Our commitment to being a community of hospitality, healing and hope comes alive through the many ways we serve together. We are each invited to take the next steps to make God visible through our everyday lives. Maybe your next step is inviting your next door neighbor over for dinner, becoming a mentor for a student at the Youth and Family Academy (YAFA) or just waking up every morning and asking God to reveal how you can serve Him in that day. How will you make the invisible God visible in the world?
There are many ways to serve at First Pres. Using our time, talents and resources, service is something we do as we seek to share the love of Christ with those around us. Our goal is to equip our members and attenders to use their gifts to serve at church, at home, locally and globally. Please explore the information on this page to find out the ways in which you can serve.
Serve at First Pres
(to serve on any of these teams, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info)
This team provides leadership in organizing local service opportunities. We also educate our church community about how/why we serve along with staying connected with our local and global mission partners.
- Greet one Sunday a month
- Sing in the Choir
- Sing or play with a Praise Brand
- Play with the Bell Choir
- Join the Tech Team
Sunday School Teachers
- There is a place for you, whether your gift is teaching 5 year olds or 65 year olds!
- Help with special events, drive on a mission trip, mentor or lead a small group.
- Stephen Ministers give care to others in a time of need or transition.
- Prayer Team: Meets at 9am the first Tuesday of every month and keeps our community updated on both needs and answered prayer.
Missional Initiative Grants: Starting in 2012, First Pres has dedicated 25% of the overall mission budget to fund project ideas from you-the members. We believe that God has uniquely gifted and called all of you to personally and creatively respond to the needs of our neighbors in Pueblo. Projects can be either one-time events or on-going service.
Examples of past and current projects include:
- Mentoring Program to students at the Youth and Family Academy (YAFA)
- River-walk outreach concert to CSUP students, featuring Brad & Rebekah
- Deacon’s landscaping project with mission partner Friendly Harbor
Please connect with someone on the mission team to share your idea or click here to download a copy of the Missional Initiative Grant Proposal. (Grant Proposal PDF)
For more information about our Local Mission Partners, click on the links provided. First Pres supports these organizations with volunteers and financial resources.
A Caring Pregnancy Center. The center offers, through education and creative services, positive choices for the woman challenged by pregnancy. More info at www.acpcpueblo.org/
Christian Veterinary Mission. CVM’s mission is to challenge, empower, and facilitate veterinarians to serve others through their profession, living out their Christian faith. CVM also provides education and encouragement for those who desire to minister through service, prayer, relationship building, and modeling Christ’s love. www.cvmusa.org/
El Centro de Los Pobres. Located in Avondale, Los Pobres supports migrant laborers and their families through food, clothing, medical and dental support.
Friendly Harbor Drop in Center. Our Mission is to restore hope, dignity, and a sense of purpose to Pueblo citizens who happen to have a mental illness. Our Goals are to assist these people in their quest for recovery. www.friendlyharbor.org/
Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry. Habitat welcomes all people – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference – to build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter. Link to Habitat
La Puente. Located in Colorado’s San Luis Valley providing emergency shelter, food assistance, transitional housing, self-sufficiency services, homeless prevention, community outreach services, and job training for the homeless and other community members in crisis. La Puente endeavors to meet immediate needs and to empower people to live independently, with dignity. www.lapuente.net/
Pueblo Cooperative Care Center. COOP exists to provide food and other critical services to the poor in a constructive and supportive atmosphere that extends hope and purpose to those less fortunate. www.cooperativecare.org
Posada. Our mission is to provide housing and supportive services that empower homeless individuals and families in Pueblo County to become self-supporting members of the community. More info at www.posadapueblo.org
Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care. The hospice mission is to provide terminally ill patients with the necessary physical, motional and spiritual support to ensure the best quality of their remaining lives, allowing them to die with dignity; and to provide patient’s families and friends with emotional support for the remainder of the patients’ lives and thereafter. socohospice.org/
YWCA Family Crisis Center. Women come to us in times of crisis, as survivors of rape or domestic violence. They come for job training and career counseling. They come for childcare. They come for health and fitness. They come for a variety of reasons. But they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives. More info at www.ywcapueblo.com
- Project Angel Tree
- Sheriff’s messenger program
- Mentoring Program with YAFA
Often an important first step to serve globally is through raising our awareness of global needs along with how God is at work meeting those needs. Then, equipped with knowledge, we prayerfully explore how God may be asking us to love our global brothers and sisters.
Rev. Dr. Karla Koll is a professor of history, mission, and religions for the Latin American Biblical University (UBL), a PC(USA) mission partner. She teaches at the Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA), a UBL-affiliated institution in Guatemala. Learn more about Karla Koll
Guardian Angel Rescue Mission. A Christian mission for at risk children, fulfilling the possibility of health, wellness, faith and future. Guardian Angel Rescue Mission, Inc. is an orphanage based in Chihuahua, Mexico. It is operated under the direction of the Guardian Angel Rescue Mission Board and Ben and Wynn Perea, field missionaries and founders of the mission. It is a faith ministry funded by churches, groups and individuals in the US. guardianangelrescuemission.org/
Samaritan’s Purse-Operation Christmas Child. Since 1993, more than 94 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through receiving a shoe box. Each year our congregation fills shoe-boxes with gifts that are distributed to children all over the world. This is an annual project runs in October and November each year. In 2012, we contributed 219 boxes. www.samaritanspurse.org/
Presbyterian Mission Agency. The Presbyterian Church (USA) is very active around the world. A few examples of the activity includes: relief projects, child advocacy, responding to the global food crises and opportunities for short-term and long-term service. Please follow this link to the Presbyterian Mission Agency home page to learn more. www.presbyterianmission.org
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First Pres has 2 verses that guide our overall approach to service:
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.” We first must encounter and continually return to the healing power of God’s love for us before we act.
Micah 6:8 “He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” God expects that we will participate in acts of justice: personally involving ourselves in alleviating and eliminating suffering, especially among the poor, oppressed and most vulnerable populations.