Outreach and Missions

First Presbyterian Church continues a long tradition of hands-on engagement in our community, offering many opportunities for people of all ages to carry Christ’s love to those in need.

Some of these include mentoring Beardsley School students, funding & building Habitat homes, aiding Church Community Services, sponsoring area High School Peacemakers, Walking Against Hunger for Church World Service, an annual multi-cause Gift Fair, and Emergency Assistance for needy residents.

Coordinated by our Serving Commission, these activities unfold from our mission statement:

“… the [F.P.C.] Serving Commission shall discern and foster activities and efforts that reach beyond our walls with our time, energy and resources - to assist and comfort our human family in need: locally, domestically, and internationally.”

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ICE Detention Service Dec 16

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 8:39 AM

Habitat Build Update

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 2:05 PM

by Tom LeFevre

Braden McCormick reports that the often-delayed County-wide Faith Build  will begin in late September.

This planned two-story home will be for a Ukrainian emigre family of eleven - several of whose members are musically gifted. It’s not known how and where they have been enduring through the many delays, but they could surely testify volumes on the subject of patience and family cooperation!

We hope to host them in a Sunday worship soon. Note to all builders: this project is gender-inclusive - dust off your tools, and stay tuned for how and when FPC will be invited to participate.

 We happily note that our Foundation has directed a grant to this effort of $3,000.

More information will be forthcoming soon! 

Women Build for Habitat - 2017 - Breaking Ground!

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 4:14 PM

JJesus was a carpenter … as his hands and feet in the world today -

Ladies, pick up your hammers and pound! Signup for this year’s Women Build is off and running! It will be from May 2 through June 3 at 1923 Belmont Ave. in Elkhart.

Work day is from 8 AM to 2:30 PM. Our Mary Rasp - a passionate Habitat supporter - has offered to be a “Nail Captain” again this Spring. She’ll be helping coordinate FPC’s presence and participation.

A signup sheet will be in (or near) the Gathering Place, and builders among us are invited to sign up ASAP. We have a tentative scheduled work date of Saturday May 13 - all day - from 8 to 2:30.

Volunteers are encouraged to share the age-based offering (your age times $1.00) to be a builder. But please note - if that offering is not feasible for any reason - you can still participate - as a builder, or as a “Lunch Mom.” [Sorry - no soccer that day!] As such, you’d provide a morning snack and lunch (e.g., sandwiches, chips, fruit, string cheese and bottled water) for twenty builders.

People can partner in providing lunch. For folks who wish to strengthen their carpenter’s skills, Habitat sponsors a free clinic at Lowe’s on Reith Blvd. (just off U.S. 33 toward Goshen) on Saturday April 29, from 9:00 AM to Noon.

If you’ll be part of this great local outreach ministry, please sign up early, and let Mary Rasp know at: msrasp53@gmail.com or call at: 574-293-2472 (Home) or 574-361-8459 (Cell). Thank you!

Uniforms for Beardsley School

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Sunday, January 31, 2016 @ 5:09 PM

Beardsley School Tutoring opportunity

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ 4:46 PM

It’s not too late to sign up for 30-30-30 , the weekday  tutoring program partnership between Beardsley school and First Presbyterians Church of Elkhart.

 Please make an appointment with Jan Beutter at Beardsley School if you are interested, 574-262-5575.

Habitat for Humanity Build

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Monday, November 9, 2015 @ 4:08 PM

Harkin Family Home Finish


“Home for the Holidays” conjures up images of warm family gatherings, enjoying good food and fellowship in a safe and inviting home.  But that image is only a dream for the families who come to Habitat in search of a place to call home.   

Last year the Harkins family was accepted into our program.  The family has already completed over 300 hours of sweat equity by building homes with other families and by successfully completing our many homeownership training classes.  The family has spent far too many years in a very old, substandard mobile home and now it’s their turn to build a quality, affordable home of their own.  Their new Habitat home will be their forever home.   

Our goal is to start construction in October and finish the house in December, just in time for the Harkins to be in their new home for the holidays!  Your contribution will help the Harkins family break the cycle of poverty housing.

Beardsley School 30 30 30 Update

Posted by Susie Lehman on Friday, November 6, 2015 @ 10:59 AM

Reminder to Volunteers

Please make an appointment with Jan Beutter at Beardsley School.

Paperwork needs to be done before you meet and work with your students.

We're close to meeting our goal of 30 students!   Sign in today!

Beardsley School

Posted by Andy McCaskey on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 @ 1:15 PM

30-30-30 at Beardsley School30-30-30 Tutoring Program

A recent article in the Elkhart Truth featured details on the First Presbyterian Church tutoring program for at risk kids in our neighborhood school. For more information on other programs at our neighborhood school and throughout the community, please contact us at 574-264-3109 


Photo Courtesy of Elkhart Truth



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