Lord, bless these backpacks and the children and youth who carry them as they begin yet another year of school……
News & Opportunities
Next Sunday is F.I.S.H. (Friends in Serving Humanity) Sunday at FPC. We will be bagging oatmeal and rice following the worship service in fellowship hall. Bring your pasta to help us reach our goal of donating 60 pounds of pasta each month to F.I.S.H. which is an all-volunteer non-profit that delivers emergency food to families who are in need and cannot get to the mobile food banks. If you are interested in volunteering with F.I.S.H. current opportunities include: phone calling to set up delivery time for people needing food, drivers to deliver the food, packers to pack the bags for delivery, and shoppers to get the food needed for the bags that is not donated. If interested in volunteering please contact John or Stuart Beard or Danna Larson.
This summer our Earth Care Team has been working with the Trustees to arrange for the removal of the European Bird Cherry trees from the church property. This tree, also known as Chokecherry or MayDay, is an invasive species here. While invasive plants can be quite beautiful and easy to care for, they take over! They spread and crowd out healthy native species, wrecking the biodiversity that is important to growth, health, and sustainability. You can learn more about them in this brochure that is also available in the church narthex.
We are pleased to report that the Chokecherry trees have now been removed from the church property and the Earth Care Team planted apple trees in their place!
These trees will be cared for by the Earth Care Team volunteers and we hope that in a couple of years the tree will be full of apples for the community to harvest.
Thanks to those of you from FPC who have signed up to volunteer at Clare House so the shelter can stay open during the daytime. More volunteers are needed. If you are interested, please fill out a Catholic Social Service’s application at the website: www.csalaska.org. If you have additional questions please call Brigette Guzy, HR Director at 222-7384.
Thanks to everyone who generously donated school supplies for HUGSS (Helping Us Give School Supplies). The donations help make sure all children and youth in the Anchorage School District have the supplies they need to start school. If you are interested in volunteering for the distribution of the school supplies on August 12-13 at East High please sign up at www.cssalaska.org.
Anchor Church will be having a rummage sale at First Presbyterian Church this Saturday, August 17. Money raised will be used to support their ministry to those without permanent housing who worship at Anchor. If you have household or clothing donations you would like to give for this rummage sale please bring them to the church by noon on Friday, August 16.