Our Care for Our World
National and International Mission
Committed to our call to service as disciples, First Presbyterian Church has long been active in mission in our local community, our nation and our world. Over many summers, members of First Presbyterian Church have taken part in several intergenerational mission opportunities, some as close as New Orleans and the Highland neighborhood, some as far as Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, Haiti, Malawi and South Asia. Nationally we have supported programs at Montreat, Mo Ranch, Ferncliff, Austin Seminary, Austin College, and Broadstreet Ministry. International ministry partners include Community Renewal International, the Heifer Project, Joy to the World Ministries located in Malawi, Africa, the mission work in South Korea of Rev. Kurt Esslinger and Hyeyoung Lee - Young Adult Volunteers YAV Korea, the Haiti Education Foundation, Living Waters for the World, Solar Under the Sun, and mission work in South Asia. We are supportive of programs served by PC-USA. Rev. Kurt Esslinger, our ministry partner in South Korea, has a blog at https://hyeyoungkurtkorea.wordpress.com/
In addition, we promote economic justice initiatives through our annual Mission Marketplace in cooperation with neighboring congregations, and our participation in the Presbyterian Coffee Project. We serve only fair trade coffee and sell in our Book Nook hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and chocolate produced by small farmers in developing nations. Our purchases help assure that these farmers and artisans receive a fair price for their goods.
D. THOMASON GRANTS
First Presbyterian is blessed to have members who have remembered the church through lifetime gifts and in their wills, which has enabled us to amplify our witness to the Good News of the gospel by reaching out to our neighbors in need. D. Thomason is one member in particular whose gifts have enabled us to give almost $5 million away in the past 25 years. First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport takes great care in our partnership with organizations who are faithfully living out their call to share Christ's love by equipping leaders, building institutions, and strengthening communities by serving those in need.
Criteria for grants includes preference given for Presbyterian-related projects and agencies, for capital expenses, and for agencies contributing to the healing of Shreveport-Bossier City. To apply for a D. Thomason Grant in 2018, please click HERE to download an application and HERE for a budget sheet. The deadline to submit is June 15, 2018. You will be required to submit an original application plus eleven copies for the D. Thomason Grant Committee, your IRS determination letter, and a budget sheet. All details are in the application. If you have any questions, please contact the Lona Lockard at the church office at 318-222-0604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Application date: June 15, 2018:
Please submit an original and 11 copies of your application, IRS determination letter and budget form to:
D. Thomason Committee
First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport
900 Jordan Street
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101