Outreach

First Presbyterian Church has a strong tradition of community outreach. The members of FPC maintain that strong tradition by continuing its outreach programs, both at home in our local community, and in our greater international community.

International Missions

First Presbyterian Church maintains a strong tradition of global outreach as well. Each year, the church gives a percentage of its pledged income to the Presbytery as Benevolent Giving. Part of this gift is earmarked for outreach projects like the Mwandi Hospital Project, a venture started in the mid-1980's to help volunteers travel abroad to use their medical, construction, and professional skills and aid the people of this village of 6,000.

Our congregation also receives offerings at different times during the year for special purposes, such as on Blanket Sunday. Congregation members are given the opportunity to purchase a blanket in honor or memory of someone for $5.00 per blanket. Church World Service receives this offering, purchases the blankets, and distributes them around the world. This project is one of many sponsored by our Presbyterian Women. Another opportunity for giving from Church World Service is the CROP Walk. In the CROP Walk, many of our congregation members participate by either donating or by walking. We participate with other churches in our community in this project.

Our Presbyterian Women also sponsor Operation Christmas Child, a project that our Presbyterian Women have involved the entire church in. Each congregation member is invited to put together a shoebox full of gifts for a youngster and drop it off at the church. The shoeboxes are then transported to one of the main pick up points for OCC in Winston-Salem. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse. Please visit their web site www.samaritan.org for more information on this worthwhile project!

In recent years, our church has teamed with Mission Emanuel to send small groups of adults to the Dominican Republic each fall. The projects in partnership with Mission Emanuel vary from year to year. Some years, we have built block homes for the residents of Cielo. Other years, we have helped refurbish warehouse space for a school. The primary emphasis of our mission to the Dominican Republic is creating relationships with the Dominican people.

Local Missions History

First Presbyterian was instrumental in the formation of several community outreach programs in Lexington, among them: Meals on Wheels, Crisis Ministry of Davidson County (formerly Ecumenical Social Ministry), and the Family Life Center of Lexington.

First Presbyterian, in cooperation with Barium Springs Home for Children, entered into a financial agreement to begin the Family Life Center of Lexington in September, 1975. The Family Life Center ministers to the needs of those in our community, helping families heal.

Meals on Wheels is now an ecumenically-supported and directed ministry. First Presbyterian Church proudly supports their efforts with monetary donations as part of our plan of benevolent giving.

The Crisis Ministry of Davidson County, formerly known as Ecumenical Social Ministry, is another vehicle of community ministry that First Presbyterian supports through its benevolent giving. The Crisis Ministry's offices were once housed in the facilities of our church. As the Crisis Ministry, and its support, grew, the Crisis Ministry was able to construct a building of its own to house its offices, food pantry, and shelter. The Crisis Ministry recently built a new family shelter.

Local Missions Support

Many of the community outreach programs in Lexington rely, not only on monetary donations from churches such as First Presbyterian and individual community members, but also on volunteers and community-wide involvement. Many of First Presbyterian's members give of their time and abilities to help these vital programs along.

First Presbyterian faithfully supports these community outreach programs and services:

Crisis Ministry of Davidson County
Davidson County Cancer Services, Inc.
Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic
Davidson Prison Ministry
Family Services of Davidson County, Inc.
Grace Episcopal Church
Hospice of Davidson County
Lexington Housing CDC
Meals on Wheels
Pastor’s Pantry
The Life Center

 
In addition to financially supporting the above agencies, our congregation has made special commitments as follows:

Crisis Ministry
1. We provide volunteers who will cook and deliver an evening meal to the homeless shelter on the third Wednesday night of every month throughout the year.

2. We provide volunteers who will spend a night at the homeless shelter on the third and fourth Wednesdays from September through May, arriving about 6:00 p.m. or soon after and departing the next morning at 7:00 a.m.

3. We ask all members of the congregation to bring peanut butter to a collection point at the church, with the goal of delivering 125 jars monthly for the Ministry to give to those in need. We also collect cans of green beans for the Pastor's Pantry Senior Food Bank.

Grace Episcopal Church
We will send at least four volunteers to serve the homeless a prepared lunch each Sunday during the months of March and August.

 
For more information about local outreach opportunities, please download our Outreach brochure.