FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MISSIONS
Overview
MISSIONS WE SUPPORT
Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission; AWAIC Shelter, Clare House, Downtow Soup Kitchen, F.I.S.H., Lutheran Social Services, Mary Magdalene Home, Presbyter of Yukon Mission Concerns: Wes & Lee Ann Reed, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Young Life Alaska Region and Jim Powell, Stewardship and Outreach
 

 
 
Local Missions
AWAIC SHELTER
 
AWAIC provides safe shelter and intervention for victims of domestic violence. AWAIC helps to empower all those affected by domestic violence to make positive decisions about their lives.
 
24-hour Crisis Line: 907-272-0100
 
 
 
 
ANCHORAGE GOSPEL RESCUE MISSION
The Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission is dedicated to demonstrating the love & power of God and to bringing people into a life-changing relationship with his son Jesus Christ. It serves the poor, needy and homeless in our community. The Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization that receives no municipal, state, or federal funds. The Rescue Mission offers educational and counseling programs in an attempt to foster opportunities for healing, growth, and employment for those in need.
 
Statement of Purpose: We are a Christian organization and our purpose is to show God's love through example and in a practical manner by providing for the needs of the homeless, poor, needy, and dysfunctional people in our community. Our goal is Rescue and Rehabilitation. Our aim is to return the people that come to us for help to being useful citizens in society.
 
 
 
 
CLARE HOUSE
 
Clare House provides temporary, emergency 24-hour shelter for women with children and expectant mothers (over 18). Residents receive daily meals and referrals for childcare, substance abuse, mental health, affordable permanent housing, employment and continuing educational opportunities.
 
Case management services are an integral part of the program to help women in their transition from homelessness to independent living.
 
 
 
 
DOWNTOWN SOUP KITCHEN
 
The Downtown Soup Kitchen exists to demonstrate God's
heart for the hungry and homeless in Anchorage, Alaska.
Serves more than 350 cups of soup daily
Prepares over 100,000 meals annually
Provides emergency clothing and showers
Relies on the support of 125 volunteers
Receives a majority of funding from individual donations
 
The link to the annual Slammin Salmon Derby for Downtown Soup Kitchen can be found here
 
 

 
F.I.S.H. (FELLOWSHIP IN SERVING HUMANITY)
 
F.I.S.H. delivers emergency food aid to people in need in Anchorage, responding to a call for help through a network of volunteers.
 
Whether at the end of a paycheck, out of work, beset by illness or in a family crisis, many people face difficult times. F.I.S.H. wants to be there for those who find themselves in an emergency needing food.
 
F.I.S.H. is the only food pantry in Anchorage that delivers food directly to homes on a regular basis. During 2008, F.I.S.H. delivered 110,070 meals to 12,230 people: 6,629 adults and 5,601 children.
 
First presbyterian collects pasta weekly from members of the congregation to help supply the F.I.S.H. pantry.
 
If you need food assistance, call F.I.S.H. at 277-0818.
 
 

 
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES
 
Serving in the Spirit of Christ, Lutheran Social Services of Alaska provides and supports programs that foster hope, promote well-being, and honor human dignity in individuals and communities of Alaska.
Serves the needs of others in our community in the name of Christ.
Faith-based social ministry that is supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Alaska Synod (ELCA), the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, the Northwest District of the LCMS, and many caring and concerned congregations and individuals throughout the state.
Partner agency of the United Way of Anchorage, which provides us the opportunity to join with other agencies to address urgent human needs throughout the state of Alaska.
Member of the Lutheran Services in America, one of the largest health and human service organization networks in the nation.
 
 
 
 
ESL MiINISTRY
First Presbyterian Church holds several classes weekly to teach English to people who speak other languages. This mission began in the fall of 2009.
 
Classes are offered:
12pm-2pm - Mondays and Tuesdays
6:30pm-8:30pm - Wednesdays
 
Most of the students are Sudanese women. There are usually 1-3 students in the day classes and 6-12 at night. We pray, read, write, tell stories, do math, sing, and dance. We have numerous dedicated teachers and welcome drop-in volunteers.
 
 
 
 
PIONEER HOME MINISTRY
As a church, on the first Thursday of each month, we go to the Anchorage Pioneer Home to conduct a service a singing hymns, a message, and communion. If you would like to join us in this ministry, please come to the Pioneer Home at 9:30 a.m. It is located at 923 West 11th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501. For more information, please contact the church office at 272-6411.