A project of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, is a ministry that enhances the relationship between suburban and inner-city churches and families. Each year FirstChurch helps repair an inner-city Dallas church facility or nearby home where the owner is incapacitated or unable to pay for repairs.
2017 work dates: April 21-22 and 28-29.
For more information, contact Cris Dobbs.
AMIGOS DAYS 2017
AMIGOS DAYS 2016
First Saturday of each month, 9 a.m-noon, FirstChurch north parking lot, in conjunction with United Electronic Recycling and the City of Plano.
All computer-related equipment, printers, audio and video equipment, consumer electronics, cell phones, TVs accepted. No broken screens.
There is a disposal fee of $5 for traditional cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors. $10 for TVs smaller than 32 inches, and $20 for TVs larger than 32 inches.
FAMILY PROMISE: March 26-April 2
Founded in 1988, Family Promise offers hands-on outreach within church facilities.
As an Interfaith Network Church with Family Promise of Collin County, FirstChurch provides space 3-4 times each year for 3-4 families or up to 14 people (all pre-screened for safety) to live for a week on our campus while job hunting, receiving training and seeking other assistance.
FirstChurch members and other hosts provide meals, help with homework, stay overnight or set up and break down bedrooms and family rooms before and after each week.
Habitat for Humanity
FirstChurch supports the South Collin County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. This included sponsorship and participation in the 2011 Habitat for Humanity Women Build, helping to construct a new home in the Douglas Community of Plano that was dedicated to the family in January 2012.
No experience is necessary to participate in a Habitat build. Participants receive on-the-job training in everything from framing a house to hanging sheetrock.
For information on an upcoming build, contact Rick Billings.
Mountain of Food
FirstChurch also recruits volunteers to pick up donations from local food stores and deliver them to the homebound on behalf of God’s Food Pantry</a. Volunteers also sort and repackage bulk dried foods.
For more information contact Linda Irby.
Senior Christian handymen provide assistance with minor home maintenance and repairs – focusing on health and safety issues – to seniors (55 and older) and handicapped clients in and around Plano.
Services are provided at no charge.
For more information contact Bill Downs.
This city-wide effort serves up to 500 disadvantaged families cleared by theAssistance Center of Collin County. Individuals and classes at FirstChurch adopt families to provide Christmas presents.
The Assistance Center provides 30 days of food, which FirstChurch delivers to families on the Saturday and Sunday before Christmas.
A nonprofit Christian organization affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Project Transformation uses the energy of college students to provide community-oriented programs for children and youth in low income neighborhoods.
Interns share the love of Jesus Christ by helping children in grades K-5 with reading, language and communication skills.
FirstChurch supports the Project Transformation Summer Camp programby funding the salary for an intern and providing reading volunteers, meals for interns and families, books, snacks and other supplies.For more information or to volunteer, contact Yolanda Murray.
Quilts for Kids
Formed in March 2000, Quilts for Kids has made and given away more than 1,000 quilts, hats and throws to hospitals and clinics, and has a goal to make 250 quilts each year. New members are always welcome, and donations of fabric and batting are appreciated.
Quilts for Kids meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month (with a summer hiatus in June, July and August) in Room 206 from 9 a.m.-noon.
For more information contact Sue Hunter.
Tools for School
FirstChurch supports Resurrection Lutheran Church in providing school supplies to disadvantaged children. Supplies and cash donations welcome.
Contact Mary Schallenberg for more information.
Separate from the Shoe Ministry (below), which provides shoes for school-age children, the Shoe Bank collects new and gently-used athletic shoes for men, women and children. Finding a need among the homeless, the program was begun in 1989 to put shoes on a few hundred homeless men living in downtown Dallas. Today the Shoe Bank provides shoes for more than 20,000 people locally and abroad. The drop box at FirstChurch is located just inside the east entrance.
Contact Bill Marquard for more information.