Volunteering with FPC

Guide to Getting Involved

Habitat for Humanity

First Presbyterian Church works with Habitat for Humanity every spring and fall to build a house. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rob Fields.

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 Wortham for details.

Volunteers Needed for Family Promise (Formally WIHN)

We at FPC participate in Family Promise, a service to the homeless in our community.

Family Promise 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 time slot.

Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

  • Set-up and take-down crews
  • Cooks
  • 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 Family Promise mattresses are covered in plastic. A cotton quilted mattress cover would soften each mattress and reduce noise from the plastic. After each Family Promise 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 entrance ways 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.

Friendship Fund

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 Wednesdays and Thursdays 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.

Shepherd's Helpers
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

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.