The pandemic has been hard for us all but we at First Pres Alameda have been able to continue to reach out to the community by supporting the Alameda Food Bank and preparing meals for the Midway Women's Shelter for women and children. We have even provided a Little Free Library for adults and children located next to our church parking lot. We plan to continue to support Habitat for Humanity. Ploughshares and Medshare where we help organize and package medical supplies for the third world countries, We have supported the Shower Program at Christ Church as well as Building Futures for Women and Children in San Leandro. Please stay tuned as we become more able to support these ministries and more.
Music and Worship
The mission of the Music and Worship Committee of the First Presbyterian Church of Alameda is to support worship from the time you enter the Sanctuary until you leave, demonstrating the love of Jesus through words, music, and visual environment. We strive to make sure there are no distractions so you can focus your attention on worship
The work has evolved a lot since the start of the pandemic. For several months, we used pre recorded music to enhance our Zoom worship service, but last fall, we developed a way to record members of the choir individually and combine the voices to make our own music. This method consists of recording individual voices and then mixing together all of the voices into a single recording, combined with piano or organ so that we can enjoy hearing our choir again.
We have used Zoom and digital slides and video technology for the past six months to allow for hybrid in person and remote attendance at worship services. We will continue to pray about ways that we can improve our worship service.
The Fellowship Committee serves to coordinate church gatherings which are social in nature, but usually associated with a church worship service (e.g., Sunday Fellowship Time after worship, Worship in the Park, and Lenten Season Soup Suppers). The Fellowship Committee can purchase supplies, food and beverages; however most fellowship events rely on church member food offerings.
Christian Education / Spiritual Development
The FPCA CESD Committee is currently in a forming stage; meaning there are a few members interested, but due to the pandemic the committee has not had much opportunity to generate any activity. The CESD Committee will assist Bible Study groups with study materials, supplement fees for members seeking outside CE related training, or updating materials for youth and children's ministries.
The FPCA Deacons are called to model the extend the love of Jesus Christ. We do so in many ways: sending cards, visiting the sick, helping with rides, food or errands and even emergency financial assistance.
To be a deacon involves becoming a servant to others - a role that may not seem very appealing. But this is exactly the role to which Jesus calls all who are truly committed to following him. The deacons are the compassionate, caring arm of he Christian mission.
Many of the deacons believe we are at our best when we are in service to others. It is the calling of a deacon to minister to those who are in need, to those in prison, to the sick, to the friendless, and any who are in distress.
On the second Sunday of each month, the deacons prepare and deliver a meal for the Midway Women's Shelter in Alameda. The deacons also set up communion for church service on the first Sunday of each month. We meet monthly on the second Saturday.
"Whoever serves me must follow me: and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me." (John 12:26)
House and Grounds
The House and Grounds Committee of the First Presbyterian Church of Alameda endeavors to cost effectively maintain and repair the buildings and grounds; to improve utilization of space and equipment, and most importantly, to be good stewards of what God has entrusted to us. We expect to increase our social and spiritual relationships, while developing a team of disciples who are God-gifted with talents in these areas. We also facilitate Work Parties about 4 times a year with our volunteers and also volunteers from the Scout Troops that use our building, reinforcing our interdependence on each other. Please join us at one of these parties to get to know some of the youth of our community.
We continue to look to the congregation for guidance on how to fund the maintenance of the church, many projects are being deferred due to lack of funds. If you would like to contribute to some of these projects, please earmark your donations "Building Fund". Some of these projects that are on our "to do" list include repairing the front doors to the sanctuary, roof and siding repair at the education building, and exterior painting of the entire building.