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FAIRVIEW CHRISTIAN CHURCH - Lynchburg, Virginia

* Community Dinners - provides free community dinners to the local neighborhood every Tuesday night,
* Food Closet - ministry to families in need of food.
* Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach - for the past eight years the church has hosted a meal for anyone who wants to enjoy a warm meal with good fellowship.


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH - Canton, South Dakota

* Church provides a small food pantry for the people in need in the community.
* The church is also thinking about setting up an "Elisha Den" (a place where one can stay temporarily in the church).


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH - Hazel Green, Alabama

* Has a special program to provide respite care for parents of special needs children and their siblings.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH - Mary Esther, Florida

* Church has a food pantry.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH - Ft. Wayne, Indiana

* Church in the Western section of Fort Wayne has a special program for newborn babies and expectant mothers. They have a "Baby Boutique". Items are purchased with tickets received because of medical check-ups, pre-natal counseling, etc.
* Church also has a food pantry.


FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH - Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

* "Helping Hands Ministry" exists to assist the frail, elderly and disabled of the Detroit Lakes Area Community with minor home maintenance through recruitment, training, and sending of volunteers and friends.
* Parish Nurse Ministry provides a connection between the needs of church members and the resources of the church and the greater community.


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - Wetumpka, Alabama

* This church has a housing ministry. They have turned an unused classroom in their Christian Education Building into a place of respite for people. There are two fold-out sofas, bedding and linen kept in a chest, a television, and an air conditioning-heater unit. The bathrooms on the main floor have showers and the church provides towels and toiletries. The kitchen is also stocked with food. People can stay there three nights.


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - Charleston, West Virginia

* "Care 'n Casserole Team" makes and delivers food for those experiencing grief and death in their families or during times of illness, a new birth, or other special circumstances. Serve meals at Giltinan Center, Manna Meal, Ronald McDonald House, and Sojourners Shelter.
* Members drive for Hospice Care or Meals On Wheels.
* Members help furnish and maintain homes through Daymark, Covenant House, or the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal.
* Members mentor young people with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, East End Resource Center, Literacy Volunteers, Oakwood Terrace Center, and Read-a-loud
* Members participate in the "Global Marketplace," through planning and by purchasing fair trade products. Purchase fair-trade coffee, chocolate, tea, and other items through the Presbyterian Coffee Project. * Members volunteer at Covenant House’s Clothing Closet or Food Pantry.


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - Columbus, Georgia

* "Break Bread" - A program begun over 30 years ago by First Presbyterian Church to deliver hot meals at lunchtime to the elderly and homebound. Volunteers, either individually or in tandem, pick up meals at Enrichment Services (or other designated providers as needed) and deliver them to perhaps half a dozen homes.
* "Sack Lunch Ministry" - Monday through Friday, volunteers distribute up to 800 shelf stable sack lunches to the homeless from 11:30 am to 12:00 from the doors of the church by the Chapel. In colder months, hot soup is provided one or two days per week.
* "Valley Interfaith Promise (VIP)" - Church is an affiliate of the national Family Promise organization, Valley Interfaith Promise is a network of churches in the Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama area that provide help to homeless families in the form of accommodations, meals, transportation, and counseling that typically enables them to transition to permanent housing in 30-90 days. Each church hosts the families (up to 3 at a time) on their premises for one week per quarter. Families stay in church facilities (typically Sunday School rooms) over night and church members provide all meals, evening and weekend activities, and other support as needed. The VIP Day Center downtown provides a daytime base of operations for the families as they seek jobs, permanent housing, and receive one-on-one counseling from the executive director of the program. Families are carefully screened before admission to the program, in order to assure that they are likely to benefit from the program, and pose no threat to church members, staff, or property.


