First Presbyterian Church believes that giving isn’t just about an offering on Sunday morning. Giving is also about our time, our talents, and our service.
And we take the command to spread the Gospel to heart. We want to share the blessing of Jesus’ love with those around us, both here in Lakeland and around the world. We want you to be part of our commitment to our mission to make and mature disciples for Jesus Christ.
We have many opportunities for missions service, and we invite you to join one or more. Contact Nancy Bertram for more information about our missions program.
We have worked with Pastor Ricardo Santana in Merida, Mexico for more than two decades, and we have built several Presbyterian churches with his help. We are planning another trip in April to work on a new church plant called “Adonai.”
Our Surrender Student Life Ministry takes students on mission trips each summer, and volunteers from FPC have taken multiple trips to Haiti through our partnership with CPI Haiti.
In 2019, we are sponsoring two unique mission trips. We are taking a group to Merida, Mexico in March to work with Pastor Ricardo and another group to Albuquerque, NM in July to work at the Menaul School.
Local Mission Partners
It is important to us that we make an impact on the lives of those in our community. Thus, we partner with many local organizations that provide assistance to individuals in a variety of ways.
A sampling of the organizations we partner with includes Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, Inc., Salvation Army, and Talbot House.
FPC members also participate in various community work days, write “care notes” for patients and their families at Lakeland Regional Health Center, donate to the annual June Food Drive (benefitting six local organizations), and sponsor the church’s annual Thanksgiving mission project – Thanksgiving in a Bag.
Global Mission Partners: Individuals
FPC supports several missionaries around the world, some in areas we are able to discuss and others in unsafe regions where sharing their information here might put their safety in jeopardy. We, as a church body, support these individuals through our giving and our prayers.
Global Mission Partners: Organizations
As a congregation, we join together with several international mission organizations. Examples of these organizations include CPI Haiti, the Medical Benevolence Foundation, and the San Pablo Seminary.
We collectively direct some of our mission funds to other organizations to distribute our contingency funds so that we can help those that need assistance when a crisis arises. One of our important mission funds is the Good Samaritan Fund.
All of these mission endeavors are wonderful and worthwhile. The best part about each is that you can be involved in some way. In the Gospel of Matthew, we are told, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
We invite you to join with us as we seek to share the love of Christ with those around us.