Hand Up Food Pantry
Our Hand Up Food Pantry is open every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. except holidays. Our goal is to provide a hand up for those in our community by providing food. To receive a pantry please bring your social security card and two pieces of identification with an address. Clients are able to be served a full pantry once a month. We offer a weekly Senior Pantry for those 65 and over. Please note that the pantry is closed when Omaha Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.
The pantry needs volunteers to set up early in the day on Thursdays and during the serving hours of 3:30 – 5:15 and to help unload the food truck on the third Thursday of every month at 9:00 am. Pleae call Judy M. to volunteer or if you have any questions: 402 557-8674. Also, we have plenty of egg cartons but again need plastic bags and are very low on jams and jellies as well as syrup.
Thanks for your continued support!
Castelar Kids’ Night
On the second Friday evening of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, we volunteer along with and other Presbyterian churches in Omaha to host a free youth event at the former Castelar Presbyterian Church located at 16th and Castelar. Neighborhood youth from kindergarten to eighth grade come for a night of games, crafts, worship and food. This provides a safe alternative to trouble that can occur on the streets without organized activities.
Crossroads Connection Prison Ministry
Crossroads Connection is a community of churches in the Omaha Metro area who have joined together to help prison inmates in their transition back to life outside of prison. Each Sunday a different church hosts a worship service followed by a wonderful homemade meal. This takes place at Underwood Hills Presbyterian Church.
Neighbors United is a neighborhood collaboration composed of 12 interfaith communities working together to help the needs and hopes of local neighbors. Every Saturday morning at First Baptist Church beginning at 11:30 a.m., approximately 150-200 community members and volunteers enjoy a meal together while getting to know one another. The primary goal of the Community Meals is to cultivate relationships among area residents.
Habitat for Humanity
“Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” We are a member of the Interfaith Coalition group with Habitat for Humanity here in the Omaha Metro area. This year the group will build and dedicate a house for a family in the South Omaha area. The house that was being built was dedicated in December, 2016, which included a welcome home party for the people who worked on the house and the family getting the house that they will make a home. Stay tuned for the house for 2017.
Kellom Elementary School
We participate in the OPS Adopt-A-School program by adopting Kellom Elementary School. We are currently collecting used clean jackets for delivery next fall. As well as sweat pants in black or navy, sizes small, medium, large and extra large; belts of various sizes; gloves for boys; jackets and scarves; underwear and socks of various sizes and back packs.
Blessing of the Backpacks
On Aug. 20th, Pastor Jenni will lead a “Blessing of the Backpacks” when students in the congregation will bring their backpacks to church to be blessed as a way to pray for the Lord’s guidance during the students’ school year. The 50 backpacks donated for Kellom will be blessed as well.
Turner Park – Keep Omaha Beautiful |Adopt-A-Park Program
“And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I send you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” Jeremiah 29: 7 NLT
For a little over a year, a small part of First Presbyterian Church’s community outreach, our work for the peace and prosperity of our city, has been to pick up litter in Turner Park once a month. We have plenty of trash bags. We have more than enough gloves. We even have several “EZ Reacher” devices for picking things up without bending down. What we have only in a limited supply, like five loaves of two fishes, are the many hands that make light work. Not that the work is heavy, but every pair of feet covering ground makes our clean-up that much more thorough in the time we have. Since it’s summer, and the afternoons are hot, we intend to get started at nine o’clock on August 6th and will have to knock off in time to get to the service at 10:30. We know that picking up little isn’t exactly a walk in the park-no wait, it is.
If you’d like to join us, park in the area down by the stage away from the stores.
All women of the church are members of Presbyterian Women in the Church (PW). PW provides many services to the church from hosting funeral lunches, a prayer shawl ministry and a monthly women’s Bible study to name a few. PW also organizes several luncheons throughout the year as well as the annual bake sale in August to support its various mission projects.
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Thank you so much for your generosity in furnishing the apartment for the two couples from Ukraine. If you would like to contribute they can always use gift cards to Wal-Mart, Aldi, Fareway, Family Fare, Walgreens or CVS, and please consider using script to buy the cards. There may be some other things we can provide in the future. Please continue to pray for their ease of resettlement and ways we can help. If you have any questions, contact Kathy S.
If you are interested in being involved in these active missions at First Presbyterian Church, please visit with Pastor Sloan or Pastor Jenni at 402 345-5383.