Community Engagement/Mission

at FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

CHURCH GARDEN

Our church serves a free Community Pancake Breakfast every Sunday from 8:00a - 9:00p. The breakfast consists of pancakes, sausage, eggs, cereal, fruit, and beverages. The meal is open to everyone and is served in our church gym.

We typically serve between 80-100 meals each week.

The breakfast is prepared and served entirely by church volunteers, and we could always use an extra hand.

Please contact Ellen Trovato, our Pancake Breakfast director, for more information (hrellent@yahoo.com)

Our Church Garden is now in its second year. The garden is located on the grounds of the church - in lieu of landscaping, we have a garden! The garden is managed by our Garden Team and we always need volunteers to manage and take care of the garden.

All produce grown is donated to the Community Kitchen and local Food Pantries. Last year we donated nearly 500 lbs of fresh produce to local hunger organizations!

FOOD PANTRIES

HAPI PROJECT

We also regularly partner with the Pantry Plus More to provide space for their food distributions.

The last Sunday of each month is 'Red Wagon Sunday,' where you are encouraged to bring food donations to church. Our children collect the donations and a volunteer delivers them to various pantries the following day.

Our church helps keep the shelves stocked at many local food pantries. Each month we collect and deliver canned good and fresh produce to our three main food pantry partners:

Rock Forge Food Pantry

Canyon Food Pantry

St. Ursula Food Pantry

Our newest Mission partner, the HAPI Project (Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants) primarily serves young mothers with some level of economic insecurity. By providing basic supplies to help the mothers take care of themselves, HAPI ensures healthier families and better equips families to care for their children. We are currently running a donation drive for HAPI - you can bring items to the church and drop them off in the HAPI-labeled basket in the church entryway, or ship to them directly from their Amazon wishlist:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3UJS9WUZAMM10?ref_=wl_share

LGBTQ TASK FORCE & PARTNERS

GREATER MORGANTOWN

INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION

Our church has an LGBTQ+ Task Force that organizations and leads LGBTQ+ inclusion ministry in our church.  The Task Force is made up of church members, LGBTQ+ persons and allies, and community friends. We regularly organize events, social media campaigns, and involvement in LGBTQ+ community events.

Our LGBTQ+ Community Partners include:

PFLAG - Morgantown

Morgantown PRIDE

WVU LGBTQ Center

Fairness West Virginia

The Greater Morgantown Interfaith Association connects our faith communities across faith traditions. We regularly host events with GMIA and our minister currently serves as lead organizer.

You can find out more on the GMIA website:

morgantowninterfaith.org

Appalachian Prison Book Project

Our Mission Committee

We partner with APBP to host book drives and book wrapping parties, providing incarcerated people with reading and learning materials to which they would not otherwise have access.

Stay tuned for our next book wrapping party this Fall!

Working behind the scenes to coordinate our mission/community work is our Mission Committee, composed of members and friends of the church. Current Misson Committee members:

Gertraud Irwin - Chair

Jamie Perdue

Judy Werner

Sara Loughney

Mary Praet Dionne

Scott Lyons

Please contact Gertraud or Jamie for more information of mission projects at: girwin@comcast.net or jamievperdue@gmail.com

OUR COMMUNITY/MISSION PARTNERS

Milan-Puskar HealthRight

Friendship House

Christian Help

Community Kitchen

Circle of Friends

Rock Forge Food Pantry

Canyon Creek Food Pantry

St. Ursula's Food Pantry

Empty Bowls

Bread for the World

The Shack

Presbyterian Student Fellowship (WVU Campus Ministry)

Presbyterian Mission Agency

Presbytery of West Virginia

Bluestone Presbyterian Camp

Appalachian Prison Book Project

Days for Girls

Prayer Shawl Project

Bev's Mitten Tree

Beer & Hymns Morgantown

National Youth Advocate Program

HAPI Project

Planned Parenthood (South Atlantic)

Moms Demand Action

PFLAG - Morgantown

Morgantown PRIDE

WVU LGBTQ Center

Fairness West Virginia

Greater Morgantown Interfaith Association