Where Can I Give Back?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of Gaylord Presbyterian Church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. FPC of Gaylord members and friends  are involved in a variety of ministries that touch the following themes and pressing issues in our community and world:

Hunger, poverty, education,  senior citizen’s/aging issues, disability issues, pastoral counseling, singleness, widowhood, retirement, fair trade/fair wages, homelessness, domestic violence,  and overseas missions.

There are many ways in which to become involved in extending the hand of God to others in our community.  Consider how your interests and personal desire to demonstrate the love of God can be made manifest.  Take a look at the opportunities listed below that we offer to serve our community, world and local congregation and join us in our outreach.

Philippians 1

1….Servants of Christ Jesus,  To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Our Mission Outreach

Awesome Women  ~ Women who have experienced the loss of a spouse through death or divorce. They gather  together several times each month to offer the hand of sweet fellowship to one another.  Tommie P. and Jo Tassen are coordinators.

 

The Dinner Club ~ Meets once a month at members homes and at local restaurants to offer fellowship to members, local residents, and friends. Contact Patti Dawson at the church and she will be sure to send out an invitation each month to you.

First Call for Help of Otsego County  ~ First Call for Help is a community collaborative emergency service program designed to provide a one-stop center to locate the assistance that a family needs.  Local and state emergency service dollars are partnered with benevolent dollars from local churches. Rev. Huddelson, Deacon Scott Hutton and Elder Marian Schlemmer will be more than happy to share about this excellent community program that is funded by many local churches.

 

The Friendship Housing Shelter  ~ Since 1991 this organization helps the growing number of area homeless. Volunteers assist in providing resources and services for those affected by homelessness in our community. Elders Rose Robinson, Margaret Albert, and friend Marie Town serve in leadership with this organization.  Feel free to contact them about volunteering!

Otsego County Food Pantry  ~ An ecumenical organization of churches and service groups working together to provide emergency food supplies to people in need. The food pantry would like to thank each of our members and friends for helping us to be a successful local mission.  They provide a two-week food supply of food, personal care items, paper products & some soap and cleaning supplies to residents of our county who are in need.

As of this September 2012 – their expenses have exceeded their income for the past 19 months. If there is not a significant increase in support with food donations and financial assistance, we will be able to continue serving families for only the next 3 – 4 months.  If you are interested in volunteering, please see our regular sign up sheet @ church or speak to our member Marian Schlemmer, who is the current Director of the Food Pantry. We have many members who serve in the distrubution of food each month – feel free to talk to them personally.

Again, thank for all you do and keep the Pantry in mind as your local mission!   Contact Elder, Marian Schlemmer for additional information!

 The Crop Walk ~ each September our members sponsor walkers who raise funds for the hungry in our community and in our nation.  Join in sponsoring the next event – September 2013 ~ See Laura Hotelling or Pam Karbowsky for ways to sponsor this annual event!

 

Samaritains Purse/Operation Christmas Child  ~ each Christmas we support providing shoe boxes filled with children’s supplies for various age groups. Tommie P. is our local coordinator!

These small shoe boxes are distributed throughout the world.

Presbyterian Women of The Presbyterian Church (USA) ~ Throughout the year our local PW group offers a chance to support various projects such as Wycliffe Bible translations, extensive statewide and global networking and education on issues affecting men, women and children.   Retreats with other state and national PW groups are offered at Macinac Island twice a year as well.

The Presbyterian Coffee Project ~ Join like minded members and friends who share the desire to support the issue of fair trade coffee and fair wages throughout the world.  We sell fair trade products:  coffee, tea, cocoa, baking products and chocolates, that give us a chance to support this world mission issue. Laura Hotelling and Tammi Busch are the Coordinators this year!

EXTRA MINISTRY PROJECTS OUR MEMBERS SUPPORT INDIVIDUALLY

St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser  ~ Children supporting children who face cancer.    Each spring members offer up their beautiful locks of hair to share in solidarity with children who face cancer and the risk of baldness due to  chemotherapy treatment.  Through this organization,held at Gaylord High School, - participants each year have their heads shaved to show support and raise crucial funds for childhood cancer research. In 2012 young members of our church raised over $3,000.00.  See Laura H. & Shannon Y. for additional information!

LITTLE DRESSES FOR AFRICANS – We regularly provide custom sewn small dresses to send throughout the African world through our Preesbyterian Women Groups.  See Connie Smith or Pat Sadler for details on how to help!

Music & Drama

God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members, of all ages,  get involved in our music and drama ministry. Some play their instruments. Some are vocalists. Others are involved in the choir. Still others get involved in drama. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of FPC of Gaylord  using their talents and gifts to glorify God. If you have a gift to share with the fellowship each week ~ we welcome your participation in our music, and drama that aids our excellent worship each Lord’s Day.

