The Session sets an annual minimum budget of 10 percent of pledged giving,
plus special offerings, for local and foreign missions.
We support mission projects in Central Asia, Colombia, El Salvador
and Zambia. Local organizations
receiving support include ECHHO, Jefferson County Food Bank, Jefferson
County MASH, Boy Scouts,Jumping Mouse, Jefferson Teen Center and Habitat for
Humanity. We also maintain a "sister church" relationship with the
Neah Bay Presbyterian Church on the Makah Indian Reservation.
Our most ambitious mission project to date is with the village of Santa
Elena, El Salvador, a community created in 1985 for refugees of the
country's civil war. In 1999 a
work team from First Pres made an initial visit and added a roof to the
community building's patio.
Subsequent visits included supporting medical clinics conducted by Port
Townsend and El Salvadoran doctors, helping plant a cornfield and delivery
of a computer and printer for a new school .
Then, in 2008, the Session approved a Mission Committee proposal to
build homes for Santa Elena's residents.
Some $70,000 was raised, not only from the congregation, but also
from nearby Presbyterian churches, Port Townsend residents and two
Salvadoran restaurants in Seattle.
The 13 Casa de Dignidad houses were completed in 2009 and quilts from
our Prayers & Squares group were presented to the new homeowners and to
other Salvadorans involved in the project.
Recent involvement with the community has included funding weekly visits by
a Protestant pastor and the donation of sewing machines plus material and
addition to mission giving, contributions to the Deacons permit the local
donation of food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas, school supplies for
needy children and emergency basic needs for at-risk residents such as rent,
food and utilities.
Our church each winter provides volunteer staffing for a week at the
community's homeless shelter.
Each Thursday, First Pres volunteers assist at the Community Center in
support of the Port Townsend Senior Association's Senior Meals Program.
As a result of the bequests of two members, our church
awards both music and college scholarships.
These scholarships are given to children in the church family to further
their music studies.
Sarah "Dusty" Westall Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to Port Townsend students attending
Christian-related colleges and universities.
BSA Troop 1477 meets at the church Mondays at 7:00 p.m.