Asking for Mission Funding and Applying for Matching Funds
Asking for Mission Funding
We make a difference in the world by seeking God’s pleasure and good will among the forgotten and oppressed people of the world. That means we look for places where God is longing to be at work establishing his kingdom of justice and righteousness, but also looking for people he’s already doing his work through. When we find those places and people, we can’t wait to invite others to join us.
Please pray for the people and programs we currently support financially, as well as our hands-on efforts among those we’ve determined First Church is called to serve, both in Tulsa and around the world.
On the other hand, you or your small group may already be involved in an outreach ministry that God is blessing. If you believe that God may be calling First Church to join you in that outreach ministry, whether simply to support your work or to assemble a team to join you, the Mission Committee would like to hear from you. Please contact Rev. Elaine Johnson (EJohnson@firstchurchtulsa.org, 301-1030) to start the process.
Applying for Matching Funds
Every year First Church sets aside some funds to be used to match the money raised by Sunday School classes and other small groups within the life of the church. As a Session committee, the Missions Committee uses certain criteria to determine who we help fund; therefore, the matching funds allocations are also expected to meet those criteria. Groups requesting matching funds must fill out a Mission Committee Checklist for Matching Funds, available from Dionna Schooley (DSchooley@firstchurchtulsa.org, 301-1029) in the office of the Assoc. Pastor for Mission and Outreach. The completed form will be submitted to the Mission Committee for consideration.
First Church’s mission for Alcott Elementary: To give each Alcott student every educational advantage we can and to help them grow up to be the person God had in mind when he gave them the gift of life.
We need your help! We are recruiting First Church members to serve as classroom volunteers and be a liaison between those volunteers and the school staff.
Some of the projects in which we are involved:
- Uniform Closet
- Annual Teachers’ Appreciation Luncheon
- 3rd Grade Pen-Pal Project
- Monthly “Cuddle Up with a Book” Night
- Career Day
- Weekly Prayer Group
- Weekly “Lunch Buddies”
- Weekly Newspaper Club
- Wish List
If you are interested in becoming involved in this ministry, please contact Jane Hawkins at 584.6351 or Norma Wallace at 712.9188.
Helping Hands, Jail/Prison Ministry/Meals on Wheels
Would You Like To "Tend Some Lambs?" Why not offer three hours one morning a week in First Church's Helping Hand Ministry?
Across the street in the Bernsen Center, this most remarkable ministry offers special assistance to those in need. Every morning from 9:00 a.m. till noon, men and women from First Church assist in the payment of utilities, rent, prescriptions, and distribution of food from our pantry. Volunteers are assigned to serve as one of the following: Computer clerk, Interviewer, Counselor, and Pantry Clerk. It is our hope that every volunteer would eventually become competent in each assignment.
Helping Hands is a fantastic ministry and the rewards are great--not just to the clients, but to each and every person involved with the ministry. If you are interested in "tending the lambs" in this particular way, call the church office at 584.4701 for more information!
Meals on Wheels
Meals-on-Wheels continues to be a strong and vital mission program of First Presbyterian Church. A program begun at First Presbyterian Church in 1970 has now grown to encompass all of Tulsa and several neighboring towns. The City is divided into 13 components. First Presbyterian Church is one of those components and delivers meals to homebound and disabled persons living in the downtown area surrounding the church. Meals are prepared at a central location and brought to First Presbyterian Church where they are dished up and dispatched by our own kitchen staff.
At least 18 volunteer drivers are needed each week to deliver 70-75 meals to 45-50 recipients. Some of the volunteer drivers deliver meals on the same route each week - others twice a month, others once a month, still others substitute drive on call.
If you are interested in helping with Meals on Wheels, please contact Dionna Schooley at 301-1029.
The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services to people in need.
MOWAA works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. The Meals On Wheels Association of America provides the tools and information its programs need to make a difference in the lives of others. It also gives cash grants to local senior meal programs throughout the country to assist in providing meals and other nutrition services.