Local Outreach chair: Vic Arrington
Habitat for Humanity
Come to the wall raising for our first Habitat house!
Tuesday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. at The Glen on Alex Patterson Drive off Marshland Road.
Volunteers to work on the FPC house are needed – contact the church office for information.
ANGEL TREE FOR THORNWELL HOME FOR CHILDREN
We thank everyone for their support of Thornwell last year.
Kairos Prison Ministry
The Kairos prison ministry team is asking your help along with all of the churches in the area surrounding the prison to give each prisoner at least one Christmas card this year. Should you like to participate in this ministry we ask that you write at least five cards and leave them at the church office. Please use cards that are meaningful to a person incarcerated, include a short meaningful note, and sign your first name only. Additionally, if you have a Bible verse, etc. that you feel would be appropriate, please include it. Leave the envelope blank and unsealed. We need to have the cards by the first week of December. Click the link below for a list of suggested Bible verses.
SCHOOL UNIFORM DRIVE
We had a very successful school uniform drive this year to benefit children in Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Jasper County. Donations this year were 168 tops, 126 bottoms, 10 jumpers, 2 dresses, 5 jackets, 3 sweaters, 48 packages of underwear, 51 packages of socks, 61 belts and $6,415 in monetary donations, which will be used to purchase uniforms. School social workers picked up the uniforms and are grateful for our support!
Our Outreach Ministry and Session have approved a goal of FPC sponsoring two houses in the new Habitat community, The Glen, off Marshland Road on Hilton Head Island. This means that we contribute the funds for two houses and the volunteers to help build houses at The Glen. Each Habitat house costs $70,000 to build. We have the funds to build the first house and expect to begin construction in January. Your support is needed. Click here for the form to volunteer or contribute to this project.
Thank you for your support of the 4th annual “Book and a Buck” drive during the month of March.
We greatly appreciate your donations of new and gently-used books for children in schools in Allendale, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties, and for your “bucks,” used to purchase new books.
Antioch Scholars Program in Jasper County
Local Outreach is sponsoring the Antioch Scholars Program, a pilot program at the Antioch Educational Center (AEC) in Jasper County, for 6- and 7-year-olds. The goal of the scholars program is to mentor and shadow these first grade students through their high school graduation. This newest of all AEC programs has the possibility of producing some outstanding results. There are now 22 scholars in the program. Learning together and individual mentoring can show remarkable positive growth in a young person’s life. Improvement on our scholar’s report cards, and growth in social and communication skills at the end of year one has been rewarding
Angel Tree for Thornwell
For many years, FPC has had a Christmas “angel tree” for the children at Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, SC. A warm thank you to everyone who donated gifts, money and gift cards! These will make a difference in the lives of the children at Thornwell. The gifts were delivered by volunteers before Christmas.
Thank you to all who supported the BackPack Buddies program. We received generous contributions that enable us to continue supporting children in Hilton Head Island schools and share the remainder with the Jasper County BackPack Buddies program. During the summer, BackPack Buddies provided daily and weekend food for children at the Hilton Head Boys & Girls Club. God bless everyone who stepped up and helped children in our community.
The next Family Promise week is August 21-28 and volunteers are needed: overnight hosts, meals, setup and breakdown. Contact the church office at 843.681.3696 for the names and contact information for coordinators for Family Promise week to volunteer.
How You Can Make a Difference:
Read about some volunteer opportunities below and click on the Volunteer Opportunities page for more ways to make a difference.
Tutors, readers, mentors needed in local schools:
Reading Buddies: Volunteers are needed to work with children who need help with reading in Jasper County. We have all the books and supplies that you need. Training is available.
IMPACT in Hilton Head Elementary School:
Volunteer to mentor a student in the IMPACT program at Hilton Head Elementary School!
To learn more, contact Buck Edwards at 843-681-7151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutors Needed: Tutors are needed for the children at Ridgeland Elementary School during the school year. Contact the church office for information about volunteering.
Book Buddies: Book Buddies is a reading and correspondence program at Ridgeland Elementary School. Adult book clubs are needed to adopt a classroom of third thru fifth graders that they will write letters to throughout the year. The group may purchase a book for each child, which, when finished reading, the student can share with other classmates. We have 13 groups so far and can use more!
Girls Becoming Great:
The 5th-grade girls at Ridgeland Elementary School have read and discussed Rhonda Mincey’s book, “A Girl’s Guide to Becoming Great,” through a gift of the books by Local Outreach. Included were discussions of values, peer pressure and setting short-and long-term goals.
Local Missions Supported by FPC:
Members of FPC have heeded Jesus’ directive to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked” and in other ways care for our neighbors in the Hilton Head Island community and “beyond the bridge.” A major focus has been on relieving hunger and providing shelter and other basic necessities. Missions supported are in the following 3 categories:
Hunger & Homelessness:
Feed My Sheep
The Deep Well Project
Sandalwood Food Pantry
Holiday Food Baskets
People in Need Ministry (PIN)
Thornwell Home for Children
Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina (PCSC)
Homelessness Task Force
Grateful Hearts Soup Kitchen Ministry
Christian Teaching & Leadership:
First Presbyterian Day School
Young Life Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry
School Uniform Drive