Our Choir gathers each Wednesday evening @ 7:00 p.m. to fellowship & rehearse.  They provide excellent choir music to our Sunday Service from April  – December.  Our Youth are very involved in helping with drama skits and participating in their faith journey through offering drama narratives in worship throughout the liturgical year.

Worship Assistants

We offer the chance for lay leaders to serve in worship through reading ancient and modern contemporary liturgy, offering written prayers, ‘chiming in’ the Call to Worship at the beginning our our Sunday service with our Hand Bell, assisting the Minister in preparation for worship and setting up Lord’s Supper/Communion and Special Worship elements as needed.

Media & Technology & Communication

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of FPC of Gaylord. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. All of our weekly sermons will be uploaded to our website in video and audio formats., as well as printed form.  We also maintain an active Face book page for additional church communication. If you have skills that can assist in this area, your flexibility and technological gifts are greatly welcomed! See Huntley Robinson if you’d like to help with communications during worship – with our new technology that has been donated. 

Ushers                            

The ushers at FPC Gaylord  fill an important role. Led by our Head Usher, Fred Smith, each usher helps in a vital way for each worship, wedding or funeral  service our congregation holds throughout the year.   They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, ensuring the safety of the building during services, guiding traffic, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, unlocking doors, locking doors, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. The usher team is a servant-hearted group of men and women whose ministry is integral to church life.
 

Pastoral Counseling, Hospital &  Home Visits

 

 

 Our Minister is available to offer counseling, hospital and home visits on a as-needed basis.  We have a team of Deacons and Ruling Elders  who are able to serve members, friends and families within our congregation and community by making home and hospital visits.  Their role in listening, understanding, helping, and encouraging our membership  has, by God’s grace, helped many.  Consider serving in this crucial ministry.

                   On Going Prayer

Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer guides our steps and directs our paths.  Prayer moves the hand of God.  FPC  is a fellowship of faith that is dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty.  Each Sunday, following Worship, we post prayer needs and concerns that, throughout the week, members & volunteers to our Prayer Chain.  We pray for our  pastor, for our members & friends, for special requests, and for various on-going local and global missionary prayer needs. Our prayer requests are made through the church office, during weekly Worship  or through Reverend Kate. We welcome your prayer needs in any manner, private or corporately. All prayer needs are confidential.

Deacons

Our dedicated Board of Deacons serve with great energy and enthusiasm. They come from a variety of backgrounds  and serve in many aspects of our congregation.  in particular, they are serving in these three areas:  Witness & Outreach, Hospitality and Congregational Care.     Each month we will introduce our new Deacon Board members:

JACKIE FRANCE:  “My passions are being with my family of two daughters, son in law and three grand children.  i also enjoy scrap booking, traveling with the RVing Women’s Group and playing Euchre with friends.  Volunteering has become a way of life for me, keeping me busy three days a week @ The Caring Closet and @ R.S.V. P. occasionally.  On February 14, 2010 I joined our Church and recently became a Deacon on January 15, 2012.  Having God, my health, a wonderful family and amazing friends, I can honestly say “Life is Good!” 

Youth & Children’s Programs

We believe that a well rounded child is a spiritually healthy child.  In order to give our children the best Bible teaching possible, FPC Gaylord holds a children’s education program in conjunction with the main service. This special time gives kids more opportunity for interaction and learning in a context and manner that may be better suited to their age and learning styles. Our friendly children’s nursery, school aged and older youth volunteers have an endless stream of creativity–ranging from drama, music,,  to games, to object lessons and group discussion.

We offer Sunday School classes for youth of all ages and Christian Education for adults.

We strongly value  learning of ‘the things of God’ together, on a regular basis.  We offer Sunday School classes for youth of all ages.  Nursery, lower and upper elementary and Jr./Sr. High classes are provided.  The youth participate in the church family in many ways, including hosting fellowship hour, producing a Youth Sunday Service, participating in annual fundraising activities, a youth drama program several times a year, provide special music and drama.  During our annual summer Flea Market, all the youth host a Youth Cafe - where all money earned is used for local missions chosen by the youth and often requires participation such as shopping for The Caring Closet. In July of 2013 several Youth will be attending the Trieiumum at Perdue University.  Ask the 25th Anniversary Steering Committee how to help support our youth this summer!

We also offer adult gatherings where members and friends join in fellowship, break bread together and study ‘the things of God’  together, in lay-led group discussions. This takes place in regular gatherings mid-week, after worship or in retreats and special trainings. Ask any Session member about our next Bible Study gathering.