HONDURAS – LIVING WATER TRIP: MAY 25 – JUNE 1, 2019
Join members of all ages on this exciting adventure mission trip to Honduras! We will be drilling a water well for a local village and working with the people of the community. If learning to use a heavy-duty drill doesn’t sound appealing, we also need participants who will teach hygiene and Bible lessons to the children and mothers. This trip is a beautiful hybrid of a work trip and a VBS style trip. This trip is accessible for anyone that has a heart to serve; participants can decide which type of work they are able to do. You will get a chance to impact a community for Christ and experience how God is at work in another part of the world!
PERU – MISSION TRIP: JULY 25 – AUGUST 1, 2019
Since 1999, the church has sponsored an annual mission of doctors, medical personnel, and volunteer assistants to provide basic health care in some of the poorest areas of Lima. Additionally, a Vacation Bible School (VBS) is also conducted to meet the spiritual needs of children. In 2015, we added a home construction component to our annual mission trip to build houses for needy families connected to the CEDIN center for children. Volunteers are needed for: medical care, VBS and possibly additional construction projects in Peru (no experience required); and the planning and coordination of these projects locally.
OCTANE MISSION TRIP (BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA): JUNE 9-15, 2019:
Join us for an incredible opportunity to serve together with other High School Students and Volunteer Leaders. Let’s be the hands and feet of Christ and make an impact with our church community. We are looking forward to making lasting memories and watching God at work.
HAINES, ALASKA: JUNE 22 – 29, 2019
The town of Haines is about, 2000 people. Each year, Haines Presbyterian Church runs a VBS that attracts many of the kids in town. Our church has been invited and agreed to provide eight to 15 volunteers (teens and adults) to help them run their VBS and five to 15 people to assist with renovations on a nearby camp.
If a large group can come, everyone can all stay at the camp. It is rustic but has a kitchen, cabins, etc. The place itself is spectacular! If a group comes for VBS only, the group would probably be housed in the church, or they could also stay at the camp.
MOMENTUM MISSION TRIP (EDMOND, OKLAHOMA): JULY 15 – 19, 2019
Join us for this wonderful opportunity to serve with other middle schoolers and great leaders. We’ll join with students from all over the country, worship in the mornings and evenings, and participate in local mission projects in the community. Don’t miss out!
LOCAL MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
HUMBLE AREA ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES
FPC-K provides goods, funds and time throughout the year to the Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM). Formed in the late 1980’s by area churches, HAAM is a social service agency that assists families in need in Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita, Huffman, Porter, and New Caney. Services provided include a food pantry, utility assistance, gas, job bank, school supplies, holiday baskets, and referrals to other service agencies. HAAM also has a resale shop where donated merchandise is priced affordably and given free to clients in crisis. Currently, FPC-K provides help to HAAM through the mission committee, Deacons ministries, Presbyterian women, food and clothing drives and volunteers in all areas. Contact Kristen Wallace [email protected] to learn more about our church’s HAAM Ministry Team. For more information on HAAM itself, please visit www.haamministries.org.
In addition to providing food, clothing and household items, Mission Northeast builds relationships with their clients by getting to know them and helping them above and beyond their basic needs. Non-denominational chapel services are offered in the morning and they provide Bibles and study materials upon request. Each client speaks personally to a Care Partner who listens carefully to his/her needs and offers spiritual support, as well as additional referrals and resources. Our church participates bi-monthly in the morning chapel services and there are many other volunteer opportunities available! Mission Northeast is always looking for new Care Partners (a weekday morning commitment) and volunteers to help sort and distribute food and clothing. Special events throughout the year are another way that our church supports this local mission. Contact Pastor Mark [email protected] or Roger Eddy [email protected] for more information about our church’s role at Mission Northeast.
REBUILDING TOGETHER HOUSTON
Rebuilding Together Houston (RTH) is a local mission that has served the Houston community for 30 years, and FPC-K has sent volunteer work crews to RTH projects for about 20 years.
RTH operates the Volunteer Home Repair Program (VHRP), which repairs, rebuilds, and repaints houses for low income, handicapped, and military veteran residents of Houston. VHRP work crews spend two consecutive Saturdays on a home which is assigned by RTH. One set of work days is in the spring (usually April), and another is in the fall (October). We encourage those of you who like to build, paint & work with your hands to give this local mission opportunity a try! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Here’s how we organize RTH workdays – we meet at the church at 8:00 on each of the two Saturdays, carpool to the work site, and finish our workday around 3:00 p.m. Lunch provided. Working on a home gives you the opportunity to make a difference as you get to know the homeowner you are serving.
Since Hurricane Harvey, RTH has also operated a program to assist people whose homes were damaged or flooded by the hurricane. This program is called Home After Harvey (HAH). Work crews can work one or more days, some of which are on Saturdays, while others are mid-week. These workdays began last fall and will continue for at least the next 2 years. FPC-K has participated in 4 HAH work days so far, and will be planning more later this year, so look for announcements in bulletins, newsletters and from the pulpit. You can learn more about RTH from their web site (http://www.rebuildinghouston.org/), or contact Chris Friedersdorf for more info in person, by phone (281-361-4439 or 281-961-7363), or by email at [email protected]
VILLAGE LEARNING AND ACHIEVEMENT CENTER
Our partnership with Village Learning Center goes all the way back to its founding many years ago. In recent years, we have revitalized our partnership and have begun working with the Stoney Glen residents on a weekly basis. We now help with garden upkeep, share a meal with the Villagers and have a Bible study every Tuesday from 4:30-6:30pm. You will be a blessing to these wonderful people and you will walk away with a smile on your face! This ministry is a great way to share Christ’s love and truth with a specific group of special needs adults and the staff at the house. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for ways to get involved!
