Mission and service at First Presbyterian
Our church doesn’t exist for its own sake, but for the common good of our community and the world. As emphasized in our congregation’s mission statement, we strive to dedicate ourselves to service, and mission has always been foundational to our life as a community of faith. Our work is organized (though not limited to) several teams addressing different aspects of the common good. Click here to see our detailed 2016 mission annual report.
LOCAL CARE TEAM
First Presbyterian is deeply engaged with the needs of our most immediate neighbors in Allentown, supporting a wide variety of initiatives, organizations, alliances and partnerships. These include Daybreak, Safe Haven, Aspires, the Sixth Street Shelter, Roosevelt Community School, and GRAND.
INTERNATIONAL / NATIONAL MISSION TEAM
Directed toward mission work beyond Allentown and the Lehigh Valley, this team works in a variety of ways around the nation and world in locations that have included Honduras, Malawi, Syria, and areas served by organizations such as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Church World Service.
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT TEAM
In response to the biblical mandate to welcome the stranger, this team provides support, resources, and friendship to newcomers to our community and nation, many of whom are fleeing strife and persecution and often arrive in the U.S. with little more than a suitcase.
PEACE AND JUSTICE MISSIONARIES TEAM
This team advocates for peace, nonviolence and justice for the marginalized both in the United States and abroad. Their work includes working with organizations such as Bread for the World and support for special missionaries working in areas of conflict such as Northern Ireland, Burma/Thailand and South Sudan.
In response to our biblical call to be stewards of God’s creation, this team provides opportunities and methods for church members and friends to learn more about earth-care issues such as sustainability and efficiency within our own campus and in the community and world.