In the Community
Thanks to a generous and anonymous donation, First Pres Maumee has been able to purchase a home in Maumee. “The Blessings House”, as it will be known, will serve as short term housing for a deserving family from the congregation. Our Admin team has been doing some general renovations and in June the house became occupied by our first family.
Mentor at Wayne Trail Elementary School
We are strategically investing in Wayne Trail Elementary School, a public school which is only 1.2 miles away from our church. Our key project, Read and Relate, matches volunteers from the church to work one-on-one with a 4th- or 5th-grade student on a weekly basis during their lunch hour. Through this program, we hope to build confidence, skill, and relationship. Contact Helen to learn more.
Mosaic Ministries seeks to transform South Toledo through education, the power of the Gospel, and sustainable community development. The members of First Pres Maumee partner with Mosaic Ministries in many ways, including purchasing supplies, cooking and serving meals, offering scholarship funds, including children from Mosaic Ministries in our yearly VBS, and buying groceries for families at Easter, Thanksgiving and Mother's Day. You can volunteer your time with Baby University (a ministry to new and expecting parents), Beauty Project (a ministry to adolescent girls), and/or serving dinner to folks. Contact Annette Blair to learn more.
Search-lite Community Church
Since November 2014, our historic chapel has served as home for the weekly gathering of Search-lite Community Church. Led by Rev. Lee Williams, Search-lite has been the recipient of a PC(USA) grant for New Worshipping Communities and is committed to multicultural expressions of worship.
We lament our nation’s past and current sins of racism and hostility. This partnership between First Pres Maumee and Search-lite is one form of our protest against injustice.
Members of each congregation are invited to share in educational and relational opportunities during the equipping hour (10:15-11 am), prior to both the First Pres Maumee modern service and the Search-lite worship service. Our desire is to grow in friendship and trust and that opportunities for shared worship and mission experiences will increase.
In January, congregations from both First Pres Maumee and Search-lite combine to host an annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday joint worship service for the Maumee community. We also collaborate for special services, such as Christmas Eve. Our prayer is that our partnership will broaden the understanding of the Church in the heart and minds of those touched by both ministries and that our partnership will reflect the light of the Reconciling Christ in the greater Toledo area.
Muslim Christian Dialogue
Since April 2013, our church has intentionally sought to have an open dialogue with our Muslim neighbors through the United Muslim Association of Toledo. Modeled after a program established by the Presbyterian Frontier Foundation, we have worked hard to establish friendships and trust between people of different faiths.
Acknowledging the significant religious and cultural differences that exist between us, the group has worked to bridge the gap between those differences through honest discussion and engaging conversations.
The ultimate purpose of the dialogue is to show the love and authority of Jesus, who commanded His followers to love God and love neighbor. As a church, we are called to be ambassadors of the faith, engaging every member of the community in which we live.
Raise money for the church youth programs by shopping with gift cards for everyday purchases like food, clothing and entertainment. Each SCRIP gift card you buy earns a rebate for First Pres Maumee's youth programs. Download the SCRIP order form and submit it with your check to the office or Jim Otis. Orders placed on Sunday will be delivered the following Sunday. Find the FPC SCRIP Program on Facebook.
Kroger Community Rewards Program
The Kroger Community Rewards Program earns money for First Pres Maumee's mission fund every time you shop at Kroger and use your registered Kroger Plus Card. Register your Kroger Plus Card and our church’s organization number (81117) here.