Mission Partners

In a complex and ever changing world, our mission outreach efforts focus on sharing our gifts and spreading God’s love to our neighbors and to the world God made and loves.

Our Mission Partners are a vital part of the fpcw community. Their partnership allows us to share our gifts of time, talent, and resources to create positive change as we work to become a more faithful community

.kimcookies    garden IMG_3511

 

To connect with someone on how you and your family can serve, please contact Rev. Erin Raska or Mary Watt, chair of our Mission Ministry group.

Come BE Mission at fpcw

What is mission? How would you describe mission to a friend who doesn’t go to church?

When we describe mission only as “doing” we reduce and limit mission to a transaction – we have more and you have less, so we’ll give you more, so you have more.

However, when we describe mission at “being” we add relationship and joy and spiritual growth. Mission is not just doing good for the sake of doing good. Because we are all children of God, mission is being Christ in the world AND receiving Christ from the world, from those whom we serve.

Weekly
Family Matters has been developing youth and their leadership skills to facilitate positive social change in the North of Howard community since 1987.  Through fpcw, you can sign up to tutor a student (all grades, all subjects) one day a week (Adults).

C24/7 after school program (offered during school sessions only)

 

Monthly
The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community, struggling with poverty or homelessness. Through fpcw, you can…at 11:15 on the second Sunday of each month, make sandwiches (Families) and/or drive food to Humboldt Park and pass out sandwiches (Adults).

Malawi Team
Our overall goal in Malawi is to be present to what God is doing at fpcw and in the CCAP (Church of Central Africa Presbyterian) so as to broaden our understanding of who God is and how God is at work in the world.  Through fpcw, you can…build our partnership with the Katawa congregation through prayer, regular Skype communication (Adults); be in relationship and provide support for the widows’ group, men’s group or youth as they seek economic sustainable ventures to support their ministries and their care of the most vulnerable among them (Adults).

To join the Malawi team, and help support our partnership here or there, contact Bob Bobesink.

Quarterly
Family Promise’s mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.  Through fpcw, you canvolunteer to cook dinner and eat with our guests (Families) or stay overnight (Adults) when we host here at fpcw or at Congregation Sukkat Shalom, our community hosting partner; volunteer at the Day Center in Evanston or be part of the team to coordinate our hosting (Adults).

Children, Youth, Family ministries will continue to foster the joy in helping others through mission.  Through fpcw,you can…design and coordinate a family mission project; participate in family mission service opportunities.

Ongoing/Annual
The Wilmette Food Pantry is an important service for residents whose incomes do not cover all their needs.  Through fpcw, you can…create a team to organize the collection and delivery of food donations to the New Trier Pantry; commit to donating food monthly to the fpcw Food Donation Basket (located in the entrance way closest to the parking lot).

The Giving Tree allows those without resources to receive Christmas gifts through Association House, Erie House, Orchard Village and Good News Partners.  Requests for gifts are hung from a Christmas tree in the narthex each year during November.

Orchard Village Holiday Gathering holiday cheer is shared in mid-December with residents of Orchard Village, an organization that seeks to optimize personal outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities through a community-integrated approach.

YWCA Race Against Hate is an annual memorial race and walk in mid-June to raise funds for the YWCA that is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity.

Annual Fundraising Benefits that fpcw members sponsor and attend include Family Matters, Family Promise, Warming House Youth Center, Seraj Library Project, Connections for the Homeless, Orchard Village, and more.

We follow Christ’s lead as disciples and feed those who come to the table. To relieve hunger and help break the cycle of homelessness, we work with a number of nonprofit community agencies that help put families back on their feet with counseling, job-hunting assistance, safe shelter, food, and transitional housing.

Family Promise
The mission of Family Promise Chicago North Shore is to help families with young children in homeless situations return quickly to permanent housing.

The Night Ministry
The Night Ministry was founded with the goal of reaching out at night to the homeless and disenfranchised in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.

