First Presbyterian is committed to providing opportunities for “hands on” involvement in Mission for members of our church and community. Click on any of the underlined links to learn more about local projects:
Joining Hands is a partnership with our neighbors at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. It is a faith based, hands-on ministry to feed the hungry on the western side of Leesburg. On the second Friday of each month we distribute food to some 300-350 people, each receiving enough food for seven (7) days. We utilize the church van to pick up food from Second Harvest Ministry in Orlando. More hands are always needed for both distribution and food pick up.
Habitat works together with qualified low income families, individuals and businesses to build or renovate houses. Volunteers from First Presbyterian are a regular part of the work force and have participated in several home building or renovation projects. Our volunteers work on the 3rd Friday of each month.
A group of sixteen (16) members of our church works with the Salvation Army breakfast program, providing meals to the homeless and less fortunate people of Lake County. They have also supported the Army's food distribution program.
Each year, Rise Against Hunger volunteers from around the world package thousands of meals with their corporations, churches, educational institutions and civic organizations. Rise Against Hunger meals are nutritiously sound and designed to meet World Health Organization nutritional standards. Established in 1998, Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) has provided over 225 million meals in 73 countries.
Meal packaging events provide a platform to educate and engage thousands of volunteers in a tangible effort to end hunger, helping to overcome apathy while offering a fun, hands-on and rewarding experience for anyone of any age. Volunteers from First Presbyterian, including everyone from children to older adults, participate annually in meal packaging events at area churches.
Working under the auspices of the Society of St. Andrews (SoSA) First Presbyterian volunteers enter farmer's fields, groves and orchards and glean/salvage fresh produce left behind after the harvest that would otherwise be left to rot and fall waste. The produce is then distributed to food banks, pantries and shelters for distribution to the hungry.
CLASP is a cooperative mission effort with the other Presbyterian churches in our area. CLASP is "local" in its structure but unlimited in its outreach. As a member of CLASP, First Presbyterian Church has had expanded opportunities to do missions locally, regionally and worldwide. Hands on mission projects have included multiple food packing events with Stop Hunger Now, preparing clean-up kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, helping finance school desks in Mozambique and a trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to help rebuild following a tornado there.
Forward Paths believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live up to their full potential. Their focus is on our community's homeless youths and those who are aging out of foster care. They believe working together can create a path that will lead to independence. Their goal is to have a supportive community that will aid in acquiring housing, transportation, job skills and other needed services that will direct them on a forward path to success. First Presbyterian provides funding for this ministry.
Each year First Presbyterian awards approximately $35,000 in scholarships for educational expenses. Students at all grade levels from the church and from the Lake County area as well as Seminary students from Central Florida Presbytery are eligible.
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