MISSION OF THE MONTH
The mission of the month is the Willmar Interfaith Network (WIN). Our pastors are founding members and active participants in this organization. The pandemic put many of the planned activities on hold, but you can look forward to opportunities in the near future to participate in events to foster community and build relationships across cultural divides. Your financial gift will help WIN host social, educational, and service-oriented events in our community. Here is some information about the organization your gifts will support.
WIN is a collaborative network of faith leaders representing the beautiful and diverse mosaic of cultures and traditions that make up the Willmar community. We endeavor to create space for conversation and education, promote interfaith activities, and build relationships across cultural divides. Our vision is to break down barriers in order to build up community because we are better together.
~Leaders from the various faith communities will meet monthly for honest dialogue about the shared values of our faith traditions and our common concerns for a healthy community. Any faith leader from Willmar (or surrounding communities) who shares this mission and abides by the core commitments is welcome to participate in WIN.
~WIN will provide opportunities for members of our faith communities to get to know one another so that we may recognize our shared humanity and work for the common good of the wider community.
~These opportunities may be social, educational, and/or service oriented, and individual faith communities may choose whether to participate in or promote the event(s).
~WIN will look for opportunities to stand with and for our neighbors during times of struggle and advocate for a united compassionate response. Participants in WIN will listen to each other in order to understand, respect, and encourage one another in our unique faith traditions, with a commitment not to proselytize or convert one another.
Examples of WIN Opportunities and Activities:
~Social: potlucks; picnics; soccer games; games at Willmar Fest; interfaith prayer vigils.
~Educational: “Faith Over Fear” educational event provided by Shoulder to Shoulder, co-sponsored by WIN and the Minnesota Council of Churches; panel discussions for community organizations.
Service: interfaith youth park clean-up project.
Family Promise of
Family Promise of Kandiyohi County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which finds its origin from a national organization stemming from Summit, New Jersey. We are one of approximately 200 affiliates found in 43 states and Washington D.C. FPKC has partnered with 12 local congregations (and 13 support churches) to provide shelter, meals and hospitality to homeless families within the Willmar/Kandiyohi County area. Our goal is to do whatever we can to assist homeless families gain emergency shelter, daily meals, and partner with local agencies to equip families with the skills they need overcome homelessness. We believe that families need a “hand up,” not just a “hand out.”
Check out more of what Family Promise is and offers at their website:
We, at the First Presbyterian Church, have placed a Blessing Box at the front of our church at 316 Sixth Street SW in downtown Willmar and we are seeking donations from you and others to help our brothers and sisters in need. The following is a list of suggested supplies: Food items (non-perishable) -- canned goods, soup mix, cake mix, rice, cereal, noodles, peanut butter, snacks, ramen/instant meals, Hamburger Helper, mac & cheese, fruit, vegetables, bread/buns, baking items, condiments, coffee, juice boxes, seasoning items, crackers. Personal hygiene -- toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, soap, lotion, toilet paper, feminine products, tissue, Q-tips. Baby/child items -- diapers, wipes, baby food, baby cereal, pacifier, powder, lotion, bottles, powder formula. Misc. items -- pens/pencils, paper, seasonal items, gloves,books, small toys, gift items. Prohibited items -- home-baked goods, expired opened goods, alcohol, tobacco, sharp objects.
Every Second Wednesday of the Month (during the school year) our Mission Committee donates, makes, and provides a meal during the lunch hours (11-1:30) for students at Ridgewater College in the Ministry Department of the college!! The Mission Commitee is always willing to have volunteers to help out each month if available!! If so, contact the church office for more details.
Meals on Wheels
The First Presbyterian Church of Willmar we help out with Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels has been guided by a single goal since the first known U.S. delivery by a small group of Philadelphia citizens in 1954 – to support our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age. What started as a compassionate idea has grown into one of the largest and most effective social movements in America, currently helping nearly 2.4 million seniors annually in virtually every community in the country. If you would like to sign up to help deliver Meals on Wheels, contact the church office.