How We Serve

First Presbyterian Church is dedicated to serving Christ in meaningful ways as we respond to a hurting world.  There are numerous ways for members to share the love of Christ through their gifts of time, talent, energy, or money.  First Church has created several ministries of care as well as supported many different ministries throughout the community.  CROP Walk, Feed My Starving Children, Love Cedar Valley, Hospitality House, Jesse Cosby Center, and Partners in Education are just a few of the ministries we support.  We hope you feel called to join us as we serve God together.  Who do we support?

Local Mission:  House of HopePartners in Education, Northeast Iowa Food BankLove Cedar ValleyAdopt-A-Family Tree, Mitten Tree, Cedar Valley Hospitality House, CROP WalkHelping Hand Ministry, Eastside Ministerial Alliance, Seeds of Hope, More Than Fashion

National & International Mission:  Heifer Project InternationalSouper Bowl of Caring, Giving Opportunities through the PCUSAChurch World ServiceNicaragua Shoebox Project

 

Rwanda School Project:

Several months ago, our church took up a special offering to help build a school for the Bihembe Presbyterian Parish in Rwanda.  We partnered with Westmister Presbyterian, Cedar heights Presbyterian and First Presbyterian, Cedar Falls, to raise a combined gift of over $30,000.  Together we supported a project that would provide classrooms for grades 7-9 and allow children from a total of six villages to continue their education beyond 6th grade.

Recently, ground was broken and building began in Rwanda.  The pastor of the Bihembe Parish, Masago Jean-Sauveur, sent pictures to show the amazing progress of the school.  They hope to complete the project in the next six months.

 

More Than Fashion Ministry Ends

In 2005 First Church began a program that assisted women who were in the process of looking for jobs with good, gently used clothing.  This program was "More Than Fashion."  The response from the community to this need was great, bringing in huge amounts of clothing.  For all of the donations we are grateful.  First Church has made the decision that we can no longer house this program and a "clothing give-away" was held in April.  297 pairs of shoes were donated to Shoes4Water.org and the clothing remaining after the give-away was donated to Goodwill where the items will be sorted and sent to Goodwill stores in Iowa for processing and sale.  The items not sold are then bundled and sent to third-world countries.  Many thanks to Gale Quirk for her years of dedicated service to the More Than Fashion ministry and to those individuals who gave of their time to help sort and size the cloting and worked during the three days of the clothing give-away.