We have a partnership with Battell Elementary School. We provide tutors, mentors, backpacks, school supplies, socks, hats and mittens along with other needs that may arise. We sponsor a field trip for the 2nd grade class.
At Thanksgiving, we provide complete Thanksgiving Dinner kits to several families.
FPC Mishawaka is one of 17 Mishawaka churches involved in MAC (Mishawaka Alliance of Care). We support several of their programs including the MAC Food Pantry, housed at Albright United Methodist Church. The number of households served fluctuates; however, the average during the past year has been 352 per month. The Pantry continues to serve the community on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Fridays from 10:00 am. until noon. The items placed in the grocery cart in the CE lobby (delivered each Monday) along with money donations and those volunteers who help the shoppers are just another of the caring ministries of FPC in an attempt to follow the teaching of Jesus, "Feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty."
Soup-R-Bowl -special food donation taken in February focusing on canned goods and ingredients to make soup.
Crop Walk- Annual walk in October to raise money to fight hunger. Our church has both walkers and sponsors for this event.
Sock collection - During Winter we collect socks and donate to Broadway Christian Parish, who ministers to a diverse group of people who are underserved in our community.
The Mission and Evangelism Committee also administers the Special Offerings of PC(USA)
The four churchwide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) play an important role in defining what it means to be a connectional church in the twenty-first century, bringing together the diversity of the PC(USA) to focus and take faith-based action on shared concerns. The Offerings offer opportunities for partnership, learning, and witness and profoundly affect the life of the church as a collective witness to Jesus Christ's love for the whole church. Here in Mishawaka we have generously supported these offerings.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
This offering is given at Easter to fund projects for for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and the Development of Peoples.
Supporting programs for at-risk children and youth, Young Adult Volunteers, and Child Advocacy Ministries, this offering provides for 40% to be kept for local programs
PEACE AND GLOBAL WITNESS
Received during the Season of Peace through World Communion Sunday, this offering will reach worldwide, to improve living conditions for struggling people 25% is retained for local community.
Given during the Christmas season, this offering supports supplementary pensions for retired pastors and mission workers, as well as Presbyterian-related racial and ethnic schools and colleges.