Missions & Outreach

CHRISTMAS BASKETS

FPCPA collects items all year to go toward the Christmas Baskets that are distributed in December. Each month, we are asked to donate a specific cleaning or household item. Normally, they can be left in the baskets under the hall tables outside the church office. At this time, we ask you to put your item aside to bring to the church when we are able to open the building again. Thank you.
Basket items:
September - Dental Hygiene
October - Shampoo & Conditioner

MISSIONS: NOTES FROM THE FIELD:

FYI--Missions and Outreach Committee
The Missions and Outreach Committee has had several inquiries regarding what sort of financial help we have been able to direct toward local needs during the pandemic. Local expenditures through May include the following:

NOTES FROM THE MISSION FIELD
As you might expect, COVID-19 has made a significant impact on human and social service organizations that are dependent on donations. The words of thanks that follow are in response to FPCPA’s continued financial support of some of these organizations even in these difficult times.

PORT ANGELES FOOD BANK: Thank you for your thoughtful donation. It is donations like yours that allow us to buy nutritious food from our partner agency, Food Lifeline. Additionally, we try to purchase nutritious food from as many local providers as we can, thus supporting our community even more.

MANNA: We thank FPCPA for their compassion and assisting MANNA to serve those in need of agape.. MANNA thanks you for your continued facility support which is critical to provide support for our clients seeking help.

PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Through your continued commitment to ongoing disaster response, you have spoken the language of love in a tangible, impactful way, offering a gift that helps to bring renewed hope and joy to those individuals and communities suffering from disaster and its aftermath.

PRESBYTERIAN MISSION ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT: Your church’s support changes lives for the sake of the Gospel not only here but also around the world. Thank you for your witness to the Great Commission and your support of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. You are a valued partner in mission.

TAFY- The Answer For Youth

The Answer for Youth is a drop in center that serves homeless and at risk teens and disadvantaged young adults. They have been open for several years now.TAFY was founded with Christian principles, and the founders frequently find opportunities to share their faith with the clients. They believe in a very personal ministry with the youth. In the years that they have been open, they have gone from around five youths a night to up to 70 youths at times! They serve hot food, have a washer and dryer, a shower, full clothes closet, and offer a variety of classes.
       For several years now, they have been cultivating an organic garden, so one of the classes is on cooking the food from the garden! They offer help with medical expenses like prescriptions, eye glasses and first aid. They provide celebrations for holidays, baby showers and birthdays. They are located at 826 East First Street.

MEN’S BREAKFAST FELLOWSHIP

Wednesday mornings 8 am at various restaurants for breakfast
This ministry provides driving services and other light tasks for those in our congregation who need assistance. Newcomers are welcomed. Contact: Steve DeBiddle 360.457.2997 or Ed Jaquins 360.457.9130 .

SCHOOL PROJECT UPDATE

As many of you may have read, the School District has a new plan for opening school. Because of Covid-19 they are being extremely careful. Only teachers and staff will be able to enter the building, so we will not be able to have our tutors in the schools. This is not only for the safety of the children but also our wonderful volunteers.

But there are ways you can help. They asked that we continue to provide school supplies for the children in need. The supplies are on sale right now. So please pick some up and we will have some drop off days at the church in early September. If it is easier for you, you can send me a check and I will do the shopping. I have received a request for the much-loved cookies. If you are available to bake 4 dozen cookies for one or more schools, please call me and we will figure out a date. These special treats truly lift the morale, and this is a time when they will be especially appreciated by teachers and staff.

Let’s continue to support our schools and the children of our community.

Thank you for helping out!!

Sheri Stutesman
360 460-5347
922 Benjamin St., PA 98362.

School Supply list
24 pack Crayola Crayons
12 pack Crayola colored pencils
12 pack Crayola markers
Ticonderoga or Dixon yellow pencils
Pink erasers
Pencil sharpeners
Elmer’s glue sticks
Student scissors
1 inch – 3 ring binders
Cute Peechees
Pencil boxes/pouches
Spiral theme notebooks
Notebook paper
Notebook dividers,

Mission and Outreach Committee Focus

The Mission and Outreach committee has served by seeking the will of God in helping to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ both locally and globally. We are thankful for the faithful giving of our members. The session approved our request that they provide 13.5% (thirteen and a half percent) of the total church budget for missions.
    We support Presbyterian Missions, both in our Northwest Coast Presbytery and through the Presbyterian Church (USA) missions worldwide at the general assembly level.
    We also support these missionaries: the Pearsons under JAARS-Wycliffe Translators, the Hongos under Christian Vision. We support the following Presbyterian Church (USA) mission co-workers—Dr. Martha Sommers, Jeff and Christi Boyd and Rev. Renee and Justin Sundberg. If you would like to know how to contact these people and to know what they do, the mission and outreach committee will be happy to connect them to you.

TAFY DINNER

Saturday, October 3rd
We are responsible for a dinner for the TAFY youth center on August 1  Because of our church’s closure this month the sign-up to help provide the meal had to be changed.  If you could provide a portion of a meal—a hot dish, salad, side dish, or dessert—please contact Marcia Logan @ 360-452-3535. Marcia will arrange pick-up and delivery with you.  Thank you for helping to continue this ministry to feed the young people of Port Angeles!
Our last committement for 2020 is December 5th.

New food benefit helps students, families impacted by school closures

New food benefit helps students, families impacted by school closures

Families impacted by COVID-19-related school closures, and who receive free- or reduced-price meals at school may be eligible for extra food benefits under the Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program, or P-EBT.

The new and temporary benefit will help families buy groceries because schools were closed, according to Public Health - Seattle & King County.

Any family with a child in grades K-12 who is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals -- including children who go to a school where meals are free for all students -- may apply.

P-EBT is for all students regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The maximum, one-time benefit is $399 per child. The amount is based on when a family applied for free or reduced-priced meals, or for Basic Food. P-EBT benefits are based on the number of school days that schools were closed.

Parents have until 5 p.m. Friday, September 11 to apply for the benefits online at WashingtonConnection.org (choose “Pandemic EBT - Emergency School Meals Program” in the Food Assistance section), or by calling the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) at 877-501-2233.

Know the name of your child’s school or school district; your child’s first and last name as it appears on enrollment records; and your child’s date of birth.

P-EBT cannot be used for non-food items; alcohol; hot or prepared foods; vitamins or medicine.