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Home: Serve : Mission Projects

Mission Projects

Hands on Experiences

360 Communities

360 Communities delivers safety and stability that improves lives. With three effective program areas and community partnerships, we build trusting relationships, break cycles of violence, and produce measurable success.  FPC-SSP has been working with 360 Communities during our all church service projects where over 100 members, of all ages, participate in raising funds and then creating hygiene kits for Dakota County schools to distribute as needed.  www.360communities.org

Neighbors, Inc.

A social service agency providing emergency and supportive services to the communities of northern Dakota County in MN. FPC-SSP regularly contributes to Neighbors food shelf, houses the Come As You Are program twice a month, supports the Holiday Gift Program, and many other programs.  www.neighborsmn.org

Union Gospel Mission

Union Gospel Mission helps people rebuild their lives through a variety of time-tested and proven life-changing programs.  FPC-SSP is proud to support the Union Gospel Mission by contributing bags of food for Twin Cities’ families during Thanksgiving. www.ugmtc.org

Project Home

Project Home engages area faith communities to provide emergency shelter space and volunteer support for Ramsey County families facing homelessness. Each month, two different area faith communities host 20 emergency shelter beds. FPC-SSP supports Project Home by providing an overflow shelter one month of the year. www.interfaithaction.org/projecthome

First Presbyterian Church South St. Paul Community Garden

Recognizing our responsibility as Christians to restore creation, members of First Presbyterian Church turned a piece of weedy, unused land behind the church into an organic community garden.  The primary goal is to give people a place to grow fresh, nutritious food for their families and to grow veggies for the food shelf at Neighbors, Inc. in So. St. Paul. www.fpcssp.org/serve/community-garden\

Youth Mission Trips

Every summer our senior high youth travel to different parts of the country working together doing everything from helping build and re-build homes, cleaning up after natural disasters and serving in various urban ministries.  The students raise a significant portion of the funds for their trips during the year through projects and events within the congregation and out in the community.  

Adopt-A-Street

Adopt-A-Street is open to community groups, civic groups, churches, families and individuals. FPC-SSP has adopted a portion of Wentworth Avenue in West St. Paul.  Twice a year members of the church clean up trash along the street.  http://wspmn.gov/399/Adopt-a-Park-Program

American Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  FPC-SSP along with other South St. Paul churches help co-ordinate a yearly blood drive. www.redcross.org

Blessing Bags for Homeless

Self created bags that can be handed out to people while sitting at a red light.  Multiple suggestions can be found on the internet.  The mission committee of FPC-SSP have encouraged members to minister to those in our community by offering blessing bags.

Catholic Charities Family Service Center Dinners

Catholic Charities is the largest comprehensive social service nonprofit in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region, serving thousands of people through 36 different programs at over 17 locations.  Members from FPC-SSP prepare a delicious meatloaf dinner bi-monthly for a local homeless shelter. www.cctwincities.org

Presbyterian Clearwater Forest

Clearwater Forest is a ministry of Christ called to provide faith-building Christian programming, nurture active Christian community, and be a faithful steward of God’s creation. Members of FPC-SSP attend many of the different camps offered at Clearwater Forest. www.clearwaterforest.org

Feed My Starving Children

As a Christian non-profit organization, Feed My Starving Children is called to feed God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. Many youth and adults of FPC-SSP regularly volunteer at Feed My Starving Children throughout the year. www.fmsc.org

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a community-based service that provides fresh, nutritious meals delivered directly to the homes of seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the Twin Cities. In addition to regularly providing healthy foods, caring volunteers provide social connection that helps meal recipients remain living independently in their own homes. FPC-SSP supports Meals on Wheels and some members are regular volunteers.  www.meals-on-wheels.com

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events.  FPC-SSP both contributes money to the Disaster Assistance and well as members volunteering to serve. www.pda.pcusa.org

 

Social Justice

Earth Care Congregation

Earth Care Congregations have committed to the “Earth Care Pledge” and accomplish a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth in four categories: worship, education, facilities, and outreach. FPC-SSP continues to be an Earth Care Congregation. www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/environment/earth-care-congregations

Equal Exchange

To build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.  FPC-SSP sells equal exchange products in our office. www.equalexchange.coop

Fare for All

Fare for All began in Minnesota in 1986 as Fare Share, part of a nationwide network of Cooperative Food Purchasing programs.  It was run locally by Ramsey Action Program (RAP), a non-profit in St. Paul.  RAP started Fare Share to encourage volunteerism and stretch food budgets. The mission committee shares the monthly Fare for All calendar with our congregation. www.fareforall.org

More Light Presbyterians

We believe,  as a child of God to include in the umbrella of God’s welcome – that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons are created in the image of God; a counter to the prevailing assumption that we were an abomination in the eyes of God.  That LGBTQ people are welcome in the life of the church just like any other sibling in Christ. At FPC-SSP we are proud to be a more light church where all are welcome here. www.mlp.org

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. FPC-SSP houses NA meetings twice a week. www.na.org

Office of Public Witness

The Presbyterian Office of Public Witness is the public policy information and advocacy office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Its task is to advocate, and help the church to advocate, the social witness perspectives and policies of the Presbyterian General Assembly. Members of FPC-SSP are informed about public policy information and encouraged to be advocates through emails and information shared by the Mission committee. www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/compassion-peace-justice/washington

Interfaith Action of the Twin Cities

We unite the people, resources, and voice of the faith community to build a more just, safe, and livable Greater Saint Paul for all. www.interfaithaction.org

Presbyterian Special Offerings

One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost Offering, Peace & Global Witness Offering, and Christmas Joy Offering play an important role in defining what it means to be a connectional church. Over the years these offerings have provided ways for individuals and congregations to join together with each other and in partnership with other Christians in responding to a variety of concerns.   http://specialofferings.pcusa.org

 

Financial Support

Bread for the World

Equips its members to communicate with Congress and to work with others on advocacy. It educates members on hunger-related issues and inspires members to be legislative activists as a way of putting their Christian faith into action.  www.bread.org

Family Place

A day and night center for families living without permanent housing. www.famplace.org

PC(USA) Mission Co-Workers

We support Rev. Dr. Dustin and Sherri Ellington – mission co-workers in Zambia, and Dr. Rochelle and Tyler Holm– mission co-workers in Malawi. www.presbyterianmission.org