Hallelujah! – FPC’s Virtual Mission Fair and Alternative Gift Market returns again in 2021 during ADVENT! Learn about missions that change lives supported by our church. Take this time to donate and to buy amazing goodies.
Mission Fair & Alternative Gift Market
November 15 - December 10, 2021
FPC members join with other faith and community-based institutions in the county to develop community leaders and advocate for just housing, equitable education, criminal justice reform, racial justice and policy changes, reflecting our faith and loving our neighbors. Donations and volunteer time will support this important work.
During normal times, each Thursday at Annapolis Elementary School, volunteers fill 40 backpacks supplying food to over 50 children. Backpacks go home on Fridays providing meals for the weekend. Children receive fresh fruit, juices, muffins, breakfast bars, tuna, macaroni and cheese. In AA County, approximately 26% or 18,000 of the population are below the age of 18 and are living in food deserts. No child should go hungry. During the pandemic, food insecurity has increased and Backpack Buddies has continued to provide food or grocery cards to Annapolis Elementary School families, just not in backpacks. Suggested donation of $15 feeds one child for a weekend.
A mission group organized under the Presbyterian Women at First Presbyterian. We knit and crochet prayer shawls, pocket shawls and hats for Winter Relief, the Light House Shelter, STAIR and AAMC's NICU unit. Contact Judy Dryden for meeting dates at 410-263-8334 or [email protected]. COME JOIN US!
Beautiful knit hats for sale!! Suggested donation $15.
Students who need a coat are identified by their teachers and parents or guardians are contacted to be sure the coat is welcomed. Each child receives a new coat in the correct size and color. This mission is fully funded by the congregation, with nearly all funds coming from donations at the Mission Fair and Alternative Gift Market. To date, nearly 200 coats have warmed a chilly child.
First Presbyterian and the Church of Caibarién, Cuba signed an agreement in 2018 uniting two communities of faith in prayerful support. FPC members support Vacation Bible School, provide telephone minutes, donate over-the-counter medicines and send up prayers to contribute to the people of Caibarién. Support this mission by purchasing note cards with pictures of Caibarién - assorted, amazing old cars: 4 cards for $5. Great gifts!
Volunteers collect food from Whole Foods and deliver it to Asbury UMC and the Lutheran Mission on Wednesdays all year-round. Only takes about an hour. You choose when to volunteer. To make a small commitment and an enormous difference, join us! Contact Paul Murphy to volunteer at [email protected]
CEDEPCA provides emergency food and shelter within a 60-bed facility at its offices in Cuidad de Guatemala. Migrant people need ongoing help. CEDEPCA provides services designed to assist with clean water and adequate food. Much can be done to help with education and vocational training so that people can support themselves. Donations are needed for the water purification initiative ($50) and hygiene kits ($35). Purchasing the beautiful scarves and stocking stuffers made by the women of Guatemala make fine gifts. All proceeds go to the weavers through CEDEPCA.
The church has established a five-year commitment with Haiti Reforestation Partnership that supports CODEP, a community of 750 Haitians who have planted 15
million trees covering 5,500 acres of previously barren mountains. The trees prevent erosion and create compost and topsoil where vegetable gardens are grown to provide food.
One tree -$10
Trio of trees (three trees) - $25
In 2019 The Light House provided emergency shelter, food, clothing, case management, and many other vital homelessness prevention and support services to over 2,000 community members in need. They provided 196,870 pounds of healthy food through the food pantry, distributed 51,083 bagged lunches and 38,544 hot meals. They also provided emergency and transitional housing for 257 individuals and 15 families, including 26 children. The B.E.S.T. workforce development program has trained over 370 people since starting in 2012.
The Abed family, Noor, Yasir, Fatimah, Mahdi, and Zainab, have been a part of our church family since 2016. Their hospitality is well-known. If you’ve ever tasted Noor’s cooking you are indeed blessed! All funds received from the sale of the cookbook will be given to the Abed Family.
Each cookbook is $12.
FPC has a long history of supporting refugee families in their resettlement to the United States. Most recently, we supported the resettlement of a family from Iraq, the Abed Family, through assistance with job training, employment, education, housing, and most importantly friendship. FPC is currently exploring ways we can assist our Afghan allies in their resettlement to our local community. Your continued contributions to this fund allows us to maintain our long-standing work in refugee resettlement.
Annapolis is a nonprofit organization that serves second graders attending AA County Public Schools, providing one-on-one literacy tutoring. When you donate you provide books and materials to second graders who don’t have resources at home. Read and hear more about what STAIR is doing for students during the pandemic online.
An initiative of Baltimore Presbytery founded with a vision of thriving congregations and just communities. They host groups for week long or weekend/daily urban mission projects to engage with local communities. The Center has hosted many groups from First Presbyterian Annapolis which included a Confirmation Class mission day this past summer. People getting to know each other is the way to communication!
In a typical February, First Presbyterian hosts 25 homeless men for one week during Winter Relief. Caring volunteers dispense a week’s worth of God’s love, good food, hot showers and more. The pandemic has forced Arundel House of Hope to house the homeless in motels in the area. However, it is possible that in 2022 we will be able to host a small number of homeless guests consistent with social distancing and other COVID policies and procedures.
Doctor’s visit - $75
Bus pass - $25
Cot - $50
Other Mission Related Donations
Used in well-researched assistance to existing or new programs.
For international missions supported by FPC, buy early to ensure a timely arrival of your purchase. Use the links provided here.
Connect Rwanda’s primary objectives are to bring technology to the classrooms of Rwanda, promote teacher growth and cultural understanding through collaboration, and to foster goodwill in the world. Support Connect Rwanda and buy delicious coffee.To purchase, click here https://connectrwanda.org
Nutritious food, shelter, clean water, a decent education, access to health care. A safe and secure environment. All fundamental for a life free from hunger and poverty. Yet millions of people can’t afford them. Head to the Heifer website to buy some chicks, a knitting basket or part of a water buffalo. To purchase click here https://www.heifer.org
One of the first fair trade organizations, SERRV works to empower over 8,000 artisans and farmers in 24 countries every year by selling their beautiful handcrafts. Make sure FPC is identified in the orange banner at the top of the home page and we will receive a donation of 20% on every sale!!