"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, “'Here am I. Send me!'"
Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)
Jesus came to serve and not to be served. He was most concerned with serving the broken and those in need. At FPC, we try to follow His example as we reach out to those in our immediate community and globally, sharing in their struggles and hopes. Our goal is to encourage and equip our church members to participate fully in God’s plan to spread the gospel locally and throughout the world, to reach out to the least, the last, and the lost, and to communicate God's love to them.
Spreading the good news about Jesus Christ is vitally important (eternity is at stake), and God wants you to be actively involved.
Located in Polk County (one of the poorest counties in the state), we recognize that great needs exist in our immediate community. Right outside of our doors we witness families going hungry, we recognize that children are at risk, and that people are experiencing homelessness. By reaching out to those in our community, we can meet immediate needs while showing God's sacrificial love. This demonstration of His love may be the catalyst that opens the door of opportunity to communicate their greatest need (a saving knowledge of their sin predicament and God’s solution to that predicament in Christ). Our church has historically demonstrated a willingness to respond quickly to immediate needs and to provide help where needs are identified.
Wonderful Wednesdays, our after-school mentoring and tutoring program, runs throughout the school year and serves area elementary children. Adult volunteers share their love of Christ with these youngsters, modeling patience and providing a nurturing environment. This dynamic ministry is always looking for additional volunteers.
Our Food Pantry feeds an average of 350 people a month. The food pantry is open to needy families Wednesdays and Fridays from 1—3 PM. We rely on the generosity of our church family to provide food, money, and time. We rely on the generosity of our church family to prove food, money, and time.
Vacation Bible School
Our summer VBS program is a week-long event offered to the children of this community and includes games, snacks, crafts, skits, and, of course, Bible lessons. Using a different theme each year, there is always a connection between God and the theme, allowing kids to discover God in a creative way.
Alta Vista Project
"Adopting" 20 school children from a local elementary school, FPC provides one bag of food to each child per week for the duration of the school year for the purpose of helping meet identified nutritional needs.
Kids Kingdom Summer Collection
Every summer our Mission Team partners with the Kids Kingdom to identify a worthy charity or need. Whether it's diapers and baby lotion for families of local migrant workers or flip-flops destined for the Amazon jungle, our church comes together to spread the love of Christ by providing tangible items and meeting immediate needs.
We recognize that many families in our local area cannot provide basic supplies to help their children in school. Each summer we collect everything from pencils and notebooks to jackets and tennis shoes that are distributed through our local elementary schools to families in need, ensuring that all children can begin the school year with at least the basics.
2.7 million children in the U.S. have a parent that is incarcerated. Through the Angel Tree program, members and friends of FPC have the opportunity to purchase a Christmas gift for a child from Northeast Polk County who has an incarcerated parent.
Boone Middle School Support
A team of FPC members work to bring encouragement and affirmation to the teachers and administration of this Haines City Middle School.
We encourage the members of our church to participate fully in God’s plan to spread the gospel locally and throughout all the world. Whether taking the form of a mission trip, collecting items for distribution, or corresponding with FPC supported missionaries, our congregation reaches out to spread the wonderful word of God to those in the darkest corners of the world.
Yearly National and International Mission Trips
FPC partners with ministry organizations to arrange annual trips to serving such areas as the Amazon, Montego Bay Jamaica, New Orleans, and Philadelphia. These trips are truly the work of the Lord!
Operation Christmas Child
Our members are encouraged to pack shoe boxes in support of Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a 20-year program of filling shoe boxes that bring the life-changing Good News of Jesus’ love to millions of children around the world. This program, sponsored by Samaritan's Purse, has reached more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries, demonstrating God’s love in a tangible way to needy children everywhere.
Thornwell Home for Children
Thornwell Home for Children opened its doors in 1875 as a haven for orphaned children. This non-profit ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is one of the oldest children’s homes in our nation and is located in Clinton, SC. Our Women's Ministry supports this charity through donations from their annual retreat and quarterly events.
Through our Mission Team, FPC provides financial support to a number of dedicated missionaries around the world, as they work daily to bring others to Christ. As a congregation, we support them through prayer and by attending mission dinners and lunches.
Chris & Anita Anderson—Greater Europe Mission, Valencia, Spain
Rev. Ramazan Arkan, Pastor—Antalya Evangelical Church, Antalya, Turkey
Jim & Amanda Blizzard—Child Evangelism Fellowship, Lakeland, Florida
James & Kelly Broadaway—Campus Outreach, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jim & Sue Christie—Encouragers Unlimited Ministries, Kings Kids Village, Nairobi, Kenya
Rev. William Devlin—Redeem Ministry International, Cuba, Gaza, Syria, Iraq and the Sudan
Brian & Christy Lewis—Wycliffe Bible Translators, Paupa, Indonesia
Kyle & Rahel Winter—Youth With A Mission, Sihanoukville, Cambodia