Missions and Outreach of FPCGV
For over 200 years, Presbyterians have been responding to the call of Jesus Christ, taking the gospel into all the world and bearing witness to Christ’s saving love to the ends of the earth. Today the Holy Spirit is still on the move, calling us to share in what God is doing in the world.
“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8
For information on how to get involved in any of these missions, contact the Missions Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missions Stories on tumblr.com
Read selected stories and pictures about our Missions programs on our fpcgv.tumblr.com blog. Click the stories below to read more:
Reports from Houston - A group of adults from FPCGV got their hands dirty and their hearts filled in post Hurricane Houston.
Cookie Blessing - Fionn, age 9, blesses the work about to be done to feed others.
Mission/Service for all ages - Children are the hands and feet of Christ.
Vitamins are Vital! - Children in Nicaragua sometimes don't make it out of the 6th grade. Or even to school at all. Here's one way to fix that.
Carols - Whenever music is sung together, hearts are bound to be uplifted!
Holy Smokes - A sensory experience that supports Central American missions.
The 2016 Honduras Mission Trip - A team prepares to not only build buildings, but build friendships.
When Casseroles Save the Day! - Missions and Youth make food for PCHAS parents on Mother's Day.
Preparing for Israel/Palestine - Gail Fekel writes about her preparing for a trip that opens her eyes.
Something NEW - A mission partnership between FPCGV and Woodridge Nursing and Rehabilitation.
How Four Women from FPCGV Fought a Tornado - March 2016 FPCGV in Service Together day in Rowlette.
Building a Three Way Bridge - A story about FPCGV's partnership in Honduras.
Adult Mission Trip in October
2018 Adult Mission Trip
To Corpus Christi, TX
Sunday, October 14-Friday, October 19
Cost: $125 per participant (scholarships available upon request).
Checks made out to Northridge Presbyterian Church - Adult mission trip in the memo
Logistics: We will drive from church on Sunday, October 14 departing after the 11 am worship service. We will work in Corpus Christi in partnership with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance doing relief work from Hurricane Harvey.
Lodging: Manse of the El Divino Salvador church in Corpus Christi.
The manse sleeps 12 with bunk beds, a queen bed, and need to take 2 air mattresses. The Kitchen is fully equipped for our group to cook our own meals.
- Post Harvey relief/rebuilding efforts. Work project to be determined after a site visit in late September. Likely some drywalling, mudding, taping, and bedding as well as painting.
- Getting to know the residents of Corpus who were impacted, as well as the surrounding communities of Port Aransas that were harder hit.
- Fill out an application and turn it into Pastor Ashley Hood.
- Attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm in the narthex.
- Applications due by September 18.
Read more about last year's Adult Mission Trip by clicking "Reports from Houston" in the left column.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
PDA is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Our congregation supports PDA with a yearly donation through the Mission Ministry.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
- Focuses on the long term recovery of disaster impacted communities.
- Provides training and disaster preparedness for presbyteries and synods.
- Works collaboratively with church partners and members of the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) internationally, and nationally with other faith based responders.
- Connects partners locally and internationally with key organizations active in the response — United Nations, NVOAD (National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster), World Food Program, Red Cross, FEMA and others.
Young Adult Volunteer (YAV)
The YAV program is a faith-based year of service offered by the PCUSA for young people, ages 19-30, in 22 sites around the world and in the United States. YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in intentional community with peers and mentors. YAVs serve during the academic year, August to July. Several young adults that grew up in our congregation have served as YAVs.
PC(USA) Mission co-workers South Asia Missionaries
Drs. Leslie and Cynthia Morgan are mission co-workers of the Presbyterian Church (USA). They serve in South Asia. For more information about their work: Drs. Morgan website at PC(USA) website
Bernie and Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta are mission co-workers in Indonesia since 1991 and 2003. They are supported directly by FPCGV through our Missions Ministry. You can find out more about them at the Presbyterian Mission Agency's webstie at: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/drs-bernard-and-farsijana-adeney-risakotta/
Community Youth and Family Support
We are committed to using our time, talents and resources to serve the youth and families in our community. Youth programs are based on inputs from local Grapevine-Colleyville ISD schools and may require one or more volunteer background checks.
Feed Our Kids
Seasonal program with Grapevine-Colleyville ISD to provide lunch during the summer break. Click here inquire by e-mail.
Mentoring & Tutoring
Support existing school-based programs with much-needed volunteers. Mentoring is provided through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tutoring is directed by classroom teachers. Click here for more information.
