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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.

PCHAS Virtual Luncheon
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services is hosting a Virtual Luncheon on Thur. Oct. 15 at 12PM. President David Thompson and local staff, like Child and Family Specialist Michelle Villarreal, will share how PCHAS is changing the lives of children and families. During this time, you’ll also hear personal stories from former clients. Register here to get the Zoom link. If you register by October 5th, you’ll receive a special treat in the mail to enjoy during the luncheon!

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been responding to several recent natural disasters. Details on each of these responses can be found at https://pda.pcusa.org/ Donations to support these relief efforts can be made by check to First Presbyterian Georgetown, indicating the appropriate PDA Response Code in the notification line.

Meals on Wheels of Williamson County
After several months of changing delivery patterns, Meals on Wheels is once again needing peanut butter and jelly for distribution to their clients.  They have asked if FPC could collect 75 jars of each (small jars only) for their distribution in early October. Beginning Wednesday, September 2, Christina Bondesen will be in the church office from 8:30 – noon every Wednesday and 8:30 – 10:00 every Friday for the month of September. You may drop off any PB&J donations to the church office during those times.
Su Casa de Esperanza  The work of Su Casa is concentrated in three areas: prenatal instruction for new mothers, infant stimulation and growth, and education for young mothers and toddlers to undertake together.  There is no charge to those who participate.  In response to our church’s request to identify special needs during the pandemic, Belinda Simons, the Director, identified the three listed below. If you would like to support this ministry, you may do so by sending a check to First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown, and marking it for Su Casa de Esperanza (Your House of Hope!).
-baby items for newborns (diapers, etc.)
-equipment to enable video instruction and home instructional materials for those who are confined at home during this pandemic
-help with the purchase of food.
Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County
-Searching for a team to maintain the future building lot on 21st street off of S. Austin Ave: mowing, weed-eating, trash pickup on an every other week basis – contact Robert Cravens
-Volunteers needed on Tuesdays and Saturdays for 4 hr shifts to accept ReStore donations – sign up through the following link https://signup.com/go/LXTadwc

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 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 at [email protected] 

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected] 

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected] 

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 at [email protected]

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, [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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. at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]; [email protected]

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 – [email protected]
FPC Advocate for Presbyterian World Mission is Shirley Nash.
“FPC Advocate for Wehmeyers in Mexico is Vivian Davis, [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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 at [email protected]

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.