Local and National Ministries
First Presbyterian serves locally and nationally in hands-on ministries that allow us to share the love of Christ with our neighbors.
Summer Lunch Box Program
For eight weeks every summer, we pack lunches for hungry children in Cumberland and deliver them to eight different locations every Friday. We pack and serve almost 650 lunches every week and, by the end of the summer, we serve over 5,000 lunches to local children. Not only do our church members help pack these lunches, but they also donate towards the cost of the food, purchase the food and deliver the lunches.
Monthly Outreach Dinners
On the fourth Sunday of each month, we help pay for, prepare and serve a hot meal to approximately 50 of our neighbors in South Cumberland at the HRDC on Virginia Avenue. Once a month, we also provide a meal to the 28 men living in the transitional housing units of the Gilchrist Center (formerly known as the Downtown YMCA).
Hosting NAILS Mission Teams
Throughout the summer we work with the NAILS ministry to house the out-of-town work teams for week-long work camps throughout the summer. "NAILS" is not an acronym. It is the name of a Mission Program that utilizes donations of supplies and funds, as well as volunteer labor to repair and improve local homes so that homeowners can live comfortably and safely in their home for as long as possible. The program specifically emphasizes assisting those with mobility impairments and health and safety concerns, as well as those in financial or dire need.
We regularly donate dry good and canned food to the Interfaith Food Pantry and seasonally to the Union Rescue Mission. The Union Rescue Mission has been in operation since 1963. The Union Rescue Mission, which is a community organization, has served thousands of meals in its dining hall over the years as well as delivered many food baskets across the Tri-State area. They also provide clothing and other essential household items for those in need across the area. In addition to their meal service and shelter, they also operate the Hope House, a 35 bed shelter for women and children.
United Campus Ministry at Frostburg State University
Frostburg State University, located just 15 minutes west of Cumberland, has a strong and growing United Campus Ministry (UCM), bringing together college students from all Christian denominations together to continue walking and growing in their Christian faith. College can often be a difficult time for young adults, and this ministry plays a vital role in making our local students feel the love of Christ while also developing strong, lasting relationships with other Christians on campus. First Presbyterian actively supports this ministry in a variety of ways, including having a member sit on the UCM Board as well as through programs such as the exam "Cram Packs" that are given out to students during exam weeks with goodies and encouraging messages.
The Ihanktonwan Learning Camp – South Dakota
Our church has been serving the Yankton Sioux Tribe in southeastern South Dakota since 2009. It is part of a larger ministry of learning camps in the Native American churches of the Dakota Presbytery, through the Baltimore Presbytery. Our camp goals are to provide summer educational instruction in the areas of math, science and reading to children in pre-K through 8th grades. During the week, we also prepare and serve breakfast and lunch to the children, and most importantly, build relationships between this tribe and the Native American Cedar and Greenwood Presbyterian churches.
In addition, we provide prayer and financial support for these ministries/organizations:
Allegany Health Right, an organization working to increase access to emergent dental care for low-income, uninsured/underinsured adults in Allegany County, Maryland.
Allegany Law Foundation, an organization that provides legal services to low-income clients and seniors in Allegany County for civil cases.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Alleghenies, an organization that matches at-risk children, ages 6-18, with adult mentors.
Family Crisis Resource Center, an organization dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault/abuse through intervention and prevention: providing counseling and shelter to victims of these abuses.
Sunday at Town City Center (Cumberland)