Our church supports local, national, and international missions with funding and hands-on support. Some of our current mission partners include the following organizations.
Little Free Pantry
At the recommendation of the Mission and Benevolence Committee, the Session and Trustees voted to install a Little Free Pantry (LFP) on our property. This pantry houses non-perishables, canned goods, and personal hygiene supplies and will be available to anyone who is in need at any time of day. In our neighborhood, that could be school children on their way home stopping for a snack or it could be someone walking to the church from Woodward to grab a can of soup for dinner that night. The LFP was installed in August 2019, and congregants and neighbors alike are encouraged to bring small donations (no sharps, though, please!). The idea behind a Little Free Pantry is for neighbors to help neighbors.
In 1999 Chief Master Sergeant Rick Honeywell was deployed to a four-month stint in Kuwait and to his dismay he found himself on a base that had no recreation facilities, no movies, no library and no gymnasium. His wife and others responded by sending the squadron a gigantic care package of candy, games and books. Soon Operation Paperback was born. FPCRO members have contributed and distributed over 41,000 books to service men and women over the last 14 years. While a large number of the donated paperback books are mysteries, other requests include puzzle books, current events, political affairs and finance & investing. DVDs are also welcome. If you would like to contribute, please drop your paperback books off at the library.
Our church supports Common Ground with supplies for young people to furnish their first apartments. Several times throughout the year, members donate new items from silverware to mops to cleaner, so that a young person’s new apartment is well-stocked and offers a welcoming space to call home.
World Medical Relief
Volunteers from FPCRO go to World Medical Relief to help sort supplies and equipment. The mission
of World Medical Relief is to facilitate the distribution of surplus medical resources where they are needed. As such, their programs have both a local, national and international focus. Goods are distributed in a non-discriminatory manner without regard to race, color, gender, religion, nationality or political beliefs.
Cass Community Social Services in Detroit
Once a month a group of youth and advisors head into Detroit and prepare a meal for a portion of
the city’s homeless population alongside of Miss Kay and Miss Nicole, the lovely women who run
the kitchen on Sunday afternoons at CCSS. It has been a joy working with the folks at Cass and the youth have begun to forge deeper relationships with one another as well as with the folks with whom we are working.