LOCAL & NATIONAL MISSION
Supporting a variety of local ministries in the Pittsburgh area
and responding to needs in our nation.
SECOND HARVEST THRIFT STORE
NOW OPEN IN SHARPSBURG!
Second Harvest Community Thrift store hopes to be "gleaning from the community...for the community" starting in 2021! For years, members of FCPC talked about making the dream of a thrift store a reality, especially after the continued growth and success of the annual FCPC Harvest Fair. In 2017, the FCPC Mission Committee received a bequeath from former member Wilma Stoebener, who asked the funds be used for the local poor. The Stoebener Fund was established, and the seed she entrusted to the church started to take shape. Members of FCPC saw the need for affordable clothing and housewares in Sharpsburg because of the closing of the St. Vincent dePaul Thrift Store in July of 2018. Second Harvest Community Thrift Store is located at 624 Clay Street in Sharpsburg!
OPEN HAND MINISTRIES
Promoting social justice in Pittsburgh’s East End, Open Hand Ministries is working to build a diverse community focused on financial wellness, equity creation, and home ownership. They not only host a Circles program to help identify issues that restrict participants from having financial stability, Open Hand Ministries rehabilitate vacant properties. FCPC Members can help with the rehab these homes on Wednesdays and Saturdays. To sign up, click here.
Circles Sharpsburg includes residents of Sharpsburg, Millvale, and O’Hara Township. We serve individuals and families of all backgrounds. Circle Leaders enjoy support from each other and from community volunteers in addressing employment, transportation, and childcare issues which hinder progress towards financial stability. Members of FCPC serve as Allies in this weekly program and (pre-COVID) provide dinner 1x/month. To help with the meals, contact FCPC Mission Committee member Amy Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org). To learn more about being involved in the Circles program, contact the Coordinator Kathleen Stanley at 412.977.9136 or Kathleen.email@example.com.
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
Youth Empowerment Project is a free, out-of-school time program and summer enrichment camp of Volunteers of America in the borough of Sharpsburg, serving youth ages 5-18 from Sharpsburg, Millvale, and Etna. Since 1996, the program has provided participants with opportunities to counter their community’s struggle with fun and enriching field trips, tutoring, homework help, meals and caring adult supervision. With four areas of focus: youth leadership, civic engagement, school and career readiness, and arts and the environment, YEP aims to support these kids with positive experiences that equip them to choose healthy behaviors, build positive relationships with their peers and succeed in school and in life. Tutors and chaperones are always needed. Click here to contact their office!
THE NEIGHBORHOOD ACADEMY
The Neighborhood Academy was founded in 2001 serving 8th and 9th grade students from under-served communities to provide them with the educational, spiritual, and emotional resources to succeed. The year-round school was established based on a feasibility study funded by the R.K. Mellon Foundation, and opened its doors in a renovated warehouse on Penn Avenue in Garfield. The Neighborhood Academy is now comprised of a middle school and high school, and it is designed to remove every barrier that prevents young people from thinking about their futures and the steps needed to achieve their goals. They always welcome tutors, career counselors, and many other types of volunteers! Click here to see how you can be involved.
SUMMER YOUTH INSTITUTE @PTS
"Who is God calling you to be?" "What is God calling you to do?" Since 1997, the Miller Summer Youth Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has been providing a program for high school seniors (and now college freshmen, too) to explore those two questions! SYI is designed to form an intentional Christian community where young people can be challenged to move beyond their comfort zones in order to grow in faith, engage in academic theological study, and explore ministry. Recently, SYI expanded to offer college credit through partnerships with Waynesburg University and Westminster College. Explore this amazing program here!
MCCLURE LECTURES - WMI@PTS
World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary recently hosted the W. Don McClure Lectures & Month of Mission Series. People from all over the country participated in these 4 sessions on the intersections of "Race and God's Mission." Watch the video sessions and workshops online! Featuring: Dr. Brenda Salter-McNeil, Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Dr. David Campt.
PEACE & JUSTICE SUBCOMMITTEE
In June of 2020, as a response to the increasing public conversations on discrimination, protests, and the movement for a national reckoning about systemic inequalities and race, The Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church's Mission Committee voted to establish a Peace & Justice Ministry Mission Subcommittee (PJMS). Click on the image to see and read the statement that was written on behalf of our congregation. To become a part of the conversation, email the Chairperson, Bethanie Stein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1991 by a group of women from Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS (Mentoring, Opportunity, Motivation, Spirituality) provide compassionate, faith-based residential recovery services to mothers and children in the Pittsburgh area. They help addicted mothers learn to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and chemical abuse while rebuilding damaged relationships with their children. Sojourner House believes women can shatter the chains of addiction and hopelessness when surrounded by what means most to them: their children. Learn more about how you can support this ministry!
RISE AGAINST HUNGER
Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives and responding to emergencies. FCPC has partnered with this national organization to package meals twice a year -- once in January, and once in August! In January of 2020, FCPC packed over 20,000 meals in 2 hours! Due to COVID restrictions, we are on hold regarding our next meal packing event. Stay tuned and look for information about how to sign up and help fight global hunger.
OFF THE FLOOR: FURNITURE BANK
Off the Floor Pittsburgh is a faith based volunteer ministry which, since 2004, has provided basic used furniture like beds, dressers, tables, and chairs to disadvantaged families who lack these items. Off the Floor invites you -- individuals or teams -- to assist with furniture deliveries and pickups. They also need volunteers in their warehouse which is located on the North Side near Heinz Field. To learn more about FCPC and Off the Floor, contact their volunteer coordinator, Spencer.
PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE
Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (PPCC), a PA-based statewide coalition, is a volunteer group of professionals, parents, and community members who provide information and resources for families with children with life-limiting conditions. PPCC was formed in 2004, a year after the congregation of Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church raised $50,000 to support a new initiative with the mission of improving the quality of life for children coping with terminal illness. PPCC still operates out of the church's office, and it became its own 501(c)3 in 2017. Most recently, PPCC developed the Lightning Bug app for Caregivers, which tracks appointments and medications, sets reminders, and assists with organizing documents. Read more by clicking here!
THE PRESBYTERIAN PROJECT
In 2012, when area churches were independently collecting buckets of supplies to be sent to the devastated areas from Hurricane Sandy, five Presbyterian churches within the north branch of the Pittsburgh Presbytery joined together to create The Presbyterian Project. Members of Elfinwild, Glenshaw, Parkwood, Fox Chapel, and Calvert work together to plan mission projects and trips. The Presbyterian Project has gone to New Orleans, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia. Contact Penny Young for more information!
SERVING OUR NEIGHBORS
FCPC was part of massive effort to feed the elderly in Sharpsburg
during COVID-19 shutdown
Volunteers Deliver Food To Senior Citizens Who Can't Leave Home
They're making sure no one in their community is forgotten, going door to door with pantry items for their elderly and disabled neighbors.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is taking specific action to confront the societal and racial issues facing black communities in the U.S. by living into a new church initiative to address the plight of African American males in our country. The initiative followed an action approved by the PC(USA) 222nd General Assembly which calls for the church to support programs to assist African American males in five cities: Baltimore, Charlotte, Cleveland, New York and Pittsburgh.
Freedom Rising was created to tackle high unemployment, mass incarceration, substance abuse and other problems that disproportionately affect African-American males.
The late Rev. Eugene "Freedom" Blackwell (pictured) was a co-author and visionary for this project.