HOUSTON HOPE OF THE NATIONS
Houston Hope of the Nations (HHN) is a local organization dedicated to helping refugees and immigrant families adjust to life in America, while also ministering to their religious needs. The focus is on Middle Eastern immigrants, mainly from Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Pakistan, and Syria, but HHN is open to immigrants from other countries as well. HHN is organized as a Presbyterian worshiping community and holds regular church services Sunday afternoons at St. Thomas Presbyterian church, which is located close to the area of Houston where most of these immigrants settle. HHN has been a mission partner of FPC-K for several years and receives donations to support its ministry.
If you would like to be personally involved, HHN needs volunteers to assist with worship services (esp. music), job search, English language training, and other services of great value to this immigrant community. Participation in HHN activities is one of the best ways that you can have hands-on involvement in witnessing to unchurched and other non-Christian (e.g. Muslim) people, showing Christ’s love to them. You can learn more about HHN from its web site (http://www.hhon.org/), or contact Chris Friedersdorf for more info in person, by phone (281-361-4439 or 281-961-7363), or by email at [email protected]
COMUNIDADES UNIDAS PRO SALUD (MEXICO)
Comunidades Unidas Pro Salud (CUPS), is a Spanish language name for “Communities United for Health,” and CUPS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that has been serving impoverished communities in northeastern Mexico since 1989. FPC-K has had a long-term involvement with CUPS, beginning in the 1990s, and continuing to this day. CUPS has worked to improve community health and education over the years by building medical clinics, classrooms, water wells, and other related facilities, and continues to provide durable medical equipment and educational supplies to these same communities. Up until about 2007, CUPS sent mission volunteer teams to Mexico to participate in its construction activity, and FPC-K sent one or more teams every summer. However, increased drug cartel violence in northern Mexico put a stop to the volunteer teams, but CUPS still does a reduced amount of construction using teams of local community labor augmented with paid help.
If you would like to support CUPS, you can donate durable medical equipment and school supplies through FPC-K. You can also support CUPS’ program of supplying Bibles to these communities for people who want them. Additionally, there are still some volunteer opportunities for mission teams on this side of the border in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), such as building Personal Energy Transportation devices (PETs) in a workshop in Mission TX. You can learn more about CUPS from its web site (http://www.cupsmission.org/) or its Facebook page Apoyo CUPS VH (https://www.facebook.com/apoyocups.vh.3?fref=ts) or contact Chris Friedersdorf for more info in person, by phone (281-361-4439 or 281-961-7363), or by email at [email protected]
To contribute to CUPS, please make your check payable to FPC-K, with “CUPS” noted on your check memo line or on your offering envelope.
Each December our church typically invites support for the Love-A-Child program in Peru. About 15 years ago, our church was one of 6 churches, from places as close as Dallas and as far away as Holland, to build the CEDIN Children’s center in San Genaro, Lima, Peru. CEDIN provides a safe haven from the very serious issues of street gangs, protecting children from physical, psychological and sexual abuse. The center provides a balanced diet, tutoring, school supplies, and summer care in a Biblically centered loving Christian environment. Our Love-A- Child program provides meals for 80 children. In addition, Sunday feeding programs at several churches with which we collaborate to provide breakfast before Sunday school for another 150-180 children.
Each year our church faces and meets the challenge of raising about $40,000 to help fund and support these efforts. $275/year will support one child in CEDIN. The breakfast programs cost about $100/year per child.
You can contribute to the Love A Child Mission anytime by noting “Love-A-Child” on your check memo line or on your offering envelope and dropping it in the church offering plate or mailing or dropping it by the church office. 100% of your contributions go to Peru and FPC-K members carefully monitor and steward these funds. Your donations are a meaningful and caring demonstration of God’s love for all His children.
EDUCATION MISSION (PERU)
Since 2007 FPC-K has supported a post-secondary scholarship program to help break the cycle of poverty for an entire family in barrios of San Genaro, Lima Peru. A Session committee of the San Genaro Church reviews qualifications, and applications and makes recommendations to FPC-K regarding participants. Students are held strictly accountable for grades and course progress as well as “giving-back” to the church and community. Pastor Roger also provides monthly accounting by individual for all student costs.
Without our financial support, these otherwise qualified individuals would be forced to work at menial jobs with no opportunity to finance any sort of higher education. Over the past 9 years, 5 students have completed their education and are working full time in middle-class jobs including 3 working in banking, 1 working in nursing and one having earned a culinary certificate is working in business. Three students are currently in the program working on degrees in hospitality management, architecture, and our first medical doctor. To support this level of scholarship assistance, we need about $16,000/ year to maintain the current level of support for two scholarships plus one medical school tuition in this designated fund. No operating budget funds are used to support this program.
To contribute to the Peru Education Mission, please make your check payable to FPC-K, with “Peru Education Mission” noted on your check memo line or on your offering envelope.
CHRISTMAS GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
THE ANGEL TREE
$25-$50 Provides a Christmas present for an underprivileged child in the local area. In partnership with Humble Area Assistance Ministries. Coming in the Fall!
HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE
$30 will feed one local family this holiday season. In partnership with Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM). Coming in the Fall!
SHOEBOX CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR SEAFARERS
Beginning in the fall, a table will be set up in the Fellowship Hall where “starter kits” (including a list of suggested items) for “shoebox gifts” will be made available. Once complete, the shoebox gifts will be delivered to the International Seafarers’ Center at the Port of Houston. Chaplains will place the gift boxes on vessels carrying seafarers of all nationalities. It’s our way of helping to spread the Gospel, literally. You and your family can have an important part in this inspiring mission!