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: Feeding the Homeless (and More)
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). Our next serving date is Thursday, October 25. For more information, contact Kyle Halweg.
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. 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!
Waunakee Ecumenical Board
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 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
Thanksgiving Food Baskets
The Waunakee Ecumenical Board is sponsoring their annual Thanksgiving Food Basket distribution. Your family is invited to help deliver food baskets to families in the Waunakee Community on Saturday, November 17. Deliveries will begin at about 9:00am from the side of St. John's School. Volunteers will help put Thanksgiving Food Baskets in your vehicle, and provide directions for delivering. Whether you have 30 minutes or two hours, your help is appreciated! For more information, contact Natalie Dresen at (608) 849-9742.
Christmas Giving Trees
From November 3 through December 9, there will be Christmas Giving Trees in the Gathering Place at FPC, as well as at other Waunakee Community Churches and area locations. You are invited to choose a paper ornament with a child's info and wish list items. Gifts should be purchased and wrapped with the paper ornament attached, and returned to the GIving Tree by December 9.
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
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