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.
Porchlight Mission Needs Ketchup and Bibles
As you may know, FPC provides a meal each month for the homeless men at Porchlight in Madison. They are currently in need of bottles of ketchup and standard-sized Bibles. Items dropped off at the kitchen in FPC’s Fellowship Hall prior to Thursday, March 22 will be delivered along with the next meal we serve.
FPC serves a meal to the homeless in conjunction with Porchlight on the fourth Thursday night of the month, year-round. 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). For more information, contact Kyle Halweg.
Waunakee Ecumenical Board Red Cross Blood Drive
The next Waunakee Ecumenical Board Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in FPC’s Fellowship Hall on Friday, March 23, from 12:00 to 5:00pm. This drive will be held in honor of Ann Meffert, who was known for loving all and serving others with a beautiful smile, loud laugh and her storytelling abilities. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org (use the sponsor code Waunakee).
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. Earlier this winter, FPC gathered hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for children staying at the shelter, and Network 56 (an FPC program for 5th and 6th graders) collected donations for laundry fees for people staying in the shelter. Thank you to all who contributed to these campaigns!
Several times each year, FPC serves a Sunday evening meal to the students at Pres House, the Presbyterian student ministry on the UW campus. University students attend a 4:30pm Sunday worship service at Pres House and then share a meal at 5:30pm. The after-worship meal is a long-standing tradition in which a number of area churches, including ours, participate. FPC's next serving date is Sunday, April 22. Please mark your calendars. 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!
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 (the March 23 blood drive will be 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.
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