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.

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!

"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. ~

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