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Mission is our response to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

As Christians with a Presbyterian perspective, we participate in mission through denominationally established ministries. We also seek to be creative agents of God’s love by allowing our efforts to be shaped by the needs of those around us. We view mission as an extension of one’s own self, home and surroundings for compassion and service in our local and global communities.

CURRENT MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

During this time of limited in-person opportunities due to COVID-19, we will be highlighting ways you can continue to support our various missions in this section. Scroll below for details about all of our local and global missions supported by FPC Georgetown.

Manos de Cristo Tamale Sales
FPC will be supporting Manos de Cristo again this year with their annual tamale sales! Proceeds provide children, adults and seniors access to emergency food and clothing relief, quality low-cost dental care, and adult education classes. What a delicious way to make a big difference for our neighbors in need. Approximately $8 from each dozen sold goes directly to Manos programs. Choose from five varieties of naturally gluten-free tamales, available at $15/dozen (pork, jalapeno pork, chicken, bean (not vegetarian), and vegan southwestern blend. To order either write a note with your name, as well as the quantity and variety of tamales you wish to order, and mail that, along with a check to the church office. (Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church with Manos Tamales in the subject line). You can also print off this order form, complete it, and mail it in with your check. Order forms can also be delivered to the church office throughout November on Wed (8:30-12PM) or Fri (8:30-10AM). Last day to order will be Nov. 25. Tamales will be available for pick up Dec. 4 from 5:00-6:30 PM on the steps of the 7th Street entrance to the Worship Center-Fellowship Hall. (Masks and social distancing). For questions, please contact Jeff Pratt.

Faith in Action (Drivers Needed)
Faith in Action provides transportation to seniors in the community who can no longer drive. This service helps them remain independent longer and have a better quality of life. They are currently in need of volunteers to drive seniors to their appointments. Volunteer drivers must be 25 years old or older, and children of drivers are allowed to ride along. The volunteer schedule is very flexible, and they are currently doing orientations virtually. To learn more about becoming a volunteer driver and the new COVID-19 safety protocol that Faith in Action has implemented, please visit FaithInActionGT.org

Operation Christmas Child  FPC is once again supporting Operation Christmas Child this Christmas season. In 2019, more than 10.5 million children in 100 countries and territories received shoeboxes full of special gifts distributed by Samaritan’s Purse. In many of those places, the children also received a gospel story booklet developed for shoebox recipients, telling children that God loves them. This year, you are able to pack a traditional shoebox, or you can go online and build a box for $25 through the First Presbyterian Church’s Operation Christmas Child Page. Our church goal is 100 boxes. National collection week is November 16-23 and for those who choose to pack a traditional box, please reach out to Liz Bailey to arrange for pickup or for general questions.

The Brookwood in Georgetown (BIG)-   BIG is continuing to serve adults with special needs across three campuses in Williamson and Travis Counties. It is already Christmas at the BIG Shop which has been chosen “Best in Georgetown” for the last several years. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5 and it always available online. Plus, there is last night shopping from 5 to 7 on upcoming Thursday nights. The Shop offers a wide variety of hand-crafted pottery, unique gifts and greeting cards, elegant jewelry, candles, BIG honey, BIG fudge, and BIG soaps as well as laser-engraved gifts. Eat breakfast or lunch at the BIG Cafe or even have food delivered. Family meals are also available. The newest enterprise is the BIG pie company. Sample a slice at the Cafe or order a whole pie which can even be shipped anywhere in the US. All of these enterprises support the citizens and the mission of BIG.

Presbyterian Pan American School-   The Presybeterian PanAm School is seeking help to fix its internet problems and fulfill it’s mission to students and the church. Click here to find out how you can help!

Community Missions

First Presbyterian is committed to serving those in and around our community. Our congregation members participate in over fifteen local mission organizations, volunteering their time, talents and money to help those in need. Links to the parent website of each organization can be found below, along with a brief description of the organization’s main function. FPC also has mission advocates, which are listed under each mission, that act as the main communication between the organization and our church. If you would like more information about how you can get involved, please contact the church office.

Backpack Buddies provides nutritious food over the weekend for children who receive meals at school through the federal Title I program. To volunteer, please contact FPC Advocate Corey Bailey.

BiG is an “out of the box” innovative vocational community for adults with special needs where everything made is sold in a beautiful high end gift shop, cafe and greenhouse. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate, Peggy Currie.

The Caring Place assists families in northern Williamson County with food, clothing, household items, rent, utilities and medical needs. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate, Jenny Carswell.

CASA of Williamson County provides trained, court-appointed volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children on their journey to a safe home. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Angie Harris.

CROP Hunger Walk is an annual fall event that raises funds to end hunger here and around the world. To sign up, please contact FPC Advocate Rick Galloway.

