Faith alive! through mission
Mission. It is more than what we do:  it is why we are here, and it is who we are.

FPC feeds the hungry through our Weekend Backpack ministry and Meals on Wheels. But our mission doesn’t stop at food – we also provide housing to local families who need shelter.

Four times each year, we welcome those who are working toward a place to call their own through Gaston Family Promise. Graduates from this program are attending college, gaining skills and finding employment! In addition, we partner with Gaston Area Presbyterians (GAP) and Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County to build houses, transform lives and improve our community’s neighborhoods. Last year we joined hands with GAP churches and St. Marks Episcopal Church to build a home for a family on Pryor Street and we are currently helping build a home on Tanner Street.

In August, we gave away more than 200 pairs of shoes during Samaritan’s Feet at the Boys and Girls Club.

We recently sent $3,000 in budgeted Missions funds and more than $2,000 from a special offering to help with the immediate needs following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  These funds will be delivered by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and First Presbyterian Church of Houston, TX.

Thank you for your support of these ministries!


Wash feet. Pray. Make a connection. Build community.

Samaritan’s Feet shares hope with children in the U.S. and around the world by washing their feet, giving them a new pair of shoes, and helping them believe that their dreams can come true.
Samaritans Feet at Gaston Boys and Girls Club - August 9, 2019
Photos Courtesy Les Dix


Members and friends of First Presbyterian faithfully deliver hot meals weekly to medically homebound individuals who are unable to prepare meals themselves or have no one available to prepare meals for them. The service is offered through the Adult Services Division of the Gaston County Department of Social Services. To learn more, click here.

Backpack Weekend Food Program (BWFP)

The Backpack Weekend Food Program is designed to supplement weekend meals for students who depend on school breakfasts and lunches as their main nutrition.

Ways you can help:
  • $350 will sponsor one child for a school year.
  • Participate in packing and delivering backpacks to the school. 
  • Call the church office for more information about getting involved (704-864-2651).


The Nickel-A-Meal Hunger Offering is received the second Sunday of each month as an act of worship. Our gifts are administered by the Presbytery of Western North Carolina.
Statistics show that one in three people will need blood in their lifetime. People like Johnathan, a Gastonia native, born with Sickle Cell Anemia, and Reid, from Rock Hill, S.C., who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and Michelle, who owns Lake Lynn Lodge in Concord, fighting Non-Hodgkins Mantle Cell Lymphoma. Each of these people shared their stories with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, hoping they will inspire others to donate crucial, life-saving blood for those in need. Twice a year, FPC partners with CBCC in a drive to encourage other to donate life by donating blood! Email Parish Nurse Lisa Marisiddaiah for more information about upcoming drives!


Family Promise of Gaston County assists homeless families as they achieve lasting independence by providing safe shelter, meals, day care and support services for these families designed to address the underlying causes of homelessness. Through a unique partnership with diverse communities of faith like First Presbyterian, Gaston Family Promise provides emergency shelter, meals and supportive services to homeless Gaston County families.

First Presbyterian Church is honored to host Gaston Family Promise four times a year. Our next opportunity to host at FPC will be January 12, 2020 thru January 19, 2020. 

Rise Against Hunger

STOP HUNGER NOW has now become RISE AGAINST HUNGER. Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization with a mission to end hunger throughout the world in our lifetime. Rise Against Hunger's meal packaging program provides us the annual opportunity to pack dehydrated, high-protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used in crisis situations and in feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world.
A big thank you to our own David Pegram for sharing these photos!


Since 1993, First Presbyterian has worked with Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County to build affordable houses for families in our community. For the past six years, the Church has built homes alongside members of 15 Gaston Area Presbyterian (GAP) Churches. The Presbyterian Endowment Trust has granted substantial funding to Habitat homes built by the church over the years, including grants of $45,000 each in 2016, 2017, and 2018.


Each July, FPC chooses a local mission to support through our Christmas in July celebration. This year we are providing supplies for Least of These Carolinas.  Take tag(s) from the Christmas tree outside of Rev. Vanacore's office, purchase the items and place them under the tree or see the list below for suggested items. 


First Presbyterians are invited to contribute non-perishable foods for the benefit of Crisis Assistance Ministry (CAM) throughout the month of January and Serving Our Community with Kindness (SOCKS) throughout the Lenten Season (Ash Wednesday through Good Friday). Both non-profit community outreach agencies serve greater Gaston County.

Designated baskets are located in the Sanctuary Narthex to encourage worshipers to bring a contribution as they make their way to Sunday morning worship.