The FCC Food Pantry
In repsonse to the COVID-19 Crisis
The FCC Food Pantry has modified our procedures and hours, to better serve the needs of the community.
By following the CDC guidelines and recommendations for social distancing during this time of crisis, we have changed our process to a curbside pickup for the pantry. Thursdays ONLY from the hours of 9:00 am to 12:00 pm CST. We are asking our food pantry clients to form a line in their cars on Loula St , in front of church. Come to the door one at a time to pick up grocery bags that have been pre-packed for you.
This allows for the safest possible process of social distancing, during this time of crisis. FCC takes the safety of our clients and volunteers seriously and we encourage everyone to follow CDC guidelines at this time. We will continue to modify procedure according to social distancing guidelines, during this time of uncertainty, as we continue to best serve our community in the safest possible way.
Our normal schedule for the FCC Food Pantry is Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. We accept donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries, or money to buy items for the food pantry. Our food pantry is kept going by wonderful volunteers. If you would like to volunteer contact the church office @ 913-764-3555. If you have any other questions regarding the food pantry please contact our office @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations from St Johns Episcopal Church for the FCC Food Pantry. THANK YOU ST. JONH’S!
FCC Food Pantry volunteers hard at work!
Northview Elementary is currently in need of:
Hall’s cough drops,
size 6 shorts, or leggings with elastic waist
lightweight sweatpants size 6-8, 8-10, 10-12 ( smaller sizes needed most)
A basket is located in the Fellowship Hall to drop off donated items.
First Christian Church has been coordinating a variety of efforts to support the needs of Northview Elementary students since November 2018. Most Olathe schools have one or more churches providing assistance, however, Northview was in need of faith based support.
Northview has approximately 250 students and 58 staff members. 31% of the students are minority (Hispanic). Over 50% are on free and reduced lunches. Olathe has 460 homeless students and a few of those attend Northview and live at the Salvation Army.
The “Roadrunners” will need our continued assistance throughout the year. A list of their needs is posted in the fellowship hall with a basket for your donations. Other projects Northview needs assistance with will be listed in FCC bulletins.
The staff and students appreciate the generosity of FCC.
FCC Activities for Old Settlers Days in Olathe – September 7, 2019
Our annual Old Settlers Chicken & Noodle Lunch is an important tradition for our First Christian Church members and the community. We sell homemade chicken and noodles, pies, cakes and cobblers during the festival. And Saturday morning before the parade, our church volunteers also sell breakfast burritos, juice and coffee to the community.
Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network
IHN unites congregations to assist homeless families. For the past 15+ years our church has served as a host church for IHN – providing accommodations and meals for one week, every three months on a rotating schedule. This spring a decision was made to give our “host” duties to St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Overland Park. We have shared our resources with them and they are ready to take up the responsibilities of hosting families. Because IHN has been an important part of our church life for many years, we are now choosing to be a support congregation. That means we will take 1 day out of a week (once every 3 months) and will provide support for St Thomas by preparing/serving dinner and or breakfast, serving as drivers for the family or playing with kids after supper.
If you think you might be interested in learning more about how to stay involved as a support church for IHN, please contact Cindy Heckman for more info.
Costa Rica Mission Trips
For over 18 years, we have been taking groups to Costa Rica. Over 146 members and friends of First Christian have traveled to Costa Rica. Our partner church there is Iglesia Presbiteriana de Tres Rios. Over the years we have helped the church with many construction projects, and while there we also spend time with the men, women, youth and children of the church doing various activities and participating in worship and bible studies.
Operation INASMUCH (OIAM)
This is our annual event where we give back to our community.
We have teams of volunteers who help seniors with lawn care, painting, difficult chores in the home, making quilt lap robes for local nursing facility residents, free haircuts for children, mattress turning at the local high-rises, collecting personal items for TLC (Temporary Lodging for Children and Families), and a food drive for the Stockwell Food Pantry.
We have been having OIAM since 2006, and it wouldn’t be possible without all of our volunteers.
Troop 83 Boy Scouts
Monday evenings, Troop 83 meets at First Christian. Among all of the projects they do throughout the year, they always help with Operation Inasmuch.
Girl Scouts Troop
The Girls Scouts meet at First Christian church every Tuesday evening. The girl scouts help with many projects at FCC including the Block Party and Old Settlers.