Opportunities to Serve
Join FPC as we serve our neighbors and the nation.
Donations Needed for Recovery from Hurricane Laura
FPC is blessed to be working with Attack Poverty and Houston Responds to collect donations that will be sent to neighboring cities that are beginning the recovery process from Hurricane Laura. Donations can be directed to the Salvation Army, a long-standing partner of FPC, Attack Poverty, or Houston Responds. FPC will also be the drop off/staging area for donations being collected by Attack Poverty and Houston Responds. Donations may be brought to the FPC Welcome Center Monday - Saturday from 9-3 p.m. and Sunday mornings.
For more information about our Disaster Recover efforts, click here.
Reaching the Nations
Friends, one of our dear ministry partners, Sunbula, is feeling the impacts of COVID-19 on their ministry. Sunbula is a small nonprofit that runs the only Palestinian fair trade shop in Jerusalem. Hundreds of artisans from across Israel/Palestine rely on Sunbula to sell their products. Every year we support them in our annual Advent Missions Market, so you may recognize the name and their beautifully crafted products. Help us protect their income source and provide for the families of the artisans as they strive to continue their heritage work and remain resilient. Each amount raised in this campaign will be matched by a generous donor, so your impact will be doubled.
Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust
One of our longstanding and beloved global ministry partners, Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust and their economic empowerment project, Woza Moya, need our support. The Woza Moya shop is open and the artisans are back at work creating amazing products, despite a drop in orders due to the lack of visitors due to the pandemic. The beaded animals and crafts from Woza Moya are always an Advent Market favorite. We encourage you to help and support our brothers and sisters in South Africa by shopping via their online craft store. Their products are all handmade by their crafters, which rely on sales to be able to provide for their families. This is a wonderful ministry, and we are honored to partner with them. You can visit the Woza Moya online store here: https://www.wozamoya.co.za/
Please note: We mark up the items during our Advent Market because the currency conversion is so low and we like to provide additional support to them. 100% of the proceeds from our market go directly back to our partners.
Prayer and Encouragement
Coming alongside to encourage and pray for our partners, missionaries, and friends is now more important than ever. Receiving a phone call, email, WhatsApp message, or text can lift people’s spirits and encourage them in the work God has sent them to do. If you have a heart for a specific ministry—whether local or global, and you already have their contact information—please reach out to them directly, and let us know to whom you are reaching out and what updates you learn.
This is a wonderful opportunity for a small group, Sunday School, or even a few friends to do together. For ministry and contact information, please contact Mary-Floye Federer at email@example.com. To learn more about our priority partners, see the sidebar.
Houston Welcomes Refugees
Arrivals of refugees continue to be impacted by COVID-19 related travel restrictions. houston welcomes refugees continues to carry out its mission of supporting newly resettled refugees and mobilizing volunteers for future arrivals. Below are some specific ways you can support houston welcomes refugees during this time.
houston welcomes refugees is in need of Welcome Kits and Welcome Team volunteers. Despite social distancing, this is actually a fairly unique time for those who live farther from refugee communities or who have wanted to meet a family but are intimidated by the time commitment to engage on a Welcome Team. NOW is the time to get involved because the in-person expectations are reduced by a lot. Volunteers can still engage by praying; texting/calling/video-chatting with the family; or by delivering food or care packages. If you want to get involved in a personal way, visit this link: https://www.houstonwelcomesrefugees.com/get-involved-index
They are holding Online Orientations and folks can sign up here to learn how to welcome refugees! https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NjczMTc=
Donate a Welcome Kit or purchase items from the Amazon Wish List here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3JXX5PWN8OMR8?ref_=wl_share
Serving Our Neighbors
COVID - 19 Response | Support Feeding Houston's Heroes
As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact lives here in our city, Feeding Houston's Heroes is needed more than ever. FHH delivers food to a variety of first responders and frontline workers like HFD Stations, HPD and HFD quarantined officers, front line workers, etc. each week. If you'd like to support our efforts, gifts may be made to FPC for FHH.
Also, with the Governor's mandatory facemask order, we continue to serve as a drop off location for masks and fabric. We invite you make masks for our underserved communities in the city, For more information about making the masks, see www.houstonresponds.org/MasksForAll
Main Street Ministries
In November, Main Street Ministries launches another Life Empowerment – Getting Ahead workshop for under resourced individuals who are looking to move to stability and self-sufficiency. In an all Zoom format, ten participants and two facilitators learn and grow together and discover how to move out of poverty. MSM now mails out packets of materials to support the activities in this 5 month weekly workshop. Donations of markers, highlighters and post-it notes are needed. They also have opportunities to sponsor a materials packet for a participant. Please contact MSM at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FPC is blessed to have recently joined in partnership with Restoring Justice. Restoring Justice is dedicated to loving and fighting for the people the system has forgotten. Established on faith-based principles, Restoring Justice provides excellent legal, social, and counseling services to people accused of crimes who cannot afford to hire attorneys themselves. Their mission is to pursue Christ's justice. Their vision is that the criminal justice system acknowledges, respects, and upholds Constitutional rights and dignity for every human. For opportunities to support and serve with Restoring Justice, go to restoringjustice.org.
The Nehemiah Center
Due to CDC and state licensing guidelines, they're limiting the number of volunteers onsite BUT they're continuing to utilize volunteers virtually to tutor children. They implemented the virtual volunteer plan at the start of the school year and it's been great. If you know of anyone who'd be interested in volunteering virtually, please email Melodee Jordan Mjordan@nehemiahcenterhouston.org or Sam Marshall (Volunteer Coordinator) Smarshall@nehemiahcenterhouston.org. They're looking for more volunteers to pair with after-school program children.