An important aspect of our response to God's grace for us in Jesus Christ is the stewardship of our time, talents, and treasures. There are many different opportunities for members to give of their time and talents in the ministries of FPC. We believe that a Church is only as strong as its members are engaged in using their gifts for God's purposes. As your read through various ministry opportunities on this web page, please take advantage of contacting the ministry leader of those areas that are of interest. Whether they are a staff member, an officer of FPC, or a lay person, we look forward to engaging you in the ministry of Bringing Christ to the World and the World to Christ.
We believe also that stewardship of our treasures is an essential part of our walk with Christ. Each fall, the Stewardship Committee conducts an annual Pledge Campaign where all members and family units are encouraged to make a commitment of their tithes and offerings to the operations and ministries of FPC. All commitments and contributions to FPC are important, kept confidential, and honored as a gift to the work of the Lord. To inquire into making a commitment for the coming year to the ministry operations of FPC or to ask questions about your giving history, please contact Jean Whitaker. Throughout the year there are other special opportunities for designated contributions to specific ministries and missions. They include:
The FPC Foundation
Special Mission Fundraisers: Opportunities to give to specific missions FPC supports throughout the year such as, Mission Trips, Disaster relief, etc.
Memorials: Opportunities are given to memorialize a loved one or friend by making a memorial gift. There are also opportunities to place flowers in the sanctuary for worship or place a poinsettia or Easter lily in honor or memory of an individual.
The FPC Foundation is a separate invested endowment that provides income for missions and benevolences. The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage the contribution of funds by members and non-members of FPC, to invest those gifts, and then annually distribute grants to worthy Christian related (non-operational) causes as approved by the Session. Between 1997 and 2009 almost $2.5 million dollars has been provided to worthy recipients. Gifts and memorials are welcome, and can be given to First Presbyterian Church Foundation in care of FPC Goldsboro. Contact the church office to support the mission of the First Presbyterian Church, "Bringing the World to Christ and Christ to the World".
The Memorials Committee was originally established after the Church moved to the new location at 1101 East Ash St in the 1950's. Sterling D. Wooten served as Chairman of the Committee until his death in 1986. At the persistence of Ruling Elder, Mary Scott Best, the Session reinstated the Committee which convened once again on October 22, 1998 under the leadership of Lindsay C. Warren, Jr.
Since 1998, the Memorials Committee has established the Memorial Columbarium in the Howard-Brown Garden, restored the Edmonson Steinway Grand Piano, renovated the Ladies Parlor, and oversaw the renovation of the East Garden. Additionally, the committee is responsible for maintaining and updating the Book of Remembrance, maintaining a list of Session approved memorials, securing and installing appropriate plaques and markers to recognize memorial gifts, and is responsible for supervision of the Church Gardens. The committee also discusses undesignated memorials with family members of the deceased and offers them a choice of memorial opportunities.
Through the Memorials Committee a way is provided to keep the memory of the church alive. The Committee assists family members in honoring their loved ones and preserving their memories.