At FVPC, we believe that God calls us to work beyond the doors of our church building in order to make a difference in the world, for Christ’s sake. Mission and ministry to our neighbors both near and far are essential to living out Jesus’ commandment to love one another as God has loved us.
The members of FVPC are involved in a variety of missions throughout our community and our world. From making sandwiches for the residents of Lazarus House, to inviting the entire community in for dinner every third Friday, to installing water filtration systems in remote areas of Guatemala, we are making a difference and living out our faith. Regardless of how you are called to serve, we want to help you to find a way to serve God and God’s people here at FVPC.
If you have questions about the missions below or other missions of Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, please contact Michelle Hwang, Associate Pastor for Discipleship, (630) 232-7448.
The Lazarus House Center for Transitional Living in St. Charles is the ONLY Transitional Housing Program in the tri-cities area. Lazarus House serves men, women and children connected to the school districts of St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and western rural Kane County who are homeless or are at risk. Their mission is to provide hospitality, food, safe shelter and support services to persons who are homeless or in need. FVPC serves this mission in three capacities:
Provides an overnight volunteer once per month on the fourth Sunday.
Following the 10:00 AM worship service a group of volunteers gather in the kitchen to prepare the lunches and then immediately drive them to Lazarus House. That same evening, a volunteer heats up leftover food from the Third Friday Community Dinner and takes it over to Lazarus House by 6:45 PM. Volunteers need not stay to serve.
The overnight volunteer arrives at 9:00 PM on the 4th Sunday evening, assists with clean-up after dinner, sleeps in the executive director’s office on a mattress on the floor from 11:00 PM until 5:30 AM. There is a staff person on duty and awake all night. The volunteer is there for back-up and for insurance purposes. In the morning the duties of the volunteer are to make coffee and set out the breakfast foods so the residents can help themselves. The volunteer is excused at 7:00 AM.
There is a sign-up binder in the Lower Gathering Space at the church for the overnight volunteers and for the person(s) responsible for heating up the dinner.
Fox Valley Presbyterian Church partners with Living Waters for the World, a global mission resource of the Synod of Living Waters (Presbyterian Church USA). Living Waters for the World is a Christian ministry that provides sustainable clean water, fostering long-term, mutually beneficial, relationships between volunteers and communities in need.
REBUILDING TOGETHER AURORA
It is said that many hands make light work.
For the past 6 years, FVPC has used its many hands to transform the lives of people in our community through Rebuilding Together Aurora. RTA helps homeowners living on, near, or below the poverty line make repairs to their homes that they would be otherwise unable to attend to, because too often families must choose to address other basic living needs instead.
In a 2010 report, greater than 30% of homeowners in Aurora were living in substandard conditions and/or struggling with chronic housing issues. For those that are low-income, costly home repairs are essential to the family’s health and living but are rarely financially feasible. FVPC in partnership with Rebuilding Together Aurora helps make that happen.
Every last weekend in April, FVPC and RTA volunteers work together to assist families with needed home repairs. We always need volunteers to assist – both with skilled and unskilled labor.
The Sewing Circle of Fox Valley Presbyterian Church was formed in 2009. Its purpose is to provide a creative way to show God’s love and care to people in need.
The circle’s first three projects were quilts for ill and traumatized children and teens through Linus Project, quilts sent to soldiers in Afghanistan to distribute to residents there, and knitted Prayer Shawls. Quilts are no longer sent to Afghanistan, but a number of other projects have been added: pillowcase dresses and shorts for Guatemala, baby quilts for The Home and Aid Society of Chicago, quilts for returning soldiers through Quilts of Valor, school bags for Presbyterian Women, quilts for the children baptized at Fox Valley Presbyterian, seasonal quilts for our preschool, and several other one-time projects as well as Linus Project quilts and Prayer Shawls.
The Sewing Circle meets every Monday from 10 AM until 2 PM in rooms 2 and 3. Members bring their own lunches and have lunch and fellowship in the café at noon. Over the years, quilts have been produced at the rate of about 100 per year. Circle members enjoy picturing the happiness their creations bring to the recipients and like to say a prayer of blessing over the items before they are distributed.
New members are very welcome and do not need to know how to sew. There are many tasks such as pinning and tying with yarn that do not require sewing. Knitters are needed to make Prayer Shawls as well.
THIRD FRIDAY COMMUNITY DINNER
On the third Friday of every month Fox Valley Presbyterian Church provides a free dinner to anyone who would like a delicious meal and friendly fellowship. No reservations are needed and all are truly welcome. The menu changes monthly and is available on our answering machine recording on week in advance. Take out meals are available.
Volunteers are always welcome to help with meal preparation, service in the kitchen or the dining room, and take down and clean up. Call the church office (630-232-7448) to be put in touch with the coordinator if you or a group you represent would like to help out with this meal.