Christmas Basket Ministry 2020 Proverbs 22:9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
Thanks to the generous spirit of the congregation of First Presbyterian once again, 48 families had a merrier Christmas which included a turkey! Our Christmas food baskets included the makings of a Christmas dinner and food for several days beyond. In addition to the 12-14 lb. turkey and a variety of canned and boxed foods, a donation of fresh eggs, potatoes, celery, onions, oranges and apples by Denny and Patsy Denison made the baskets all the more special and festive.
Helping make the basket program a success were the volunteers who participated in the plan for the contents of the basket, pickup of the food, packing the baskets, distribution on the day of pickup and delivery, and the delivery of baskets to those who could not personally get to the Church. Many thanks to Mel Burch, Avery Dillon-Page, Tonya Dillon-Page, Holly Greathouse, Olivia Greathouse, Eva Greathouse, Buck and Connie Ivey, Kathleen Jordan, Kathryn Maddy, Robert Maddy, Mike Merguc, Andi Pease, Jack Rogers, Debi Speidel, Kristi Sutphin and Sam Sutphin. Thank you so much for your generosity in this important program!
Jennifer Burgess, Christmas Basket Coordinator
Families Served - 48
Individuals Served - 135
Total Cost of Baskets - $3,159.06
Cost Per Family - $65.81
Cost Per Individual - $23.40
Update from Our Missionaries Steve and Sonia Dettweiler…
Dear friends at First Presbyterian Church,
Thanks for 36 years of faithful partnership in sharing the Word. On January 31, 1991 Steve and I first arrived in Nigeria as almost newlyweds (married for 9 months). On January 31, 2021 we will return to Nigeria for our next term of service. Hooray for 30 years of God’s faithfulness. Once in Nigeria, Steve will continue to serve as a linguistics consultant specializing in Nigerian languages. Sonia will serve as admin assistant to the Director of SIL Nigeria, Zac Yoder. Steve & Sonia return to Nigeria Video
Watch a 5-minute video message and find out why Steve and Sonia are happy to be going back to Nigeria. Type the following URL into your web browser to watch the video: https://youtu.be/iHOebBKbExw
BLESSING BAGS - REACHING OUT AND HELPING THOSE IN NEED
When someone tells me about giving away one of the blessing bags, his/her face lights up with joy. We are also receiving a blessing in return. We continue to fill the Blessing Bags with your gracious donations. We have given away 8 bags so far and we also took ten to Christ Kitchen. We would like to give away more but need your help. If you think you could take a bag or two, the children will be in the Narthex handing them out on Evangelism Sunday. The Evangelism Committee Members will be close by to answer any questions.
WEST VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS MINISTRY
The Presbytery of West Virginia, on behalf of the Westminster Foundation, has requested their churches in the area surrounding West Virginia State University to consider ways to minister to the student body. We accepted this challenge and were on campus for move in day and the 4th Annual State Stride. If you are interested in participating in a campus ministry, please contact Kathryn Maddy. Riverlawn Presbyterian Church plans to partner with us in the initiative. For more information about Presbyterian campus ministry, see both http:/www.ukirk.org and http:/www.westminsterwv.org.
Community Food Pantry
Donations of canned goods and non-perishable items are always needed and will help meet the current need of the Community Food Pantry for October:
You may place your items in the main lobby in the designated baskets.
Special Offerings of the PC(USA) supported by our congregation.
The Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost. It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. Congregations are encouraged to keep 40 percent of the Offering to support ministry with children at risk in their communities.The General Assembly’s portion (60 percent) provides leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults and supports children-at-risk programs at the national level.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities. Recognizing that the hope we have in Christ is lived out in our hope for one another, we respond with gifts that help our sisters and brothers around the world find the hope for a brighter future.
Christmas Joy Offering?
For more than 70 years, Presbyterians have given generously at Christmas to support the unmet needs of families who have devoted their lives to the mission of the PC(USA). Today this Offering is shared equally by the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, which provides critical assistance to Presbyterian church workers and their families, and Presbyterian-affiliated racial ethnic schools and colleges, which enable students to develop their gifts and find their calling. The Offering dates back to the 1930s, when the former Presbyterian Church in the United States began an offering to supplement inadequate retirement income and provide supplemental medical insurance for former ministers, missionaries, church workers, and their families
Cents-Ability is a small first step in the battle against hunger and poverty. Congregations invite every member — of all ages — to contribute a few cents at every meal. This simple act is an expression of thanks for what we have received. It is also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus' command "You give them something to eat." When members bring their offerings to church on the appointed Sunday, all of those coins "make a joyful noise unto the Lord" as they are received and dedicated.
3rd Annual Friends of Bluestone Golf Tournament Net Proceeds = $5,240!! From Friends of Bluestone: Thanks very much to all the golfers, sponsors, and prize donors that helped make this year’s tournament a success! Pictures have been posted to the Friends of Bluestone Facebook Page. Our church sponsored a hole, and our golfers Mike Merguc, Charlie Coffman, Kirk King and Buck Ivey took fourth place in the tournament.
Local and Community Ministries we sponsor and support:
Jubilee Emergency Assistance Fund -- emergency assistance for utilities, etc., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:00 am
St. Albans Community Food Pantry – located at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Christ’s Kitchen – free lunch program. Open 8:30 am – noon Monday through Thursday and Saturday, located at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Jericho House – emergency shelter for women, children and intact families in crisis.
Daymark, Inc. – agency for at-risk youth ages 11-18 years of age.
Christmas Food Basket Program – St. Albans’ churches provide over 400 food baskets to the needy in our area. First Presbyterian Church supplies at least 50 baskets.
St. Paul Community and Economic Development Corporation – works with residents, businesses, organizations to revitalize Amandaville and surrounding areas.
The West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps (WVMAW) is a Christian ministry supported in part by the Presbyterian Church (USA) that offers the opportunity for discipleship by partnering with those in need whose lives have been devastated by natural disasters or by the disaster of poverty in areas of West Virginia. WVMAW partnered with St. Paul Community and Economic Development Corporation of St Albans, and provided two teams of volunteers. These teams helped to build a bathroom, wheel chair ramp, roof, porch, paint, trim, and gutter. Six families were served.