Valuable After School Time (VAST)
Support the program co-founded by Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and the Grapevine Police Department to provide a low-cost, safe and structured after school program with dinner and snacks for area youth. Click here to inquire by e-mail and fill out the volunteer application available at Grapevine Outreach Center.
Partner with other Churches to provide a bag of weekend food items to youth identified by their school counselor. Click here to inquire by e-mail.
My Faith Family
My Faith Family is a church-based ministry to the foster families who care for children in need. These churches embed and surround each foster family with volunteers who embrace the missional call to care for those who care for orphaned children. Churches including ours have accepted the calling of James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress.” For more information, please contact Sandra Playle at (email@example.com).
In Our Area
Carter Blood Drive
Every spring and fall, First Presbyterian Church has a blood drive to help raise awareness and collect donations focused on saving lives in our community. This mission provides blood to hundreds of patients per day in North Central and East Texas.
Our congregation is involved in many ways with this local ecumenical and non-profit organization. Members of our congregation volunteer for GRACE in the ministries described below. We also give annually from our mission ministry budget and collect and deliver food items for the pantry. Call GRACE at 817-488-7009 for additional opportunities to volunteer.
GRACE-related FPCGV ministries:
- Feed Our Kids - For one week in the summer, friends from FPCGV serve lunches to children at a local apartment complex, bridging the gap for children who normally receive free or reduced lunch at school. We are NOT just feeding tummies but feeding hearts and souls.
- Food Pantry – A large amount of our mission ministry budget goes toward providing eggs and butter for this food pantry. There is also a collection box outside the church office for other non-perishable donations.
- Transitional Housing – This case management program allows homeless families to enjoy clean, stable housing while working toward self-sufficiency.
- Medical Clinic – This is a comprehensive program that provides a holistic approach to health care for families who do not have access to traditional medical care.
- Resale Stores – Donated items not needed for other programs are received and sorted at “Donation Station” then sold at resale stores.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. They welcome all people to join to build simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those who lack adequate shelter.
Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County
Meals on Wheels is an organization that delivers a lunch meal to elderly and disabled home bound residents. First Presbyterian Church of Grapevine is associated with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, located in Fort Worth. Teams from FPCGV deliver meals each Monday. First Presbyterian Church is a local pick up site.
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services
Since its beginnings in 1903 as an orphanage in Dallas, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services has been providing residential care and other services to children and families with no place else to turn.
First Presbyterian Church has been involved with PCHAS through our mission ministry budget, occasional trips to serve at the group homes, the giving of prayer shawls/blankets and more. Contact Sandra Playle (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about FPCGV's involvement.
Presbyterian Community and Services
https://www.prescs.orgPCAS, which our congregation supports financially, consists of a family of care-oriented organizations blending values built on compassion and faith with high-quality senior care — long-term care, Alzheimer’s and memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapies, hospice and palliative care. Presbyterian Communities and Services is a ministry, first and foremost. These senior care services, along with the celebration of independent living at our senior lifestyle communities, combine to bring deeper meaning to every phase of life for people of all faiths, regardless of race, gender, color, religion, national origin or disability. PCAS is the not-for-profit, faith-based parent of Grace Presbyterian Village, Presbyterian Village North, Faith Presbyterian Hospice, and the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.
Presbyterian Night Shelter
Volunteers from FPCGV serve meals to those in need at the Louden Women and Childrens' Center at the Presbyterian Night Shelter on a quarterly basis traveling to the shelter near downtown Fort Worth.
"SoupMan" David Timothy, and his volunteers serve thousands of meals a month to the hungry, finding them in camp sites under bridges, in the woods, and on the streets. First Presbyterian Church supports the SoupMobile financially and with volunteer help.
Around the World
RAHAB’S ROPE is committed to fighting human trafficking in India and to bringing life and hope to its many victims. It is a faith based non-profit organization that desires to follow Jesus' teaching and direction on every step of the journey. Rahab’s Rope is Love in Action. Our church has not only supported this mission through our Mission Ministry budget but have FPC Grapevine membership support through other endeavors. If you feel called to serve with this mission or would like additional information, please contact Nancylee Hadley or Vicki Moore through the website at www.rahabsrope.com.
Central American Service Missions
For over a dozen years, we have partnered with HOI to transform and improve the lives of the people in remote, underserved villages of Honduras and Nicaragua. The mission teams work in an assigned village on home prayer visits, bible school, and repairs or improvements. We take donations of medical and school supplies and see how they are used. As one participant said, “You can read about it, hear about it, and look at photos, but you just don’t know about how the need and how much good can be done, until you go!” To find out about the next trip, click here. For detailed information, click the Central America Mission on the menu bar above.