MISSION, PEACEMAKING AND JUSTICE (MPJ) COMMITTEE
OUR COMMITTEE’S VISION
A community of followers of Jesus Christ who are fully engaged in fulfilling the Mission of the Church as described in the PC(USA) Book of Order and the various creeds and confessions of the PC(USA)
OUR COMMITTEE’S MISSION
- To discern and interpret the Mission of the Church
- To encourage and facilitate all members of our congregation to utilize their spiritual gifts, skills, experience, and interests in the service of God’s kingdom
- To administer our mission budget wisely and in accordance with God’s call to FPC
- To support our mission partners reliably, consistently and prayerfully
- To work and advocate for peacemaking and justice
- To support a broad range of ministry initiatives, both locally and globally
- To encourage a welcoming atmosphere for marginalized and vulnerable persons
WE ARE PART OF A BROADER EFFORT
We recognize and celebrate the fact that other committees of our church conduct their own mission activities, and many members of FPC actively participate in mission ministry activities as a routine component of their everyday lives, outside the formal structure of any committee. Just a few examples are the Knit-Crochet Ministry, the Care & Share food ministry, Safe Harbor meal service, Recycling for Families, the youth mission trip, Crossroads Handcrafts of the World, individual participation in domestic and foreign mission trips, prison ministries, caregiver services, and much more.
Our church hosts an occasional blood drive, sponsored by the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross. Each unit of whole blood can potentially save three lives by being separated into its specific components of red cells, plasma and platelets. In addition to standard whole blood donations, there are power red donations, platelet donations and plasma donations. The power red donation gives a concentrated dose of red cells while returning plasma and platelets to the donor. This increases the impact of the donation for patients in need of red cells, the part of blood used for those needing transfusions. The platelet donation collects platelets and some plasma, while returning most of the plasma as well as red cells to the donor. Platelets are the cells that form clots and stop bleeding, and are a vital element of cancer treatments, transplant procedures and other surgical procedures. The plasma donation collects plasma while returning red cells and platelets to the donor. Plasma is used in emergency and trauma situations to help stop bleeding.