First Presbyterian Church believes that mission is crucial to the life of the church. As believers, we are called to actively spread God’s words and love to make a positive difference in the world, whether it be our loved ones, or strangers from another country. First Presbyterian actively supports local, state, national and international missions.
The Mission Team at FPC
This month the mission team wants to bring the focus on Last Bell Ministries, a ministry we support in Ukraine. Last Bell’s mission and vision is to love and restore orphanage graduates toward life and community. Our vision is an end to the generational orphanage cycle in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. FPC has supported Last Bell for the past 8 years. It all started when Mike Williams traveled
there to work on a renovation project. He returned to tell everyone about his experience with Last Bell and their amazing ministry and started our relationship. We have sent teams to teach English Camp, sold handcrafted items made by orphan graduates, and held many collection drives providing the orphans and their families with daily needs such as overthe- counter medications, shoes, and warm coats. Our church has lovingly provided
financial support to help grow Last Bell’s ministry through special operings, church mission funds, and individual member donations.
On February 24, 2022, the beginning of the Russian invasion, events shocked everyone and required us to find new ways to support our friends at Last Bell. We hosted a special concert fundraiser performed by Warren Fremling July 17, 2022. On July 23, 2023 we were thrilled to have Oksana & Andrey Pankyeyev and their children, Danik and Maggie, in person to lead church one Sunday and help us to understand the current situation in Ukraine. A
major theme everyone walked away with was the strong faith and solidarity they had both as a family and as a part of their Ukrainian nation. The Pankyeyev’s wished for continuing prayers and support from all of us, especially with a hard, cold winter coming up and very
little resources available because of the war.
The mission team will be collecting cold weather outerwear for infants, children, and
adults. Many winter items such as coats, boots, snow pants, hats and gloves go on sale this time of year. You may donate gently used items or new items through mid- March. The donations will be sent to Last Bell where they will distribute items to anyone in need. Anyone wanting further information about Last Bell or how you can support their ministy, clink the link below.
The annual artisan market held the third Saturday in August, helps our church raise funds for local, state, and international church mission projects through the rental of booth space to our vendors, admission is free!
FPC work camp team travels to Henderson Reserve in Frakes, KY to assist with home repair and building projects.
2024 Dates: June 23-27 and possible additional days
Last Bell is committed to serving orphaned youth and orphan-parented families in Ukraine, as well as neighbors impacted by war. We’re meeting the material needs of our youth and families, reaching out to refugees in our city, and supporting our own community members who’ve evacuated.
The Christian Education team is spearheading the 2024 Dorcas basket donations. We are excited to have the opportunity for our families to gather VBS supplies for the Dominican Republic VBS program at Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana (IED) Church.
This is a great way for our kids to help other kids in another part of the world. We would love for the children and youth to shop with their parents for these supplies to be a part of the process!
With over 44,000 food insecure neighbors in our county, the need is big and the solution is simple. Neighbors helping Neighbors through free 24×7 confidential outdoor food pantries. The pantries operate on the honor system “Take What You Need, Give What You Can”
Jonathan and Corinne Long currently serve in Budapest, Hungary, where Jonathan serves as the regional director for the Europe and Middle East region, as well as the field director for Hungary. They have a passion to share the transforming power of a relationship with Jesus Christ through discipleship and leadership development.
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