Sometimes mission is about a kind word, a warm smile or a generous dollar. But sometimes it’s about literally lending your hands.
As fall gets underway, here are three opportunities for you to serve our larger community with your time and talents.
The first of these is to help our monthly turn at The Diner, the soup kitchen at the nearby Potter’s Wheel church. On the fourth Sunday of each month, friends from First Presbyterian serve a free hot breakfast from 9 to 11 am. On our August Saturday 325 trays were served with care! Many of you have worked these monthly shifts on Saturdays year-in and year-out, but recently some of our faithful volunteers have had to step away from this work due to changes in their schedules. Ronda Hurt coordinates volunteers so our church does NOT show up on a Saturday with half the volunteers needed that morning. She does a great job at explaining how you can help. To serve alongside First Presbyterian friends at the soup kitchen offered at the Potters Wheel on the fourth Sunday of upcoming months, contact Ronda Hurt at 812-425-5991 or .
A second way you can contribute this fall is to help make a safe and welcoming space for clients at our local YWCA. The YWCA provides a highly structured four-phase residential program for homeless women in recovery from substance abuse. In 2011, this program provided approximately 10,000 nights of safe shelter. Recently members of our church toured the YWCA and learned of a concrete need for updating the rooms in which these women stay. The Mission Committee has allocated up to $2500 to furnish and decorate two bedrooms, but members of our church are welcome to help with the exciting project of choosing the furniture, paint, and personal touches to refurbish these rooms. Jingle Hagey will welcome your contact by email or if necessary, by phone, to allow you to help on this upcoming short project to make some women’s lives that much nicer while they do their own hard work to self-sufficiency. If you are interested in helping refurbish rooms for women recovering from substance abuse at the YWCA, please contact Jingle Hagey at or 812-867-3317.
Finally, this fall there will be another Interfaith Habitat for Humanity build in Evansville. Groundbreaking for this interfaith house is set for September 15 at 4:00 p.m. After the foundation is laid, volunteers from many Evansville faith communities will have an opportunity to lend their hands. Mary Ruthenburg is serving as a liaison for our church to the Interfaith Advisory Council of Habitat for Humanity, so she is looking forward to connecting those who can come to a build and lend their labors to make this new home a reality! For more info about helping at the upcoming Interfaith Build of a home with Habitat for Humanity, contact Mary Ruthenburg at 812-963-6333 or .