Mission
MARTHA’S KITCHEN
On Friday, August 12th, our church is on call to serve dinner at Martha’s Kitchen (United Methodist Church, BG). We are in need of volunteers for various jobs that need to be done.  We need help on Fri. afternoon (3:30-5) to help set-up and serve or (5-6:30) helping with the clean-up. . We presently have some people making the main dishes, but we do need Jell-o or green salads and vegetable dishes. The committee is especially looking for those who would be interested in becoming part of the regular Martha’s Kitchen crew.  Thank you for helping feed the hungry of our community. Please see or call Eniko Szentkiralyi at 419/352-1726 to help with Martha’s Kitchen. 
 
The Wood County Alternative School is housed in our church at a minimal cost.  Students who have not been successful in traditional public school get a second chance here! The Alternative School staff will be returning August 10th!  Students will return August 15th.  There are 8ish returning students from last school year, and we may have a few new students to join the group.  Staff returning includes Jennifer Irvin-Outreach Coordinator and Kim Campbell-Teacher / Intervention Specialist.  Rebecca  Pisula has accepted a new teaching position with the Penta CBI program.  Rebecca was part of the Alternative School family for 10 years and she will be greatly missed. 

Our “Backpack Project” is a church mission through which we buy and pack food supplies for the students of the Alternative School, some of whom come from food-insecure homes.  The Mission Committee’s Backpack Project will begin again the week of August 15th. During the 2016 academic year we packed a total of 343 bags of nutritious easy-to-prepare food and distributed them to students in the Alternative School. Each week, 7 to 14 families benefited from the program
        Thanks to the generous donations received from the congregation, the Backpack Project has been a very successful, effective outreach program. If you would like to learn more about the project, how to donate, or if you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Libby Allen-Dachik: allenda@bgsu.edu or 419.494.4117.
 
We provide space at no charge for La Conexión de Wood County, a self-help association for Latinos. They offer English as a Second Language classes here at our church twice a week, as well as holding monthly general meetings here.   The 3rd Annual “Bienvenidos,” the farm worker welcoming event co-organized by La Conexion and First Presbyterian Church was once again a success. Thank you to the church and the Mission committee for all your work! The workers enjoyed the food and clothing collected by the parishioners. The children enjoyed the activities organized by the church and the WC Public Library. After the meal, we sat in a circle to listen and talk. We shared our stories, made friends and good neighbors: priceless! La Conexion will resume ESL classes and its tutoring program in September.

From the Mission Committee…………………………….
 
Community Garden
The Community Garden is growing and growing!  Come over and take a look at our lovely green garden in Presby Park.  Our neighbors have joined us and the garden is full of tomatoes, squash and more!  Thank you to everyone who has been involved in helping this project grow.

Migrant Camp
We had a grand time at the Bloomdale Camp!  We met several of the workers from Guatemala and were able to share pizza and lots of laughter.  Together we dined and then shared groceries and clothing from the Deacons’ Shop.  We spent time talking together and being neighbors here in Wood County.  Several of the workers shared their stories with us and gave us prayer requests to lift up in our worship. As the event drew to a close, we played soccer and took lots of photos together.   The workers thanked us and told us that they were going to send the pictures to their churches at home.  It was a meaningful event and we're thankful to everyone who was involved.  Thank you for being part of the our local Mission Outreach!