We have a number of people in our congregation charged with raising awareness of both local and world-wide mission needs. We regularly use the Mission Yearbook for Study and Prayer (published by the PCUSA), sponsor mission trips, and collect funds for the four annual denominational offerings (the One Great Hour of Sharing, the Pentecost Offering, the Peacemaking Offering, and the Christmas Joy Offering).
On the third Saturday of each month the deacons distribute food from our food closet to those in need. On the same day the Water of Life Community Church brings their Mobile Medical Unit to provide free health screenings. Members of our congregation are encouraged to volunteer either on the Friday prior to help bag the more than 200 bags of food, or on the third Saturday for distribution. Contact the church office for more information.
In addition to our monthly distributions, we also distribute emergency bags of food to people who come by the church office during the week – limit one bag per household per month.
Pencils & Prayers Project
This past year our session unanimously approved the Pencils & Prayers Project, a proposal for our church to partner with Curtis Middle School (for the Google map location click here) in the San Bernardino City Unified School District.
In an effort to foster community-school relationships, San Bernardino City Unified School District reached out to local churches to develop church-school partnerships. A daughter of our congregation, Sharon Wallis, was reassigned to teach at Curtis Middle School last June and since that time has found her work there to be both very challenging and rewarding. Curtis Middle School is a school where 97.3% of the student population is on free and reduced lunch. The majority of these students come from families living at or below the poverty line and they face many challenges. Many of Curtis’ students are learning English as their second language.
This partnership is a local mission effort where our church can actively live out Christian principles and truly make a difference in our own community. We pray for selected teams of teachers and their students, write notes of encouragement to teachers in gratitude for the work that they do, and have collected clothing items for needy students. We also were able to assist some of Curtis’ students and their families who experienced an apartment fire that left them homeless. We are looking for interested church members to assist with these continuing projects. If you have questions or would like to help, you may contact Christa Wallis, by clicking here (Chriwallisaolcom) to send an e-mail or by calling her at (909) 862-3337.
Other Ways We Serve
Members of our church also make regular visits to Filadelfia Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico to deliver medical supplies and other items that our church has collected. In past years we have participated in mission with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) in New Orleans with the ongoing hurricane recovery work. Many of our members have made several trips to the region in the past several years.
In addition, our youth fellowship group goes on summer mission trips nearly every year and participates in a number of mission projects throughout the year. Stay tuned for what might be coming up next!
First Presbyterian Child Care Center
Our Child Care Center began as a ministry and mission for the children and families in our surrounding community, serving families of varying economic backgrounds since 1990. Over 1,200 children have enjoyed and benefited from the center which provides child care for infants through preschoolers. It is one of many ways we try to connect and provide for our neighbors.