Here at FPC we seek to fulfill the call of Christ to love one another as he has loved us. Our pastors make visits to hospitals and nursing homes, and meet with people who find themselves in need of individual pastoral care. We also have members and teams who have received training to help support others in times of crisis or spiritual struggle. Our support for each other also includes times of joy, like a wedding celebration, the birth of a child, or a baptism.
Through our network of relationships we call, visit, and write as we seek to show God's love to each other and to the stranger who may come into our fellowship.
Our elders and deacons also serve communion to some of our members who can't get to church. If you would like to receive communion at home, please contact Mary Kay Collins or Lisa Clarke at 358-2383.
Compassion Ministry Teams respond to the congregation and seek to show Christ's love, grace, mercy, and compassion to those in need. Read more below about these teams and their activities:
Senior Member Connection
1. Membership Teams
Are you excited about the ministries of First Presbyterian Church? Would you like to invite others to be a part of this family of faith? A Membership Team may be for you. Contact Lisa Clarke to learn more.
Team 1 Welcome Center: Team members greet visitors, provide information and a gift, and follow up with guests to invite them to Discover First. Welcome Center volunteers serve on Sunday mornings on a rotating cycle.
Team 2 Discover First: Discover First is an evening of fellowship, sharing, learning, and dinner (Sunday 4 - 7:00 pm) for potential new members, who want to learn more about FPC. Guests are offered an opportunity to join the church at the end of the evening, and they are received by the Session. Volunteers serve quarterly as dinner hosts and program hosts.
Team 3 FPC 101: FPC 101 is a quarterly breakfast for new members, held on the morning they are introduced to the congregation. The FPC 101 team also matches the new members with shepherds, church members who will walk along side the new members to support and help integrate them throughout their first year of membership.
2. senior Member connection Teams
Our church family is blessed with members who have been a part of this congregation for 50 years or more. We have a very active congregation and some of our members, who for years poured their hearts and souls into the church, are now unable to attend as regularly or otherwise need assistance. Our Senior Member Connection Teams are here to help—contact Lisa Clarke to learn more.
Team 1 Bus Ministry: Bus Ambassadors support bus service to Westminster Canterbury and Cedarfield retirement communities to transport members to Sunday services. This year, we have averaged 10-12 riders a week and one to three weekly ambassadors.
Team 2 Care and Concern: Supports the ministerial staff in caring for church members who are homebound or unable to attend on a regular basis. Team members provide a monthly visit, call, or card, and help our members stay connected to their church.
Team 3 Extended Table Communion: On Holy Communion Sundays this team offers Communion to members interested but unable to attend church.
3. congregational support TeamS
Contact Lisa Clarke to learn more.
Team 1 Bereavement: One of the greatest gifts the church offers is support from birth to death for members and their families. We are with new families at their birth, and we offer prayers, love, care, and support for families at the time of a death. Our Bereavement Team pays attention to the details of funeral or memorial service planning, and offers support and care for those grieving the death of a loved one. If you have a heart and desire to walk with people in their times of grief, considering being a part of our Bereavement Team.
Team 2 Healthcare: We seek to create a culture of care where the congregation knows that their needs can be addressed and supported by their church. The church's mission is to care for the Body, Mind and Spirit. We want to walk with our members as they nurture and grow their spiritual life, and also be with them to care for their physical and mental needs, offering care when members experience any illness, from cancer to depression to dementia. Do you have a passion for creating support for families and individuals in the midst of life crisis? This team may be for you.
4. Compassion wrap-around Teams
These teams complement, support, and augment the other Compassion Ministries. Contact Lisa Clarke to learn more.
Team 1 Prayer Team: This team meets weekly on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm in the room located off to the right at the front of the sanctuary ("old session room"). All are invited for this service, which follows a simple liturgy. A provided prayer list guides our prayers for all church members, members with special concerns, and our city, our country, and world.
Team 2 Communications & Connection: Volunteers show love, care, and concern for church members by writing sympathy notes on the first anniversary of the death of a loved one, and by conducting birthday calls.
Team 3 Resource Connection: This team inventories congregational offerings and connects with Compassion Ministries. They coordinate and oversee our our Care Closet, which includes prayer squares, blankets, baby hats, and lap robes made by PW Needlework; Care Bears made by FPC children; and, jar openers made by FPC member Causey Davis. This year our Resource Connection team has added the preparation of casseroles, which are in the church kitchen and available to be delivered to church members as needed.
MEMBERS CARING FOR MEMBERS
Our FPC Diaconate Compassion Ministry Teams respond to the congregation by showing Christ's love, grace, mercy, and compassion to those in need. Team members provide fellowship and care to many members; however, they can't reach everyone. They welcome all of us to visit with members who are ill or needing a little extra care, and take a gift to them from FPC.
What can I take to a member?
Chicken and rice casserole - made by PW Circle members
Ham and potato casserole - made by Brownie Troop 529
Casseroles are in the main kitchen freezer. Take one and write your name and person who is receiving the casserole on the sign out sheet on the freezer door.
Prayer square, blanket, baby hat, or lap robe - made by PW Needlework Group
Care Bear - made by FPC children
Jar Opener - made by FPC member Causey Davis
These items are in the closet in the Church Library. Open the closet door and turn left where needlework and bears are located on the left on shelves and in bins. The openers are on the counter. Take what you need and write your name, the item you are taking, and the person who is receiving it on the appropriate sign out sheet on the wall.
Thank you for your care of our members! If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Saunders (elizabethsaunders27 at gmail dot com).
ARE YOU CALLED TO PRAY?
Are you feeling called to pray for our church, staff, congregation, special concerns, and more? You are invited to join the FPC Prayer Team. We pray daily and gather weekly to pray together for the blessings and needs of our congregation.
What: FPC Prayer Team - Weekly Prayer Gathering
When: Every Wednesday at 1:00 pm
Where: Room located off to the right at the front of the sanctuary ("old session room") is open for prayer.
We invite you to gather weekly, enter in silence, and to hold all that is shared in confidence.
Members include Sally Brown, Lisa Clarke, Mary Anne Collins-Stauffer, Mary Kay Collins, Mary Hixon, Tom Holloway, Dorothy Kuffler, Peggy Larus and Emily Tafel. For more information, please contact Rev. Mary Anne Collins-Stauffer (macollinsstauffer at Mac Dort com) or Deacon Peggy Larus (peggylarus at yahoo dot com).