Our mission and outreach programs have a long legacy of making and mentoring disciples for Christ as part of the great commission. Our recent focus has been to build community and help others:
Current Mission & Justice Opportunities
Fall SHARESHARE donations will be accepted through October 9. SHARE Food Pantry needs our contributions to supplement their other resources: canned soups are in short supply and bags or cans of tuna or chicken are also particularly welcome for the protein they supply. Dry cereals and boxed macaroni and cheese are also very welcome, but beans are not. You can drop off your contributions at Ann Johnson's house (box on front porch), or at the SHARE office at the First Christian Church, 3039 Willow Pass Road, open Monday-Wednesday and Fridays between 10:00 and 1:40. Contact: Judith Snider.
Gifts around the WorldThe Gifts Around the World campaign for this year will be from October 11 through 24. You can help some of our mission partners by sending them money for gifts to enhance their programs in lieu of Christmas cards. Watch for details in the next 2 week's bulletins. For more information, contact Susan Lawson.
Help for Hope Solutions:
Homework Club Support: Although there are still uncertainties of what will work best for both our volunteers and kids as we navigate virtual learning, we are determined to provide homework support for the children in our program and a great experience for all. If you are interested in providing academic support and mentoring, whether it is remotely, on site, or a hybrid of both, please contact Mariel McMindes at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Spirit of Giving 2020: Hope Solutions is excited to announce its 2020 Spirit of Giving program! This program allows each donor to sponsor a family or individual during the holidays by purchasing gifts and necessary items, bringing hope and happiness during the holiday season. This is a highly anticipated program for our residents, and we rely on your support to make this program as successful as it can be. If you are interested in spreading some holiday cheer by sponsoring a family or individual during the holiday season, please contact Mariel McMindes at email@example.com .
Building Community with Praise in the Park
Praise in the Park partners this region’s faith-based community with local and international nonprofits. Each year a dozen or more local Christian Artists and Worship Teams open for a national headliner. FPCC led the way in this Valley-wide event as the Fiscal Sponsor for 2014‐2016 until PITP obtained its own 501(c)(3) status.
• Providing Homeless Dinners – 5th Saturday of four months, Winter Nights weekend, Mountain View Shelter week
• Providing cans and dry food items to SHARE for food collections
• Mission Sewing Group provides quilts to Bay Area Rescue Mission and VA, and baby quilts to Bay Area Crisis Nursery
• As part of Sunday worship, Service Worship Day that gives the congregation an opportunity to serve others in the community
• Songbirds! sings at local care facilities once or twice a month to entertain the residents
• Hosting the Christmas Toy Drive Barrels for the community – Collect toys for Bay Area Rescue Mission
• Easter Offering – Fulfilling a specific need for a local missionary/mission agency
• Christmas Offering – Fulfilling a specific need for an international missionary/mission agency
• Christmas Giving Tree – Donate gifts for three Interfaith Housing families
• Adult Activities Center – Seniors making craft items
Our Mission Committee also provides financial support to many global and local organizations
Bay Area Rescue Mission – Since 1965, this Richmond-based organization has provided spiritual and physical help to those in need, emergency basic needs of food and a clean, safe place to sleep. It also offers discipleship programs, including drug and alcohol rehabilitation, Bible studies, job skills training, and mobile outreach with food, clothing, and furniture. Led by John and Debra Anderson, BARM reaches much of the Bay Area.
El Puente Ministries – This multi-ethnic school ministry is centered in the Monument Neighborhood of Concord, founded and directed by Pat and Donna Noonan. It offers opportunities to meet Christ and grow spiritually to middle and high school students in the area.
Homeless Shelters – Volunteers from FPCC prepare and serve meals to two local homeless shelters, the Singles Shelter in Concord and the Diablo View Family Shelter in Martinez on a regular basis.
Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County – FPCC supports 3 missions sponsored by this organization of faith groups in the county:
Hope Solutions– Starting with Garden Park Apartments in Concord, Interfaith Housing supports homeless families by providing transitional or temporary housing, counseling and help with finding jobs for the parents, school help for their children and community building. In the last few years, the program has been extended to several other facilities in the county.
