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.
FPC is one of several host sites to I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program). On two Sundays a month a group of 25 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 Janet Verch through the church office 480-964-8606 for more information.
In a land of plenty, no one should have to go hungry. The Food Pantry 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 Pantry ministry is supplied through food and monetary donations by church members, and groceries supplied from Midwest Food Bank. The Pantry is open Fridays from 8:00-9:00 AM.
Our Clothing Closet works in partnership with the Food Pantry and is also open Fridays from 8:00-9:00 AM. Nice used clothing, shoes, and accessories are available for a variety of ages.
East Valley Assistance Agencies
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 $750,000 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 Jack Oliver at 480-649-0206.
Your tax-deductible gift to FPC may be made by clicking the "SERVANT KEEPER" icon to the left, or by sending a check to: First Presbyterian Church, 161 N. Mesa Dr., Mesa, AZ 85201. Checks should be made payable to First Presbyterian Church with memo notation "General Fund" or a special ministry of the church ("Mesa Presbyterian Ministries", "Artist Series", etc.). Thank you for supporting the local and outreach ministries of FPC!
FPC is host to a federally funded Head Start program for students of low-income families.
Registration is required for morning and afternoon classes. More information is available by calling our Head Start office at (480) 969-7914.