Parade of Cans Food Drive & Backpack Program Drive (August 1-31, 2023)
The Parade of Cans is an annual food collection campaign benefiting the Community Kitchen and the Backpack Programs of The Corner Table Soup Kitchen. Area organizations participating in the campaign compete to see who can collect the most non-perishable items/money. Donations are measured by weight. The organization who collects the most weight in various categories listed in the information packet will be awarded trophies and be listed on the Corner Table website as the winner(s) for one year. Foods most needed are: Canned Potatoes (sliced, diced or whole), Vienna Sausage or Potted Meat, Pasta (egg and spaghetti noodles), Stove Top Stuffing, Dry Beans (great northern, black eye peas), Mustard, Mayo, Ketchup packets, Biscuit Flour, Cream of Mushroom/Chicken/Celery Soup, Chicken Broth, White Self-Rising Corn Meal, Pork & Beans, Grits (bulk containers), Sugar, Baked Canned Apples, Ranch Dressing, Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter Crackers, Pudding Cups, Dill Pickle Relish, Baked Beans
The Backpack program's most needed items are: Pop Top Canned Meals (cuch as Chef Boyardee)., Soup (small cans), Canned Meat (tuna or chicken), Peanut Butter (small plastic containers only, 8-12 oz.), Jelly (small plastic containers only, 8 oz., Kid Friendly Snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks, goldfish, popcorn, etc. )
Daily Change Offering
On the second Sunday of every month, a special collection is received which supports development projects in our community across the world.
Sunday Community Suppers
Takes place every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. and currently feeds between 50-75 guests with carry-out meals. Several other churches and civic groups in the community help greatly with this ministry. There are volunteer opportunities available to package and serve the meals. Please contact the church office if interested.
Rise Against Hunger
FPC Newton has worked with Rise Against Hunger several times, packing meals in our Fellowship Hall. This is a great activity with jobs for all ages of volunteers. Our last event was held in April 2023 in partnership with Beth Eden, and we had over 60 participants and packed nearly 15,000 meals that were sent to several countries in Africa and South America. We hope to do this again next year.
Mission Co-Workers Sponsorship
FPC currently provides partial support for missionaries serving in Taiwan, Congo and Guatemala.
We are partners in mission with El Redentor, a Presbyterian congregation in Guatemala. This partnership is in conjunction with the Presbytery of Western NC. A formal partnership covenant was signed by the three presbyteries, Sur Occidente, Suchitepequez and Western North Carolina, in 1994. This covenant relationship is reviewed and renewed every five years and in 2019 we celebrated the 25th year of our partnership.
FPC Newton is primarily involved with the Partnership Program between the Presbytery of Western NC and two presbyteries in Guatemala. We are associated with El Redentor Presbyterian Church, a small congregation located in Los Cerritos, a small fishing village in the southwestern part of the country.
We currently support three mission co-workers: Larry and Inge Sthreshley, serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo; John McCall, serving in Taiwan; and Elaine Menezes is our co-worker in Guatemala.
March Madness Food Drive
This annual Food Drive supports Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries with food and monetery
Medical Supply Closet
The church has medical equipment that might be of use to members and others on loan as they recover from an injury or surgery. Items include walkers, wheel chairs, canes, crutches and all sorts of other types of equipment. If you would like to borrow something, please contact the church office.
The church has items that members may borrow for guests visiting with small children. Items include door gates, car seats, portable cribs (Pack & Play), and other items. Please contact the church office if you need to borrow something.
Seniors Morning Out Daily Program (County sponsored event)
This half day program is offered through Catawba County Social Services for persons 60 and older who live in Catawba County. The Program operates Monday through Thursday and takes place in the Fellowship Hall.
Refresh & Renew Shower Ministry
Every Thursday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. our church provides showers for people in the community along with a fresh
change of clothing.
For more information, or to volunteer in any of these areas, please contact the church office.