Friday, July 25
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Western Kentucky Presbytery
First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Owensboro noticed a growing need among the people of the city and decided to do something about it. In the spring of 2012, the congregation created a new staff position, the mission action enabler (MAE). The MAE wears many hats: liaison to all Owensboro/Daviess County mission agencies of relief; first responder to emergency assistance requests; educator to the congregation and community on what aid is available, identifying services not being offered and creating and cultivating ways to fill those needs; and field placement officer for members of the congregation and community.
The MAE has allowed FPC to become a more mission-focused congregation. It has been able to fulfill more assistance requests while serving the community more extensively and wholeheartedly. New mission enterprises include initiating ecumenical partnerships for the maintenance of a community food bank and increasing support for our community help agencies through greater giving.
One new ministry for FPC is the Magi Project. Recognizing that some children are excluded from the joy of gift exchanges, the project provides children with a free “store” that allows them to “shop” for gifts to give their parents and siblings at Christmas. Once all children have shopped for their loved ones, parents are allowed to come and shop for their children to ensure that everyone has a gift on Christmas.
The creation of the MAE staff position has also made several other ministries possible. For instance, FPC has begun collections for a community diaper bank in order to help alleviate the growing need of low-income families for diaper supplies. And FPC is now partnering with the Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program to help provide free or low-cost prescriptions for those in need.
Western Kentucky Presbytery serves 34 congregations and one new church development.
—Anthony Marts, former director of youth ministries, First Presbyterian Church, Owensboro
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Gracious God, you showed us the meaning of compassion through your Son, Jesus. Help us to emulate his example as we work to become the church to our communities by demonstrating loving compassion. Amen.