Christmas Day Community Dinner
FPC first established the Christmas Day Community Dinner in 1993. An Elder of the church was on the board of Huntington City Mission. He observed that there was no formal meal served for the Missions’ special guests on Christmas Day. With the Lord’s blessing, the appreciation of City Mission, and the generosity of the congregation, we began the Christmas Day Community Dinner for those in need of a meal on Christmas Day. Each year we serve on-site or deliver to shut-ins over 800 meals.
Cridlin Food and Clothing Pantry
Coordinated by Christian Associates, Cridlin Food and Clothing Pantry is a collaboration among the downtown churches. There are many ways that our church family are encouraged to be involved in this ministry– adult members and LOGOS children volunteer at the pantry, food, clothing, and monetary donations are also raised. Every year all proceeds of our Souper Bowl offering and 50% of our Fight Hunger offering are donated to Cridlin.
The Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless, or Harmony House, affirms the right of all people to adequate food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare. The mission of Harmony House is to provide basic resources and housing to the homeless and formerly homeless of the Huntington area, and to collaborate with partner agencies for the provision of these basic resources. Once a month FPC members provide a hot lunch for 80-100 Harmony House clients. Twice a week FPC provides breakfast or lunch food for distribution.
Riverview Manor exists as a tangible expression of FPC’s ministry to low-income seniors and disabled persons. In 1977, at the request and with the encouragement of the Session, members of FPC assumed the responsibility for financing and constructing a senior citizen apartment complex on the banks of the Ohio River consisting of 114 apartments. The first residents moved into their apartments in December 1978. The Board of Directors of Riverview Manor is composed of FPC Session members. Each month the Deacons host a worship service, and quarterly we host a dinner with entertainment. Twice a month, members of FPC provide transportation to Walmart using the FPC bus.
Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity
The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to provide safe, decent, affordable housing for low-income people who are living in dangerous or unhealthy substandard housing. In the past, FPC has funded and built houses alone and in partnership with other churches, and have funded and hung drywall. We also provide housing for out-of-state Habitat Work Teams and Bike and Build groups.
Hosted by FPC, Empty Bowls is a collaborative event sponsored by Marshall University, Downtown Churches, the B’Nai Shalom Congregation, local restaurants, and area potters. For a minimal donation, each person receives a handcrafted ceramic bowl and a modest lunch of soup, bread, and drink. A silent auction, featuring works by local artists and packages from local businesses, generates additional revenue. Everything is donated, from napkins to drinks, to bread, soup and ceramic bowls. All proceeds benefit the Facing Hunger Food Bank.
Blessings in a Backpack
Blessings in a Backpack is a national organization that mobilizes communities, individuals, and others to provide food on the weekends for elementary children across America. In collaboration with a group of downtown churches, FPC provides weekend food for over 200 students at Central City Elementary School. Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, mac and cheese, oatmeal, and juice boxes.
Young Life of Huntington
Young Life is a national program with a mission to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ. Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust, and consistency. FPC has entered into a strategic partnership with Young Life to introduce middle school and high school students in the Huntington area to Jesus Christ. Young Life has full use of one of our campus facilities.