is designed to give people the tools they need to succeed. You can learn more about StepUp at its Web site, stepupgreensboro.org.
Clothes for StepUp
Please drop off donations of professional clothing for StepUp Greensboro at its office on Greene Street across from the church. The Encore! shop has closed. Donations provide interview clothing for participants in Job Readiness training.
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 Greensboro.
New Creation Presbyterian Church
New Creation Presbyterian Church meets at 5 pm for worship and fellowship in Redhead Hall, located in the Memorial Building on the 600 block of North Elm Street. Learn more about the church on its Facebook page.
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.
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, 336-274-1995. 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.