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.
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 Morris Fisher.
BiG (Brookwood in Georgetown) 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 is a faith-based, community-oriented organization that, since 1985, has been helping families in Georgetown and northern Williamson County with basic human needs: food, clothing and household items, and financial assistance for rent, utilities and medical/optical/dental/prescription needs. In addition to FPC’s monetary support, members donate items to sell in the shops as well as food for the pantry, and they volunteer their time and services. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Jenny Carswell.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) 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 annual community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. FPC has supported the Georgetown CROP Walk for more than 25 years, and 25% of funds collected remain in the community to help support The Caring Place and Meals on Wheels. To sign up, please contact FPC Advocate Rick Galloway.
Elementary School Mentoring & Support– Volunteer tutors assist teachers at local schools with students needing extra practice with reading and writing, or by providing needed school supplies. For more information on volunteering for this program, please contact FPC Advocate Dawn Bookert.
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 A group of volunteers organized to assist FPC members with minor home maintenance and repairs. They can help with items such as replacing batteries in smoke detectors, replacing light bulbs, performing minor plumbing g or electrical repairs, and other similar tasks.
The Georgetown Project is a nonprofit organization is devoted to building a healthier community for all children and youth. Among its many diverse programs is The NEST Empowerment Center. The center is an after-school drop-in program for Georgetown ISD high school teens in need of free resources such as evening meals, a quiet place for homework and rest, access to computers and school supplies, daily homework help, test prep, counseling, job readiness training, college prep and other support services.” 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 a local grassroots, faith-based organization affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International. Williamson County HFH is an independent, nonprofit organization that builds simple, decent housing with partner families using volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations. To volunteer, please contact FPC Advocate Robert Cravens.
Helping Hands of Georgetown– It was founded in 2015 to empower the less fortunate by providing food security and social services to the underserved. The Mobile Food Pantry delivers bagged meals, grocery items, toiletries and
clothing at various central locations. It distributes lunches on a weekly basis to the homeless, working poor and local families in need. FPC Georgetown participates in the preparation of Sunday Night Suppers for distribution from a central location. For more information on volunteering for this program, please contact FPC Advocate Dawn Bookert or Jenny Carswell.
- Adult and youth volunteers from FPC get ready to distribute meals for a Helping Hands Sunday Night Supper.
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. Please contact FPC Advocates Ben & Donna Nichols or Tom & Peggy Currie to become a volunteer.
Mission Sewing is an FPC ministry that meets monthly to prepare handcrafted items to be donated to The Caring Place, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, the Christ Child Society and Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center. FPC Advocate is Kathy Jones.
Transient Ministry provides Blessing bags, personal hygiene products, food items and clothing to anyone seeking assistance. HEB gift cards are also available on a quarterly basis for gas or food. FPC Advocate is Christina Bondesen.
Youth Mission Trip & Summer Camp Scholarships is an FPC ministry that provides scholarships to students in need who wish to attend church-sponsored trips and camps.
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, Comunidades Unidas Pro Salud (CUPS) is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded in 1989 and focused on improving rural communities’ educational and health environments 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.
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.
Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF) 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.
- Ken & Ruth Copsey, Philippines: Ken and Ruth support Christian mission work in the Philippines, where they developed clean drinking water sources, established medical clinics, taught family health practices and shared the Good News with the native population. FPC Contact – Mission Committee
- Melissa Johnson, Zambia, Africa: Melissa (from Mission Presbytery) works with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Synod of Zambia Health Department and other entities to identify important needs and gaps in the general health education of the community, implementing educational programs that improve maternal and child health.
- Don & Martha Wehmeyer, Yucatan, Mexico: Don and Martha work with the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, focusing on theological education, church planting, and retreat-workshop leadership. They founded the Gethsemane Retreat Center, which serves as a base for mission teams from the U.S. Don is the pastor of
Seguidores de Cristo Presbyterian Church in Sitpatch and is currently involved with the establishment of an elementary school on the church property. (www.theantiochpartners.org/wehmeyer) FPC Advocate for Wehmeyers in Mexico is Vivian Davis
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.
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 multicultural world. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Minta McIntosh.
- One Great Hour of Sharing: this special offering is received during Lent to share God’s love with those in need. Gifts assist those affected by natural disasters, provide food for the hungry, and help build strong communities through Presbyterian leadership development.
- Christmas Joy Offering: For over 70 years, this special offering has supported both young students—in their efforts to find what gifts God is calling forth from them—and faithful servants of the church who have spent their lives giving those gifts to others. The Presbyterian-related racial and ethnic schools and retired church workers each receive 50% of undesignated offering gifts.
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. Please contact FPC Advocate Tom Currie to learn more about this organization.
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.