Organizations that we support
Every time a month has a fifth Thursday, FPC hosts the Café Ministry at First Congregational Church of Dubuque. We provide the food and volunteers who help set up, greet the guests, serve, and clean up. Volunteers range in age from elementary school through retirement.
FPC participates in the Dubuque CROPwalk, held annually on the first Sunday in October. With other Dubuque congregations, FPC participates as walkers, sponsors and, when needed, as a water stop. In 2010, FPC raised $780, 25% of which went to the Dubuque Food Pantry.
FPC provides prayer and financial support to the Dubuque Rescue Mission, an ecumenical ministry providing food, temporary shelter for men, work opportunities, and other assistance to the homeless and needy in Dubuque. In the summer of 2010, we began a program called Mondays at the Mission where we sort donations to the Rescue Mission Thrift Shop. We will continue this program in 2011.
St. Mark Community Center provides support for the educational and social needs of school-aged youth and their families. As part of the “Mission to Dubuque”, First Presbyterian volunteers cleaned and helped prepare the educational rooms for the 2010-2011 academic year, which we anticipate doing again in summer 2011.
All year we collect food for the Dubuque Food Pantry. Our “Food for the First” program encourages members to bring food on the first Sunday of the month. In February, we participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring, a national youth effort to raise money and food for local pantries in conjunction with the Super Bowl football game. In 2011, the middle school youth helped us raise $416 and collect 225 food items for the Dubuque Food Pantry.
Care Facilities Outreach
Bethany Home is a non-profit retirement community providing apartment living and health care services in a quiet residential neighborhood since 1923. On the fourth Sunday of the month, FPC leads a worship service for the residents at Bethany Home. At Christmas time, we joyfully purchase gifts for residents who have no family.
Manor Care is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Dubuque. On the first Friday of every month, FPC leads a worship service for the residents. In the summer, our Vacation Bible School share our week with the Manor Care family. In 2010, 83 VBS participants took a field trip to Manor Care. What fun!
The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary’s roots can be traced to First Presbyterian Church, when FPC pastor, the Reverend Adrian Van Vliet, began educating seminarians in 1852. FPC continues to support the students in the seminary by offering a church family with whom they can worship while attending classes, Supervised of Practice of Ministry positions for field education experience, and support through our Sesquicentennial Scholarships and First Presbyterian Church Scholarship to Master of Divinity Distance Education students.