Winter Nights Shelter — Temporary housing has been provided for 13 years for homeless families with children at various faith communities from October through May. The faith communities provide meals and a two-week “camping” experience at their facility. Volunteers work with Shelter-provided staff to assist in tutoring the children and help the families find housing and jobs, as needed.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship — Julie Hamiter, Diablo Valley College campus staff, has the privilege of seeing the power of God transform lives of international students. They practice their new faith by sharing Christ with friends, being light in their workplaces, leading Bible studies and serving in the church.
Monument Crisis Center — Located in Concord, MCC provides food, training, and support to thousands of low-income people each month, connecting them, as needed, through a recently developed referral network to other sources of help in Contra Costa County.
SHARE — This local organization in Concord was started as a way for local churches to band together to provide food for those in need. Many churches support SHARE and provide volunteers, food, and financial assistance.
Young Lives – This group works with a school district program for pregnant teens to mentor them in raising their children, completing their education, and caring for themselves and their families, as well as learning about Jesus.
Frontiers, USA — This Christian ministry reaches out to Muslims worldwide, preparing volunteers to live in Muslim areas. Frontiers sends them to places in the world that are not pushpins on anyone’s missionary maps. They go to the farthest, final places and peoples in the Muslim world.
Frontier Fellowship – Tara Chase – Frontier Fellowship’s purpose is to further the spread of the indigenous Church in those cultural groups which have no established Christian presence. Current goals are to inspire every U.S. church to choose a people group, make a long-term commitment to them, and assist Frontier projects worldwide.
Medical Benevolence Foundation – As an arm of PC/USA, MBF supports medical missions and recruits health care providers for missionary services around the world. They mobilize churches in the United States to equip indigenous churches in many countries with skills and resources for medical ministry.
She is Safe – The goal of this organization is to protect, rescue and restore women and girls from abuse and exploitation in high risk places around the world, equipping them to build a life of freedom, faith and a strong future. Working with local women and churches in the communities, She is Safe changes lives in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia, South Sudan and Northern Africa.
Ministerio Cristiano Internacional para Sordos (International Christian Ministry for the Deaf) (El Salvador) – This school works to take God’s love to deaf people in El Salvador, Central America, and the world. Contributions help to train new sign language interpreters, open vocational workshops for the young deaf and teachers, integrate deaf students into the hearing society, as well as providing education to young students.
Witnessing Ministry of Christ (India) – This valuable ministry is working to develop and empower a self-supporting, mission-capable church among the Dalit people (Untouchables). The goal is that the Dalits realize that they can have respect and dignity in Jesus Christ and also, through education, become confident in their ability to reach dreams.
Wycliffe Associates (Papua New Guinea) – Steve and Kathryn Christensen – Steve makes at least twice a year trips to PNG working to complete New Testaments with native translators for two of its heart languages. He also works at home on Translator’s Notes, a tool to assist translation of difficult passages of the Bible.
Wycliffe Bible Translators (Cameroon) – Darla and Nathanael Gregoriev – Recordings being produced of the LUKE and JESUS films in Cameroon’s native languages are distributed so that people are becoming followers of Christ.
Raise the Roof Academy (Uganda) — This school was established in 2009 to provide education and exposure to Jesus in a rural area of Uganda. From a small start, they have grown to serve more than 600 students. Sponsorships to support individual students supplement what families can afford. The first class of students is preparing for national tests to allow them to continue their education.
In His Steps – Christy Reiners (Palestine) – In His Steps develops partnerships between American churches, Middle East indigenous churches and interfaith partners in order to have a common commitment to peacemaking and reconciliation. All three groups work together to provide grassroots medical support to reduce the high percentage of Stage III and IV breast cancer by providing local medical training and equipment.
Avant Ministries (Málaga Media Center, Spain) — T & K (names are not given in order to protect them) help create mobile apps, YouTube, chat rooms, internet sites, and satellite TV media in Arabic to spread the gospel and grow the Church. The satellite signal reaches Northern Africa and goes as far as Mauritania and Palestine. MMC uses short testimonies, devotionals, prayers, poetry, Bible readings, drama and music that are uploaded onto YouTube and allow God’s message to be shared, thus empowering national believers to reach their own country for Christ.