At FVPC, we believe that God calls us to work beyond the doors of our church building in order to make a difference in the world, for Christ’s sake. Mission and ministry to our neighbors both near and far are essential to living out Jesus’ commandment to love one another as God has loved us.

The members of FVPC are involved in a variety of missions throughout our community and our world. From making sandwiches for the residents of Lazarus House, to inviting the entire community in for dinner every third Friday, to installing water filtration systems in remote areas of Guatemala, we are making a difference and living out our faith. Regardless of how you are called to serve, we want to help you to find a way to serve God and God’s people here at FVPC.


Description How To Get Involved
Adult Mission Go-and-Serve Trip Volunteers work on designated projects and experience spiritual renewal activities. A 5-day trip in September 2015 will focus on earth stewardship and repairs at Stronghold Christian Retreat and Camp Center in Oregon, IL Contact Mission Committee Co-Chairs Kathy Jacobsma, 630-232-0599 or Howard Strong, 630-232-4724.
Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice FVVH is a volunteer-based organization which provides practical, spiritual, & emotional support to individuals with life threatening or terminal illnesses and their families. Located in Geneva, FVVH offers free services including Hospice Care, Bereavement Care, and Medical Equipment Loans. Our support includes a yearly Mission contribution and Hands of Hope volunteers who offer a healing presence to cancer patients. FVPC Hands of Hope volunteers meet at the Mercy Cancer Center Facility in Aurora every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Contact Mission Co-Chairs Howard Strong, 630-232-4724, or Kathy Jacobsma, 630-232-0599, or Adriana Torres, Manager of Volunteer Services at FVVH 630-232-2233 or fvvh.org.
Hesed House Based in Aurora, Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness one person, one family at a time. It is the evolution from a “eats & sheets” model to a comprehensive center with skilled professionals helping individuals and families break barriers that bind them to homelessness. FVPC provides a yearly contribution and volunteers who serve at Hesed House’s Soup Kitchen four times a year. Other volunteers serve food in the overnight PADS shelter & help with renovation projects. Hesed House has an online volunteer application process & Volunteer Guidelines at www.hesedhouse.org/volunteer.Contact Mission Co-Chairs Kathy Jacobsma, 630-232-0599, or Howard Strong, 630-232-4724, or Hesed House Director of Volunteers Bruce Bachmeier 630-897-2165, bbachmeier@hesedhouse.org.
Kemmerer Village This Presbyterian Child Care Agency helps children & families in stress or turmoil. Located in Assumption, IL, the agency provides educational support, special therapy, & medical services. Children stay in residence an average of 6 months. Our church collects Campbell labels and General Mills box tops. We forward these items to Kemmerer Village where they are redeemed for educational resources and school game supplies. Save Campbell labels with the UPC & small logo attached and General Mills box tops and place them in the large Campbell Soup container in the Lower Gathering Space. Our primary FVPC volunteer is Sue Peterson.
Northern Illinois Food Bank Every 4th Thursday, FVPC volunteers pack food at this Geneva food bank which feeds 71,000 people each week through 800 food pantries. Contact Sue Carlton, 630-945-3523 or susanjcarlton53@yahoo.com
Presbyterian Coffee Project By using fair trade coffee, Presbyterians help guarantee that farmers earn the income needed to feed their families, educate their children, and improve their communities.  Purchase fair trade products in the café & visit presbyterianmission.org/ministries/hunger/what-we-do
Salvation Army Food Pantry Food for the Pantry is collected in the shopping cart in the church narthex . Suggested items for purchase are featured in the Burning Bush newsletter. Place items in the shopping cart & if you can help deliver items, call Joanne Gerlach, 630-232-2781.
South Shore Drill Team This group on Chicago’s south side uses performing arts to engage inner-city youth, mitigate the dangers of gangs & violence, & guide members towards completing their education. FVPC support includes a yearly contribution. Team members have performed at worship services, & FVPC provides lunch for them after they marched in the Swedish Days Parade. In 2014, FVPC members purchased Christmas gifts for 42 youth. The team is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a show at the Harris Theater on June 27. To attend an upcoming performance or volunteer with the group, contact Sara Vlajcic at 630-262-2040 or svlajcic@aol.com.
Spiritual Green Connection  A Fox Valley interfaith environmental team promotes care of God’s creation in various houses of worship. Resources are available upon request. FVPC supports SGC with resources and funding. Contact Linda Sonner at lgsonner@aol.com
Third Friday Free Community Dinner  Since 2009, guests & FVPC members have shared meals & enjoyed time with friends at our Community Dinners. In 2014, we served 3,350 diners averaging 220 guests monthly. Guests come because they are hungry or seeking a connection with others or simply need a break from cooking. Help prepare food on Friday afternoon or serve at the dinner. If you can’t volunteer, come anyway! Meals are free, but a “quiet can” for donations helps cover costs. Contact Ruth Ann Seney 630-377-2141 for more info.

 


Fundraisers for Mission and Additional Organizations Supported by Our Congregation

Links for Living Waters Golf Outing is a charity golf outing and dinner at Mill Creek Golf Course to generate funding for Living Waters for the World. It includes 18 holes of golf with special games & prizes, a dinner for golfers & others wishing to participate, & drawings for items donated by local merchants and church members.

FVPC Rummage Sale recycles, helps many in need, & raises money for missions. Generations work together for a wonderful result as most volunteers and many customers return back year after year. We start collecting donated items on July 25 and the Rummage Sale is the first full weekend of August. Contact Kathy Jacobsma at 630 232-0599 or kathy@jacobsma.net. Look for sign-up sheets in April and join the team!.

Other organizations supported by FVPC include CASA Kane County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children), Heifer Project International (purchasing animals for families oversees), KIVA Micro Loans (online loans of $25 to people or businesses in need of funds), and Presbyterians for Earth Care (national eco-justice network).