Habitat for Humanity
It is building time again. As usual, Habitat has changed what we are doing and how we are doing it. It is a once a year change thing now, or so it seems.
We will be working on two houses this Spring (actually Winter/Spring) with two different coalitions. One house is to be built in nine weeks; the other in twelve. The two houses overlap some so we will have building opportunities from Saturday February 20 through June 4. The first build day is this Saturday February 20. Please come out to help us start off the builds with a bang.
Please come out if you can and register on the volunteer hub at http://vhub.at/downtownraleigh so Habitat will know you are coming. And yes, it is this Saturday. We will identify some specific weekends to be “First Pres” weekends to build on this house but you are welcome to volunteer any weekend or every weekend. Full information for the Downtown Coalition here!.
The InterFaith house will be directly across the street from the Downtown Coalition house. The address for the InterFaith house is 960 Skinner Drive. The sign up link for the InterFaith house is http://interfaithbuild.habitatwake.volunteerhub.com. We will also identify some First Pres weekends for this house where we will join with other faiths to address community needs. Full information for the Interfaith Build Here!
Please sign up and help build these houses for two deserving families.
Contact Rob Fields if you have any questions.
Take Action: Martha Ministry
Volunteer Cooks Needed
Several of our generous volunteers can no longer cook for us on Sunday evening for our youth group and Pathfinders activities. We provide Sunday night meals for the kids, and we rely on our volunteer cooks. It?s a great way to get to know other church members and a much appreciated service to the children and their families.
Please contact the church office and leave a message for Louise Gilfillan if interested.
Church Office Receptionists
The church office is so efficient and filled with competent staff that it's easy to take it for granted. But the church office is in need of volunteer assistance, too. Consider contributing your time and talents to the church by serving as a volunteer receptionist. Help the church out, and get valuable office experience, too!
We are looking for people who can spare four hours/month answering phones. Some days are busy, and some are not. You can bring a book to read or notes to write when things are calm. We?d love for someone to take a monthly timeslot, but we are also willing to call volunteers on an as-needed basis.
Work times are 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
You can call the church office at 821-5750 or contact Mary Beth Hunnicutt for details.
Volunteers Needed for WIHN
We at FPC participate in the Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network, a service to the homeless in our community.
WIHN places qualified families in temporary housing for one-week periods. Our most recent turn to host families in our facilities was in June. We provide food, shelter, and transportation for these families during our designated timeslot.
Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
- Set-up and take-down crews
- Van drivers
- Dinner hosts
- Overnight hosts
- Recreation hosts
Close to our designated hosting dates, a sign-up board will be posted near the church library, along with additional information about the program. You can even sign up via e-mail. Send a note to WIHN--FPC to volunteer or just ask a question.
One other urgent need: quilted mattress covers for 16 twin beds. The WIHN mattresses are covered in plastic. A cotton quilted mattress cover would soften each mattress and reduce noise from the plastic. After each WIHN hosting event, the covers will be removed from the mattresses, cleaned, and stored for future use. A suitable cover would cost $12 or more, but we would gratefully accept handmade covers as well. Drop-off boxes are located at the entranceways to Memorial Hall and the Ed Stock Building. Monetary contributions are also accepted for this purpose.
As always, we thank you for your continued support of the WIHN program. Be sure to check our Outreach page for more information about the program.
The Friendship Fund is a particularly busy ministry. In eight weeks alone, we answered over 300 phone calls, made over 150 appointments, interviewed 105 people and helped 91 clients with bills.
Volunteers make this program work. Please consider volunteering once or twice a month, or even weekly. We see clients Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 ? 11:30 a.m. More volunteers would allow us to see clients an additional morning each week.
Contact Carol Anne Moehring to volunteer.
Assistance during Children's Church
Middle and High school youth, if you like to work with young children, consider becoming a Shepherd's Helper. Children's Church is a special worship service geared toward children from kindergarten age through second grade. One of our goals is to help them learn to "be still and know" during story time. And we offer our children an opportunity for free expression to reflect on the story or parable used in the service. We need a few assistants to help us organize these activities and keep the children on track.
Children's Church meets most Sundays. It begins when the children leave the sanctuary after the "Moment With Children" (children's sermon). Part of your responsibility as a shepherd's helper would be to accompany the children down the hall and encourage them as they learn that being still doesn't always mean doing nothing.
If you are interested in serving as a shepherd's helper during Children's Church, contact Helen LaVere or Susan Johnson.
Lay readers ages youth to senior adult are needed for both the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. Typically, lay readers are asked to read a short selection from scripture to illuminate the pastor's sermon. If you are interested in serving as a lay reader, a schedule is available for you to sign up in the Anderson Session Room.
Nursery Volunteers Needed
We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the Nursery Division of our Church School. If you're envisioning Daniel in the lion's den, don't worry--paid staff are always paired with volunteers, so you'll have plenty of help with our little dears. You can play with the children, sing songs with them, help them with an art project, or even do an age-appropriate Bible lesson.
Timeslots needing volunteer caregivers include 9:45 - 10:45 (during the Church School hour) or 10:45 - noon (during worship). If you can't commit to a couple of hours a quarter, you can sign up to be on the substitute list, willing to show up in a pinch.