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - Crystal River, Florida

* "Bear Craft" - The creation of stuffed bears that are given to each child under age 12 in a new Habitat for Humanity home is delightful ministry. Some bears are also sold as fund raisers for the general fund for FPC. As of 2010, approximately $6000 has been raised through this ministry. Materials are self-financed.
* "Beth-El" - As a part of the 3 cents per meal offering, the church provides some needed support for the Beth-El Farm Worker Program. This center provides education for the children of migrant workers, nutrition, and legal services to keep employers from abusing these most vulnerable people. This program is an essential element of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay’s overall mission.
* "Food Pantry" - Provides a week's worth of food for every individual in a family. In March of 2011, over 2,000 individuals were fed.
* "Friday Night at Our House" - This is a monthly activity that draws a variety of individuals from the church and community to a time of music and laughter. It focuses on themes from the world of music and life combing both the professional musician/vocalist with those who simply sing for the joy of the song. It includes a carry-in meal and is held in Webster Hall.
* "Mom Care" - Program that is designed to provide both space and support to young mothers. In making space for these parents to meet and talk about their roles as women, wives, mothers, daughters and friends they are able to network their resources and experiences in mutually beneficial ways. FPC provides child care and mentoring through our volunteers and staff members.
* "Prayer Shawls" - Shawls created by a group of dedicated women who lovingly knit or crochet warm shawls that are presented to those who need encouragement after the congregation has offered their prayers over both the shawls and the recipients. These are tokens of our continued love and affection and our belief that God through prayer changes the circumstances of our lives. These shawls are delivered by the Deacons during their visits.
* "Quilt Craft" - The Dorcas Circle of the Presbyterian Women cut, assemble, sew, and quilt a new quilt for each occupied bed in a Habitat home. They take great care to insure that every quilt is matched to each individual person. Representative of the Circle are on hand at every home dedication to personally offer their support, their love and the quilts to the family members.
* "Sheds For Habitat" - Men of the church construct a sturdy, good looking storage shed for each new Habitat Home built in this area.


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - Sapulpa, Oklahoma

* Soup Kitchen - A weekly lunch program serving those who need a hot meal each Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This program has been going on for over twenty years.
* Other supported local causes are Blue Star Moms, Center for Counseling, Creek County Jail Ministry, Goodland Children's Help Fund, and Lend-A-Hand Ministry.
* Supported international ministries are Angel Tree; Malawi, Africa Ministry; and Partnership with the Mexico Mission Project ( A joint venture between the Presbyterian churches of the U.S. and Mexico that is responding to the health and other needs of the border communities of El Buen Pastor Castanos, Mexico. )


FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Wetumpka, Alabama

* Food Bank
* Thanksgiving meal for those in need. Along with the meal, there is a chance to get a warm jacket.


FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Orlando, Florida

* Adult Literacy Program,
* Backpacks for Middle School Students (Volunteers collect backpacks and school supplies during the summer for distribution to students at a middle school with a number of children on free or reduced lunches),
* Bicycle Ministry Team (The team consists of women, men and youth who enjoy bike riding. The group meets for a monthly ride and other activities. The Team becomes a witness to others who see them riding around Orlando as a group from First Church. They also have given bikes to those in need of transportation and to youth),
* Coalition for the Homeless Monthly Meals (Volunteers help prepare and serve a dinner to resident at the Coalition's Family Center on the first Monday of each month),
* Feed The Need (Volunteers gather food from the collection bins located throughout the church campus. They sort and package the food into "Feed a Family" food kits for distribution to Ferncreek, Lancaster, Eccleston and Pineloch elementary schools and Salvation Army, Christian Service Center, Coalition for the Homeless and Harbor House community agencies),
*First Friends (They provide transportation to a doctor, the grocery store, to physical therapy. In a time of family crisis, on a short-term basis, they can provide meals, run errands, transport children to school or activities, help with other practical needs, do some yard work. Also they will provide non-medical respite care for people who are caregivers for a family member so that person can have some respite.),
* Helping Hands (Members assists with chores, painting, lawn work and maintenance for individual groups that need help),
* Interfaith Hospitality Network ("IHN") of Orange and Seminole Counties is composed of host and support congregations that provide volunteers, overnight accommodations, and meals at churches for 3 or 4 homeless families with children (maximum of 14 people) who are trying to make a fresh start. First United Methodist Church of Orlando has participated in IHN since July 2003 and has hosted a total of 14 weeks since that time),
* Meals Ministry (Group shares G-D's love through a friendly hello and a warm casserole or meal),
* Mentoring program for children in the Orange County Public School System,
* Nursing Home Visitation,
* Outreach Love Tutoring (Group tutors for children from Fern Creek Elementary School),
* Parish Nurse Ministry,
* Sewing Ministry (Group provides new clothing for needy children in their community),
* Transportation Ministry (Group provides transportation to both church members and others in the community who cannot drive and/or have no appropriate transportation available),
* Used Car Ministry,
* Wednesday Evening Tutors and Instructors.


FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Sapulpa, Texas

* Backpack Program - To feed the hungry children of Sapulpa by providing approximatley 50 young children with backpacks every Friday full of non-perishable and nutritional food for their entire family for the weekend.
* Flood Disaster Buckets - Donates 5 gallon buckets filled with items needed by flood victims.
* Mission Program - To provide assistance to any of God's people who need help with house repairs, clean-up, building ramps, etc.
* Junior High Mission Trips - The Junior High annually goes to Stillwater, Oklahoma to assist during their Youth Force program.
* Senior High Mission Trips - The Senior High visits Piedras Negras, Mexico to provide any assistance necessary.


FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Titusville, Florida

* Food pantry.
* Has a Ladies Day Out Program.
* Part of the Jubilee Club Tutoring Program.
* Site of the Step Gap Community Dinners.
* Works with The Society of St. Andrew to collect unwanted citrus and distributes it to feeding programs nationwide at a time when people living in cold areas need it most.


FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Van Horn, Texas

* This church has taken over the old Greyhound bus station and turned it for a place of refuge for travelers in need.
There is a small clothes closet and food bank. Meals are prepared in the kitchen. Church members volunteer to staff the center.


FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Whitesboro, Texas

* For the 10th year, free lunches for students eligible for free or reduced school lunches will be available through the Sack It To Me summer lunch. Last year thechurch provided lunches for 84 children. The food provided for each child includes bread, peanut butter and jelly or turkey and cheese for sandwiches, fruit, cut-up veggies and a snack cake or cookies.



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GINGHAMSBURG METHODIST CHURCH - Tipp City, Ohio

This church has a large number of compassion ministries through it's "New Path Outreach Program". Its outreach ministries include a food pantry, car ministry, clothing through the "Gingham Clothesline", furniture ministry, transitional housing and limited financial assistance.

GOOD HOPE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH - Bucyrus, Ohio

* "Bread Visits" - Individuals or families who have recently visitied the church have home visits from church members are they are given a small loaf of homemade bread, cookies, or muffins.
* "Clothes Closet" - This is a converted basement hallway filled with clothes for everybody.
* Free community meal every Wednesday night,
* Ministry for motorcyclists
* "MOMS" - ministry that caters to mothers who have preschool children under the age of five.


GRACE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH - Springfield, Ohio

*"Back Pack Ministry" - In conjunction with Fifth Lutheran Church, Grace collects new school back packs to be given to needy children in Springfield every August.
* "Christmas Food Baskets" - Grace collects, sorts and organizes Christmas food baskets for local residents in need.
* "Christmas Giving Tree - Grace collects and distributes Christmas presents to underprivileged children and teens in our local community.
* “Heart & Hand” Charity Auction - Donated handmade and home-baked items are auctioned annually in December. The proceeds benefit a designated charity.
* "Interfaith Hospitality Network" - Members of Grace provide evening meals and/or stay overnight at Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) with those who are temporarily homeless and are working towards a better life.
* "Ladies' Day Make-over Program" - Third Straight Year. Works with drug rehab programs in Dayton and Springfield, Ohio. Church converts educational wing into a full-service salon with hair, makeup, and nail stations. Participants can also choose from a wide selection of donated business attire and personal wear thanks to generosity of parishioners. Gift Cards, transportation, church women assisting with day's activities that includes a worship service and dinner. During any given event, up to 35 women can be helped.

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IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

After conducting a survey to discover the needs of their community, which is 80% Haitian, the church has opened a clothes closet, food pantry, and medical and eye clinics.




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