Basic Essential cart

The Basic Essentials cart sits in Wilson Hall, ready to accept food and necessities that we pass on to our neighbors via our Mission Partners:  GraceWorks, Bridges, and My Friends House. The Cart also accepts year round: novels for Project JOY, coats for Room In The Inn, and Christmas presents for GraceWorks Manger.

Graceworks manger

We collect Manger items year round!   Keep your “Manger Eyes” open for sales of popular items and we will transport  them to GraceWorks for storage in their warehouse until the next Christmas at GraceWorks Manger rolls around. Indicate “Manger" on the items.


Our yearly Habitat Build is scheduled for March 30th, 2019.  FPC Volunteers will assist on the Alejandro Family Home towards end of the build process and provide breakfast and lunch for the crews. 

Possible Jobs:

  • Begin installation of closet shelves, doorknobs, doorstops, attic access, and interior fixture
  • Add handrails to front porch (if needed) and side stairs
  • Caulk/paint exterior trim and siding and interior trim and doors
  • Mailbox installation
  • Prepare lot for landscaping- seed lawn and begin landscaping if time permits
  • Clean lot of construction debris

Mission Trips

FPC is proud to participate in mission trips both Domestic and Abroad

"out the box" food pantry suggestions

  •       Canned meats: Protein sources are important…Think beyond tuna & soup, which food banks get tons of. Sometimes go for canned beef, canned ham, and canned chicken or canned salmon. Hearty ready-to-go meals like beef stew and chili with meat and soups.
  •       Cans of beans
  •       Canned vegetables: Consider potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas, green beans or any other veggies your family likes.
  •       Canned fruit: in fruit juice without extra sugar! Dried fruit.
  •       Baby toiletries:  Diapers in sizes above newborn, wipes, formula, baby shampoo, baby soap.
  •       Boxed meals THAT REQUIRE ONLY WATER. Hamburger Helper isn’t helpful if you don’t have hamburger.
  •       Low-sugar cereal like plain Cheerios
  •       Peanut butter
  •       Instant oatmeal, instant grits
  •       Pasta, pasta sauce
  •       Biscuit or baking mixes (again that only require water)
  •       Cans, cartons or boxes of powered and evaporated milk
  •       Toiletries: toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, Toilet Paper Feminine hygiene products (bulk buys!)
  •       Paper Towels, Household Cleaners, Dishwashing Soap, etc.
  •       Spices like cinnamon, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, chili powder, cumin, nutmeg, bay leaves…etc.

~ Consider low-sugar dietary restrictions for diabetics. ~

Project Joy

Project Joy Book Collection,  a ministry founded by Priest Lake Presbyterian Church. "If one member suffers, all suffer together...." I Corinthians 12:26

We join their efforts in the collection various bulk items needed by the teachers and schools of Harlan KY, an impoverished community in the Appalachian mountain area.  Leaders from PLPC come that morning to share the news of Project Joy and to pick up the gathered supplies.  An important component of their varied program is providing interesting books for the students.  Think about your all-time favorite books: fiction, non fiction, biographies… for Middle & High School Readers - and leave them at the Basic Essentials Cart year round!

Room in the inn

Room In The Inn (RITI) operates at FPC on Wednesday nights, November through March.   This interaction continues to be an inspiration to us as we share a meal and enjoy each others company.   Thanks to our youth, Sunday school classes, small groups, Stephen Ministry, Confirmation program and our congregation at large, each week we are able to serve our guests a hot dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch to take with them.  In addition, we offer hot showers, personal hygiene products, clean underwear and socks, as well as donated winter coats.

We collect heavy winter coats for RITI year round. Registration to volunteer for Winter Shelter.

Did you know?

Some items are not covered under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), leaving many without access to these basic products:

 • Deodorant   • Feminine Hygiene  • Toilet Paper    • Shampoo  • Razors and shaving cream  • toothbrushes/toothpaste