First Presbyterian Church      Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania
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We believe that God calls us into the world to proclaim the gospel, to provide shelter, nurture, and fellowship for the children of God, to promote social justice, and to exhibit God's Kingdom to the world.

Many projects are undertaken by the congregation to assist others in need
Food and FellowshipOne Tuesday a month, the church offers free meals to all who present themselves at our doors.  50% of the free will offering taken at the door goes to support local food pantries; the remaining 50% goes to the Presbyterian Hunger Relief Program.
Food BankIn addition to monetary support from the Food and Fellowship offering, the church collects food supplies and mans a distribution group for the monthly food disbursement sponsored by the Belle Vernon Ministerium.
Foster Children Support

At the beginning of the school year, the church purchases school clothing and prepares backpacks filled with school supplies for distribution to foster children of Westmoreland County.

At Christmas time, the church supports an Angel Tree by which over 50 children in Westmoreland County are provided with age-appropriate wrapped Christmas presents which match their expressed Christmas wishes.

Communion OfferingEvery month, following the celebration of the Lord's Supper, we collect a special offering which goes to support a specific local need identified by the Mission Committee of the Session.
Military SupportThe church periodically sends gift packages to military chaplins in hospitals and depoloyment zones for distribution to active and retired military personnel.
Welcome HomeWestmoreland County has a unique homeless shelter program, unique in that it services intact families.  The church collects food, clothing, and other supplies on a monthly schedule provided by the shelter for use in the shelter and for distribution to those who are leaving the shelter for independent living.
Prayer ChainThe church has committed members who covenant to pray for special needs as they are identified.  The chain is frequently activated when a member or someone known to a member suffers a health or social emergency.

Some projects and activities are specifically designed to witness to the unchurched in the community.

Vacation Bible SchoolOur July Vacation Bible School program serves over 50 children from the church and the neighborhood.  This is three times the size of our population in this age group.  Following the week of VBS, the church sponsors a trip to a minor league baseball park in the area for all who attended the program.
Peach FestivalEach August, the church undertakes a Saturday food and fellowship activity which includes an Auto Show, entertainment, food and peach pies and shortcake. Invitation flyers with free food coupons are distributed throughout the immediate neighborhood to encourage visits.