2013 D.Thomason Grants

First Presbyterian Church Shreveport

First Presbyterian Church is blessed to have many members who have remembered the church through testamentary and life-time gifts to the Legacy Fund. These permanent gifts have enabled us to minister to the needs of others in the name of Jesus Christ above and beyond the work and gifts made possible through the church’s annual operating budget. D. Thomason is one member in particular whose testamentary gift has made possible the making of grants approaching $5,000,000 to support the work of our Outreach partners and Presbyterian ministries locally, nationally, and around the world.

D. Thomason grants for 2013 totaled $111,600. The recipients of the 2013 D. Thomason Grants were recognized and thanked for their good work during worship on February 9, 2014. Those receiving grants were:

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, for the seminary’s capital campaign

Church of Bangladesh, to fund laptop computers for a number of the church’s pastors

First Presbyterian Church-Natchitoches, to help fund HVAC repairs and sanctuary lighting

Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church-Monticello, AR, to fund a program to assist students to stay in school and graduate

Joy to the World Ministries, to help fund a secondary school project in Dzuwa region of Malawi

Montreat Conference Center, to fund a new LCD projector for Anderson Auditorium

Mo-Ranch Assembly Center, to remedy a particular accessibility issue at the King Dining Hall

Providence House, to replace futons at the Cotton St. facility

Volunteers for Youth Justice, to support its youth diversion programs

The ARC of Caddo-Bossier, to support its pre-school/daycare program

Common Ground Community, Inc., to fund a portion of the cost of replacing a floor in its main building

Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, to fund the replacement of sorting tables

Highland Center Ministries, LLC, to fund the purchase of school uniforms (Maggie Lee’s Closet) and support for men’s clothing closet

Hope for the Homeless, for furnishings for the main day room of the drop-in center at the new Hope Connections

Interfaith Pharmacy, for prescription medications for its clients

Literacy Volunteers, for computers and furnishings for its students

Martin Luther King Health Center, to fund an upgrade of its electronic medical records system

Samaritan Counseling Center, to help convert to an electronic records system

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4th of July Cookout

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HIGHLAND BLESSING DINNER 4TH OF JULY COOKOUT

Volunteers from all area churches are needed to help our neighbors in Highland celebrate Independence Day. Noel Methodist volunteers will grill, and FPC will help by providing servers and hosts. Wear your red, white, and blue, and come join us before you and the family head out for the fireworks!

July 4th from 5-7pm at the Highland Center

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Hunger Study

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The Hunger Study is conducted every four years and is comprised of two separate surveys. The first is a survey of agencies that receive food from Feeding America Food Banks. The second is a survey of clients who obtain food from these agencies. The data from both surveys will be analyzed and incorporated into reports that will inform policymakers and the public about the magnitude and scope of the hunger problem both nationally and locally. The Food Bank needs volunteers to go to their agencies on selected days and times to monitor client interviews. This year the Food Bank has been given six Microsoft Tablets that the clients will take the survey on. This data collection process will begin in May and last until August. If you want to participate or learn more about this opportunity, please contact Kendall Smith at execadmin@foodbanknla.org or FPC Outreach Coordinator Lauren Rogers at lrogers@fpcshreveport.com.

Your donations to The Hunger Game have been totaled, and FPC donated…

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During the season of Lent, First Presbyterian took part in a Virtual Food Drive benefiting the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana. The Hunger Game, as we called it, went along with our theme of hunger during those 40 days. Our contributions have been totaled, and First Presbyterian Church donated $5,567.41 to the Food Bank! This money will provide over 40,000 meals to those in need. Thank you all for your support and participation! Below are several other ways we can continue in our partnership with the Food Bank:

  • Volunteers needed Mondays-Thursdays, 8am-12pm to sort and pack senior boxes. You can drop in without notice and stick around for however long you can. If you can help out for 30 minutes- great! If you can help for 4 hours- great!
  • Volunteers needed to help out with the new garden on site. They will begin with a winter garden, and the fresh produce will be distributed with the senior boxes. Please contact Martha Marak at mmarak@foodbanknla.org if interested.
  • Volunteers to deliver senior boxes once a month. You can do this on your own schedule. Please contact Gene Haynes at ghaynes@foodbanknla.org if interested.
  • Continue bringing donations to our food barrel (located in the church’s gathering area)

 And don’t forget about the Community Bowl Painting Party tomorrow (4/4)!Empty Bowls

Community Bowl Painting Party

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The Community Bowl Painting Party on April 4th is a great opportunity for young ones and families to do something that benefits the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana. Come to the Louisiana Boardwalk between 5:30-7:30pm to paint a ceramic bowl that will be used at the Empty Bowls fundraiser on June 6th.

Empty Bowls is the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana’s main fundraiser of the year. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, June 6th. Guests will enjoy a dinner featuring soups, bread, dessert and a beverage. Hand painted ceramic bowls as well as donated goods and services are auctioned off in a silent auction and every attendee receives a bowl of their choice during the event. These bowls serve to remind the attendees of all the empty bowls in our community that do not get filled.

The Hunger Game: Volunteer Days

In addition to our Virtual Food Drive – The Hunger Game – the Outreach Ministry has coordinated several volunteer days during the season of Lent for those in our congregation who want to be more hands-on while helping our neighbors who are battling physical hunger. Contact Lauren Rogers for more information: lrogers@fpcshreveport.com.

February 27- Packing senior boxes at the Food Bank from 9am-noon on a Wednesday (come for communion at Open Space that morning before you volunteer) 

March 13- Packing senior boxes at the Food Bank from 9am-noon on a Wednesday (come for communion at Open Space that morning before you volunteer)

March 14- Serving a meal at the Highland Blessing Dinner from 5-7pm on a Thursday evening

March 16- Volunteering at the Noel Food Pantry from 11:30am-1pm on a Saturday morning

Link to the Virtual Food Drive for the Food Bank of NWLA: http://vad.aidmatrix.org/vadxml.cfm?driveid=7486

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What is a Virtual Food Drive?

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…”   Matthew 25:35

A virtual food drive allows participants to get involved with ending hunger in their communities in an easy, immediate, and highly effective way. Rather than going to the grocery store and buying food items to donate, you can take a virtual shopping trip in the comfort of your own home or office, and do just as much good. It’s almost like a video game! Once you fill up your virtual grocery cart, you can “check out,” and donate money for the items in your basket using a major credit card for payment on a secure site.

First Presbyterian is taking part in a Virtual Food Drive with the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana. For every $1 you donate, the Food Bank can turn that into $12 worth of food! Starting February 17th and running through March 24th, the Outreach Ministry will have laptops set up in the gathering area after worship on Sundays to help walk donors through the process. They will also have instructions to hand out for those who want to do it on their own time.

The season of Lent is an opportunity for us to reflect upon our lives and the way we are disciples in this world. As we open ourselves up to God, seeking to relieve our spiritual hunger, please take some time and help others to alleviate their physical hunger.

For more information, go to: http://www.foodbanknla.org/.

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 *For those who would like to participate, but who would prefer not to submit their credit card information, checks can be made out to the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana.