Church members and friends drop off donations of non-perishable food on Sunday mornings. The food is brought to the MANNA Food Pantry about once a month by a volunteer, usually on Tuesday morning. Volunteers are always welcome to help transport the food from the church to the food pantry (takes anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours) and to help stock pantry shelves in preparation for distribution to clients of the food pantry. Contact the church office if you'd like more information on how you can help.
Second Sundays of each month are when a specific mission project receives the Deacons Loose Offering. Recipients include FoodShare, Open Hearth, Chrysalis Center, Camp Courant and Covenant to Care. Occasionally, the offering is collected on the first Sunday of a month to coincide with a national event such as the Walk Against Hunger in May.
Fourth Tuesdays of every month are when First Presbyterian Church contributes to a Community Meal at Christ Church Cathedral on Main Street in Hartford. Our members and friends provide food, then cook and serve a dinner at Christ Church Cathedral. The group meets at First Presbyterian Church at 4:50 PM to pick up donated food then caravans to Christ Church Cathedral where the food is prepared and served. Contact the church office and we'll put you in touch with a coordinator.
FPC youth are actively involved with the community. First Pres youth partnered with Providence Presbyterian Church youth to plant trees in Hartford's South End. They are pictured with Mayor Segarra.
February: Souper Bowl of Caring.
May: On the first Sunday in May members and friends of First Presbyterian Church Walk Against Hunger.
June: First Presbyterian Church's June Strawberry Festival supports various ministries. For over a decade, nearby office workers and those passing by the church have eagerly awaited June for FPC's annual lunch-time treat! Each generous serving is made with fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, and a homemade biscuit. Proceeds benefit outreach locally and globally: mission trips, fuel assistance, food programs, disaster assistance, scholarships, and other causes designated by the Church Outreach Committee.
Mission Trips are a service opportunity for church members and friends of all ages. First Presbyterian Church partners with a variety of social service agencies that assist the poor, handicapped, youth or elderly clients. Mission Trips have included Hurricane Relief following Katrina.
How You Can Help
If you'd like to help or get more information about our service projects please contact the church office and we'll put you in touch with a coordinator.
When Disaster Strikes...
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) responds to disaster(s) in several ways by working with our overseas church partners, as well as presbyteries and congregations here at home, to offer immediate, on-the-ground help and make preparations for long-term assistance.
Please join us in prayer for the countless people affected by disaster: those killed or injured and their families, those who await word on the missing, those left homeless, on-site rescue workers, medical personnel, chaplains and pastors, congregations, relief agencies, government officials, and so many more.
You will see appeals for help, some legitimate and others that are either fraudulent or incapable of delivering effective assistance. You would be wise to give only to organizations that have a proven record of honesty and effectiveness.
Church members who feel moved to respond to these disasters may do so by making gifts to First Presbyterian Church designated for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). The church can ensure that your donation reaches PDA." Click here for additional information.
How you can help: You can stand in the "GAP" for disaster survivors and help the church in this response.
GIVE. The generous sharing of your financial blessings through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering and special designated giving provides the resources needed to assist with immediate emergency needs, clean up provisions, long-term and unmet needs, and spiritual/emotional counseling. Individuals may give through your local Presbyterian congregation, by calling Relationship Development Operations at (800) 872-3283, on the secure PC(USA) website, or by sending a check to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
ACT. Stay informed and share information about the need with others. Sign up to receive PDA Rapid Information Network (PDA-RIN) email notices to alert you of additional needs.
PRAY. Please pray for those seeking emergency shelter and safety, those seeking information about the security of their loved ones, and those who are working to rescue survivors and offer assistance.