471 Main Street, PO Box 548, Highlands, NC 28741 | 1 828 526 3175
TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO BE COMMITTED DISCIPLES IN
GOD'S KINGDOM HERE ON EARTH
The purpose of the Mission Ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands is to lead the Church in reaching out and responding in love and concern to those in need in our congregation, community and beyond. FPCH participates in the following community services with hands-on activity, or by direct funding through grant requests to our Missions Ministry Team.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) helps to provide a caring mentor to a child facing adversity. This mentor provides guidance and support leading to long term success in school and life. The BBBS Highlands branch serves children who attend Highlands School. Together we are changing what it means to grow up in America. For more information please visit: www.bbbswnc.org
Providing critical dental treatment to the needy in Jackson, Macon and Transylvania Counties of Western North Carolina the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic delivers high-quality dental care to people who cannot otherwise afford these critically needed services. Motivated by the beliefs and core values of our contributors and founding churches, we restore lives, one tooth at a time. For more information please visit: www.blueridgefreedentalclinic.org
Children’s Hope Alliance is the combination of Barium Springs and Grandfather Home for Children joining forces to serve children and families throughout North Carolina. For more information please visit: https://www.childrenshopealliance.org/
The mission of the Community Care Clinic is to provide healthcare to low-income persons in our community who do not have health insurance. Through disease prevention, continuity of care and active follow-up, we can promote the health and well-being of our community. For more information please visit: www.ccchighlands-cashiers.org
The Sonshine School Afterschool Program assists parents by providing a safe, Christian, caring environment for children after school. We strive to create a clean, nurturing atmosphere where a child can grow spiritually, physically, socially emotionally, and intellectually. As a Christian center with affiliation to the First Presbyterian Church, we will provide a moral and spiritual environment where each child is treated with respect. For more information please call 828-526-8865.
As the region's largest non-profit provider of end of life care, Four Seasons provides the highest quality of care to patients and families in Asheville, Arden, Balsam, Black Mountain, Brevard, Bryson City, Canton, Cashiers, Cherokee, Clyde, Fletcher, Franklin, Hendersonville, Highlands, Lake Junaluska, Lake Toxaway, Maggie Valley, Rosman, Sapphire, Sylva, and Waynesville. For more information visit: https://www.fourseasonscfl.org/
The Gideons International is an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through associating together for service, sharing personal testimony, and by providing Bibles and New Testaments. For more information please visit: https://www2.gideons.org/
The Highlands Community Child Development Center (HCCDC), formally the Presbyterian Daycare, opened on Valentine's Day 2005. The center provides the only, state-licensed, full-year, 5-day per week, 10 hours per day child care program in the Highlands Township. HCCDC is designated a Four-Star Center by the State of NC based on the quality of its programs and the educational credentials of the staff. For more information visit: http://hccdc.info
Highlands Emergency Council is a grass roots organization. The mission of the Highlands Emergency Council is “people helping people.” The Highlands Emergency Council assists low income residents of the Highlands area, senior citizens, young families, single parent families and those who have lost or are unable to find a job. For more information call 828-526-4357.
The mission of Highlands School is to challenge each child to learn, to achieve, and to fulfill his or her potential with the highest expectations. For more information about Highlands School please visit: http://www.macon.k12.nc.us/schools/Highlands/
The International Friendship Center is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches of Highlands, NC. Our mission is to reach out to the underserved local and international populations with respect, compassion and information; to foster harmony, to facilitate access to human services, and to promote absorption of the international population in our community by providing necessary services not otherwise provided in this area. For more information please call 828-526-0890.
The mission of the Literacy Council of Highlands is to enrich lives and expand knowledge of children, adults and families in the greater Highlands community through diverse educational programs that advance literacy in its many forms, promote lifelong learning that result in an informed and empowered community. The Literacy Council of Highlands, changing lives...one mind at a time. For more information please visit: http://www.highlandsliteracy.com
Little Children of the World is a Christian ministry dedicated to helping street children and children at risk in the Philippines through sponsorship, scholarships, and programs addressing urgent needs. These children are victims of extreme poverty and/ or neglect, as well as vulnerable to abuse. LCW brings help and hope to more than 700 children and ministers to over 5000 people. For more information please visit: http://www.littlechildren.org
Let there be food in my house. Put me to the test, says the Lord of Hosts, and see if I do not open the windows of heaven and pour a blessing on you as long as there is a need.” Malachi 3:10
First Church was given a wonderful opportunity to provide USDA commodity food to those in need by serving as a distributor for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The food is provided at no charge by the US and NC Departments of Agriculture through Manna Food Bank in Franklin and comes to us through The International Friendship Center. Loaves and Fishes began in November of 2009 and been successful ever since. For more information please call the church office at 828-526-3175.
