Deacon’s Fund – This fund provides limited financial assistance for members/ attendees/CSK participants with an immediate short-term needed. This year the fund provided $351.32 worth of assistance.
Support Our Troops - Chaired by Scott Smith, this project 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 $10,000 to purchase snacks and toiletries, as well as paid the postage for 94 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 and letters were appreciated. In addition, 31 hats and 35 scarves were hand-made and placed in our care pack- ages or were donated to Operation Gratitude.
Two Cents Per Meal – FPCE donated a total of $1,975.48 through the Central Florida Presbytery to help fight hunger in Central Florida and the world.
Habitat for Humanity – This organization builds houses for qualified families in our community. This year FPCE donated $1,000 to help with construction.
Lifeboat Project – FPCE donated $1,000 to this group that works with survivors of hu- man trafficking in Central FL.
Life’s Choices - FPCE donated $1,000 to Life’s Choices, a local organization that helps men and women experiencing crisis pregnancies.
Open Door – FPCE donated $850 to support the Open Door, a drop-in shelter for the homeless located on West Citrus Street in Eustis. The Open Door is a joint project of the Lake Community Foundation and LifeStream Behavioral Center.
Eustis High School Project Graduation – FPCE donated $100 to sponsor this Grad Night project at the local high school.
INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS SUPPORTED IN 2018
Operation Christmas Child - Chaired by Gary Harvison, this project sends shoeboxes of supplies/toys to children in developing or war-torn countries through the Samaritan’s Purse organization. This year FPCE collected 35 boxes donated by the congregation.
Heifer Project International – Based on the “teach a man to fish” philosophy, this organization provides livestock and small business training to individuals in Third World Countries. This year FPCE contributed $3,462.62 to this project.
Cuban Partnership – FPCE supported our Pastor in a Presbytery mission trip to the El Centro Presbytery in Cuba. In addition, the congregation donated over-the-counter meds for him to take to the El Centro Presbytery where the meds were divided among the churches in the presbytery.
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 $2,305 to PDA. This year PDA provided help to over 19 states and 20 countries for natural and human-caused disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, and mudslides. An additional $2,776 was donated through One Great Hour of Sharing to support PDA as well as the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People. Church members were also encouraged to donate directly on-line to PDA.
*ANNUAL UPDATE - CONGREGATIONAL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 2019.