Local Missions of First Presbyterian Church
We are a mission-oriented church that sees local missions as integral to salvation of God’s Kingdom. Through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit we endeavor to spread the Gospel through service with our hands and feet in local and extended communities by identifying needs, responding to needs, partnering with fellow believers, educating others and building relations both earthly and heavenly. The Local Missions Committee meets quarterly as part of the “Going Committee”at First Presbyterian Church. Here are a few of the local mission opportunities that you can become a part of as a member of our church.
A Saturday Meal
Monthly, Streetside Ministry feeds between 75-125 folks on the last Saturday of the month. There is a core group of volunteers who serve, and we have other folks cycle in an out as they are able. We have a few youth from another church that have been with us since the start. They faithfully show up to serve. There is also music with Patsy on the violin and a couple of Streetside folks that join her on the piano and sing each month during lunch.
We have been more intentional in meeting needs of those who attend and try to
meet specific needs as asked i.e. towels, a pillow, work shoes, household goods etc. We also continue to give out sleeping bags, blankets and tents as they are always needed. Chris does the devotion and prayer and Rev. Chapman provides the service of communion to those who desire it. We ask for prayer that the folks that attend will feel the love of Jesus through this ministry which is the main objective of Streetside.
We know the life-changing power of the Gospel and have had examples of some folks being transformed by His holy word.
CONTACT: Robin Edens at: email@example.com
Find more information on The River’s Facebook Page
Contact: Stacy Larsen, Executive Director 423-926-8111
We see relational poverty as the biggest need among urban youth in Johnson City. Our hope is they experience the greatness of Jesus’ love for them and step out of broken generational cycles into new life!
What We Do
LXI is the only inner-city youth ministry in Johnson City focused on long-term, day to day relationships with at-risk middle and high school youth. Daily we make a difference in lives of over 90 under-served and under-resourced youth by building a safe community and consistent, loving relationships.
You are invited to come alongside us to see a generation of youth made new! Partner with us by volunteering, giving, praying, or advocating. We hope LXI is a place where you can walk out God’s calling on your life.
Contact: Chris O’Connor:
MISSION: To provide a safe environment to experience a transformation of mind, body, and spirit within a community of faith.
Ours is a tradition of small group camping with a big group plan. We encourage campers to embark on a journey of the mind, body and spirit. It’s a journey that requires a knapsack that we supply with independence, self-reliance, curiosity, creativity, and faith. We learn to work, play, sing, and worship together. We furnish minds and bodies with skills essential
for physical, social, and character development with an emphasis on Christian values.
We don’t preach, we engage. We don’t threaten, we question. We don’t discriminate, we include. We don’t judge, we love. We are about being positive and optimistic as we rise to meet the challenge to love our neighbor and treat others
as we would want to be treated. We walk a path toward discovery and enlightenment. We seek to embrace God’s boundless gifts and share them with all people.
Summer Camp includes Resident Camp and Day Camp. Check out the 2018 schedule.
Holston Retreat Center
When we’re not entertaining summer campers, we specialize in retreats for family reunions, business meetings, weddings, social groups, and church groups. We specialize in group accommodations. We have CABINS that sleep 16, a DORMITORY that sleeps 16, a BUNGALOW that sleeps 14, and our LODGE that has 9 private rooms and baths with 2 full size beds, and 5 private rooms with twin beds. You may also wish to stay in our Rustic Campsites with limited conveniences.
Our dining hall can accommodate up to 130+. We encourage our guests to take advantage of our low prices for our delicious, buffet-style meals. You can have some fun here too. We offer our guests the opportunity to be outdoors and participate in outdoor activities.
New in 2018 is our UPPER MEADOWS CABIN. it has 7 bedrooms each with a queen-size bed and futon chair and 6 bathrooms. It’s fully furnished and offers modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, Smart TVs, handicapped accessible, fireplace, covered deck, full kitchen, and large gathering spaces.
All our guests are encouraged to seek God, to be transformed into new, enlightened beings, and to engage in a community of faith
Contact: Mike McCalmont at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Main Connection
“West Main Connection” is a relationship between FPC and West Main Street Christian Church which serves as a vehicle for FPC to help support the various ministries at West Main. The ministries of West Main are:
- Loaves & Fishes – a Saturday afternoon feeding program at West Main. FPC hosts the annual Loaves & Fishes Christmas dinner for downtown folks the Saturday before Christmas.
- The Masters Table – a Sunday afternoon short church service/light meal at West Main.
- West Main Pantry – a ministry that helps downtown folks who attend the feeding programs with household and toiletry items. FPC collects various items each month for the pantry.
- Martin Luther King worship service – The annual MLK worship service is a joint effort between West Main and FPC and is held annually in January at FPC. This is a very worthwhile and moving service for the entire community to celebrate and remember the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Breakfast Club” is a very small group of folks from FPC and West Main who meet every other month on Saturday morning for breakfast and prayer and to discuss West Main’s ministries.
Contact: Karen Repass
Melting Pot (Good Samaritan) Lunch – www.goodsamjc.org
We help with your community lunchtime feeding program at the Melting Pot ministry located in the basement of Munsey Church on every 3rd Monday of the month. Bring chips, sandwiches, or fruit to the church office or come and help serve, or both!
Church Contact: Shelby Ingram
Karen Frederick: (423) 854-4434
Family Promise (formerly IHN) – www.familypromisejc.com
Family Promise is an interdenominational effort to provide housing for families experiencing homelessness while working to get back on their feet. Members of the church participate by cooking, driving, hosting, and working as overnight volunteers.
Church Contact: Gary and Sandy Arner