SEPTEMBER 12, 2020

FPC 9:00 A.M.

School Bags and Bulk Supplies for Harlan KY.

9am. in Wilson Hall

  Our September 2NDSAT is school focused.  We begin the morning by unpacking and laying out the assembly line of school supplies that Mission has purchased for the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Gifts of the Heart Bags School Bags. We then begin the process of packing the bags and boxing them for shipment.  Support of this program makes a tremendous difference in the lives of so many people both here at home and around the world. Each kit represents a person whose life will be changed because of the simple items contained within. What a school kit, health kit or emergency kit does is make it possible to tackle some of the basic equations of life. Problems like basic hygiene, or cleaning up after a flood, or being able to go to school prepared to take notes. 

We also support Project Joy,  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.

The congregation brings donations for Project Joy to the Basic Essentials Cart in Wilson Hall during the month leading up to the September 2NDSAT~

1.     College & Wide Ruled Spiral Notebooks

2.     College & Wide Ruled Loose Leaf Paper

3.     Unused Hotel Size Soaps/Shampoos Etc.

4.     All time favorite Book; Fiction, Non Fiction, Biographies… for Middle & High School Readers

*We collect novels for Project Joy year round!


Harlan is a small town northeast of Knoxville. In years past, this coal mining area thrived, and the county boasted a population of over 80,000. With the decline of the coal mining industry and the lack of other industry, Harlan residents have fallen on hard times. With the population now down to less than 32,000, almost 40% of the county's children live in poverty.