Local Mission Team

Serving Our Brothers and Sisters in Allentown

Local Mission Team is dedicated to living the Gospel as championed by Jesus in Matthew 25: caring for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, children living in poverty, and all those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged living in our community.

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Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank located at 6th & Chew Streets: Provides food relief to the hungry in Lehigh County by giving enough food for 3-5 days to each participant. The majority of stock comes from Second Harvest and 25,000 families are served annually. Local Mission team facilitates the collection of food items at FPCA.

Community MLK Dinner Local Mission Team provides financial assistance for this dinner with brings the community together every January.

Daybreak at Dubbs Church, 5th and Allen Streets: Daybreak is a drop-in center open Monday through Friday. Daybreak offers clients who have mental health concerns, are indigent and elderly, have physical disabilities, or have formerly been incarcerated a structured program to rebuild their lives socially and emotionally. Daybreak is home to those who lost their way. Local mission team is involved with Daybreak by preparing and serving meals six times a month; organizing two annual fundraisers: a spaghetti dinner in the fall and a plant sale in the spring; arranging holiday parties and angel tree gifts at Christmas time; collecting bingo prizes, food items, and art supplies; and offering relational support. Several members of the Local Mission team attend the monthly support team meetings at Daybreak. Recently the Local Mission team began a new event for Daybreak: Daybreak clients are given the opportunity to purchase shoes at Boscovs. The funding for the clients to take the bus to Boscovs and to purchase shoes is provided through the generosity of the congregation in a loose plate offering. Local Mission tries to do all that we can to tend to the needs of our brothers and sisters at Daybreak.

Jerusalem House at 9th & Turner Streets: The mission of Jerusalem House is to provide the essential, Christ centered, link to the poorest of the poor within the four block radius of their community. Local Mission is actively involved with Jerusalem House by sponsoring food and clothing drives and by giving financial contributions. These contributions go toward stocking the food bank, the clothing bank, and to help pay operating expenses at Jerusalem House such as utility bills. In addition, Jerusalem House receives a large number of nutritional snack bags and school supplies donations from FPCA throughout the year. Pastors Daniel and Georgia Adams and daughter, Michal are loyal caretakers of those who visit their ministry.

Jubilee Breakfasts at Zion Liberty Bell Church: Breakfasts are held Thursday through Saturday (November-April) in conjunction with the operation of the Winter Warming Shelter. Local Mission team provides monetary and volunteer support.

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Ripple: Ripple strives to be a Christ-Centered, Community-Focused Church that seeks to have a ripple effect in our community of downtown Allentown by sharing Christ’s love through acts of kindness, justice, and cultivation of healthy relationships. The ministry is diverse in many ways including race, ethnicity, economics, and skill sets working to be unified in Christ. The Ripple Church gathers every Sunday for worship, and they share meals together twice a month. Local Mission partners with Ripple by attending worship and preparing and serving meals. Clothing and household items have been donated by Local Mission Team. Together we share our gifts and build our community to further God’s kingdom here in Allentown especially among the impoverished. The Ripple ministry is staffed by several Mennonite Ministers.

Sheridan Elementary School on Second Street and Roosevelt Elementary School on Susquehanna Street: Local Mission partners with these elementary schools in which students are of a dire poverty level. Knitted hats, winter coats, socks, underwear, school uniforms, school supplies, back packs, toys, food items are among the items collected by Local Mission for the students in these schools. Box tops from FPCA are a source of monetary gain for the schools. FPCA volunteers help in classroom reading programs, by packing weekend food bags, and in summer meal programs. The Local Mission Team participates in various after school programs including the Annual Back to School celebration each September.

Sunday Breakfast: Breakfast is served each Sunday morning to 90-100 people who are homeless or impoverished. Second Harvest supplies the food and various groups in the community take responsibility for cooking. First Presbyterian is responsible for cooking on the 5th Sundays of the month (approx. 4-5 times a year)

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Join us and you may find, like many of our volunteers, that your life will be changed. Jesus abides with the people in these programs. Each of us is made in God’s image, and God takes care of God’s own.
Participating in these related programs may lead you to have greater reverence for the gift of each day, waste less, smile more, pray for those in need, judge less by appearances, feel your own burdens lightened, and increase your desire to give.