We provide many opportunities for members to grow spiritually by being the hands and feet of Jesus at work in the world as we use our time, talents, and prayers to serve our local community, our country, and our world.
Our Church is also actively involved in the support of Montignard families who have been able to come to the United States and settle in New Bern. Several of the Montignard families have become members of our church.
First Pres supports with time, talents, and treasures, many local organizations that serves the needs of our community.
The organizations we support and serve include:
We are active in international mission through our support of missionaries in Haiti and Thailand. First Presbyterian was the originating foundation for Haiti Fund, Inc. and our membership continues to support Haiti and our mission there with funds, prayers, and team visits.
Camp Albemarle Open House!!!
Previously Scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd has been postponed until Saturday, March 28th, 2020. More information will follow!
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
First Presbyterian Church is participating in Operation Christmas Child. Boxes are available in the church and the Ministry Center beginning Sunday, November 3rd. Please consider taking 1 or 2 boxes. As you fill your box, pray for the child who will be receiving your gift. Let us remember our Lord's message in Matthew 25:40 "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." This is a wonderful way to start the season of Advent. Last day for collection will be Sunday, November 24th.
New Hope Village Needs You!
Renovations are progressing daily at the New Hope Village located on the grounds of Neuse Forest Presbyterian Church, but we still have a lot of work to do! We need volunteers to help in ways big and small. Won't you please look at your schedule and find some time to spend on this outreadh project that will help so many. There are many jobs to do. If you find it in your heart to help, please contact Carl Chapman or call the church. 252-637-3270.
Brinson Buddies 2019-20 School Year
Brinson Buddies remains a worthy and viable option for outreach to our community. Even though the destruction from Florence was nearly a year ago, public schools and the children in those schools remain in need. CURRENT NEED: SHOES SIZES 6,7 & 8!
Please consider supporting a teacher, tutoring or mentoring a student, or just helping on an occasional basis such as in the library, on field day, book fairs and other special projects. Last year, we had 19 active volunteers at Brinson with many hours of service to teachers and students alike. I urge you to include Brinson Memorial Elementary as one of your personal outreach projects this year. Brinson students and faculty truly need all of us, and you need the magic of helping at Brinson in your life!
Contact Carol Hale for more information. Signing up for the Brinson Buddies email does not obligate you to serve; you will simply be made aware of needs and possible ways that you might help.
Haiti Reforestation Partnership News
(taken from a letter to Russell Thienpont by Rev. Bill Hathaway, retired Presbyterian Minister from Maryland and Board Member of Haiti reforestation Partnership)
"Today (May 4, 2019) is a big day on the ground in Haiti. Up to 1,ooo members and friends of CODEP are gathering at the Depot to celebrate 30 years of planting trees and restoring life to the mountains and families of the area. Yes, 30 years in a land that's knows all too often of failed projects . We have the opportunity to be involved with one of the most successful reforestation projects in the world (not exaggerating!) So, say a prayer, lift a glass and give your congregation a "high five". We have a videographer on the ground to record the event."
The video of the hallmark even in Haiti will be released on Saturday, September 14th at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC. Scholar of Haiti and Duke Professor Laurent Dubois will be the keynote speaker for this celebration in the US.
Editor note: many of our churches have taken part in redevelopment efforts and mission trips to Haiti over the past 30 years and many, many of you joined in prayer and contributed to the mission to Haiti efforts. This is a celebration of what all of us can do together!
Religious Community Services
RCS Volunteers Needed
Wednesday - Food pantry 11 am - 1 pm
Thursday - Food pantry 11 am - 1 pm
Monday - Friday Warehouse 8 am - 10 am & 11 am - 1 pm
1st Wednesday of each month - Community Kitchen Team - 8 - 10 people needed 8 am - 12 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays Community Kitchen dishwasher - 9 am - 12 pm
Announcing a new mission partnership!
The Mission Commission is excited to announce a new mission partnership with Presbyterian Mission co-workers Ian Vellenga and Jhanderys Dotel-Vellenga. Jhanderys and Ian serve in Nicaragua with the Council of Protestant Churches in Nicaragua (CEPAD), which works to improve the lives of economically impoverished communities by promoting justice and peace. Working closely with their Nicaraguan colleagues and supervisors, Ian and Jhanderys assist in CEPAD’s international partnership program, helping to coordinate U.S. church delegation visits; developing new partnerships as requested by CEPAD leadership; facilitating communication between partner bodies; and encouraging and accompanying partnerships as they deepen their connection and understanding of doing mission together. Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, but in recent years it has been able to increase access to potable water, boost life expectancy, reduce infant and child mortality, and raise immunization rates. The PC(USA) began its involvement in Nicaragua in 1972 in response to a massive earthquake that devastated the capital city of Managua. Ian and Jhanderys are currently members of Nutbush Presbyterian Church in Townsville, North Carolina. Learn more about them and their work at: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/vellenga/