ABOUT US

First Presbyterian Church was organized in 1858, Members of First Presbyterian marked their 150th anniversary on June 13, 2008. 2019 marks the church's 161st year in the community. 

ADDRESS

828-464-0648

 

701 North Main Avenue

 Newton, NC 28658

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SUPPORTED MINISTRIES

5 Cents-a-Meal Offering

On the second Sunday of every month, a special collection is received which supports development projects in our community and across the world.

Faith in Action

We encourage members to step out in their faith and put it into action. With this program, people have the opportunity to help with The HOPE (Help Our People Eat) Garden in Newton. In March 2019, the congregation participated in the Rise Against Hunger event where over 17,000 meals were packaged. These meals have been sent to Nicaragua to fight malnutrition. 

Youth & Adult Mission Trips

Each year, FPC sponsors opportunities for both youth and adults to do "hands-on" work in communities away from our area.  

Mission Co-Workers Sponsorship

FPC currently provides partial support for missionaries serving in Congo, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Australia.

Guatemala Partnership

We are partners in mission with El Redentor, a Presbyterian congregation in Guatemala. This partnership is in conjunction with the Presbytery of Western North Carolina. A formal partnership covenant was signed by the three presbyteries, Sur Occidente, Suchitepéquez and Western North Carolina, in 1994. This covenant relationship is reviewed and renewed every five years and in 2019 we will celebrate the 25th year of our partnership.

March Madness Food Drive

This annual food drive supports Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries with food and monetary donations. 

Matthew's Market

Matthew’s Market Alternative Marketplace is sponsored by the FPC High School youth, and is an opportunity to do some meaningful gift giving. Gifts purchased from Matthew’s Market, will benefit those in need in Malawi, Africa, our sister church in Guatemala, provide stoves and water filters for Mission Impact's Healthy Communities Program in Guatemala and help sponsor the Rise Against Hunger event at our church. 

Souper Bowl of Caring

This annual national youth program to raises money to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl football game. It began in 1990 at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC. All proceeds from this lunch hosted by our Youth are contributed to The Corner Table and Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries (ECCCM).

Sunday Community Suppers

FPC partners with other churches in the area to provide and serve meals to the community every Sunday evening in our fellowship hall.

The Salvation Army

Volunteers can sign up to provide a monthly meal at The Salvation Army kitchen in Hickory.

Christmas Wishes for Dept. of Social Services

A program through Catawba County Dept. of Social Services provides Christmas gifts to the children in foster care in Catawba County. A Christmas Wishes Tree is placed in the narthex in November with a gift tag including the first name of a foster child and a list of items they would like to receive for Christmas. Members take the tags and purchase the requested items, which are then organized for distribution in mid-December. The distribution site for all the Christmas Wishes gifts is located at the Yaussy Mission Center, located on our campus.   

Red Cross Community Blood Drives

In conjunction with other churches in Newton, Community Blood Drives are held four times a year.

The Corner Table

Members serve as volunteers at this community soup kitchen located in downtown Newton that serves nutritious meals to men, women, and children in the Newton area. 

Annual Hunger Walk

Our congregation participates in the Annual Hunger Walk held in October in downtown Newton. Members volunteer as sponsors, walkers or give out water. This event raises funds for Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries and The Corner Table.

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers assist in building, renovating, and repairing safe, decent, and affordable housing for hard-working, low-income families in our community. 

Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries (ECCCM)

Our church supports this outreach ministry to our community. Clothes, food, and various household items are donated for those in need.  Literacy programs and a variety of assistance is available for a wide range of needs. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed.

Room In The Inn

A safe haven on winter nights when the temperature is predicted to fall to 25 degrees or below, the church opens the fellowship hall from 6:00 pm until 8:15 am, offering a warm meal in the evening and breakfast in the morning, showers and a place to sleep.

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 our fellowship hall.

Boy Scouts

FPC sponsors and hosts BSA Troop 903 in the Newton-Conover area. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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