Mesa Presbyterian Ministries - This innovative ministry does most of its work by providing housing and utility assistance to the working poor, with help also available with food and medical needs. A needs assessment is done by interview and, if aid is approved, a plan is developed, often in concert with other agencies in the community. Over the past five years the MPM staff have interviewed over 10,000 families and has given out over $468,000 in assistance.Mesa Presbyterian Ministries is a qualified 501(c)3 charitable organization under the Arizona Welfare Tax Reform Act of 1998, and under certain conditions individual gifts up to $400 can be deducted from Arizona Income Tax.Contact MPM Administrator Bob Gerlach at 480-649-0206 or visit us on LinkedIn or Facebook for more information.
FPC is one of several host sites to I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program). On Sunday nights a group of 8-15 women become temporary residents on our church campus. They receive a hot meal and are screened for participation at Paz de Christo, then transported (along with mattresses) to FPC. Here they have access to a shower and a safe place to sleep. The next morning will leave the church grounds early following a light breakfast and with a lunch in hand. Volunteers are needed to assist with meeting the guests, preparing lunches, doing laundry and so forth. Please contact Nancy Tordai, Brooks Newbry, or the church office 480-964-8606 for more information.
In a land of plenty, no one should have to go hungry. The Deacons Food Cupboard at FPC is, for many, a welcome alternative to prospect of hunger. Often it is a mother seeking groceries for her family, at other times it is a homeless person just looking for a can of beans and a few crackers.The food cupboard ministry is refreshed through monthly food donations by church members and by assistance from the United Food Bank. Up to 50 bags of groceries are given away each week.
FPC is also in partnership with a neighborhood "at risk" school. Eisenhower Elementary sees an incredibly high turn over in students every year due to unstable housing and job situations. The church provides back packs at the start of the school year, collects gifts at Christmas through an Angel Tree program to benefit several families referred to us by school personnel, and does other projects as requested by the school. It would be great to add a tutoring component to our work there but such a program needs a leader (could this be you?).
The old proverb speaks of "teaching someone to fish" to ensure they eat for a lifetime. Teaching someone to read has a similar benefit, and it is the goal of Laubach to provide basic literacy training and training in English as a second language. Tutors for Laubach are given thorough training in an easy-to-use system and are then paired with students. A close relationship can form between teacher and student, which is just one more reward of this amazing ministry. Contact Laubach Literacy, 480-964-3833, for more information.
FPC provides space for several community agencies that work with "at risk" children. A double-session Headstart meets on our campus.
FPC's Boy Scout Unit 257 has a long and proud scouting history. For more than 30 years, Unit 257 has served the youth of central Mesa by teaching important life skills that instill a deep level of committment to oneself and to the community in which we live.
Chartered through FPC Mesa, Unit 257 offers scouts a unique experience compared to other units. Our smaller size provides great opportunities for hands on learning from fellow scouts as well as adult leaders along with an environment that fosters deep, long-term friendships. In addition, Unit 257, serving central Mesa brings together scouts from all walks of life and backgrounds. Our diversity enhances a scout's sense of citizenship and builds lasting bridges within our community. The work of Unit 257 is conducted through both a Boy Scout Troop and a Cub Scout Pack.
ChangeforHope.001 creates opportunity for Nepali men, women, and hildren to get an Education (Elementary through College), creates Business Development Opportunities (start businesses) and humanitarian aide. ChangeforHope.001 is a non-profit organization under the 501(c)3 umbrella of Millennium Relief and Development (MRDS) of Texas. Only 5% is used for administration of the non-profit, for IRS purposes. 95% is used for direct administration of education and humanitarian projects.FPC congregation member and mission team participant, Nancy Tordai, works directly with ChangeforHope.001, and while the Nepal fundraiser is not a part of FPC ministries, it is one way in which funds may be contributed toward Nepal Initiative and Earthquake Relief. All donations to ChangeforHope, via MRDS, are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law.
FPC Mission work bridges the congregation's fellowship and outreach activities. The members of First Presbyterian Church put a high value on not only hearing the Word, but also doing the Word. We believe that "faith without works is dead," we believe that when we fold our hands in prayer we should see dirty fingernails and calloused hands, and we believe that the Good News of Jesus Christ addresses the full spectrum of human need: physical, emotional, as well as spiritual.