Crayons and Coloring Books for Children in Kenya
Some of our youth members will travel to Kenya this summer to work with Sister2Sister International. We'd like to send coloring books and crayons with our youth so they can give them to children in Kenya. Please drop off 24-count boxes of crayons and coloring books in the Welcome Center on Sundays or during the week.
Angel Trees for our Local Refugees
This spring FPC is gathering welcome kits with household essentials for 10 refugee families. Beginning Palm Sunday, go by the angel trees in Mullin Life Center or the Welcome Center and pick a tag: Cleaning, Kitchen, Bathroom, Household, Bed or Hygiene. Gather items on the list, follow the directions on the tag, and return to the Welcome Center by May 19. This is a great project for families and friend groups! Our ministry partner Church World Service will present the kits to families as they arrive in Greensboro. Many thanks to our Presbyterian Women who are sponsoring fold-up shopping carts. Families will walk or take public transportation to the store, so having a rolling cart will be a great blessing!
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 your amount in the FPC Hunger box after logging in or creating an account).
Cans for Urban Ministry
Each week we collect canned food and other non-perishable food items for Greensboro Urban Ministry. Please bring your food donations to church and place them in the bins around campus.
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.
Caroline Yarbrough created a video about 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 Memorial 304. Contact, Bill Linton or visit the network's Web site, http://www.triadcareernetwork.org.
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 Linda Allen to learn more or to volunteer: 336-294-3084 or email@example.com.