Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is our November Mission of the Month. 2021 has seen numerous natural disasters in the U.S.A. and throughout the world. As the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) focuses on the long term recovery of disaster impacted communities. It provides training and disaster preparedness for presbyteries and synods and works collaboratively with church partners and members of the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) internationally, and nationally with other faith based responders.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is currently responding to needs in:

Areas impacted by Hurricane Ida: Initial response grants have been disbursed and PDA has deployed National Response Team members to work alongside Presbyterian leadership as they make assessments and determine their needs.
North Carolina: Tropical Depression Fred resulted in floods and flash flooding in North Carolina. At least five fatalities have been confirmed. PDA will provide grant(s) to meet emergency needs and into the long-term recovery phase.
Tennessee: Heavy rain caused catastrophic flooding and flash flooding across Tennessee beginning August 21. At least 17 fatalities have been confirmed. PDA is responding to this disaster and is processing an initial assistance grant to meet emergency needs. PDA will continue support through the long-term recovery phase.
Ethiopia: PDA is supporting projects to address emergency and life-sustaining needs such as shelter, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), community engagement, livelihoods, food security and more.
Haiti: For decades, PDA has had partnerships in Haiti to enable it to come alongside communities affected by disaster in the immediate aftermath, as well as support communities planning multi-year, long-term recovery projects. Most recently, PDA is responding to the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti the morning of August 14, 2021 that has resulted in the loss of more than 1,200 lives. PDA is providing emergency needs such as WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), emergency power generators, shelter, food, first aid and more.

Donations may be made at the church, mailed or be made through the church’s on-line giving portal. Please give generously to support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in their efforts to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic event. 

Family Promise of
Kandiyohi County

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: 

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Blessing Box

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.

Ministry Meals 

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.