MBF works diligently to proclaim the Gospel and to serve the poor by providing quality health care services. MBF serves globally in building sustainable medical care to 34 developing countries. They work to transform individuals, communities, and nations through long-lasting relationships with hospitals, nursing schools, and clinics in these countries served. For more information please visit: http://mbfoundation.org
REACH of Macon County is a domestic violence and rape crisis center headquartered in Franklin, North Carolina. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information please visit http://www.reachofmaconcounty.org
The Rathbun House provides lodging and other supportive services in a "home like" environment for patients and or their caregivers coming to Asheville, North Carolina for medical treatment. For more information visit: http://www.mission-health.org/patients-and-visitors/family-friends/amenities-visitors/rathbun-house#sthash.P1aGZPfs.dpuf
Located in Morganton, NC at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Presbytery of Western North Carolina has 110 congregations with over 17,000 members. We span to the east to Gastonia, north to Banner Elk and west to the Tennessee line. For more information visit: http://presbyterywnc.org/
Amanda Craft and Omar Chan
Mission co-workers in Guatemala and Mexico
Amanda and Omar build bridges between US Presbyterians and partner churches and organizations in Guatemala and Mexico. They also support the ministries of other mission co-workers serving in these countries. Amanda and Omar facilitate cross cultural partnerships that are centered on a common faith in Christ and cultivated in a spirit of mutuality. “When we can walk together in our spiritual lives, a richness is fostered and nurtured, deepening our understanding of how God manifests in different communities,” they write. “The work in Mexico is changing and the work in Guatemala will continue to grow. This is an exciting moment in the history of our partnerships to grow together in our understanding of mutual mission.” For more information please visit: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/amanda-craft-and-omar-chan
Mission co-worker in Taiwan
John supports pastors of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan (PCT) in a country where only 3 percent of the population is Christian. Outreach in Taiwan can be challenging and the possibility of burnout is high. In groups, John and the pastors pray, read Scripture, and dream. They encourage each other to be faithful and visionary leaders. John also works with the native Taiwanese (aboriginals) who have been most open to the gospel, but also the most marginalized people on the island. In addition, John teaches at all three seminaries of the PCT and leads conferences for youth and young adults. For more information please visit: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/john-mccall
Mission co-worker in Malawi
Barbara is working with the Nkhoma Health Department of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian as a pediatric consultant. She is directing children’s health services at the hospital and developing procedures for use in health centers and community health teams which involves teaching Malawian and expatriate medical and nursing students among others. The hope is to expand community outreach services so that all people in the health system have access to basic health services such as vaccinations, prenatal care and HIV testing. “I feel God has called me to live out the gospel of his love for everyone by working in a healing ministry in Central Malawi, where death and disease limit the lives of fellow Christians, and keep them from attaining all God intended for them,” Barbara says. For more information please visit: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/dr-barbara-nagy/
Brian and Sandi Thompson-Royer
Mission Co-workers in Guatemala
Brian and Sandi will work with the women’s organization of the National Presbyterian Church of Guatemala in its efforts to empower women. They will facilitate leadership development and will help nurture relationships between Guatemalan women and Presbyterian women in the United States. Sandi believes “miracles can happen” when women take leadership roles in families, churches, and communities. “I am a quiet leader, strong networker, and collaborator, bringing people’s strengths and abilities together for goodness,” she says. Brian adds that he wants his service to encourage “brothers and sisters to grow in their peaceful walk of faith and in their capacity to love one another and themselves.” For more information please visit: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/sandi-and-brian-thompson-royer/
UKirk, which means University Church is a campus ministry affiliated with the Presbyterian Church PC(USA). The purpose of UKirk at WCU is to serve the Western Carolina University community and the local community through various forms of Christian outreach and ministry. The mission of UKirk at WCU is to facilitate a welcoming and supportive community where students can engage in Christian worship, fellowship, and service, and explore questions of faith, vocation, and social justice. The vision for UKirk at WCU is to provide a safe and inviting Christian sanctuary amidst the stresses of college life. For more information please visit: http://www.ukirkwcu.org/