Faith in Action Georgetown provides transportation and other services free of charge to residents 65 and older to help them maintain an independent lifestyle. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Kitty Bristow.

Friends in Deed email is a group of FPC volunteers who offer their time and talents assisting members with minor home maintenance and repair. Requests for services can be made through the church office.

The Georgetown Project serves as the fiscal agent in assisting students of GISD who meet the McKinney-Vento law criteria for being considered “homeless”. To find out how you can help, please contact FPC Advocate Marty Curtis.

A Gift of Time is a non-profit organization formed in 2016 to provide “compassionate, holistic daycare for people with memory loss and to support their loved ones as they confront the challenges of caregivers.” For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Penny Leone.

Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County is an independent non-profit organization that builds simple, decent housing with partner families, using volunteer labor and donations. To volunteer, please contact FPC Advocate Robert Cravens.

Hospice Austin cares for terminally ill and bereaved persons of Central Texas and their families regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Gary Nelon.

Manos de Cristo, Austin is a Presbyterian-related agency that provides emergency food, clothing and dental care to low-income individuals as well as legal aid and back-to-school programs. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Bill McKenna.

Meals on Wheels, Georgetown provides hot meals five days a week to homebound seniors in Burnet and Williamson County. To become a volunteer, please contact FPC Advocates Ben & Donna Nichols at [email protected] or Tom & Peggy Currie.

Mission Sewing is a FPC ministry that meets monthly to prepare handcrafted items to be donated to PCHAS, Su Casa de Esperanza and the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center. FPC Advocate is Kathy Jones.

Mitchell Elementary School is a FPC ministry that provides volunteer tutors who assist teachers with students needing extra practice in reading and writing. For more information on volunteering for this program, please contact FPC Advocate Dawn Bookert.

Transient Ministry provides small-denomination HEB cards on a one-time basis to those seeking food assistance. Our LOGOS program has also recently put together “Blessing Bags” that can be given out to those in need.

Youth Mission Trip & Summer Camp Scholarships is a FPC ministry that provides scholarships to students in need who wish to attend church sponsored trips and camps.

Global Missions

First Presbyterian supports several denominationally established missions as well as many global missions. We financially support missionaries in several parts of the world and take special offerings during the year for various programs. Links to the parent website of each organization can be found below, along with a brief description of the organization’s main function.

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary was founded in 1902 and educates and equips individuals for ordained Christian ministry and leadership.

For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Courtney Root.

CUPS, Communidades Unidas Pro Salud is an ecumenical Christian ministry focused on improving the educational and health environments in rural communities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Cindy Bausch.

Forman Christian College is a Presbyterian university in Pakistan where Christian and Muslim students study and work together in an atmosphere of interfaith harmony. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Bill Stump, Jr.

Medical Benevolence Foundation works in partnership with PCUSA congregations to support healing ministries and programs in hospitals and clinics throughout the world. For more information, please contact FPC Advocates Bill & Bonnie Stump.

Missionary Support is provided to Ken & Ruth Copsey in the Philippines, Don & Martha Wehmeyer in Mexico, and Zambia through Presbyterian World Mission.

FPC Advocate for Ken & Ruth is Margie Copsey
FPC Advocate for Presbyterian World Mission is Shirley Nash.
FPC Advocate for Wehmeyers in Mexico is Vivian Davis

Operation Christmas Child is an annual non-denominational, world-wide collection of small gifts to be delivered to children throughout the world during the Christmas season. To volunteer for collections or more information, please contact FPC Advocate Elizabeth Bailey.

Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services provides Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need through a variety of programs. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Bridget Chapman.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance offers emergency and refugee programs to those in need during times of conflict and natural disaster. To learn how you can help, please contact FPC Advocate Bill McKenna.

John Knox Ranch is a camp, conference and retreat center offering children and youth opportunities for faith development and fun along the Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas. To find out more, please contact FPC Advocate Minta McIntosh.

Presbyterian MoRanch Assembly is a 500-acre camp and retreat center in Hunt, Texas used to foster growth in God through Jesus Christ by sharing its unique living, learning, Christian environment. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Ben Nichols.

Presbyterian Pan Am School is a bilingual college preparatory school located in Kingsville, Texas, for young people in America and beyond to study, work and take their place as Christians in a multi-cultural world. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Minta McIntosh.

Su Casa de Esperanza provides educational opportunities to impoverished families living in south Texas to help them become self-sufficient, productive members of the community. To find out more about this organization, please contact FPC Advocate Tom Currie.

Synod of the Sun Foundation provides funds for various ministries of the Synod of the Sun and supports scholarships for seminary students from PCUSA churches in the synod.