Please consider supporting the following service and mission-focused organizations.
. . . WE DO!!

American Red Cross
www.redcross.org
First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon, IL has served as an emergency shelter and host to Red Cross Blood Drives several times a year.

Mattoon Area PADS
www.mattoonareapads.org
PADS is a drug and alcohol free facility, as well as an environment that is safe for families.

HOPE of East Central Illinois
www.hope-eci.org/
24-Hour Crisis Line 1-888-345-3990. HOPE of East Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides free, confidential services for those in need...

Fit-2-Serve
https://www.facebook.com/Fit2ServeColesCounty

Kemmerer Village
www.kemmerervillage.org
As a Presbyterian Child Care Agency, our mission at Kemmerer Village is to provide a wide range of quality services, which meet the needs of children, youth and their families.

Mattoon Area Food Bank
www.eifoodbank.org/help/colescounty.html

Heartland Christian Village
https://www.christianhomes.org/facilities/heartland-christian-village
Heartland Christian Village is a continuous care retirement community that is able to promote independence while providing peace of mind knowing that as the needs of our residents change, we will be able to accommodate those changes. As a faith-based organization, we strive to provide quality, resident-centered, cost-effective health care programs and services to each and every resident in our community.​

Operation Christmas Child
www.samaritanspurse.org/occ‎
Christmas shoeboxes

Choices Pregnancy and Health
www.choices4pregnancy.com

Habitat for Humanity
www.colescountyhabitat.net
Habitat for Humanity - Coles County

Peace Meals
www.sarahbush.org/peacemeal

. . . and a variety of other projects to serve the community and beyond.


CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Again this year, the Mission Committee is excited to particpate in the Baby Bottle Blessings for Choices Pregnancy and Health (formerly Crisis Pregnancy Center).  Choices Pregnancy and Health reaches out to women who are facing unplanned pregnancy.  Donations can be made by using the baby bottles provided in the narthx of the church. 

 

Become a friend of the HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN VILLAGE AUXILIARY by making a donation toward items to enhance the lives of the residents at the home. Becasue of past generous giving, the auxiliary was able to purchase a sound system for resident church services, TVs for the public areas, and many other items residents need and enjoy.  If you would like to make a donation towards this year's wish list, please contact the church office.


The Mission Committee collected items for HOPE of East Central Illinois during the month of March.  Some of the items collected included baby items such as baby shampoo/baby bath wash, lotion, diapers, baby toys, etc.  THANK YOU to those who made these thoughtful donations.


The Mission Committee is also helping the Key Ladies of Heartland Christian Village by collecting items for the HEARTLAND RESIDENTS SHOPPING CART.  Some of the items donated were toothpaste, lip balm shampoo, facial tissue, chewing gum, etc.  THANK YOU.

 

 

 

Some of the other Activities...

CHRISTMAS SHOEBOXES
Now is the time
to start thinking about Christmas shoeboxes.  Please consider sharing the love of Jesus with a poor child by filling a shoebox with toys, books, hygiene items, clothing, candy, etc.  More information will be coming as we get closer to time.  Thank you.

Mission in a Handbag
Knowing that women and children leaving abusive situations often are not able to take anything with them, the Mission Committee is asking you to fill a gently-used purse(s) with necessary toiletries and leave them in the designated place in the narthex.
On November 8, these purses will be given to the Hope Group for women and children in need.
Thanks for your help.
 

In August, please join the mission committee in supporting the Back Pack Program which has been designed to help hungry school children here in Mattoon. Several churches including Broadway Christian, 1st Methodist, 1st Baptist, 1st Christian and East Side Nazarene are already involved in this ministry. 
Because of Mattoon's low economic level, during the school year, many students qualify for free and reduced lunches, but teachers have reported that these kids often do not get fed on the weekends. Through an application process, elementary and middle schools have identified these children and members of the various churches "stuff" food into backpacks which are delivered to schools on 2 Fridays every month. First Christian provides for children at Riddle school. They would welcome our contributions of:
- pudding cups (any flavor)
- Pop Tarts, iced, pack of 2, any flavor
- applesauce cups, any flavor
- cheese or peanut butter crackers in individual packages
- Beanie weenies - individual pop-top cans
We will be collecting this food during August. Cash donations will also be accepted and forwarded to First Christian Church. It is difficult to imagine that Mattoon has so many kids who are going hungry. Can you help?  Call Elsie Carter, Jan Cornell, Sue Gathmann, Mary-Nancy Miller, Vicky Williams, Susan Millsap, Mavis Bagby or Jo Swick if you have questions.

 

The Mission Committee invites you to join with them in collecting the blue plastic caps from Prairie Farms milk (gallons and half-gallons).  These will be given to Habitat for Humanity which receives cash donations for the caps.  A container is on the table in the narthex for your bottle caps.  Thank you.

During May - the Mission Committee is asking for support to help the Crisis Pregnancy Center.  Baby bottles were distributed on Sunday, Mother's Day, and are available in the church narthex.  The Mission Committee is asking that people take a bottle and use it to collect spare change from Mother's Day to Sunday, June 21 - Father's Day.  We appreciate any and all help.  Thank you.

During April, the Mission Committee urges you to assist with donations for P.A.D.S. (the Homeless Shelter).  Items requested include paper products (napkins, cups, plates, towels, Kleenex), plastic eating utensils, paper or styrofoam cups, and laundry soap.  Pleae place items in the white basket on the round table in the narthex.  Thank you for your help.

Beginning March 15th and running through April, the Mission Committee will be collecting items for HOPE of East Central Illinois.  Please bring your donations to church and place in the collection box in the narthex.  Items currently needed by HOPE:  Wal-Mart gift cards, phone cards, gas cards, women's and children's underwear, socks and pajamas.  Thank you for your support.

 

In February, the MISSION COMMITTEE collected items for residents at Heartland Village in Neoga, IL.  Collected items will be added to their shopping cart to be purchased for a nominal fee by the residents.  Requested items include body lotion or body wash, candy bars, facial tissue, lip balm, plastic picture frames, denture cleaner or tooth brushes.  Thank you for your support.

 

 

 

Other mission projects: 

Here are pics to show the stitchers as they sort out 25 scarves which were sent to the World War II veterans to be given out on Veterans' Day or Christmas Day.


There was a display of 53 scarves which will be sent to the Orphan Foundation of America and which then will be distributed as part of the Red Scarf Project. Each handmade scarf will be sent in a Valentine's Day care package to a college or trade school student who was a foster child or resident of an orphanage. Each year more than 10,000 home-made scarves are received by the Foundation. This is the 6th year that our group of stitchers has participated in this project.

 

 

Final Count on Little Dresses.

There were 57 dresses made by the women of this church.  I am taking them to Nancy's Notions Store in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.  The store will pack and ship them to Africa - paying for all the shipping costs.  Thanks to all who participated in this mission project.  The Mission Committee is checking for needs in our area to see if we can do another sewing project - so ladies keep those sewing machines oiled and ready to go!                  Elsie Carter, Mission Committee 

 

 

 

  Mission Trip to Joplin MO  

A group from First Presbyterian Church went to Joplin, MO the first week in May to help with the construction of a new home for a family who lost everything in the tornado that hit Joplin, MO.  It was a worthwhile experience for everyone. 

   

 

 

In 2011, the Mission Group helped to rebuild homes in Nashville, TN as a result of the 2010 flood.  They worked on a newly constructed home finishing the inside. They teamed up with our friends from the Presbyterian Church in Effingham, IL.