Serving Together

Serving Together logo 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 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


Room In The Inn

  • Agency-of-the-Month:   NOVEMBER
  • Offering: hand/feet warmers, chapstick & men’s winter hats
  • Register: November 20, 2019 (coming soon)
  • 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.


Loaves & Fishes

  • Agency-of-the-Month:   JANUARY
  • Offering: white socks (for men, women, and children)
  • Register:  November 27, 2019 or January 20, 2020 (coming soon)
  • 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.


Second Harvest

  • Agency-of-the-Month:  FEBRUARY
  • Offering through Spread the Love food drive:   Peanut Butter, Sun Butter, Almond Butter (any other alternative butter)
  • Register: February 6, 2020 (coming soon)
  • Website: secondharvestmidtn.org
  • Watch: Second Harvest on YouTube

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.


Safe Haven

  • Agency-of-the-Month:  MARCH
  • Offering: kids school supplies
    • number 2 pencils | wide-rule filler paper |spiral notebooks- wide rule and college rule
    • composition books- wide rule and college rule | pencil pouches | 2-pocket folders
    • crayons | markers | colored Pencils | glue sticks | travel-size hand sanitizer
  • Register:   March 6, 2020. Coming soon
  • 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


Preston Taylor

  • Agency-of-the-Month:   SEPTEMBER
  • Offering: school supplies (wide-ruled loose-leaf paper, spiral notebooks, pencils), snacks (pretzels, goldfish, fruit roll-ups), cleaning supplies (paper towels, Windex, Lysol wipes)
  • Register:   September 21, 2019.
  • Website: prestontaylorministries.org
  • Watch: PTM on YouTube

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.


Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program

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.


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.


Spread the Love Food Drive (for Second Harvest)

Each year around Valentine’s Day, we ask families to help us “Spread the Love” to someone in need by donating jars of peanut butter (or sun butter, almond butter, etc) that support the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Not many protein sources are shelf stable for a long time. Peanut butter is rich in protein and shelf-stable, it’s also packed with nutritional value and popular with children, making it so valuable in food pantries. Peanut butter is a staple in over 90% of American households but for the 1 in 4 children struggling with hunger in Tennessee, this go-to sandwich may be out of reach.

During the month of February, grab an extra tub of peanut butter (or alternative butter) at the grocery and drop it in donation the boxes located around our church. Spread the Love drive begins February 1!


Pajama Drive for the Fannie Battle Day Home (JANUARY)

Fannie Battle Day Home provides affordable, high-quality child care to Nashville families in need.   We offer a sliding scale tuition that is based on income and family size.  In addition, Fannie Battle DayHome 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.

 

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