These are some of the ways we are involved with our world and our community. We invite you to explore them with us!
Room at the Inn
For those who are homeless, for refugees and for those struggling to have an affordable home of their own, the church offers Room at the Inn. Besides financial donations to community agencies addressing the problems of the poor and homeless, volunteer groups from FPC play a role in the yearly and monthly lives of the agencies.
FPC groups make and serve supper at Columbus House on the first Saturday of every month — for information on this important ministry, click below:
You can make a difference next time you shop for groceries! Each month, with the Meal A Month program, FPC collects food for distribution through Christian Community Action’s food pantry. Suggested menu items are listed in the weekly bulletin.
FPC-ers have been known to be seen hammering a nail at Habitat for Humanity’s Covenant Build. For information on this wonderful program, click here to visit the Greater New Haven Habitat for Humanity website.
There are many talents in our congregation. To share yours, to learn more about the Room at the Inn projects, or to nominate a project for Room at the Inn funding or volunteer efforts–contact any of the mission committee members.
The Session of FPC allocates part of the annual budget to denominational and to many special mission projects. Part of each Sunday’s offering goes to the global mission of the church as well as to projects and programs nearer to home. We hear about the global mission of the church each Sunday in our Minute for Mission. Funds go to projects around the world, some under the auspices of Church World Services.
In addition, there are several special offerings for the denomination and beyond. One Great Hour of Sharing, received on Palm or Easter Sunday, responds to Christ’s call to feed the hungry, house the homeless, minister to the suffering, and empower the poor and oppressed. It supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People and is administered by the Worldwide Ministries Division.
The Pentecost Offering, taken on Pentecost Sunday, goes to help children at risk as well as towards youth education programs. Later in the year the Peacemaking Offering, the Thanksgiving Offering, and the Christmas Joy Offering each have a place and a purpose–to promote peace at home and abroad, to feed the hungry and to care for the retired. In addition, we learn about special appeals throughout the year when Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is called to the scene of an earthquake or hurricane.
Finally, several times a year there are opportunities to contribute gifts of toiletries, diapers and other items for the people of Columbus House and Life Haven.