Operation Christmas Lights:

In November, addresses of troops serving in the military, both stateside and overseas, are collected from the congregation so that deacons can begin collecting items for their Christmas military basket mission. If you know of a man or woman serving in the military, you may call the church with your information or contact us through this website. We would like to include them on our prayer list and on our annual Christmas list. For Christmas 2010, Christmas trees were sent to Egypt to brighten the holidays for troops serving in the area. 

Thanksgiving Baskets:

We receive names and information from the Guardian Angel for our Thanksgiving Baskets. This organization acts as a resource for community members in need and prevents duplications in services throughout the community. Baskets are distributed from the fellowship hall following morning worship on the Sunday preceding Thanksgiving each year.

Deacons Party for Community Emergency Assistance Fund        

Deacons' Party for the Community Assistance Fund                            Health Fair

The Board of Deacons has many ministries both within the church and in the community. Their Community Assistance, Relief & Emergency Fund aids people in the Greater Alton area who need help with their utility bills, a night  in a motel, or with purchases of needed medications. The Community Assistance, Relief & Emergency Fund (CARE Fund, formerly known as the Simpson Fund) is an ongoing mission, administered by Deacon Jim Johnson on a weekly basis.

Deacons, in cooperation with our neighboring church, St. Paul's Episcopal, sponsor a yearly Health Fair where examines and blood tests are available at no cost. Other vital health information is included and offered at the fair. This year's fair was in August, during the Market Street Block Party, which was attended by over 400 people from the Greater Alton area.

Deacons prepare for a fund raising dinner to support their ministries

The Parish Nurse program for First Presbyterian is funded through the efforts of the Deacons. Deacons also serve Holy Communion on a regular basis to members who are unable to attend church. Bereavement meals are served at the church by deacon members or taken to the homes of members who have lost loved ones.

Other activities include the distribution of Thanksgiving Baskets to those needing assistance in the community, Christmas gifts for families at Oasis Women's Shelter and Christmas gifts for children living at the Presbyterian Children's Home in Farmington, MO.  The Board of Deacons funds and/or organizes all of these missions as a vital part of their ministry throughout the year.