Serve & Participate

Photo of the outside of First Presbyterian Church in springtime

Together, and with God, we live into hope. 

Being a disciple of Christ means claiming God’s love into our lives.  But it’s more.  Living as a community of faith means offering that which we have received (Christ’s love), and making it manifest in the world around us. Spirit-driven hope is infused into the darkness of despair. God's grace and love is made known in people's everyday lives, and because of that, all of creation is enriched.  God is good, and we get to be a part of that goodness!

Our mission is to engage and serve the world in which we live. We do that with a variety of mission projects in our community.

Our Mission Efforts.

Milan Christian Food Pantry. We are pleased to be one of 6 congregations who have organized and now operate the Milan Christian Food Pantry. We are major contributors to this effort to eliminate hunger in our community.As well as serving on the board of directors and helping to locate grants, we assist to provide funding and volunteers serving approximately 900 of our neighbors each month.

Exterior of the Milan Food Pantry Interior of the Milan Food Pantry

Meals Served at St. Joe Feeding Site at Rock Island Township Hall.We deliver and serve at least eight meals per year, feeding between 50 and 80 hungry souls each time. Our cooks take great pride in preparing a meal that is tasty, nutritious and abundant.

Exterior of the Milan Food Pantry

 

Milan on the Move Van Ministry Assists our Neighbors.

In 2016 we added a ministry of transportation to assist our neighbors without wheels to get to some of the places they need to go. The van regularly takes area residents to the food pantry, shopping at area stores or to other venues that bless lives. This is a free gift to those who are in need.

We also share our van with Spring Forward Learning Center to make sure community youngsters can get to Summer Program and different Spring Forward Field trips.

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Milan Marvels

Providing mentoring, opportunities and Christian Learning is the goal of our Milan Marvels program. We pick up 8 – 11 youngsters who live in a nearby apartment complex each week from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Games, crafts, cooking, discussion, lessons, swimming and field trips into the community are on the agenda. Each summer we transport these children to swim lessons. We thank the Brissman Foundation for helping to fund this program.

Kids at Park Kids at Pool Kid playing

Monthly Mission Collections and Donations

Each month we select a local group in our area that is making a positive impact in people's lives. We publish a list of items that would be helpful to them and then add a check from our mission budget to offer our care and support into the community.

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Sponsors of Cub Scout Pack 242

We are enthusiastic fans of our cub scout pack, providing the space where they meet, as well as our presence and support of their various fund-raising efforts.

Cub scout pack 242