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.
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/
News & Opportunities...
PCUSA is doing work on anti racism, here is a link from the stated clerk:
I know you understand these are extraordinary circumstances and we are having to abide by the constraints put on us by our community officials and our pastor - no gatherings of more than 10-12 people, no volunteers who are in any way at-risk.
Because of that, we are going to have to handle the packing in-house, with Garber staff, Backpack Blessings board members, and purposefully selected volunteers. I can't even set times because we don't have any idea how long it will take to pack the boxes when only 10-12 people can come at a time, and our time-line has to be fluid because we do not know when the parameters or timeline might change.
Please pass on to First Pres. folks that we know they would all be here to help if they could!! We solicit their prayers! Thanks! Ruth
If this drags on, perhaps they will need volunteers at a later date. In the meantime, our food and funds donations are still needed. And most of all our prayers for this important work going forward.
The clinic is in need of of protective cover gowns for employees and health care providers while awaiting a back order. If you have any you could donate please contact Elaine Berberich by email.
The Outreach Commission is accepting nominees for the 2020 season's Gifts From the Heart. If you have a favorite ministry you would like to have considered, please forward your idea to Julia Speight or Stacey Griffith. Submissions will be finalized in August and forwarded to the September Session meeting for their input and approval.