Sarah’s Circle
Sarah’s Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe place by providing housing assistance, case management, referral services, and life necessities.

The Boulevard (formerly Interfaith House)
Interfaith House provides a healing environment and resources to help ill and injured homeless adults restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self-sufficiency.

Through our Mission Partners and special events we provide year-round support to a variety of organizations that help build self-sufficiency, strengthen low-income families, build important skills, and promote physical and emotional health and wellness.

Samaritan Counseling Center

At Samaritan Counseling Center, we offer a safe place for discovery, healing and growth. We believe psychology and spirituality – together – can provide a foundation for mental health and personal growth.

 

Orchard Village
The mission of Orchard Village is to partner with families and communities to optimize personal outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities through a community-integrated approach.

To help alleviate continued suffering in areas of conflict, we sustain the efforts of organizations that work to foster a just and lasting peace in the Middle East through education and advocacy. Closer to home, we also support organizations that strive to reduce aggression in our neighborhoods, end domestic violence, and remind us of God’s love for all of His children.

Hands of Peace
Through the process of dialogue among multi-cultural youth, Hands of Peace engages its participants to challenge stereotypes, question how conflict is portrayed in the media and in school, form deep friendships with their “enemies,” and think critically about how peace might be achieved.

Between Friends
Between Friends focuses on a mission of eradicating domestic violence throughout Chicagoland.

YWCA Evanston (Domestic Violence Services, Race Against Hate)
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Encouraging literacy, helping at-risk high school students graduate with employable skills, and helping students stay in touch with their Christian heritage are the three primary goals of our support to education.

Curt’s Cafe

Curt’s Café is a non-profit organization that provides training, in food service and life skills, for at-risk youth in Evanston.

Family Matters (including the fpcw-Family Matters Partners in Education)
Family Matters has partnered with the North of Howard community since 1987, developing leadership that facilitates positive social change – at the individual, family, community and systematic levels.

Seraj Library Project
Seraj Library Project’s mission is to assist in the education of Palestinian villagers of all ages and faiths through the development of high quality and accessible library programs.

Warming House Youth Center
The Warming House Youth Center in Wilmette provides participants with a supportive environment and teen-focused programming.

Through our Mission Partners, we seek to sustain and advance Christianity around the world. We support the work of Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) and its Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly, which support clergy, churches, service and witness, ecumenical partnerships, and mission recruitment. In addition, we also join fellow Presbyterians in special Sunday offerings and support those who are suffering in the midst of natural and man-made tragedies through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

Shared Mission – Presbytery, Synod, General Assembly
Shared Mission Giving from all churches in the presbytery helps assure professional, inspired, and compassionate efforts toward filling these needs: building partnerships, advancing justice, empowering ministry, developing congregations, providing resources and supporting churches.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
PDA is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

University Christian Ministry
UCM focuses on serving the spiritual needs of faculty, staff and students at Northwestern University.

New Life Baptist

We also support our local and global Christian neighbors in many ways as well.  Of note is our joy-filled, fruitful relationship with our friends in Central Church of Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Katawa congregation in Malawi.  We are grateful for the ongoing exchange of gifts and prayers between our churches.

Malawi Engagement and Annual Trip/Visit

img_6154

Our shared goal with our friends in Katawa, Malawi is to be present to what God is doing at fpcw and in the CCAP (Church of Central Africa Presbyterian) so as to broaden our understanding of who God is and how God is at work in the world.

Read our Malawi Blog

Stay tuned here for news of visitors arriving the fall of 2017 from our sister church across the globe in Malawi!

Youth Work Trip

Each year, our youth bring the message of Christ’s love to a hurting community — they bring a message of hope, as well as having the opportunity to grow in their own Christian faith. This summer our Tower youth will be heading to NOLA to help rebuild homes for teachers who want to remain in the community where they teach and where the need is greatest.

Refugees and Stock the Shelves Program

See the separate web page for more details on these specific programs, look here.