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Each of us has been blessed with different gifts and abilities to, "…serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received." – First Peter 4:10.  First Presbyterian is filled with men, women, and children who serve all God’s children in many different ways.  Below you will find opportunities to be involved in hands-on mission projects that engage every generation of our congregation.

Autism Awareness – Honor God’s children living with autism, educate and increase awareness of autism.  Jimmy Hicklin, Team Lead.

Christmas Giving Tree - Members of the Mission Outreach Committee decorate a Christmas tree and invite members of the Congregation to exchange an ornament for a gift of a warm piece of clothing (i.e., hat, gloves, or sweatshirt/pants); the gifts are donated to the ROC (Renew Our Community).  Chris Cycak, Team Lead. 

Clean Sweep (In collaboration with Youth and PKs) - On a Saturday in the spring children, youth and adults pick up trash to help beautify Main Street and Fountain Park.  Heather Deese, Will Gresham, and Dave Keely, Team Leads

Coats for Kids (In collaboration with Youth) - Members of the Youth Group and their leaders purchase coats, hats, and gloves for the kids at Ebenezer Avenue Elementary.  A card is placed in each coat pocket that reads "Warm wishes from your friends at First Presbyterian Church." Heather Deese, Team Lead.

Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen - The Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen is a regular benevolence of our Church. It is an interdenominational project supported by many local congregations. The Soup Kitchen provides a free hot meal to the hungry, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Dorothy Day is the location that serves Rock Hill's poorest neighbors including men from The Haven, the temporary men’s shelter. On the 4th Thursday of each month, members of our congregation meet at the Soup Kitchen to cook and serve the meals to the guests.  Wendy Blanchard, Team Lead.

Habitat for Humanity – By participating in the annual Faith Build, congregation members are able to help build a Habitat house in Rock Hill for a family who would, otherwise, be unable to purchase a home. Houses are built locally, and the team members work side by side with the family and other volunteers.  Dave Keely, Team Lead.

Help for HOPE - Congregation members donate pre-designated, non-perishable food items each month. Donated food items are delivered to Project Hope, a local food pantry, during the 3rd week of the month.  This is a mission that everyone can easily participate in from toddlers to seniors.  Karen and Ken Holt, Team Leads.

Hunger Outreach Program (HOP) - The Hunger Outreach Program feeds individuals and families on a predetermined route in a nearby community. From September to May, members of the congregation prepare and deliver over 200 meals on the 4th Tuesday of each month. In addition, our congregation participates in the annual Christmas Eve luncheon for HOP recipients. Tom Hickman, Christy Goodner, and Wendy Blanchard, Team Leads.

International and Regional Mission Trips – While the location of the mission may vary, the goal is the same, to help God’s children near and far. Our 2017 International Mission trip was to Las Mercedes, Honduras – A team traveled to Las Mercedes to work with residents of a small village to improve their housing and sanitation.  In 2014, we participated in Gleaning (Saint Andrews Society) of tomatoes which were distributed to local agencies and residents providing farm-fresh produce.  In 2015, a team went to West Virginia to rehab homes with the Appalachian Service Project. 

Loaves and Fishes - The Mission Committee fills gallon bags of non-perishable, ready to eat food to provide emergency relief for those who come to our church hungry. Nancy Jones, Team Lead.

MPS Awareness - Honor God’s children living with MPS, educate and increase awareness of MPS.  Kia Hicklin, Team Lead.

Operation Christmas Child/Samaritan’s Purse - Each year just before Christmas, members of the Congregation donate supplies to fill “shoe boxes” which are distributed to needy children around the world.  A small box can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Every gift delivered by Operation Christmas Child is a tangible expression of God’s amazing love.  Jennifer Abernathy, Team Lead.

Plentiful Harvest Kitchen – Four times each year teams prepares and serves a hot Sunday dinner for those less fortunate at Covenant Presbyterian Church.  This mission is a collaboration between the Men’s Fellowship Group and Mission Outreach Committee.  Rod Hicks and Melissa Granacher, Team Leads.

Reach the Children of Rwanda International (RCRI) (In collaboration with PKs) - Sponsor or “Adopt” an elementary age child from Rwanda with the Reach the Children of Rwanda International (RCRI) organization.  The PKs plan and host a bake sale to raise funds to adopt a Rwandan child or two.  Meredith Briggs, Team Lead.

Rolling in Rock Hill – On the 3rd Saturday in September the City of Rock Hill sponsors a city-wide home painting day.  This is an opportunity for homeowners in need to obtain assistance with exterior painting.  Katherine Seerden, Team Lead. 

Souper Bowl of Caring - Jointly managed by the Fellowship Committee, Congregational Life Committee, and the Youth. Chili, Soup and Dessert Cook-Off on Super Bowl Sunday each year.  Members of the Congregation prepare delicious chilies, soups, and desserts for a good-natured competition and fundraiser.  Proceeds are donated to a charity that works in our community to fight hunger.  Katherine Seerden, Team Lead.

Stop Hunger Now (Jointly managed with PKs) - Volunteers work in teams to prepare a nutritionally-rich meal for the undernourished globally. Volunteers set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck.  Meredith Briggs and Jimmy Hicklin, Team Leads.

Threads of Love - Our sewing mission for bereaved families of infants dying at birth donate tiny gowns, hats, and blankets to Piedmont Medical Center and blankets to the Charlotte Threads of Love. In, addition, soft dolls are made and donated to Novant Presbyterian Children's Hospital to be used in teaching patients about their illness and procedures.  Julia Nichols, Team Lead.

The Haven Men’s Shelter Lunch – Our Sunday School classes take turns providing lunch on the 1st Sunday of the month.  Ann Kendall, team lead.

Yarns of Love – Yarns of Love is a Prayer Shawl Ministry that meets every Thursday from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the church parlor to knit or crochet shawls to benefit Hospice & Community Care patients, as well as members of our congregation who are ill.  They also knit or crochet blankets and hats for premature babies who do not survive.  Karen Holt, team lead.