Community Outreach: I Was Hungry…

“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Matthew 25: 34-40 (ESV)

First Presbyterian Church is committed to ministry to Easton, and our members volunteer their time and talent generously.

OUR CONGREGATION-BASED PROGRAMS:

For more information about any of our congregation-based programs, contact the church office (610-253-3579) or office@eastonfpc.org

Angel Tree – The Deacons set up an “Angel Tree” annually to provide Christmas gifts to families referred to us by local service agencies.

Ark Soup Kitchen – We provide a Saturday luncheon meal annually for this soup kitchen based out of Trinity Episcopal Church in Easton.

“Cooking Matters” – In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, we offer a series of six-week classes throughout the year held in our church kitchen to teach both cooking skills and basic nutrition to local adults who are referred to us by our local food bank.

“Make It – Take It” Kitchen – Working with ProJeCt of Easton and with a grant from Lehigh Presbytery (Presbyterian Church, USA), we host periodic Make It – Take It events in our church kitchen and fellowship hall to help low-income families learn to prepare healthy meals on a budget. Participants leave the event not only with the food they had prepared that day, but also with the tools and groceries to replicate the recipes at home.

Shawl Ministry – This group meets monthly at church to make scarves, hats, shawls, blankets, lap robes, and knitted/crocheted baby gifts for hospitals, nurseries, schools, church members and troops overseas.

Troop Support Project Sunday – This annual drive provides toiletries, other personal articles, snacks, and personal thank-you cards to troops serving overseas.

Worldwide Mission – We have a partnership with the Nagyvarad-Ret Hungarian Reformed Church of Oradea, Romania. The Nagyvarad-Ret pastor has visited us with his family, and members of our congregation have visited the Romanian congregation. This partnership was established in 2003.

OUR TIES TO LOCAL AGENCIES:

ProJeCt (Protestant-Jewish-Catholic) of Easton – We make monthly contributions of food and cash to the Interfaith Food Pantry and participate in other ProJeCt events as needed. ProJeCt offers comprehensive emergency assistance as well as language and literacy services.

Safe Harbor- Easton – We provide food for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month for this emergency shelter; we also provide and serve a full dinner at the shelter once a month.

SHARE Food Program – We brought SHARE Food to Easton: a bulk-buying program from Philadelphia that enables people to purchase good food at a reduced price. Working with other agencies in Easton, we coordinate the ordering and distribution out of our building of SHARE Food on a monthly basis. For more information on SHARE, visit www.sharefoodprogram.org

Third Street Alliance – Church volunteers help with the Senior Day Care Program and other volunteer activities as needed at this community center which has a special emphasis on programs to help women and children.

Meals on Wheels – Our church team delivers meals once a month to homebound people in the Easton Area. To become part of our church team, contact the Church Office at office@eastonfpc.org

GROUPS WITH WHOM WE SHARE OUR BUILDING:

Genesis Church / Iglesia Genesis is a Hispanic Pentecostal congregation led by the Rev. Kimberly Lara which worships in our Sanctuary on Sunday afternoons and conducts Bible Study on Tuesday evenings.

Al Anon (a support group for family members of people with alcohol addiction) meets at our church every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) holds two meetings at our church each week. The Two Rivers group meets each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. while the Spring Garden group meets each Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

We also provide space for monthly meetings on Monday evenings of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and for leaders of area Narcotics Anonymous groups.

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