FPC Serves: Month of Service

Instead of holding our annual day of service for FPC Serves on MLK Day, we will embark on a month of service during January. Because of the pandemic, it is not possible for us to gather safely as a large group for Rise Against Hunger meal packing or to go in small pods to help our mission partners clean and organize.

Instead, individuals or family units can complete their own acts of service and share the results with the congregation. Take pictures of yourself, your family or your pandemic pod in action, and send it in with a description of your service project to Kathy Johnson at kjohnson@fpcraleigh.org. We will publish the pictures in the February newsletter. Below are some examples of our members already in action!

Anne Swaim volunteers with Second Chance Pet Adoptions and is pictured here cleaning the tags that go on the cats’ cages. The tags show what type of food they eat, if they need meds, or any other information needed for care shifts.

The McCaslins didn’t waste any time getting started on an act of service! Nan and Ian, pictured here, deliver food at the Fuquay Varina Emergency Food Pantry. Pre-COVID, this food pantry supported approximately 250 families per month. Because of increased need during the pandemic, they are now serving over 600 families a month.


Service Project Ideas:


  • Create your own service project


  • Volunteer at the FPC reception desk


  • Rake, weed, or mow a neighbor’s yard





  • Assemble laundry kits for Family Promise
    Family Promise gives out individual bags of powdered detergent to residents to use for laundry.
    Place 1 scoop of powdered detergent in a Ziploc bag and seal – bring completed detergent bags to Edge Lobby or to the Sunday Drive & Drop-Off on February 7.


  • Assemble a cleaning supply kit for a Green Chair Project Family
    Deliver to Edge Lobby or to the Sunday Drive & Drop-Off on February 7.
    In a bucket, small trashcan, or laundry basket include the following items:

    • Bottle of All-Purpose Disinfecting Cleaner
    • Dish Washing Soap
    • Antibacterial Hand Soap
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Package of Sponges
    • Roll of Paper Towels
    • Pack of Toilet Paper
    • Tall Kitchen Trash Bags


  • Assemble a toiletry kit for families
    Deliver to Edge Lobby or to the Sunday Drive & Drop-Off on February 7.
    Did you know that toiletries can’t be purchased with food stamps and food pantries don’t normally provide?
    In a laundry bag, bucket, or small trashcan, include the following items:
    • Pack of toothbrushes
    • Toothpaste
    • Bottle of body wash or bars of soap
    • Bottle of shampoo
    • Bottle of conditioner
    • Bottle of body lotion
    • Pack of washcloths
    • Deodorant
    • Box of Kleenex