Caring and Benevolence
Since 2014 we have been giving to missions that help families to have a better life – both locally and globally. The Local Youth Initiative has been a focus of our team, as we try to build hope and support a basic education. We became aware of the need for school supplies, emergency clothing and personal supplies for needy students. To accomplish this, we give money directly to the nurses at the Trumansburg and South Seneca School Districts. This enables the nurses to purchase special items as needed, such as glasses, clothing, etc. Money was raised through the Doug’s Fish Fry dinners and bake sale to help support this cause and to market information about the needs.
There is also a need for temporary financial assistance for families going through a difficult time to keep their kids in the After School Program in the Trumansburg School. This makes it possible for parents to continue working and may be used to assist with scholarships in an emergency situation. We have supported this program since 2014.
Water – to make it available, safe and clean. Through the Presbyterian Church (USA) we have contributed money from the budget to help build community wells. A community water well frees up children so that they can go to school and not spend hours carrying water. Safe water for drinking improves the health of children.
Trumansburg Food Pantry: We continue to support the local food pantry financially and helped staff the pantry for biweekly distributions in February and March of 2018. On average 157 households were served. Some of our members work with the program all year. Every distribution provides 3 to 5 days’ worth of meals every 2 weeks.
Mental Illness continues to be an issue affecting families in our society and local community. We continue to assist people be informed with resources from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (NAMI-FL)
CROP WALK: We participated with the Trumansburg Area Churches in the 30th Annual CROP WALK with 152 walkers (that includes “spirit” walkers who manned the refreshment and sign-in tables and may or may not have walked). Overall $8,206.79 was raised. FPCU raised $2,242 and had 18 walkers participate.
Caring and Benevolence continues its ministry of care to the congregation as well as to the community, by checking in on the homebound and being aware of their needs, sending cards to individuals to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers. “Journeying Through Grief” booklets are provided to those who have had deaths in their immediate families.
Thank you to all who have generously supported these causes throughout the year.
Budgetary Distributions 2018
- Trumansburg Food Pantry (in addition to Presbytery grant) $1,000
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) $600
- Trumansburg After School Program $400
- Presbyterian Church USA community well (2 shares @ $50) $100
- Living Waters for the world-make water clean and safe $100
- National Alliance on Mental Illness-Finger Lakes (NAMI-FL) $180
- BMISS (Educational scholarships in honor of High School seniors Claire Melvin & Tess Parker $120
Special collections, appeals, donations and fundraisers.
- Presbyterian USA One Great Hour of Sharing/Easter $521
- Presbyterian USA Christmas Joy Offering/Christmas $225
- Presbyterian USA Pentecost Offering $201
- CWS CROP Walk, 30th year– 18 FPCU walkers raised $2,242
(Total of 152 walkers from all churches and clubs raised $8,206.79 total)
- Trumansburg school 3 nurses’ discretionary funds for students in need ($600) $600
- South Seneca Elementary and Middle/High school nurses (400) and $400 (From Doug’s Fish Fry $’s)
- Blanket Sunday for Emergency Blankets for warmth & Shelter (@ $10 each) $580
The Mission Knitters make a variety of items to give to service organizations, including Knitting 4 Peace, the Trumansburg Christmas Bureau, and the Veterans Hospital in our area.
We gave 23 prayer shawls to people who were in our prayers or celebrating a special event in their life this past year. We appreciate the financial support of the UPW who helped us to buy yarn for our projects.
We meet on the last Tuesday of the month, in the Lange Room in the Chapel, 1-3 p.m. If you knit or crochet (or would like to learn), we’d love to have you join us. Our projects can be made by beginners and you’ll find satisfaction in giving to others. You can be an active participant in this ministry without attending the meeting.