Mission giving has a long history at the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce. We believe that God sends us out into the world to care for His children in every place.
Our mission giving is done with funds and by human hands. The recent natural disasters (December 2004 tsunami and hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005) caused many in our church family to give aid. Our youth decided they could help by feeding those in our church first. So on a Sunday morning between Sunday school and Church they sold fresh hot cookies. Two adults said they would match what was given and over $1,000 was raised to help. Then the call for aid came from the Presbyterian Relief Agency and an offering was received that totaled more than $5,000.00. When Katrina hit, again people gave to help with the recovery project. We also helped with meals for those who were staying at the local hotels and gave money to families in need who were seeking safety in our town until they were able to return to their homes.
Two of our church members have been working with the Holt orphanage in Korea to offer aid as a doctor and physical therapist. Our church supports their efforts by giving money and medical supplies to be used. Church members have started a quilting project for Holt orphanage and have several quilts completed and numerous more tops ready to be quilted. We hope to give each child and helper a bright quilt to keep them warm.
There is more! We also provide assistance to a pregnancy clinic located in Greenville, to the local Northeast Texas Children’s Museum, and to children-at-risk programs at the local schools. In September, 2013, the congregation purchased/provided backpacks for local kindergarten/1st grade students. Church members are also involved in other programs such as our local Humane Association’s “therapy dog” program and Hunt County Shared Ministries.
Frontera de Cristo
The University Sunday School at the First Presbyterian Church supports a mission on the U.S./Mexico border. This is a Presbyterian-sponsored mission located in Douglas, Arizona. The Rev. Mark Adams and his wife are the PCUSA Mission Co-workers of the Frontera de Cristo foundation. They support immigration reform and strive to protect the people that are affected by the sometime dangerous border with Mexico. Frontera de Cristo provides a safe haven from the violence generated at this border and strives to give these victims a place to live peacefully, training for skills needed to sustain themselves and a family and even jobs (growing coffee in the mountains) to generate income. For more information or to send donations, please contact Rev. Mark at Frontera de Cristo, P. O. Box 1112, Douglas, AZ 85608 or at their website www.fronteradecristo.org.
There are church members who serve on committees and others that donate their time to mission projects and causes. Why? Because we know we are called to worship God here in this place and then go into the world and care for God’s children. We do it with joy!
The Commerce Food Pantry is housed at the First Presbyterian Church in Commerce and is staffed solely by volunteers. Those interested in donating canned goods and dry goods are welcome to drop off their donations during the church office business hours. Monetary donations are also accepted and a receipt will be given if requested. You may also purchase pre-packaged bags of food from Brookshire’s Grocery located at 1603 Culver Street in Commerce. Food Pantry volunteers will see that these bags are delivered to the Pantry distribution center at the church each week.
The Commerce Food Pantry is open to those individuals and families in need each Thursday from 2pm – 4p.m. Please contact the church office at (903)886-3783 for more detailed information.