There are many ways that First Presbyterian has been called to carry out Christ’s mission in our world. Mission opportunities abound for you locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Local missions are devoted to projects right here in the FM area, such as providing meals at Churches United for the Homeless, collecting pillows for the YWCA, preparing and distributing Thanksgiving dinners, ringing bells for the Salvation Army and many more.

Regional/National missions include friendships with the Bdecan and Mayasan Presbyterian Churches at Spirit Lake and Lake Traverse respectively.

International missions take us abroad, most notably to Kenya and Mexico. Our dental clinic in Kikuyu, Kenya has been up and running for several years and the dental clinic in Chogoria, Kenya was dedicated last year. New projects with the Faraja Family Resource Center, and the Mpangua School are just getting started. Watch for details as they unfold in the bulletin and The Messenger. We continue to be supportive of the Casita Linda project in San Miguel, where modest adobe homes are built for families in need.

To find out more, including how to join, or participate in any of these missions, please contact Mission Committee Chair Sharon Secor.


Local Mission Opportunities

James 2 Task Force

The Session has proclaimed the 2017-2018 program year the “Year of Hospitality”. The year kicks off ministries churchwide in initiatives to help the homeless and needy coming to our church’s doors.

In January 2016, the Session designated the James 2 Task Force to identify and coordinate such ministries. Made up of representatives from the church’s standing committees, the task force visited three large downtown churches in Minneapolis and St. Paul in October 2016 to view ministry models and to examine how those churches’ congregations coordinate their ministries with other congregations' efforts in their downtowns.

The James 2 Task Force, which draws its name from the passage in the New Testament’s Second Letter from James, in which James observes, “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead”, acts as an umbrella group to ensure that our con-gregation’s ministries of hospitality are imbued throughout the life of the congregation in the coming years. If you would like to know more about these initiatives and join the ministries of hospitality, please contact Bruce Maylath at ring4linguist@yahoo.com.


Churches United for the Homeless: Year-Round

2nd Thursdays: 3:00-7:00pm at Churches United

On the second Thursday of each month we have the opportunity to minister to the homeless of our community by providing the evening meal at the Churches United shelter kitchen in Moorhead. Each month 5 volunteers (minimum) are needed to prepare a chili and baked potato supper. All menus and ingredients are supplied by the shelter. Preparation of the meal is between 3:00-5:30 pm and serving begins at 5:30 and goes until 7:00. Shelter residents do all cleanup. Volunteer groups from the church can be made up of individuals or couples, youth, family groups, friends, or fellow committee members. If this sounds like a way that you would be interested in ministering, please contact First Presbyterian's CUH volunteer coordinator, Colleen Ford-Dunker at 701-451-0761 or forddunk@gmail.com. Groups or individuals are welcome to sign up for more than one monthly slot!


Holy Buckets: Periodically

Holy Buckets is a mission opportunity to give various goods to people in need. In addition to pillows for the YWCA Shelter we collect throughout the year, many months we identify additional needs locally and regionally, including food items, personal hygiene supplies and socks for area shelters. There are three green buckets labeled in the foyer awaiting your donation. For the rest of August we are collecting girls panties [bikini style in sizes small (6-8) and medium (10-12)] for the teenaged girls in Kenya. In September we will collect winter wear for the children/youth at Bdecan. This includes new or gently used winter coats (youth and adult sizes) hats, boots, mittens, gloves and scarves. At Christmastime look for the Festival of Trees, which will give you the opportunity to help in a variety of ways!

Summer Holy Buckets  During the summer months we will be collecting items for the United Way school supply drive and for the children of Bdecan Presbyterian Church.

In June we began by collecting new and gently used backpacks. It’s not too late to still bring in backpacks! 

In July we want to fill those backpacks with school supplies (extensive list of supplies is posted on the Volunteer Opportunities Board in the foyer.

In August we begin our annual campaign for new and gently used winter coats and gear for the children on the Spirit Lake Reservation.


Pillows, Pillows, Pillows! Year-Round

Known as the “Pillow Church,” FPC has continued to donate hundreds and hundreds of pillows to the YWCA shelter so that every resident who stays there can take their pillow with them when they secure more permanent housing. Our great thanks to Jim and Mary Simle for storing and delivering them. This is a joint venture between PW and the Mission Committee. Our thanks to you, one and all! Pillows may be left in the West Foyer Coat Room.


Emergency Food Pantry: Year-Round

The Emergency Food Pantry is a long standing mission in the FM area, providing food baskets for those in need. For one or two weeks a year, our congregation sends volunteers to help put together the baskets. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, contact Jan Harrison at jharr25@aol.com. And remember, March is Minnesota FoodShare month. All food donated (and money given) will be matched by a generous grant. We collect food every March for our Holy Buckets ministry.


Garden Ministry: Summertime

This ministry collects fresh vegetables to be donated to Churches United where they are used in a sit down meal for those in need. Vegetables should be dropped off in the church office on Sunday or Monday morning for delivery on Monday or Tuesday. For more information, contact Monica in the church office at mgelinske@firstpresfargo.org.


PW Coat Room Bins: Year Round

PW has collection bins in the West Foyer Coat Room where you can contribute to the needs of non-profits at your convenience. There are plastic bins for HERO Project, Churches United, New Life Center, YWCA Women’s Shelter and the Emergency Food Pantry. For a list of items collected, visit the information rack next to the Welcome Desk. Please place your items in the appropriate bins to make sure that they get delivered to the correct organization. What a great ministry this is!


Box Tops: Year-Round

Do you have a drawer full of box tops and no place to send them? The Presbyterian Women are collecting Box Tops. There is a collection bin under the calendar in the foyer.


Presbyterian Special Offerings

Four times a year, we ask you to support with your financial resources, special offerings that are used so that the collective gifts of Presbyterians all over the country can make a significant impact in specific programs and ministries of our denomination.


Peace and Global Witness Offering

What you’ve known as the Peacemaking Offering has been transformed into the Peace & Global Witness Offering. This new Offering will have a greater global reach, more significant impact, and bring peace to people through Christ. Gifts given to this offering are divided in the following manner – twenty-five percent retained by congregations for support of their own peacemaking ministries; 25 percent used to support presbytery and synod peacemaking efforts; and 50 percent forwarded to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Mission Agency so that it can continue to provide assistance and resources for congregations and other bodies of the PC(USA).


Christmas Joy Offering

Gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering will be distributed equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to support student scholarships at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.


One Great Hour of Sharing

Since 1949, Presbyterian have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Hunger Program, and Self Development of People.


Pentecost Offering

This special offering provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. We are encouraged to keep 40% of the offering to support ministry with children at risk in our communities. Our share of this past year’s offering helped support Legacy Children’s Foundation, who assist diverse teens in the FM area to achieve a high school diploma


Per Capita Offering

Received Year-Round

Per Capita is how Presbyterians:

  • Mutually share the costs of coming together to discern the Spirit's leadin for the future. 
  • Are trained to become better elders and ministers.
  • Discern God's call in their lives.
  • Participate in the life of the wider church by serving on GA committees and commissions.
  • Participate in the life of the Church universal as we commit ourselves to work and live in fellowship with "all persons in every nation" (Book of Order, G-4.0101).
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