Christmas Food Baskets

Christmas Food BasketPerhaps more so this year than in years past, our community is in need.  Few us have ever lived through a pandemic before.  We are living in a challenging time.  Some people are not able to work.  Some people have lost their jobs.  Groceries are not always on the shelves, and children are at home doing their school work online when normally they would be in a school building where they would receive two meals each day.  Families who have school age children have come to rely on those two meals five days a week, when their children are in the actual school building.  Now that their children are at home, parents are doing the best they can to provide food for them.  The Hopkins County School System is helping by providing food for families who are able to come and pick up meals at a school in their neighborhood, and school bus drivers are delivering meals to many others.  The Family Resource Centers are helping by providing families with food for the weekends.  Each year First Presbyterian Church helps families with food for the holidays.  Each year you give generously and families receive a generous amount of food for their Christmas dinner and then some.  Again this year, if you feel led to give to the ministry of Christmas Food Baskets, please leave your donation with Dawn in the office or place it in the offering on Sunday.  Please be sure to mark it for the Christmas Food Baskets.  Thank you for being a blessing to others.

Amy Taylor, Mission and Outreach Committee

Hopkins County Christian Food Bank



Thank you for your support of the Christian Food Bank.  During 2018, CFB provided food assistance for 14,598 families for a total of 40,324 individuals.  CFB assists an average of 1,217 families each month.  Every person who registers to receive food is offered prayer.  Presently, various members of FPC help with everything from supplying plastic bags, toilet paper and household items to picking up food and registering families.  If you would like to become involved in this ministry, please contact Peggy Phelan.


Mahr Center Outreach

kent wellsThe Mission and Outreach Committee has selected the Mahr Cancer Center at Baptist Health Madisonville to be our mission partner for the next year.  The Mahr Center is a blessing for our small community, providing services that are generally found only in larger cities.  Here's a list of items they need for sharing with their patients:

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/conditioner (small)
  • Soap (small)
  • Lotion (small)
  • Chap Stick
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste (for dry mouths)
  • Mouthwash (for dry mouths)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Gift cards to local restaurants—in $10.00 amounts; also gas cards in $10.00 amounts and local grocery store gift cards in $10.00 increments
  • Blankets
  • Puzzle Books
  • Journals
  • Pens
  • Gum
  • Hard candy
  • Mints
  • Individual snack cakes
  • Individual bags of chips/pretzels
  • Nabs (surely you know what Nabs are)

This is a long list, but they will appreciate anything we can send.  There will be a basket in the narthex to collect items, or you can give them to Susie Jackson.  Thank you so much for all your help and support!

Pray for the Gartrells



Gordon and Dorothy Gartrell are PC(USA) Missionaries in Brazil.  Gordon was previously a pastor in Central City and still has several ties to this area.  Please pray for their ministry in Brazil.  Click here to learn more about their mission.



Backpack Blessings

backpackJesus answered and said to them, "You give them something to eat,"  Mark 6:37.  This verse is from a devotional I read recently and it seemed to be a great message to kick off our "Backpack Blessings" ministry.  The devotional went on to say that Jesus uses those words with us too.   A need presents itself in the lives of those around us and He asks us to get involved.   He already knows how He will accomplish His work through us.   God wants us to be His instruments and He will supply what we need.

Once again we have an opportunity to be His instruments and make a difference in the lives of some of the children in our community.   If you feel led to pick up an extra item or two from the grocery, we will give them something to eat!  Once again, thank you for your generous donations in the past and for the wonderful response we had donating school supplies!  Mission and Outreach Committee

BREAKFAST ITEMS:  Instant oatmeal, individual cereal boxes, Pop Tarts Cereal bars, Granola Bar Trail mix packages, packaged muffins

LUNCH & DINNER ITEMS:  Mac & Cheese singles, chicken salad & tuna kits, ramen noodles, vienna sausage, individual cans of soup, Spaghetti O's, Beanee Weenie, Chef Boyardee pastas, beef stew, chili

SNACKS:  Fruit cups, popcorn, Jif to go cups, packaged Rice Crispy Treats, cookies/animal crackers, Jello Pudding cups, peanut butter and crackers, individual packages of dried fruit, Fruit Snack Roll-ups, Gummy Snacks, single bags of chips & pretzels

DRINKS:  Kool Aid, Capri Sun, single serve juices