Through Fondren's Mission and Evangelism programs, the members of Fondren PCUSA reach out in the name of Christ to love and serve others. Fondren has a long tradition of a strong presence in the community, offering not only monetary support but also active volunteers for many projects and programs that range from the local community to the wider world. The Mission and Evangelism Committee is charged with continuing and strengthening these worthwhile efforts. The committee also assists in welcoming visitors, hosting gatherings and fellowship for potential members, and coordinating with other committees to involve new members in the work of the church. Mission and Evangelism updates the website and oversees Fondren's other means of communication.
Fondren's members find many ways to serve; explore them here.
Fondren was the first church in the state to "adopt" a public school. Since 1981 members have generously contributed their time, money, and talents to an inner city elementary school. Support activities include Book Buddies, student incentives, field trips, teacher appreciation, school supplies, uniforms, and joint community service projects. Fondren's current partner is George Elementary School.
Global Missions http://www.pcusa.org/worldwide/
Habitat for Humanity
More than twenty-five years ago, Fondren members Governor William Winter and his wife, Elise, were among the founders of the first Habitat for Humanity organization in Jackson. Fondren Presbyterian Church's commitment of money, labor, and resources to Habitat projects has continued over the years. The church joined a group of churches in funding and building a house several years ago and participated more recently in the three-year Habitat Peace House initiative. The Peace House was a multi-faith and multicultural outreach for the city of Jackson dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fondren continues its financial support of Habitat for Humanity in the budget, and members provide volunteer construction labor, food for volunteers, training for Habitat homeowners, and support for fund-raising. For more information about Habitat for Humanity Metro Jackson and opportunities for service, visit http://www.habitatjackson.org/.
Through the efforts of Mission and Evangelism, Fondren hosts the following community organizations and gatherings on a regular or occasional basis.
Crisis Line Training
Fondren Renaissance Neighborhood Association
Mississippi Animal Rescue League
Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference
Presbytery of Mississippi Polling place
Woodland Hills Neighborhood Association
Living Waters for the World
Fondren Presbyterian Church has participated monetarily and personally with this mission of the Synod of Living Waters for the last several years. With the leadership of Bill Mendenhall, we have supported the installation of three water systems in Haiti. Visit the Photo Gallery to see this mission at work, and visit the Living Waters website, http://www.livingwatersfortheworld.org/, for more information.
Meals on Wheels
Fondren volunteers participate in a Meals on Wheels program on the first Saturday and third Friday morning of each month. With four other churches, we serve the same twenty-four people a hot meal, providing a friendly, cheery face at the door and a regular check on their well-being. Some volunteers cook the meal components at home, bring the items to the church, and package them. Other volunteers deliver the meals. Around the holidays and on special occasions, we may also include gifts or perhaps items the children of the church have made to let our recipients know we are thinking about them. Anyone who is interested in helping with this worthwhile effort should contact Jan Taylor.
Mission Mississippi http://www.missionmississippi.org
Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference
The Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference arose out of deep religious concerns about the bombings of houses of worship during the 1960s and became an interfaith forum for both lay and clergy leaders to respond to critical issues affecting the well-being of Mississippians. To learn more about MRLC, visit the website: http://www.msrlc.org.
Stewpot Community Services http://www.stewpot.org/
Stewpot Ministries began in 1981 when a group of Jackson churches combined resources to help alleviate the problems of homelessness and poverty in the city. Fondren participates through monetary support and by providing a hot meal on the first Sunday of each month. Fondren's youth are actively involved in this ministry.