The second way we support is to directly give to people who have become friends of our congregation through personal interaction. Linda & Larry Whiting work with Mission Aviation Fellowship; Anne Thomas works with literacy projects (teaching people to read & write and do math) in Cambodia and other countries in the area; and Cami and Andy Flege work with Calo Me Lare boarding school in Uganda. Both of these support avenues are included in our annual church budget. Funds come through the regular offerings in worship services.
Every fifth Sunday we have a “Noisy Offering”. This offering is collected by our middle school or high school kids in metal cans. We drop in coins, thus the noisy name. The young people choose where that special offering will be sent.
Our belief that God is calling all of us to “love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind & strength; and to love our neighbors as ourselves”, compels our response.
Operation Christmas Child
FHPC is a drop off Location for Operation Christmas Child, a national mission project by Samaritan’s Purse. In mid-October we provide Christmas wrapped shoe boxes for our church and community to fill with toys and other items for needy children in 100 nations. Your box may be the first or only gift many of these children have received. We provide suggestion lists to help you shop for age-appropriate toys, hygiene products, and school supplies. Our women’s mission fellowship group, Mary Martha Circle, enjoys filling ten boxes each year. Soon after Thanksgiving, our volunteers pack your filled shoe boxes into shipping containers and our partner Friday Harbor Freight, carries them off the island to another drop off location where they continue on for final inspection and worldwide destinations. The efforts of FHPC result in the donation of over 100 boxes. For more information visit samaritanspurse.org/occ
Sign up today to sponsor a child at http://www.projecthopeworldwide.org and dare to see what blessings God has in store for you! It’s one of the best investments you’ll ever make!
Outreach to Recovery
This ministry involves providing meeting space for AA, Al-Anon, NA, and OA meetings. Several members of our church participate in some of these meetings, and our church is particularly mindful of this ministry need.
Severe Weather Shelter
This activates at our 395 Spring Street location on a rotating basis during periods of severe weather. Guests are supplied with food and a warm place to sleep. The SWS is supported by donations through United Way of San Juan County, and is staffed by local, trained volunteers. This is a new ministry for us and our church’s participation in this community-wide program is spearheaded by 1 member of our church.
This ministry seeks to build friendships in the life of the church family. There are 2 volunteer teams who provide the coffee hour after worship on Sunday, taking turns with the Deacons and the Mary Martha Circle. They also plan congregational “game nights”. This is an all-volunteer ministry involving about 3 dozen volunteers. They do not have a regular meeting.