Letter from the Global Missions Committee

While Global Missions embraces the entire world, even our own city, the charge of the Global Missions Committee is to respond to challenges and opportunities outside the greater Knoxville community, with particular attention to the world outside the borders of the United States. We have sent mission teams to Mississippi to rebuild hurricane damaged homes, to Reynosa, Mexico to provide a family with a new home, and to the Democratic Republic of Congo to establish a partnership with the Congolese Presbyterian Church.  We have embraced the global community locally by providing support for refugee resettlement.

As a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), we give generously to the denomination’s four Special Offerings each year: One Great Hour of Sharing for disasters and emergencies, hunger and development (received at Easter), the Pentecost Offering for children and youth (May), the Peacemaking Offering (World Communion Sunday in October)and the Christmas Offering for racial-ethnic minority schools and retired servants of the church.

We remember our Christian, Jewish and Muslim sisters and brothers living in fear and turmoil in the land that is the cradle of our faith. In response to the call from the General Assembly, FPC joined with the 11,000 congregations of the PC (USA) in a Week of Prayer and Witness with Christians in the Middle East. A Middle Eastern meal and program on provided an introduction to the observance that included worship on and continued as we prayed through the week for peace and justice in Israel/Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and Egypt.

Members of the Global Missions Committee