“There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
1 Corinthians 12:5-7
First Presby is passionate about transforming our world both globally and locally by sharing the love of Christ. The motto “We gather to worship, we scatter to serve”, hangs brightly in our main church hallway reflecting the fact that we take the matter of caring for others seriously. This could not be anymore true than in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which struck Texas earlier this year. Thanks to the love and support of our congregation, our community and Dave and Sandy Campbell, we were able to send a truck full of supplies and a grand piano to First Presbyterian Church of Dickinson, TX. A few weeks after the supplies were delivered, several members of our congregation made contributions to purchase 100 chairs for First Presby, Dickinson to have in time for Christmas worship services.
We recognize that our help is needed on a long term basis and plan to be very intentional in ways that God is leading the service of our congregation and resources in the foreseeable future.
Along with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the historic flood of West Virginia that occurred in June of 2016 left many people displaced and homeless. First Presby was boots on the ground immediately following the flood, specifically in the Elkview/Clendenin area. We provided assistance in many ways and uiltimately partnered with one family to help rebuild their home so that they could move back into their fully restored home prior to the holidays. This is a model that worked very well and has been praised by Mike Shinn, director of the Greater Kanawha Long Term Recovery Committee.
There is still much to do and First Presby is committed to being a part of the flood recovery process for the long haul. As a church community, we will seek ways to engage our congregation to continue in the rebuilding process.
Our church has a long-standing relationship with WV Ministry of Advocacy & Workcamps, Inc. (WVMAW), which is a Christian ministry supported in part by PC(USA) that offers the opportunity for discipleship by partnering with those in need whose lives have been devastated by natural disasters or by the disaster of poverty in areas of West Virginia.
WVMAW has many opportunities to serve in flood relief recovery throughout the state and specifically close to home in the Clendenin area. All skill levels are needed. If you are interested, please contact Sue Webster, 304-343-8961, for more details.
If you are interested in giving of your time and talent to help rebuild home and lives, please contact Sue Webster, 304-343-8961, for more details.