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Mission Committee Spreads FPC Love Near and Far

posted May 3, 2018, 12:42 PM by Christina Barnes

In January of this year, the Session asked the Mission Committee to help distribute from the abundance of our 2017 budget. The Mission Committee developed a plan and a mission to seek out individuals and/or groups with worthy missions where FPC could make a significant difference with their giving. After several months of receiving and reviewing requests, the Mission Committee presented the following requests to the Session at their April 22 meeting where they were granted:

Þ Fayetteville Friendship House - $2500 – an intentional living community providing affordable, integrated housing for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living with healthcare professional students. These group homes are being built in partnership with Highland Presbyterian Church (to include adjoining land) and Campbell Medical School, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and Fayetteville State students. It is not only a Presbyterian mission but ecumenically supported throughout the community and state.

 Þ FPC Disaster Relief Fund - $2,000 – After Hurricane Matthew, many churches and communities sent financial aid to help our community in its recovery efforts. This fund will allow FPC to send support quickly following disasters to those in need.

 Þ Congregational Care - $1500 – Last year Congregational Care Committee provided the Mennonite Pig Pickin’ and other special events which strained their budget. This additional funding will enable them to continue their work within our congregation as we now sponsor the Brethren Disaster Ministry.

 Þ Lumberton Christian Care - $1533 – LCC provided meals daily to up to 100 people and houses up to 20 persons per night. This money will allow them to purchase an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) and the training involved for staff and volunteers. LCC is partnering with Compassion for U to provide educational tools and encouragement for healthier living for its clients as well.

 Þ Camp Monroe “Grumpy Old Men” -$5,000 – Each Friday a group of men organized by the Retired Rev Howard Whitehurst meet at Camp Monroe and work on various maintenance projects around the camp. They have redecked docks by the lake, rebuilt the entrance, and are now working on heating and cooling cabins, this group takes its mission to be the “Hands and Feet of Christ” to heart. It was one of Wright Killian’s favorite activities and you might just spot one or two of FPC men there on any Friday. This money is specifically for their projects, not the general fund.                                   

Þ Living Waters of the World - $8000 – This money will be used to build a building for a water filtration system in LaValle, Haiti.  Once completed with the well, the solar panels and filtration system, this water building will provide clean water to the village, a school, and a church. We will build this in partnership with our covenant churches: First Presbyterian Church, Tyler, Texas and Central Presbyterian Church, Fort Smith, Arkansas. 

  The Mission Committee also worked with a local individual helping make her home handicap accessible and fix many termite/bug issues in her home. David Edwards spearheaded this project and the funding came from our local mission funds. The Mission Committee meets many needs in its regular budget both locally and internationally and has more money in reserve as needs arise over the next month but with the goal that all the reserve be spent before November, 2018. What a delight to see how God is using First Presbyterian Church, Lumberton to make a difference in the lives of so many!