If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. James 2:8
FPC is committed to serving individuals right in our own community. You don’t have to travel far to find folks who can use the love and helping hand of God’s people. Below are a few of the local ministries we support and serve.
This organization supports single women with children through a variety of services, including finding housing for those facing homelessness, teaching life skills, providing a network of community resources, and encouraging their clients through prayer, listening and leadership. This Christmas, FPC is partnering with SFTSM to provide hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for children. Please consider donating these items at the designated drop-off area in the lobby by Sunday, December 17. If you have questions, please contact Sue Truitt or (608) 370-2655.
Pres House—Several times each year, FPC serves a Sunday evening meal to the students at Pres House, the Presbyterian student ministry on the UW campus, after their 4:30 worship service. Other area churches serve on other Sundays. FPC's serving dates include Sundays, February 25 and April 22, so please mark your calendars to help take a meal to Pres House, the Presbyterian Student Ministry on the UW-Madison campus. University students attend a 4:30pm Sunday worship service at Pres House and then share a meal at 5:30pm. The afterworship meal is a long-standing tradition in which a number of area churches, including ours, participate. If you would like to join us in this ministry, please sign up on the clipboard in the lobby or contact Alice Honeywell. Thank you in advance! The students always appreciate our meal, and they do all the clean-up!. www.preshouse.org
Porchlight – Feeding the Homeless (and more!) - FPC serves a meal to the homeless in conjunction with Porchlight in Madison on the fourth Thursday night of the month, year-round—and even on Thanksgiving! Participation can be as easy as picking up pre-ordered groceries at Piggly Wiggly (1 person/month) or helping cook a meal at FPC consisting of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, buttered bread, and a dessert (2-4 people per month)—or taking the food to downtown Madison to serve at the shelter (3-4 people/month). FPC's times to serve in December is on Thursday, December 28: www.volunteersignup.org/JCKCC. For more information, contact Kyle Halweg.
Along with other churches in town, FPC is a member of the Waunakee Ecumenical Board (WEB). WEB sponsors the local American Red Cross Blood Drives (held here at FPC), the Christmas Tree Giving Tree, the Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service, Easter basket delivery to shut-ins and Thanksgiving baskets for those in need, as well as other assistance programs. The WEB Food Pantry is their main effort—located on 806 S. Division Street, where we help with volunteer support. You can drop off food donations in the shopping cart in the main office entrance of church. www.waunakeeweb.org www.waunakeefoodpantry.org
Thank you for supporting this year's WEB Giving Tree & Operation Christmas Angel. WEB Giving Tree provided gifts for children in our school district who may not otherwise have gifts to open this Christmas. Operation Christmas Angel supported by FPC and Patriot Guard Riders of Wisconsin honors veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice by collecting new toys and warm clothing for children (ages 7-14) of veterans in our area.
Waunakee Food Pantry Food Drive - A new school/community food drive is starting in October. You may participate through your child's Waunakee school, or donate right here at FPC into the shopping cart located in the breeze way at the south entrance. Items that are always in need include: cereal, oatmeal, snacks, side dishes, canned chicken, canned fruit, baked beans, jello, pudding, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products. Paper grocery bags are always welcome too. If you have any questions, please contact Linda B through the church office.
Lydia HOME Association, which based in Chicago, is all about strengthening families to care for children and caring for children when families cannot. They provide counseling, foster care and safe family programs. FPC supports Lydia Home by providing approximately 45 children with Christmas gifts each year. www.lydiahome.org
Food for Kidz thanks you! THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the 12th annual Food for Kidz event at the Waunakee Village Center. A total of 364,136 meals were packaged --a new record More than 174,000 meals were packed directly into a shipping container, loaded on a semi and are headed to Port of Miami for direct shipment to Haiti. A Food for Kidz group from Waunakee will head to Haiti in mid-January to work at the orphanage receiving these meals. They are currently feeding 700 children who come to the orphanage three times a week for a meal, and often have nothing to eat for the remaining foud days. The food packed in Waunakee will bridge that gap! In addition, the Community Action Coalition picked up over 70,000 meals for distribution to local food pantries. The River Food Pantry, serving Northport area, uses many of these meals. The rest of the packaged meals were taken back to Minnesota for distribution around the world as needs arise. You have truly made a difference! Thank you!!
The River Food Pantry, located near the airport, is a huge pantry serving our neighbors on the north side of Madison. Donations of food and clothing are always welcome. In addition, there are daily opportunities to help at the pantry by serving food, cleaning, sorting clothing, and restocking shelves. Information and signups are available at www.riverfoodpantry.org or contact FPC Mission Team member Sue Carter.
The Waunakee Neighborhood Connection (WNC) serves families in need in Waunakee and the surrounding area. Items in the store, such as clothing, furniture, household goods, toiletries, etc., are offered free of charge. You can volunteer your time or donate items to the store. www.waunakeeneighborhoodconnection.com