A message from Pastor Roger and the Missions Council of Springfield First:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Even in the midst of difficult circumstances, we have so much to be thankful for. I am especially thankful for the generosity of Springfield First! We have an opportunity this Thanksgiving and Advent season to meet the needs of our larger Springfield community. We are going to be partnering with Kumler Outreach Ministries to provide much needed supplies to people in need. Below are the items that we are requesting our congregation to provide for Kumler in the coming weeks:

  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Large Size Diapers (fours, fives, sixes)

Please bring these items to the main east entrance of the church on Monday-Thursday from 8:00am to 3:00pm. A bin will be provided and marked with the name Kumler. We will receive these items through December 23.

Thank you for making a difference!

One-Minute Missions

Next time you exit a service at church, you may find yourself doing a little mission work before going home! Throughout the year, we participate in One-Minute Missions, in which we stop after weekend worship services and put together meals or supplies for people who need them in our community or around the world. We have assembled sack lunches for homeless shelters, back-to-school bags for local kids in need, and dignity kits for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center, just to name a few!

In October 2020, we assembled 300 treat bags to give to the children of McClernand Elementary School. Find out more about this recent One-Minute Mission.

If you're looking for other safe ways to serve our community during this time, we have the following opportunities:

Make Face Masks

Midwest Mission Distribution Center is looking for materials to make face masks. We are collecting fabric, 1/4" elastic, and thread. Drop off at the church or at MMDC.  For more info, check out this video.

If you have old t-shirts and dress shirts, you can help make the materials needed for masks.  For that information, check out this video.

The main church entrance is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00am-3:00pm, where you will find a collection bin inside the main doors. Materials donated will be delivered to MMDC and be put in quarantine until safe to use.

Send a Card to an Illinois Presbyterian Home Resident

Illinois Presbyterian Home is a local non-profit care facility here in Springfield. As residents are isolated and confined to their rooms, we would love to shower them and staff with cards, letters, and pictures from our Springfield First family. Mail a letter to one of the following:

Illinois Presbyterian Home
C/O Residents
2005 W Lawrence Ave
Springfield, IL 62704

Illinois Presbyterian Home
C/O Staff
2005 W Lawrence Ave
Springfield, IL 62704

If you have another care facility you are connected with, please feel free to send mail to that facility.

Mission Garden

Each year, we grow vegetables in a garden on the north side of the church property. All of the food goes to help the hungry in Springfield. Check back in the spring to see how you can help when it is time to plant the garden for the next year.

Contact us to help with any of these projects.