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.
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.
The Birthday Offering is a PW offering received in the spring of each year to celebrate the blessings in the lives of Presbyterian Women. We will be dedicating the offering in worship on May 21. Contributions may be made before that at any time. The offering funds up to five projects that are not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support, such as agricultural development, child care, community organization, criminal justice, drug counseling, economic justice, elderly care, employment training, homelessness, literacy, violence and women’s concerns. Men and women may contribute to the offering. Some people give a coin or dollar amount reflective of their age – as in a fifty year old might give $50. Or someone who doesn’t want to disclose her age might give $100 or more. Notes in the bulletin in upcoming weeks will give specifics about this year’s recipients. You can learn more at http://pma.pcusa.org/ministries/pw/birthday/
Waving Palms and shouting Hosanna, we will welcome in Holy Week with scripture and song, prayer and thanksgiving. We remember Christ the unexpected Messiah.Thursday, April 13, Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 PM
Holy Communion, scripture and song remind us of Jesus last night with his disciples before his arrest and trial. Jesus’ last words of instruction to us were to love one another.
Friday, April 14, Good Friday Service 7:00 PM
We will share an ancient traditional service called Tenebrae which means “shadows” or “darkness.” This service of darkness will intersperse scripture, music and prayer as we remember Jesus’ crucifixion and death on the cross.Sunday, April 16, Easter Sunday Worship Service 9:00 AM
Celebrate the Risen Christ together!
Join us at First Presbyterian Church
Everyone is welcome!
Traveling Day Camp June 19-23 Registration is now open. Go to: http://www.heartlandcamps.org/traveling-day-camps/#forparents to register campers. When you register your child, remember to fill out the health form also. We do not charge any fees for day camp. Sign up soon. We do have a limit on how many campers we can enroll.
Annually in June we offer a Traveling Day Camp for elementary age children supported by Heartland Camp and Conference Center of the Presbytery. The theme is “I Am.” This is an outreach to the community – free and open to the public. It is a remarkable week of adventure, growth, fun and deepening faith. Volunteers are always welcome.
Mission Pillar is in need of a volunteer to serve as “point person” or coordinator for the church’s participation in the Care Portal program. The job of the coordinator is to receive all emails from the network (sometimes 2-3 a day, sometimes nothing for a week). Then the coordinator evaluates whether our church can meet that need and whether to send that email on to members who are interested in getting the emails. Often our best way to meet the need is through goods at Joy Closet. So a person familiar with current Joy Closet inventory would be helpful. If our church can meet the need, the coordinator will either oversee getting goods to the recipient or will delegate that process to someone else in the church. If you would like to know more, or would like to volunteer to serve as coordinator or co-coordinator, please contact Kimby Young, Bob Bergene, Tracy McCabe, Eldonna Chesnut or Pam Wilson.