Responding to God’s love and grace, our vision is to serve Jesus through service to others. This vision of First Presbyterian Church is seen in many ways and in many places of the church, community, and world. Each month we have a Mission of the Month in which we collect needed items for a particular agency and also give financial support. Additionally the church provides eight times a year for special offerings to elevate hunger or support a variety of ministries (Four cents a meal and Presbyterian offerings). Our hope and prayer is to continue to grow into our vision of serving Jesus Christ through service to others. There are multiple opportunities for you to share your life in mission to the world. Listed below are the agencies, ministries, and missionaries we support in ministry.
Hendersonville & Sumner County
- Homebound Meals – FPC members volunteer their time to package and deliver ready-to-eat meals to over 100 people and provide personal contact with residents of Sumner County who are over 60 and to others who are unable to prepare hot meals themselves. These meals help homebound persons maintain dignity, restore and/or continue good health as well as to live in their homes as long as possible.
- Samaritan Center – provides help to families or individuals in a crisis situation. Help provided could be food from the food bank or financial help for utility bills, rent, and medication. Hendersonville Thrift Store helps with clothing and furniture. They also give referrals to other help agencies.
- Community Child Care Center – opened in 1987 for low-income families and offers tuition on a sliding scale. They offer an enrichment program and day care for infants and preschool children.
- HomeSafe – provides assistance to victims of domestic violence. Services include emergency shelter for women and children, 24 hour crisis intervention, referral system, legal and social advocacy and some transportation. HomeSafe is the only domestic violence shelter in Sumner County. This year our church has committed to painting the inside of the shelter. Included in this is landscaping, minor repairs, and improvement projects.
- Literacy Council of Sumner County – is a non-profit organization that provides resources, counseling and tutoring to youth and adults to enhance their skills in all academic areas. They depend on volunteers and donations of money, products and services from students, United Way of Sumner County, corporate, private and government donations.
- Salvus Center – is a faith-based health center that seeks to reclaim the biblical and historical commitment to care for the sick that are in need so that they might experience wholeness, wellness and healing. They provide health care for the working, uninsured, Sumner County residents. Fees are based on income. They have two locations, Gallatin and Hendersonville.
- Shalom Zone – (Union High Resource Center) their mission is to encourage self-sufficiency of the Clearview Heights/Gallatin community residents. Their programs are designed to help build health, relationships, economic life and spiritual life.
- Children Are People (CAP) – is a program designed to make a difference in the lives of children who come from a disadvantaged background. Children are given extra attention in the form of after-school care that offers tutoring, mentoring, guidance and cultural enrichment.
- Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) – of Sumner County is a program that trains and supervises diverse volunteers that advocate for the best interests of children. The children needing their service are involved in court proceedings that are primarily the result of abuse or neglect.
- Sumner County Jail – Church members pick up out-of-date food, pastries, and bread from Kroger and Publix and deliver to the Sumner County Jail every Saturday morning.
- Sudanese Nuer Presbyterian Church – is located in Gallatin. They reach out to the Sudanese population in Middle Tennessee. First Presbyterian supports the church annually with finances, collecting needed items like food, children’s clothes, and household items. Our pastor has a mentoring relationship with the Sudanese pastor. This year the ladies hosted a baby shower for nine of the Sudanese mothers.
- Sew Many Blessings – The sewing ministry provides fun and fellowship while working on various projects for our church family as well as our surrounding community. On going projects include prayer quilts for our church family, pet bandanas given to the humane society for new pet adoptions, care kits, and creative kindness projects.
- Bears for Children – Ministry started by member, Carol Thompson, in which she crochets/knits bears to give to children at area hospitals, such as Vanderbilt and Hendersonville Hospital, to bring comfort to those in need.
- Appalachian Service Project (ASP) – Adults travel to Central Appalachia to participate in this Christian ministry addressing the housing needs of local communities.
- Monroe Harding – was started in 1893 by Mrs. Fannie Harding when she opened her home to orphaned children. She later established the Monroe Harding Children’s Home. Her vision was to take at-risk children and give them direction for successful lives. Today both residential and non-residential programs partner with at-risk youth and their families to foster transformation of the mind, body and spirit by education, training in life skills and a vocation.
- Martha O’Bryan – is a Christian outreach ministry located in the James S. Cayce Homes. They work in the East Nashville area and surrounding communities. They support and empower individuals and families in need to reach a greater level of well-being and self-reliance through numerous programs. Some of their programs are Family Resource Center, Early Learning Center, K-1 after School Care, Youth Development, Family Education and Job Placement, GED classes, senior services, Meals on Wheels, Crisis Counseling, Advocacy Initiative, Emergency Food Bank, and English as a Second Language.
- Homeless Feeding Ministry – FPC members and friends travel to the Downtown Presbyterian Church on the second Sunday of each month to help serve breakfast to the homeless. Participants in this ministry arrive at the church on Sunday morning at 7:00 a.m. to board the church van to travel downtown together and they return in time for the Sunday morning worship service.
- Glencliff Hispanic New Church Development – the presbytery is starting a New Church Development for the growing Hispanic/Latino population in South Nashville. The location is at Glencliff Presbyterian Church.
Groups Using the Facility
- Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee, Inc. – is a faith-based organization that provides professional counseling to all in need, regardless of their financial situation. The contacts are Tammy Beeman 383-4138, ex.76 or Chris O’Rear 383-2115, ex. 24.
- Narcotics Anonymous – describes itself as a “fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem” following the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions developed by Alcoholics.