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Helping Hands

Crafts and Conversation

Join us on the 2nd and 4th Friday at 1 p.m. in the John Currie Room (Sept.-June) for an afternoon of crafts and conversation.  Bring your own project to work on and enjoy a cup of tea.

crafts and conversation

Crafts and Conversation Group at First Presbyterian Church

Some of the ladies who participate in the Craft and Conversation group are busy creating items of warmth for our Share the Love, Spread the Warmth collection that will be distributed to people in the community who could use them to keep warm during the winter season.

The congregation’s generous contributions were distributed to Faye Peterson Transition House, The Shelter House, The Salvation Army and Ogden Community School.


More than Mission

(Women’s Missionary Society)

 The Women’s Missionary Society is a community of Christians whose purpose in response to the love of God in Jesus Christ, is to encourage one another and all the people of the church to be involved in local and world mission through prayer, study, service and fellowship.

Our local More Than Mission group is presently comprised of 19 women who meet the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m..  Our meetings are held in the John Currie Room  and we are always looking for new members to join us.  We do not meet during the months of July and August.  Our wind-up meeting for this year is scheduled for June 4 at NOON and we will be having a potluck lunch.

This past year our group has raised slightly more than $5000 from various fundraisers, including monthly muffin sales, our Annual Chuckwagon Dinner, Christmas stocking dime collections, calendar sales and funeral donations.  The monies raised were donated to the National Women’s Mission Society, local charities (Thunder Bay Disaster Fund, AIDS Thunder Bay, The Salvation Army, Boy Scouts) and various individuals where we found a special need.

We organize the reception hour following funeral services held in our church and provide loaves, squares, tea and coffee.  When the family also provides sandwiches, we are happy to serve them as well.

We have been providing a Prayer Shawl Ministry since 2008 and 54 shawls have presently been given out.  These shawls are all knit and crocheted by members of our congregation.

Our monthly meetings are made up of a business meeting, time of devotion including information about various mission programs presently being carried out, and, of course, a time of fellowship and refreshments.  We conclude each meeting with the Mitzah Benediction, May the Lord watch between me and Thee while we are absent one from another.  Amen.

More Than Mission Group

More Than Mission Group at First Presbyterian Church

The More Than Mission Group gathered together for a potluck luncheon on June 4.  This event concludes our monthly meetings for the summer and will resume again in the Fall.  As you can witness from the photo, everyone was in good spirits and looking forward to sharing in fellowship and  great food.

Ruth George led the group in a yoga exercise while listening to a CD of Charlotte Church singing The Lord’s Prayer.  Everyone found this experience  to be very meaningful.

We welcome  new members to join with us in September.


November 2014 Meeting

More than Mission

Rev. Ed Swayze, Chaplain of the Mission to Seafarers with the More than Mission group

At the November meeting of the More Than Mission group, we were privileged to have Rev. Ed Swayze, Chaplain of the Mission to Seafarers come to our meeting. Rev. Swayze provided a slide presentation of the work that is carried out with the Seamen coming into the Port of Thunder Bay. The presentation was very informative and gave a good understanding of the need for this organization and the scope of their activities.

A donation was presented on behalf of the Mission Group, Crafts and Conversation group, as well as individuals of the church. This donation included handmade hats (20), scarves (39), and slippers (3) for the seamen. Also provided were a large amount of playing cards, writing paper, envelopes, pens, pencils, and wrapped candy. In addition, a cash donation was given to put towards a new van which they desperately need to provide transportation for the seamen into the downtown area of Thunder Bay.







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