News from The Mission Team
Thanks for your support! We encourage you to contribute your piece to our church mission work.
The Mission Team of First Presbyterian Church is blessed with the opportunity and responsibility to represent your Christian compassion to our members and those outside our fellowship, whose needs we are able to meet. The Mission Team frames its work around this core value:
“To love and serve neighbors near and far in their physical, spiritual, social, and emotional needs.”
The Mission team is charged with interpreting the mission of the Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly and to encourage and facilitate our congregation’s participation. Throughout the year our contributions not only support the general mission of the Presbytery and General Assembly but include these special offerings.
- One Great Hour of Sharing
- Pentecost Offering
- Peace and Global Witness Special Offering
- Christmas Joy Offering
Locally our feeding ministries continue to provide opportunities to help with food security issues within our community. During 2015, the Food Pantry served 3876 people. Along with monthly nutritional food demonstrations provided by the Marathon County Extension, we hosted three cooking classes, featuring healthy food choices and preparation. The evening Food Pantry, held one evening a month, was discontinued after a year trial due to a small number of participants. Soup’s On, our free soup and bread lunch prior to the afternoon Food Pantries, has averaged 30 – 40 diners in its fourth year. We continue to sponsor the Sunday Community Suppers. In 2015 twenty – one congregations and community organizations served over 4,000 guests along with countless second helpings and carry outs. Our congregation served meals on eight Sundays.
Just Good Food, our Food Pantry garden project, yielded about 100 lbs. of produce for our pantry. We joined with seven downtown churches in an interfaith coalition effort early this spring and established the Growing Faith Community Garden which produced and delivered to Neighbor’s Place approximately 650-750 lbs. of produce and fruit.
In 2015, the 46th annual Friends Thanksgiving Dinner, provided a Thanksgiving meal in Fellowship Hall to 95 individuals and delivered 383 dinners. Our Church youth and adults joined over 100 community volunteers to again make this a successful outreach.
We support the Wausau Community Warming Center by providing a meal on the first and third Fridays of each month from November through April, as well as collecting member donated supplies for the Center. Individual church members also volunteer at the Center.
Other Mission supported projects include Labels for Learning, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Christmas gift giving through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, produce collection Sundays, the Souper Bowl of Caring, and Egg and Cheese Sunday, and the Plant Sale which raises money for our Food Pantry.
FPC Mission supports the work of NAOMI, a faith based organization working to make a positive difference in the lives of area residents.
Mission supports the Colombia Partnership through the Winnebago Presbytery. Jeff Todd recently traveled to Washington D.C. as part of the Mission – Global Delegation advocating on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ from Uraba Presbytery.
The Mission Team meets monthly to discern where and how God’s Spirit is calling us to invest our energy and resources, and to work to promote and expand the mission opportunities to FPC and the larger community.
There are many mission opportunities here at First Presbyterian Church. Contact Chuck Schlitz, Mission Team Leader, to explore your “Piece of the Mission Puzzle”.