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 serve and engage the community and world in which we live.  We seek to spread God’s grace and hope as we have received it. We do that with a multi-tiered program of outreach efforts.

Our major 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, working to locate grants and funding, serving our neighbors at the pantry one week out of every six, we contribute food and money to make this community pantry a wonderful part of our ministry in the community.

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

Meals delivered to Rock Island Township Hall. We deliver at least eight meals per year, taking a yummy feast for participants to enjoy. We're told that those attending regularly look forward to our serving because our cooks take great pride in preparing a meal that is not only sufficient for the hunger of the day, but also nutritious and tasty!

 

Spring Forward Learning Center has established a campus at First Presbyterian Church for after school tutoring for struggling elementary students.  Twice a week we welcome 16 students (32 total) into our building where our members assist them with reading, writing and math skills. Teachers refer those youngsters who can most benefit from this assistance, and  adult volunteers become friends, forming caring bonds that help the children accomplish academic success!

 

Annual Mission Team.  Each year we have put together a team of individuals that travels to new places to work for a week in the name of Christ. In 2008 and 09 we travelled to New Orleans, working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to help reconstruct homes that had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. 

 

In 2010 and 11 we changed gears to go to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, working with Re-Member to learn about and assist the Oglala Lakota people. Most recently five people from this congregation along with two others travelled to the Southwestern corner of South Dakota where we worked and experienced the history, culture, and present day reality of this county that is the poorest in the US. 

This effort was embraced by the entire congregation. In the spring a Trivia night was held to help fund the trip, and other congregational donations made the trip possible. In the fall we will have the opportunity to fill a 16-passenger van with supplies that will go back to the reservation to offer our care to the people.

  

Each summer we seek ways to offer our care into the community, in 2012 we did major work right here in Milan on Comfort Harbor Home. In 2013 we began an outreach ministry to the children of Milan Manor, doing
games and providing adult supervised games a couple times per month.

Games at Milan Manor

 

Second Tier Mission Initiatives – Our congregation offers significant financial and material assistance to these programs.

Presbyterian Church USA Missions & Denominational Offerings– we work with other Presbyterians to make a difference in the world.

Churches United of the Quad Cities

Winnie’s Place

Shop with a Cop

Milan Assistance Fund.

Rescue Mission—Men’s Shelter.

Catholic Worker House

The Place2B is a teen program for homeless youth.

St. Anthony’s Care Center –Assist their Bingo program for residents.

Comfort Harbor – gifts for needy residents.

Quad City Animal Welfare Shelter. 

Project Now –  gift of fans.

A Mitten Tree at Christmas warms the fingers and ears of area children.

A Pop Tab collection donates to the Ronald McDonald House at the University of Iowa Hospitals.

Manufacturer’s Coupons are collected mailed to overseas military personnel

Third Tier Community Support  -- In these ways we support our community

Come join our July 3rd Fireworks party!  The whole community is invited to view the Milan Fireworks from our parking lot and to enjoy the food (free of charge) and fellowship of a neighborhood party.

We support our schools.  Thomas Jefferson and Ridgewood Elementary Schools in Milan receive our gratitude and support for the exceptional efforts they offer to the children of our community.  We offer our appreciation with a meal during Teacher Appreciation Week and this year we assisted several of our Kindergarten classrooms to get started well by sending volunteers in to assist the first 3 days of the school year.

Building Support.  We are proud to support these fine organizations with space in our facility.

Just Kids 2 (the elementary aged program of Just Kids Early Childhood and Education Center) 
Boy Scout Pack 242
Boy Scout Adventure Crew
2 Brownie Troops.