Mission Statement: We believe that the Church is called to be the hands and feet of Christ. For us this means that our mission to embody the kingdom of God is not something that takes place within the confines of our church buildings, but out in the world.
As you can see, it has been another busy year. We are eager to minister to the people God calls us to help, Thank you for all that you do as a congregation, and please come along side us again in 2018, so we can make an even bigger difference in our community and the world.
- Center Street Kitchen, chaired by Chuck Broadway, provides free lunch to hungry people in our community on Fridays in the Fellowship Hall, and bag lunches donated by 7-11 for those that need additional meals. This year Center Street Kitchen served 10,520 meals and 6,000 brown bags. Walgreens, 7-11, and Paulhamus Produce have generously contributed food and other items to Center Street Kitchen and are to be commended.
- Clothes Closet, chaired by Joan Scott, provides donated clothing to people in our community on Fridays. They also work with Eustis Elementary to provide clothing to students in need.
- Deacon’s Fund provides limited financial assistance for members/attendees/CSK participants with an immediate short-term needed. This year the fund provided $1,892.05 worth of assistance.
- Support Our Troops, chaired by Scott Smith, provides support to our military by mailing care boxes to active duty military. Due to the generous support of the congregation at FPCE, this year the "Support our Troops" project spent over $4,000 to purchased snacks and toiletries, as well as paid the postage for 118 boxes that were mailed to our troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea. The replies from the recipients of these boxes express how much the contents were appreciated. In addition, 20 sets of hats and scarves were hand-made and placed in our care packages and 15 sets were donated to Operation Gratitude.
- Partners for Success, chaired by Peggy Berutich, provides after school snacks and individual tutoring to students from neighboring Eustis Elementary. Dedicated volunteers served twice a week to tutor second-grade students.
- Let’s Get Physical, chaired by Tracy Hofmeister, provides free sports and back-to-school physicals to children and teens. This year volunteers from our church and community provided physicals to over 140 local students and served lunch to over 400 people.
- Two Cents Per Meal – FPCE donated a total $1855.62 through the Central Florida Presbytery to help fight hunger in Central Florida and the world.
- Food Bank – Food items are donated by the congregation at FPCE and are distributed to help local food banks.
- Eustis High School Project Graduation – FPCE donated $100 to sponsor this Grad Night project at the local high school.
- Eustis High School Baccalaureate: FPCE donated $100 to sponsor this event at the local high school.
- Life’s Choices: FPCE donated $250 to Life’s Choices, a local organization that helps men and women experiencing crisis pregnancies.
- Open Door – A supply drive was held in October for this local drop-in shelter for the homeless. Thanks to the generosity of the congregation, FPCE donated 9+ medium-size packing boxes overflowing with snacks, drinks, paper products, and laundry supplies.
- Operation Christmas Child, chaired by Gary Harvison, sends shoeboxes of supplies/toys to children in developing or war-torn countries through the Samaritan’s Purse organization. This year FPCE collected 47 boxes donated by the congregation.
- Heifer Project International provides livestock and small business training to individuals in Third World Countries. This year FPCE contributed $5,217 to this project.
- Presbyterian World Missions – FPCE donated $2,000 to provide support for the Rev. Jo Ella Holman in the Dominican Republic.
- Antioch Partners - FPCE donated $2,000 to provide support for Missionary Pam S. in Turkey
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – FPCE contributed $2,620 to PDA. This year PDA provided help to over 24 states and 18 countries for natural and human-caused disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, and mudslides. An additional $1427.00 was donated through One Great Hour of Sharing to support PDA as well as the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People.
- Over $1,200 was collected and donated to Watoto Ministries at the Watoto Children’s Choir Concert in January. In addition, several people signed up to be monthly sponsors. The Watoto Model is designed to provide vulnerable women and children in Africa with holistic care and to impact communities in the process. The model involves physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment, education (formal and vocational), and counseling as well as moral and spiritual discipleship.
The Mission Team is overwhelmed by the dedication and generosity of the congregation of FPCE and would like to thank all who have contributed their time, talents, and treasures to help “show Jesus” to the World.