Military Pocket Prayers 
     This ministry, which began in our church on Sept. 11, 2011, supplies 8x8-inch patriotic prayer squares that are sent to active U.S. military personnel.
     If you know of a serviceman or woman whom you believe would appreciate receiving a prayer square, contact Denise Pitchford by email at dmpitchford@comcast
.net . Include your name, the recipient's, as well as that person's military information and complete address.

* Mary's Place By The Sea
* Habitat for Humanity
* Family Promise
* Special Olympics
* Urban Promise
* Camp Johnsonburg
* Covenant House
* Seeds of Hope
Our Prayer Quilt Ministry
     The Prayer Quilt Ministry continues to receive messages from those who have received prayer quilts.  
     Many of the letters share the joy that the recipients feel when receiving one of the quilts, and others share what they feel knowing that our church family loves them.
     At times it is difficult to produce the quilts as quickly as needed.
     The quilters originally met once a month, but changed to every two weeks and then to once a week.
       Please consider joining us. We meet most Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to noon.
     You do not need to commit to helping out every week -- just let us know when you can join us. The joy that comes from participating in this ministry will fill your heart.
     Call Barbara Daugherty for information via the church office at (856) 845-0139. Keep tying those knots. They represent prayers.
Learn more about Family Promise
During two or three weeks each year, our church works with the Presbyterian Church of Pitman, which shelters homeless families who are clients of Family Promise of Gloucester County. Contact Barbara Daugherty of our church to learn how you can help. You can also view for info about the organization.
Church to help with Family Promise clients Nov. 26 to Dec. 2
     Our church is scheduled to help Pitman Presbyterian with Family Promise the week of Feb. 11 to 17
     Anyone wishing to help with this endeavor may email Jennifer Russell, the new coordinator for the First Presbyterian Church, at and she will place you on the volunteers email list. As always, we are looking for volunteers to be an evening host, overnight host, prepare a dinner or be a van driver. 
     Jennifer will send a sign-up sheet, via email, and you may sign up at a time that is convenient for you. Any questions, please speak with Barbara Daugherty.

    Volunteer to be a driver to transport the families to the Pitman Presbyterian Church from the day center in Glassboro at 5:30 p.m. or drive the families from the church to the day center at 5:30 a.m.
    Prepare and deliver dinner to the Pitman church at 6 p.m.
    Volunteer to be an evening host. Come and sit with the folks for a couple of hours.
    Overnight host. Stay overnight at the church from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. the following morning. 
The value of Family Promise to a family in its time of need
​     Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from a speech made about Family Promise.
    “My family and I are very thankful that Family Promise of Gloucester County exists.  
    “Last year at this time, our family was sitting in Vicki’s office extremely upset that we were going to be homeless. She assured us that this is just a bump in the road and that we were in good hands with Family Promise.  
    “While we were in the program, we experienced love, kindness, support, encouragement and respect from everyone including generous donations and amazing volunteers.  
    “Our family never thought we would need a “home” but Family Promise offered us a safe place to sleep, good meals -- but most importantly keeping our family together in just a time of need.  
    “During the holidays last year, who would have thought, my family and I would be in a shelter? Family Promise made us feel at home and we all felt as if we were in our own home.
    “Our family is forever and deeply thankful for Family Promise and all the volunteers! Without Family Promise we never would have had the chance to finally have a place we can call our own.”