Missions and Outreach of FPCGV

For over 200 years, Presbyterians have been responding to the call of Jesus Christ, taking the gospel into all the world and bearing witness to Christ’s saving love to the ends of the earth. Today the Holy Spirit is still on the move, calling us to share in what God is doing in the world.​

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

Our congregation is involved in many ways with this local ecumenical and non-profit organization. Members of our congregation volunteer for GRACE in the ministries described below. We also give annually from our mission ministry budget and collect and deliver food items for the pantry. Call GRACE at 817-488-7009 for additional opportunities to volunteer.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. They welcome all people to join to build simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those who lack adequate shelter.

We try to be ever attentive to the needs of our community and the world.  This electronic news letter highlights our current efforts and stories of our partnerships.

Our Mission Newsletter

GRACE-related FPCGV ministries

Feed Our Kids – For one week in the summer, friends from FPCGV serve lunches to children at a local apartment complex, bridging the gap for children who normally receive free or reduced lunch at school. We are NOT just feeding tummies but feeding hearts and souls.

Food Pantry – A large amount of our mission ministry budget goes toward providing eggs and butter for this food pantry. There is also a collection box outside the church office for other non-perishable donations.

Transitional Housing – This case management program allows homeless families to enjoy clean, stable housing while working toward self-sufficiency.

Medical Clinic – This is a comprehensive program that provides a holistic approach to health care for families who do not have access to traditional medical care.

Resale Stores – Donated items not needed for other programs are received and sorted at “Donation Station” then sold at resale stores.

In Our Area

PDA is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Our congregation supports PDA with a yearly donation through the Mission Ministry.

Since its beginnings in 1903 as an orphanage in Dallas, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services has been providing residential care and other services to children and families with no place else to turn.

Meals on Wheels is an organization that delivers a lunch meal to elderly and disabled home bound residents. First Presbyterian Church of Grapevine is associated with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, located in Fort Worth. Teams from FPCGV deliver meals each Monday. First Presbyterian Church is a local pick up site.

PCAS consists of a family of care-oriented organizations blending values built on compassion and faith with high-quality senior care, long-term care, Alzheimer’s and memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapies, hospice and palliative care. Presbyterian Communities and Services is a ministry, first and foremost.

Volunteers from FPCGV serve meals to those in need at the Louden Women and Childrens’ Center at the Presbyterian Night Shelter on a quarterly basis traveling to the shelter near downtown Fort Worth.

The YAV program is a faith-based year of service offered by the PCUSA for young people, ages 19-30, in 22 sites around the world and in the United States. YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in intentional community with peers and mentors.

My Faith Family is a church-based ministry to the foster families who care for children in need. These churches embed and surround each foster family with volunteers who embrace the missional call to care for those who care for orphaned children.

For more information, please contact Sandra Playle (sandra@adrenalinehighs.com)

South Korea

Rachel Crilley is blazing a trail being the only Westerner and first American to study mission history and post-colonial theology at the University of Yonsei, Seoul, South Korea. Presbyterian Missionary Horace Underwood founded the university along with many of the South Korean hospitals and schools. Rachel is creating connections with the Presbyterian Women in Korea as well as working at the largest Presbyterian church in the world, Myungsung with a membership of 20,000. It’s an honor and privilege for her to be able to work there. She graduated from Princeton Seminary.

The Mission Ministry and Presbyterian Women at First Presbyterian Church of Grapevine, Texas support her financially and with our prayers as she works towards ordination and a possible PhD. Rachel’s father, Rev. Dr. Bob Crilley, is the lead pastor at First Presbyterian and her mother, