Our compassion reaches across the country and around the globe. We support the following ministries through our Outreach/Mission budget and/or volunteer participation:
Bethlehem Ministry in Haiti – This Athens-based 501(c)3 organization is dedicated to the support of a holistic approach to improving the lives of the poor of northeast Haiti. Believing in the empowerment of the Haitian people as the key to sustainability, Bethlehem Ministry works in community with Haitians through educational, economic, environmental, and health care initiatives. For more information on this project and its beginning, click here.
HOI Honduras Mission Trips – In 2016, First Presbyterian’s second mission team worked in the Northeast region of Honduras helping villagers with sustainable development. For a summary of the 2016 trip, click here.
Grace Stephens’s Mission Work in Costa Rica – Grace Stephens, a member of our congregation, has made a three-year commitment to work with adolescents in this Central American country through Young Life. The Young Life philosophy is to communicate God’s love through relationships with caring adults.
Montreat – As a “Church Patron,” our congregation partners in ministry with this denominational conference center located in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. Montreat affords “relationships, renewal, recreation, and rest” for 35,000 visitors a year.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Columbia Theological Seminary – We give to two of our PC(USA) seminaries, communities of faith and learning dedicated to the formation of women and men for Christian ministry.
PC(USA) Mission – From underwriting mission personnel in more than 50 countries who are focusing on initiatives in reconciliation, evangelism, and global poverty to promoting causes in the United States like child advocacy and education, our denomination spreads God’s love in tangible ways. Explore the many ways the Presbyterian Church (USA) is partnering with God.
We receive special offerings whose impact is felt by countless people in our nation and world:
The Souper Bowl of Caring – combats hunger locally with money collected on Super Bowl Sunday by the youth of the congregation. Begun in 1990 by Presbyterian youth in South Carolina, this now nation-wide initiative has generated more than $8 million to change the largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring.
One Great Hour of Sharing – enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, giving food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.
Mother’s Day Offering – benefits residents of the Presbyterian Homes of Georgia by covering the gap between Medicare reimbursement and the actual cost of the high quality of healthcare they receive. It also supports in-home services so those in apartment homes can maintain their independence.
Pentecost Offering – helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. Forty percent of this offering goes to support a local program chosen annually by our Session that aids children.
Peace and Global Witness Offering – enables the church to promote the peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Twenty-five percent of this offering goes to support a local peacemaking effort chosen annually by our Session.
Thornwell Home for Children – provides loving homes for abused, abandoned, or neglected children; offers an opportunity for healing through proper healthcare and mental health counseling; and offers each child hope for a successful future by furnishing educational support and teaching self-advocacy.
Christmas Joy Offering – provides financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families and also enables deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools.