First Presbyterian Church supports mission locally, nationally and worldwide.
First Presbyterian Church Mission Committee gathers monthly to collaborate and designate support for the benefit of our community. First Presbyterian Church currently provides support for 13 local organizations that are doing great work to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our city. We also support regional, national, and international mission projects through the PCUSA.
As members of the PCUSA we help provide disaster response, education, advocacy and social justice, address hunger and poverty, racial and ethnic diversity, and much more. For more information on our global and national collaboration within the PCUSA, visit www.presbyterianmission.org.
First Pres supports many local projects in a variety of ways, including supplying volunteers, offering office space, or through monetary giving.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states and in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward this vision by building and improving homes in partnership with individuals and families in need of a decent and affordable place to live. For more information, visit https://evansvillehabitat.org/.
First Pres volunteers help qualifying students from Glenwood Leadership Academy choose school clothing at Hangers, the clothing bank established by the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation Foundation. First Pres Mission committee provides donations of clothing and money to purchase necessary items such as uniform pants and shirts and winter coats. The committee also sponsors a drive before the beginning of school each year to collect underwear for the clothing bank and a hat and mitten tree in the fall.
As part of our connection to the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we receive three annual offerings that are used in specific mission areas.
The Peacemaking Offering is received on the first Sunday of October and supports the efforts of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to live out a deeper commitment to peacemaking as part of our faithfulness to God. Twenty-five percent of the offering stays in the local church for its peacemaking programs, twenty-five percent stays in the presbytery/synod for its programs, and fifty percent goes to the General Assembly for its national and international peacemaking efforts.
The Christmas Joy Offering is received on the Sunday before Christmas and is divided between support for clergy and their spouses who retired before the implementation of the pension plan and racial and ethnic education institutions.
The One Great Hour of Sharing is received on the Sunday before Easter and supports the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Disaster Services, and the Self-Development of People.
Through our membership in the Presbytery of Ohio Valley and the Synod of Lincoln Trails, we participate in mission throughout southwest Indiana and throughout Indiana and Illinois.
Camp PYOCA, in Brownstown, Indiana, is a year-round camp and conference center, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Its excellent facilities and beautiful setting provide all of God’s people a place for spiritual reflection and growth.
National / International
As part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), First Pres is involved in mission work across the country and around the world. The history of Presbyterians in mission is a long and noble one. Down through the centuries, the mission work of committed women and men has changed the lives of millions – physically, educationally, and spiritually.