In Our Community
Local missions are a dynamic and vital part of the life of First Presbyterian Church. Among others, we support the Women’s Resource Center, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, Residential Treatment Services, Positive Attitude Youth Center, and Crossroads Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center. Opportunities to serve remain constant and ongoing. Click Service Opportunities for more information or to get involved contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright or the church office at 336-228-1703.
Here are several other ministries and ways that you can get involved:
The Furniture Ministry Program collects slightly-used furniture and beds to deliver to families in Alamance County who are in need of beds and furnishings that we take for granted day to day. Volunteers meet in the FPC Parking Lot on the second Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM to make deliveries. All are welcome to attend and assist in a delivery workday.
For more information about the Furniture Ministry, please click here.
Allied Churches of Alamance County
Allied Churches feeds, clothes, and shelters the homeless and vulnerable residents in our community. Sunday school classes, youth, young adults, and Bible studies sign up on a monthly basis to prepare and serve dinner at ACAC.
Habitat for Humanity
Since 1990, First Presbyterian Church has partnered with neighboring churches and built many homes in Alamance County. FPC has also provided valuable support to this ministry—volunteers, hospitality and lodging for visiting groups, facilities use, and prayer support. Keep an eye on the church calendar for build dates and the Women’s Build!
Andrews Elementary Partnership
First Presbyterian provides Reading buddies for the K–3rd grades. These buddies spend an hour in the classroom once a week from October — May. Buddies may work with one child or several children during the hour.
One hundred twenty five snack packs, containing 15 items, are provided once a month for an entire grade at Andrews. [1,125 snack packs]. The snack packs provide food over the weekend for the children.
The FPCB Presbyterian Women partnered with the members of our church to conduct a church-wide book drive to benefit the students at Andrews Elementary School. The books were distributed to the students at this Title I school to take home for summer reading. Over 400 books were donated and delivered to Andrews Elementary School.
We are a Matthew 25 Church
Our congregation has accepted the PC(USA)’s invitation to follow Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 25:31–46 by becoming active disciples and making a difference in our community and the world. As part of our Matthew 25 commitment, we pledge to embrace one or more of these three areas of focus:
• Building congregational vitality by deepening and energizing our faith and growing as joyful leaders and disciples actively engaged with our community as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
• Dismantling structural racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.
• Eradicating systemic poverty by acting on our beliefs and working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.
To learn more and for ideas on how to get involved and do your vital part as a member of a Matthew 25 church, please visit pcusa.org/matthew25.
Racial Justice Task Force
ACKNOWLEDGING JUNETEENTH WITH THE FPC RACIAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE — AN INVITATION TO THE CONGREGATION
Join the FPC Racial Justice Task Force as we celebrate Juneteenth (June 19, 2021). This holiday commemorates June 19, 1865 when, at the end of the Civil War, Union soldiers brought word to enslaved Texans that they were now free. These enslaved people were many of the last Americans to learn of the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 and the end of slavery in the United States; learn more about the history of Juneteenth here.
Recall last year that as a church, we watched Just Mercy (the movie based upon Stevenson’s eponymous book) and held a virtual discussion on the Sunday after Juneteenth.
This year we will continue our exploration of the life and work of Bryan Stevenson and ask you to watch True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality (via this embedded YouTube link) during the week of June 13-20.
Then join us (IN-PERSON) on the patio next to Calvin Hall on Sunday afternoon, June 20, 2021 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. for our discussion at First Presbyterian Church. We will have a virtual link (via Zoom) available for those who cannot join in-person.
So that we may forward additional information and if needed, the Zoom link, please register using this link.
The Call to Racial Justice — The 21-Day Challenge
We’ve seen the news of protests, we’ve seen the gruesome videos of black people being killed by other citizens and police, we’ve heard the cries of mothers losing their children too soon. What are we called to do as Christians? First Presbyterian Church Burlington is a Matthew 25 church, meaning we are committed to working towards a more equitable community; of course this is the work Jesus has always called us to do! But WHAT NOW? One next step you can take is the “21 Day Challenge”, a way for us to learn and grow and act, working towards the vision of equity that Jesus promoted. Follow this link for more information about the 21-Day Challenge.
Click here to read some additional suggestions from the Racial Justice Task Force.
Follow this link for a list of local black-owned businesses we can make an effort to support.