First Presbyterian Church
of Sheridan, WY
 
2121 Colonial Drive
Sheridan, Wyoming 82801
Ph. (307) 672-1717
E-mail: fpc@actaccess.net

 
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Stephen Ministry

First Presbyterian Church of Sheridan believes in Stephen Ministries, a program that equips Church members to provide distinctively Christian, one-to-one care for those who are experiencing many kinds of difficulties.

A Stephen Minister…

  • Receives 50 hours of training in caring skills.
  • Is linked as a Christian caregiver with one person in need.
  • Visits the person regularly and offers Christian support.
  • Maintains the confidential nature of the relationship.
  • Receives regular support and guidance in a group of Stephen Ministers.
  • Takes part in occasional continuing education and skill building.
  • Serves for at least two years.
  • Stephen Ministers care for…
  • Those who suffer from loneliness, anxiety or pain.
  • Those who are going through difficult transitions.
  • Those experiencing a birth or adoption.
  • Those with disabilities or chronic illnesses and their families.
  • Those grieving a death or serious loss.
  • Those in employment crises.
  • Those in marriage or family crises.
  • Those in spiritual crises.
  • The elderly.
  • The homebound.
  • The hospitalized and institutionalized.
  • The terminally ill and their families.
  • Anyone who just needs a sympathetic ear.
  • Our Stephen Ministers…
  • Grow in their understanding of their own Christian callings.
  • Are privileged to work closely with others in helping relationships.
  • Experience the fellowship of a warm, loving, and caring group of people.
  • Know they are a vital part of the Body of Christ — the living church.
  • Receive training that is applicable not only to a lay caring ministry, but also in their everyday life experiences and relationships with others.
  • Care-giving is certainly a pastor's job and The Stephen Ministry is not meant to replace pastoral counsel.  Instead it expands the pastor's ministry by providing more workers in the Body of Christ.  The Stephen Ministry also enables our pastors to perform another important part of their jobs - that is to “equip the saints” to provide this kind of care for one another.

    For more information about The Stephen Ministry, please visit www.stephenministries.org
    For more information about Stephen Ministry at First Presbyterian Church, please contact the church office.

    If you are in need of counsel and would like to be contacted by a Stephen Minister, please contact First Presbyterian Church at (307) 672-1717 or e-mail

    Stephen Ministry is strictly confidential.  The identities and issues of those receiving care are absolutely private.


    Lunch Together

    First Presbyterian Church is honored to be an active participant in the Lunch Together/Soup Kitchen project in Sheridan.

    About every 8 weeks, volunteers from First Presbyterian cook meals, serve, and clean up after lunch for about 50 people at Lunch Together, which is held Monday – Friday, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at the First Congregational Church.

    Lunch Together served their first meal on February 14, 1994 and has continued ever since to serve the hungry in our community, whether living here permanently or passing through town.  Along with hot meals, Lunch Together also has a food pantry and gives bags of groceries to those who need them.

    The Salvation Army, D-Pass, Homeless Shelter and other churches in Sheridan all refer people who need a hot meal to Lunch Together and no one is ever turned away.

    Lunch Together is a nonprofit, public benefit, community based program that is funded completely by donation (with an occasional grant to help purchase new appliances, carpet, etc.) and is overseen by a board with Doug Goodwin (pastor of First Christian Church) as President.

    If you would like to serve at Lunch Together, please contact the church office.

    If you would like to make a donation to Lunch Together, please make it payable to “Lunch Together/Soup Kitchen” and direct it to:
    Lunch Together/Soup Kitchen
    102 S. Connor Street
    Sheridan, WY  82801
     

    If you are hungry, please come and eat!
    Lunch Together
    Monday - Friday
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    First Congregational Church
    100 West Works Street
    Sheridan
    Downtown - One block west of Main Street
    At the intersection of Works St. & Brooks St.

    Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

    FPC has developed a passion for working ministry to the Gulf Coast area.  The amount of work that needs to be done to rebuild after the devestation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is staggering.  We have sent and will, God-willing, continue to send mission group teams to work with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance rebuilding one home at a time.

    If you are interesting in participating in one of these trips or if you'd like more information, please contact the church office.  You can also visit the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.


    Habitat for Humanity

    Highway Cleanup

    First Presbyterian Church of Sheridan is responsible for trash pick-up on a two mile long section of Highway 87, beginning near Woodland Park Elementary School, south to the next bridge over Little Goose Creek.

    Twice a year, once in spring and once in fall, the men's group at First Presbyterian coordinates with the Highway Department to schedule a pick-up day (usually a Saturday).

    All members of the congregation are invited to meet around 8:00 am for coffee and pastries and then divide into 4 teams, each team responsible for 1/2 mile of the road.  The Highway Department supplies orange trash bags and reflective safety vests.  The filled bags are left along the side of the road and collected by Highway Department crews.

    Picking up the trash on a two mile stretch of Highway 87 takes about an hour and at First Presbyterian we consider that an hour well spent.  After all, God's first job description to humans was to till and keep the land (Genesis 2:15).

    For more information about the “Adopt a Highway” program in Wyoming please visit WYDOT .  For more information about First Presbyterian Church's Highway Cleanup, please contact the church office.


    Christmas Angel Tree
    Every child should have a Merry Christmas!

    First Presbyterian Church works in association with Cloud Peak Initiatives and the Department of Family Services in Sheridan to identify families in our community who are in need so that we can assist them in purchasing Christmas presents for their children.

    • Every year, members of PW hand-make angel ornaments for the Christmas tree that stands in the narthex of our church.
    • A child's name, age, needs, and Christmas wishes are listed on a card.
    • Each card is attached to an angel ornament.
    • Members of the church then take an angel ornament home with them.
    • The member purchases gifts for the child on their card, wraps and labels the gifts, and bring them back to the church to put under the Christmas tree.
    • The gifts are distributed to the parents so that they will be able to put them under their own tree at home.
    Every family involved in the Christmas Angel Tree program also receives gift certificates for groceries, which the church purchases with monetary donations made to the program.

    Compassion

    The Mission & Outreach Committee of FPC sponsors a child in Bolivia through Compassion International and although there is no formal organization of child sponsors in the church, over 30 children are sponsored by individuals at FPC.


    Prayer

    You may send us prayer requests via e-mail.


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