Missions work outside of Dubuque
First Presbyterian Church is active in ministry and mission beyond Dubuque. Through our mission dollars, we support the Presbyterian Church (USA) special offerings to One Great Hour of Sharing, Peacemaking, and the Christmas Joy Offering, and we contribute to the American Bible Society. Our mission giving also supports particular needs. Most recently we have contributed to Haiti Relief and several Flood Assistance programs, In addition, we participate in the CROPwalk, Souper Bowl of Caring, and the Operation Christmas Child programs.
We commission our church family members who are called to serve in other states or countries. In the past four years, we have supported missionaries to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Ghana, and Parkersburg, IA.
For the past 15 years, First Presbyterian Church of Dubuque, IA, has faithfully sent groups of people on mission trips ranging from 4-day to week-long endeavors to minister and serve in the name of Jesus Christ. Participants have ranged in age from junior high to adult.
We have served as far away as Mexico and as close as Parkersburg, IA ( and all sorts of places in between: Indianapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Lincoln, NE, a presbytery camp in Montana, & Chattanooga, TN). Ministry opportunities are everywhere.
In 2010, we participated in a “Mission to Dubuque”. Members and friends of FPC joined forces to complete a variety of mission projects including work in our buildings, at the homes of several FPC members, the Dubuque Rescue Mission, Café Ministry, and St Mark’s Community Center Over 75 volunteers, ages 4-87, performed more than 1,200 volunteer hours in service to Christ Jesus.
Every year, FPC youth participate in mission trips that not only allow the youth to reach out to God’s people in need, but encourage them to deepen their relationship with each other, the church family, and most importantly, with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
This year, the Senior Highs are going to do a new thing. From June 11-17, they will be attending a Sr. High Conference called “Searching for the Signal” at the Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina. Organizers of the conference aspire to provide and model faithful ways to live out the call God has for each of His children.
FPC has been involved with mission in Mexico periodically since 1995.
Hannah Eby, a senior in high school, recently traveled to Camichines, a rural community of Mexico, to serve for two months. During January and February, Hannah volunteered at Casa Hogar, a children’s shelter ministry that feeds, houses, educates, and works to get birth certificates for orphaned children. Her responsibilities included tutoring, teaching preschool, and helping take care of the children as well as assisting with gardening, food preparation, and construction. Hannah also was called upon to share her faith with a Christian youth group.
Upon her return, Hannah shared her experiences with her church family who supported her financially and through their prayers.
Dios Es Amor (God is Love) Church
Over the past 10 years, FPC has sent missionaries to Playa de Carmen and Cancun to work on construction projects and Vacation Bible Schools with two Mexican congregations. The next mission trip to Mexico is March 10-17, 2012. Missionaries will work at a new church building site in western Cancun in the mornings and early afternoons. In the late afternoons and evenings, they will help with music ministry and with Vacation Bible School. Church members and the pastor of a new National Presbyterian Church of Mexico congregation named Dios es Amor (God is Love) will be in charge.
For more information see (link to brochure to GracePoint’s brochure about the trip)
From Feb. 28 - March 8, 2010, following the disastrous earthquake, pharmacist Diane Heiken traveled to Haiti to help with medical and pharmaceutical needs.