It is the mission of First Presbyterian Church of Gardner to become the hands and feet of Jesus as we serve Christ in our community and world. We share a variety of projects to encourage care for those who are in need, with a special emphasis on care for the children of the world.
Sunday, October 29 at 6:00 PM – Join us!
Chili, Food, Fun and Fellowship. Costume Contest for all ages! Games for the little ones. Please sign up needed for chili supper: chili, corn bread, fritos, saltines crackers, desserts, shredded cheese. Sign up if you plan to attend. Fun games and activities are sure to be enjoyed by all.
JOY Closet is staffed 100% with volunteer help and are currently in need of sorters. We are especially short staffed on Thursdays and Saturdays. It is difficult to keep racks filled without help in the back sorting and hanging clothing.
Choose from the one to four hours that fits your schedule. Contact Cindy Rollf or Ginger Crist about a brief training. Come and join us in serving the community!
The Mission Pillar has invited a friend of Pastor Kimby’s to set up a table demonstrating Fair Trade products like coffee, tea and chocolate. Look for the table on Sunday, September 24 before or after worship. The Mission Pillar is considering making these sales a regular option at First Presbyterian Church. So come, explore, buy what you would enjoy, and let us know if this is something you would enjoy periodically.
JOY Closet continues to have as its goal to help the people of our community. Our volunteers go out of their way to help customers by making things organized and in good condition to take home. Some individuals and families come to us with vouchers distributed by churches and schools and the Multi-Service Center. They shop for free clothing, bedding, and shoes. Where circumstances have been difficult, we are able to shine some light and hope.
Our community also has many families who rely on JOY Closet to provide very low cost clothing and other items for their families. These families shop often and are able to stretch their spendable income by shopping with us. It is this income that makes JOY Closet a viable nonprofit for our community.
First Presbyterian Church has worked hard to reach out to our community. Please continue to pray for us and to pass the word to others. We continue to need more sorters. Ask Cindy Rollf or Ginger Crist how to join the team!
A big THANK YOU to EPIC for their community service at JOY Closet in August. We appreciate all of your sorting and organizing!
Matthew 25:35-36 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me.
Wednesdays at noon and 5:30 p.m. For one hour of prayer
Pastor Kimby has started two midweek prayer opportunities. Every Wednesday in July and August at noon and 5:30 p.m. a group will gather in the chapel at church to pray for one hour. This is a total of nine weeks. You may come once or any time you are available. If it is your lunch hour from work, you may bring your lunch and join us. Pastor Kimby will teach a few prayer forms (ways to pray) but most of the time will be spent in prayer together. Invite a friend. Everyone is welcome.
Pray for PYF – Presbyterian Youth Fellowship – during their mission trip – July 8-17
The PYF will be embarking on their summer mission trip in July. Eight youth and three adults will be serving with Team Effort in Washington, D.C. The trip is July 8-17 and will cover about 2500 miles. With an adventure this big, we’ll need your prayers and support! The mission team will be commissioned during morning worship on Sunday, July 2nd. Please come pray the group off. The team will give a presentation while leading worship on Sunday, August 6th so that you can learn all God did in the hearts of the kids and the lives of those they will have served so far from home.
July: Shoes/Flip Flops, Composition Notebooks, umbrellas
August: Composition Notebooks, Crayons, Pencils/Sharpeners, School Scissors
September: Erasers, Crayons, School Scissors
October: Socks, Underwear, T-Shirts, Shoes
There will a basket in the Narthex for the monthly donations. The items collected will be used at our Packing Party in November. Toothpaste and candy are not allowed in the boxes as of this year. A size chart is in the Narthex.
Once again this year the Mission Group participated in the Festival on the Trail event for Gardner’s annual celebration. The Mission group with the help of many in the congregation had a cooling station for all of the attendees for the Gardner event. During the Saturday event we gave out over 700 bottles of cool refreshing water. Each water bottle had the First Presbyterian label on it.
Last year we just gave them out free, but this year we had a donation bottle out. The donation bottle was labeled for Water Wells in Kenya. The event collected $165.00
Many thanks to all who donated water and also helped man the “cooling station” for this event.
One of our best Outreach initiatives of the year to get the word out about our congregation is the cooling station we offer on our property during the Festival on the Trails. We give free water and fans to anyone who asks. We attach a small sticker to the water bottles with our name. The fans have the church picture and service time on them. Last year we gave out over 600 bottles of water and lots of fans.
You can help in four ways.
1) You may help prepare the water bottles by adding a sticker at a gathering on Thursday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m.
2) You may volunteer for a shift at the station on festival Saturday – this year June 10.
3) You may donate water bottles – bring them to church and add them to the stack in the entryway.
4) You may donate money to be used to purchase more water or ice. All donations are welcome.
This is an event sponsored by the Mission Pillar. The crafts and entertainment events are located on the street next to the church. This year we will have a large water container to put donations in. Our goal is contributing to a well in Kenya.
The signup sheet is located in the Narthex, or contact Tracy McCabe.
Our 2017 TDC will be June 19-23. Again this year our camper sign up is full with a waiting list. We need lots of help to make this another wonderful week. Signup sheets are available in the narthex for food, supplies and workers. We could still use a few youth or group assistants, story tellers and craft leaders. We also need meals for our Heartland leaders and lunch items for campers.
For lunch food donations, follow this link to sign up.
Monday – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aabab29a1f85-traveling
Tuesday – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aabab29a1f85-traveling1
Wednesday – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aabab29a1f85-traveling2
Thursday – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aabab29a1f85-traveling4
Friday – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aabab29a1f85-traveling3
Sign up in the narthex, contact the office or Kim/Karen Liu to volunteer.