Serving Our Neighbors

Organized in 1874, First Presbyterian has deep ties to the city of San Bernardino and a long history of service to local, regional, national, and global concerns.  These photos and links represent just a few of our community projects.  More information is available on our Facebook Page and by contacting the committee chairs as part of Session Elders or Deacons.

For local agencies that offer help, click here for Resources.

Friendship Camp

Thanks to a grant from the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii we were able to take two young adults, member Xaq and San Bernardino High School intern Angie, to be counselors with Pastor Sandy at Friendship Camp, a week long camp for people with intellectual disabilities.

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Strides for Hope

Led by Rena, Reyna, and Shannon Nolin, the Strides for Hope Team raised  $8000 for cancer research and was a model of survivor spirit.

Walk for Life

 Symphonie Jeunesse

We are proud to be the practicing home (and often the performance spot) for our local junior symphony, Symphonie Jeunesse. symphony j

Riley College Prep Academy

Riley deliveryLocated at 13th and G Streets in San Bernardino, Riley College PrepAcademy serves a neighborhood too familiar with poverty, and yet the expectation is for these scholars to go to college.  First Presbyterian has supported Riley through donations of supplies, attendance and citizenship incentives, and in snacks for State testing.

Food Program

Our food program provides emergency food bags on weekdays and monthly food bags to neighbors in need.  If a local neighbor needs food, please give them our list of Food Resources 2016.

Thanks to Stater Bros Charities for a 2015 and 2016 Harvesting Hope Grants in the amount of $4000, and $3400, which has allowed First Presbyterian’s Food ministry to put more protein (chicken, beans, peanut butter, and yogurt in its food bags).  Our community is grateful!

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Fruit Food Bags Fresh Produce for Food DistributionFood Bagging

San Bernardino High School

San Bernardino High School  Updraft Program supporting local students through:

  • leadership circles,
  • internships,
  • gardening, and
  • other Cardinal activities.

Two Leadership circles- Read how we got started in Eric Law’s blog.

New 2016 LifeSkillz Circle

LifeSkillz 2016

The students we started with as sophomores graduate in 2016!  So we had to celebrate.Seniors

Earlier in the program, full of promise, willing to take risks…


Our freshman group determined that cookies equaled comfort and they prepared multiple batches of cookies for the Inland Regional Center, which helps people with developmental disabilities, and was the site of the Dec 2nd, 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attacks.

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Cookies delivered in February and March.

Our students wrote something so powerful that it was used to sum up this 30 minute LA Times documentary film.

SBHS  Internships:

2016 interns painting in preparation for the holidays.


Our 2016 interns spent a Saturday in November trimming and cleaning out the shrubbery.  Who knew how many pairs of shoes could hide in there?  And they are still smiling!


Our First 2 Water Wise interns Lalli & Ernesto paved the way for regular interns from SBHS.  We now cheer them on as they are attending university at CalState University, Monterey Bay.

Water wise landscape interns Lalli and ErnieLalli_Ernesto at work




LabyrinthTools for SBHS students

Renovation        SBHS interns with supervisor MarkSBHS interns        Ernie, SBHS intern

Aracely, Jorge, Desteny, Carmen, Ernesto, and Angela
Aracely, Jorge, Desteny, Carmen, Ernesto, and Angela

Interns working on landscaping projects in Dec 2015

Dec 2015 interns front landscaping

Dec 2015 interns

On Property: Water Wise Conservation

Serving our neighbor includes being a good neighbor and a careful steward of environmental resources as we use less water. DSCN1566   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Beds    Lalli

partnership on SBHS garden box project: Garden Box Project GroupGarden project


SBHS garden bounty          SBHS corn and beets

Cardinal Senior Breakfast 2016 – ~300  SBHS seniors enjoyed French toast, bacon, and fruit breakfast on their graduation day.

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See our page just on San Bernardino High School  activities.

 Central City Lutheran Mission

Deacons gift of $250 plus supplies for English Classes

Supplies and Donation for English program
Supplies and Donation for English program

Deacons gift of backpacks for the homeless served by CCLM 

 Backpacks for homeless    CCLM receives backpacks for homeless
CCLM Pizza Party

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Habitat for Humanity local build

Our team works with Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino. Feb 7 HHFeb 7


Habitat house dedication

Guatemala Living Waters

6 men spent a week learning how to build appropriate water systems and then went to Guatemala to install those systems with Living Waters for the World.

Guatemala Living Waters
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Guat 6Little Hitch HikersBus to hotel

This is a long term commitment where we go back, check our partners while scoping out the next installation.  We had Rev. Wil Howie from Living Waters of the World out to describe more of the whole history and context.

Rev Wil Howie

Our team went back for the Joan Carpenter memorial water installation in February 2016.


Joan was a founding member of the Mission Committee and inspired the team to undertake these trips.  With the family’s blessing and the congregation’s support, a special plaque was placed on this installation.

Our Team was back to Guatemala in February of 2017

Be… in Christ …Loved. …of Use.