Serving Together

 More than 1000 people have shared their time, energy, and faith with others
through Serving Together: Cultivating a Servant’s Heart!




What is Serving Together: Cultivating a Servant’s Heart?

As parents and their children join other families to share the love of Christ with our Nashville community, they will experience the joy of making new friends, learning about diversity and the common bond that we are all children of God. A servant’s heart doesn’t come naturally; Jesus models it for us and as we put others needs before ours, the servant’s heart begins to grow.

With what agencies does the Church partner?

Our Church partners with local agencies that serve the homeless, the hungry, the impoverished, and the disadvantaged people of Nashville. Our Serving Together partnerships are with Room in the Inn, Preston Taylor Ministries, The Little Pantry that Could, Safe Haven Family Shelter, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Fannie Battle Day Home, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Cul2Vate, and Catholic Charities Loaves and Fishes.

How do we participate?

Each agency will be highlighted for a month and there will be an event at which families can serve their Nashville neighbors and there will be a collection of items from the agency Wish List. Additionally, children will learn about and pray for the work of the agency and the people it helps through Sunday School.

Offering/Donations

Families are invited to donate Wish List items on Sunday mornings and pray for the people who are served by the agency-of-the-month. There is a list of requested/suggested items for each partner; click on a partner icon above to see specific needs. Donations can be dropped off at either of the Children’s Welcome Centers.  Look for the large white bin.

Events

Children and their families are invited to participate in scheduled “people-to-people” events. These are opportunities to care for our neighbors, designed to cultivate mutual gift-sharing, compassion and empathy as we connect face-to-face with other people. Some events are best for children 1st grade kJ and older. Some are suited for preschoolers and older. This will be noted by the event.

We encourage families to make it a priority to choose events and schedule them into the family calendar. It may mean giving up something to serve others and that is how a servant’s heart is best cultivated.

Families are welcome to participate in any event that captures your interest. Most events are family-oriented so other family members, like teens or grandparents, are welcome to participate.

Serve One Another in Love.”  ~ Galatians 5:13

Click on the events below to learn more or to register.


Cul2Vate: Growing Food, Growing People

Cul2vate seeks to feed the hungry by growing food at the farm, located in the Ellington Agricultural Center, and growing people. First, Cul2vate grows and delivers fresh, nutritional local produce to those in need. Second, Cul2vate offers assistance to those in need of a second chance through job readiness, life skills, and business training with the goal of helping individuals find full-time employment at the end of their journey. Cul2Vate partners with Green Hills Grille, Taziki’s, and Sub Culture restaurants.


Fannie Battle Day Home: Pajama Drive

Fannie Battle Day Home provides affordable, high-quality child care to Nashville families in need.  They offer a sliding scale tuition that is based on income and family size. In addition, Fannie Battle Day Home works to empower families, through programs dedicated to career coaching, financial counseling, educational growth, housing assistance, and health & well-being to help break the cycle of poverty.

One way that our church helps to support this vision is by providing a pair of pajamas for each child in the child care program. In January,  you’ll find a display in the Children’s Ministry Wing entrance filled with names, each representing a child. Families choose a name, buy a pair of pajamas specifically for that child and return them to the church. This is an excellent and enjoyable service opportunity that is age-appropriate and enjoyable for young children.

Last year’s Pajama Drive was a huge success! We collected more than 100 pairs of PJs to donate and the kids were so excited to receive this gift.


The Little Pantry that Could

The Pantry’s one goal is to serve their North Nashville neighbors in need. Their shoppers’ needs are very real and whatever way the Pantry can help, it will. Food assistance – fresh fruits and vegetables, and a variety of shelf-stable goods to anyone in need is the primary mission. They strive to make a personal connection with each shopper, letting them know that they are cared for and that they are important to us.


Loaves & Fishes

  • Agency of the Month: January
  • Offering: disposable razors | chapstick | travel-size tissue packs | hand warmers
  • Dates:
    • November 27, 2019 from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
    • January 20, 2020 from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
  • Register
  • Website: cctenn.org
  • Watch: Loaves & Fishes on YouTube

For the past 25 years, Loaves and Fishes has helped to feed the hungry through their community meals in downtown Nashville. FPC families serve as dining room hosts to those who are struggling to make ends meet in today’s economy.


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events.

Hygiene Kits (value $15)

  • 1 hand towel (approximately 16″ x 28″, no fingertip or bath towels
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 wide-tooth comb (remove from package)
  • 1 nail clipper (UPDATE: nail clippers with metal files or emery boards attached are now accepted; remove from package)
  • 1 bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)
  • 1 toothbrush (in original packaging)
  • 10 and-Aids® or other adhesive bandage strips

Please do not add toothpaste to the Hygiene Kit. Toothpaste which has an extended expiration date will be added to international Hygiene Kit shipments just prior to shipment. Seal all items in a one-gallon plastic bag with a zipper closure.

disaster victims

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, ACT


Preston Taylor

Since 1998, Preston Taylor Ministries has sought to empower children living in the Preston Taylor public housing area to pursue their God-inspired dreams. FPC families build friendships, read and play with PTM friends and enjoy fun fellowship and service events.


Rise Against Hunger (previously Stop Hunger Now)

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.


Room In The Inn

  • Agency of the Month: November
  • Offering: men’s underwear (new), T-shirts, socks, gloves, stocking caps.
  • Dates: November 20, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. (coming soon)
  • Register
  • Website: roomintheinn.org
  • Watch: RITI on YouTube

Since 1986, Nashville’s homeless have been served by congregations across the city whose volunteers provide hospitality, hope and love. FPC families make up beds, pack sack lunches, serve dinner and fellowship with our Wednesday night guests right here on the campus of FPC in the Cannon Center.


Safe Haven

  • Agency of the Month: March
  • Offering: shower curtains (new) | curtains & liners | mops | brooms | toilet paper
  • Dates: March 6, 2020 from 6:45 – 8:00 P.M.
  • Register
  • Website: safehaven.org
  • Watch: Safe Haven on YouTube

Safe Haven is about preventing, reducing, and intervening in family homelessness with evidence-based and community-based solutions.” ~ Joyce Lavery, Executive Director


Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program

  • Agency of the Month: December
  • Offering: Joy Shop gifts for middle schoolers – clothes (adult sizes S – XL) | board games | craft supplies | books
  • Dates: December 7, 2019 from 2:30 – 4:30 P.M.
  • Register
  • Website: tsamm.org/angeltree/
  • Watch: Salvation Army on YouTube

The Angel Tree Program was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time. Angel Tree gives people an opportunity to adopt less fortunate children and seniors and provide them with personalized gifts and necessities to those who would otherwise receive very little or nothing during the holiday season.


Second Harvest

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee opened its doors in 1978 with commitment from several community leaders. The purpose of the organization was to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups and individuals who wished to help provide food for hungry people in Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. FPC families work supports the BackPack program which provides nutritious and easy-to-prepare food for school children to take home on weekends and school vacations.

 

 

 

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