OUR DAILY BREAD
First Presbyterian Church has partnered with Our Daily Bread to provide food and resources to the Stillwater community for many years. FPC’s Deacons coordinate a quarterly volunteer day for members and friends to donate their time to support this important work of providing food and resources. Below are some other ways FPC has recently partnered with and supported Our Daily Bread:
- In late 2021, the Deacons voted to designate funds from a gift left by member Leone List for the purchase of a bus stop shelter outside of Our Daily Bread. It was purchased and installed in the summer of 2022 and was dedicated in the fall of 2022.
- In the summer of 2022, the Deacons wrote a grant proposal requesting funds from a gift left by member Iris McPherson to benefit Stillwater community members in need of assistance with housing and utility payments. They received the funds, totaling $30,000, and Our Daily Bread served as the point of contact for receiving applications for these funds.
First Presbyterian Church has been a partner agency of Stillwater Cares for a number of years. Stillwater Cares operates an online database of agencies in Stillwater and the surrounding area, which FPC uses to connect those in need with additional resources like counseling, healthcare, and social services. They also host and teach “Getting Ahead” classes for members of the Stillwater community who are living in poverty.
STILLWATER COMMUNITY UNITED
Stillwater Community United was formed around a community effort to provide opportunities for remembrance and celebration on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. They now meet monthly, gathering leaders from churches, other community organizations, Oklahoma State University, and the City of Stillwater, to discuss racial justice issues and plan events for both MLK, Jr. Day and Juneteenth.
OTHER COMMUNITY PARTNERS
In addition to the above community partners, there are a variety of organizations and community groups that utilize space here at FPC for their meetings, events, and outreach programs. Read on below for more information about these groups, including resources and contact information. Due to confidentiality, contact for some of these groups is handled through the Church Office.
First Presbyterian Church has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 820 for over 100 years, and in the last few years has expanded to also sponsoring Cub Pack 3842 and a BSA Troop for Girls, Troop 888. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the scouting opportunities available, please contact Troop 820, Troop 888, or Cub Pack 3842 for more information.
Victim’s Impact Panel
Stillwater FPC provides space for a monthly Victims Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc. program, which is aimed at combating drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs. This program offers a unique perspective, presenting in a very personal way the far-reaching effects of the choice to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This program is held the third Thursday of every month in the FPC Fellowship Hall at 6:30pm. To register or for any questions regarding the program or payment, please click on the orange button to the right or call (405) 216-9556.
Stillwater CANE Project (Communication, Arts, Nutrition, and Exercise) for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families
The Stillwater CANE Project focuses on providing support for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families. Several of their outreach gatherings meet at FPC on a weekly or monthly basis.
- The Exercise Group meets Wednesdays at 3:30 pm
- The LOUD Crowd Speech Group meets Wednesdays at 5:00 pm
- The PD Nutrition Group meets monthly on Monday evenings at 5:00 pm
For more information on these programs or how to join, please contact Dr. Sabiha Parveen, OSU Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
A Stillwater chapter of NAMI meets at 7:00 pm on the first Thursday of every month (except August) in the FPC Library.
For more information and to get involved with our community partners through First Presbyterian Church, contact the Church Office or Associate Pastor Rev. Jenny Wells.