Serving Topeka

Serving Topeka First Presbyterian Church (FPC), along with individual church members, gives witness to Jesus Christ, by serving in various capacities at the following organizations. For more information or if you are in need of services, please call the phone numbers or visit the websites that are printed below.     

Doorstep  Doorstep provides short-term emergency aid to families and individuals in need, as well as networks with other social service agencies to promote long-term self-sufficiency for clients.

First Presbyterian Church (FPC) supports Doorstep as a member in cooperation with fifty-two other faith-based churches. As a downtown church, FPC receives many requests by individuals who are in need. Doorstep is among several FPC supported agencies that provide excellent services for those who need the helping hands of compassionate neighbors. As a congregation and as individuals, we support Doorstep in a variety of ways such as volunteering, providing donations to drop-off boxes at the church, participating in annual food drives and donating to the clothes closet. Doorstep Food Pantry Needs

Doorstep provides emergency services, including food, clothing, transportation, utilities, medical prescriptions, dental and rent deposit.  There is also a year-long financial assistance program for single-parents who are homeless or are facing homelessness in an effort to help prepare parents towards self-sufficiency.  Doorstep is a Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services (SRS) access point for individuals and families.  A wellness clinic provides health screening, medical reviews and referral services for indigent clients.  Doorstep’s Dovetail Shoppe thrift store offers furniture, clothing and kitchen items for a reasonable donation.

For more information call (785)357-5341 or go to www.doorsteptopeka.org.

Harvest Offering  Each Thanksgiving season, First Presbyterian Church helps over 100 families in the community have a happier holiday by providing supplies to these families for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The church partners with Doorstep in this endeavor by receiving a list of client families from Doorstep.

Church members contribute to this mission by bringing suggested foods and making financial donations to buy a turkey for each family. The Saturday before Thanksgiving, members meet at the church to pack then deliver the boxes of food to these families registered at Doorstep. Unused food is then donated to the organization’s food pantry.

This annual project is a fun and meaningful mission that members of First Presbyterian look forward to sharing with each other year after year.

For more information on how to receive a Thanksgiving meal please contact Doorstep at (785)357-5341 or go to www.doorsteptopeka.org.

VIDA  VIDA means LIFE in Spanish.  VIDA Ministry is a non-profit mission initiated and supported by the twelve Presbyterian Churches of the Topeka area. VIDA’s mission is to provide hope and services to brothers and sisters in Christ, the Latino immigrants who live and work in Topeka and the surrounding areas.

First Presbyterian Church members and staff serve as advisors to and members of the Council, which is the governing body for VIDA. Church members also provide childcare, act as tutors, serve as conversation partners during ESL classes, supervise the community garden, provide maintenance and custodial work both inside and outside of the VIDA building and provide spiritual nourishment and companionship.

Because this discipleship opportunity is “in our own backyard”, members of the church who might otherwise not be able to serve Jesus Christ in a missional capacity beyond Topeka are able to share the Good News of the Gospel and welcome Latino neighbors into the community of believers.

VIDA provides free programs and activities for our Latino friends. VIDA’s major program is free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.  Unique to VIDA’s ESL program is that while classes are being held, free homework tutoring and childcare are available.  VIDA also offers a variety of other services and programs that are available at no cost to the participants.

Other services and programs include translating services, nutrition classes, computer classes, summer activities, art classes for children and a community garden, just to name a few.

Spanish language skills are NOT necessary for participation in this important ministry.

For more information call (785)234-3369 or go to www.vidaministry.org.

Let’s Help, Inc. strives to break the cycle of poverty so that self-sufficiency is attained. This is done through a variety of programs, services and by networking with other area social service agencies.

 

Christmas Adopt-A Family  First Presbyterian seeks to help families have a merrier Christmas by participating in the United Way’s Christmas Adopt-a-Family program. FPC “adopts” several families within the Topeka community that may not otherwise be able to provide Christmas for themselves or their children.

There is much joy and anticipation as Christmas approaches and we prepare to celebrate God’s love that was manifested in the birth of Jesus Christ. Gifts are exchanged as a sign and symbol of God’s greatest gift to us. Yet for some, the daily struggle of even putting food on the table means that many of our neighbors, especially those with children will not be able to celebrate with gifts.

As each person within each family is adopted, an Angel is added to our “Angel Tree”. The Angel Tree stands as a reminder to us throughout the season that we are making a difference through our Mission of “Reaching out from the Heart of Topeka”.

For persons needing assistance please call 2-1-1. For more information on donating or volunteering with United Way of Topeka’s Christmas Adoption Bureau please contact United Way at (785) 273-4804 or go to www.unitedwaytopeka.org.                                           

Souper Bowl of Caring  On Super Bowl Sunday, FPC youth participate in the nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring offering. The mission of this national organization is to “mobilize youth to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities”.  Youth stand at each Sanctuary door with a soup pot in hand and ask that individuals place one dollar in the pot to help fight hunger and poverty.  Each year the youth select a local organization dedicated to feeding the hungry to receive the collection.

For more information on Souper Bowl of Caring call 800-358-SOUP or go to www.souperbowl.org.