First Presbyterian Church is pleased to be among the founders of Habitat for Humanity in the city of Grand Island. Our congregation participates by assembling volunteer work teams, providing meals for workers, purchasing household items for new homeowners and promoting the program. Every December, the children of the church decorate sugar cookies for the annual Cookie Walk fundraiser.
Our church participates in several Project Hunger programs. A cooking team prepares and serves a Sunday evening meal for 150 at the Grand Island Salvation Army on a regular basis. We also collect items monthly for the Food For Thought backpack program, provide holiday meal baskets to families in need, help with the Easter Basket Extravaganza and compete in the Canned Food Sculpture Contest at the Hall County Fair.
The prayer shawl ladies meet on Wednesday mornings to knit prayer shawls and pray. These shawls are presented to those in our community who are in crisis or who are in need of our comfort and prayer. They would welcome you and even teach you to knit! The goal for the Prayer Shawl Ministry is “to be a part of the One that comforts.”
The sewing ladies spend one day every month creating quilts for our graduating seniors, book bags for the preschool children, hygiene bags for the homeless and numerous other projects. In addition to sewing, help is needed with cutting, ironing, and tying quilts. We have plenty of machines for use, or you are welcome to bring your own. Pack a lunch if you plan to stay all day. Sewing for Mission is a fun way to serve!
Our congregation works together with Trinity United Methodist to host the distribution of food on fourth Saturdays. We help unload a semi-truckload of food, which is made available to needy families in Grand Island. Volunteers are always welcome, 8 AM-2 PM. Check with the church office for information about this opportunity.
This nationwide campaign to alleviate hunger is spearheaded by our youth ministry. Each year on Super Bowl Sunday, everyone is asked to bring canned goods and contribute financially for the benefit of our local food pantry, located at the Salvation Army. Find out more about the great things Souper Bowl of Caring is doing.
Blood drives are held in the fellowship hall to assist the American Red Cross in maintaining the much-needed blood supply. Those who are unable to give blood may sign up to volunteer at the blood drive, provide food, or assist in set-up and take-down of the equipment.