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.
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.
JOY Closet is blessed with generous donations from our community.
What we need is sorters!
Fact: It takes lots of volunteer hours to staff JOY Closet during the thirty-one hours we are open each week. For example, it’s important to have someone empty the bins. At least one person is needed to sort donations and place clothing on the floor. We must have a cashier on duty. For each hour we are open, it would be ideal to have at least three volunteers on duty.
Check your schedule:
Are you available for two hours on Saturday?
Could you come each Monday and empty bins?
Are you available to serve so that no cashier has to be on duty alone?
JOY Closet especially needs help on Thursdays and Saturdays. Ask a friend to join you and check with Cindy Rollf or Ginger Crist about training. It takes lots of help to keep our clothing racks full! Our customers love being able to shop at JOY Closet and we provide so much for families and children in need. Our congregation can be proud of what we have accomplished.
Come in and join us! It’s a JOY-ful experience!
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 three ways. You may volunteer for a shift at the station during festival days – this year June 9-10. You may donate water bottles – bring them to church and we will store them until June (you may wait until June to bring them.) You may donate money to be used to purchase more water or ice. All donations are welcome.
Our Women’s Fellowship Group will meet Wednesday, May 3, at 10:00 AM for Fellowship and Devotions. Donalie Zimmerman will have the devotions, Leone Knabe will furnish refreshments. Again, for a joint mission project we will collect Items for SafeHome. This will be a joint effort of the Fellowship Group, PW and our Mission Pillar. During the Months of May, and June we ask the congregation to help with this project and bring supplies to fill the bags. Items needed include: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Body Lotion, Hair Brushes, Combs, Hairspray, Mouthwash, Adult and Children Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Women’s Deodorant, Ethnic Hair Care Products, Feminine Hygiene Products, Facial Tissue (Kleenex) Baby wipes, Baby Body Wash, Diaper Rash Cream. SafeHome provides shelter for women and children from homes where there is domestic abuse. So often they enter the shelter with only the clothes they are wearing. Please pick up items from this list of toiletry items on your next shopping trip to put into the container in the Narthex. Pat Rankin has designed beautiful bags that the Fellowship Morning Group will fill with your items at their July 5th meeting. The bags and items will be delivered in July. Thank you for your contributions.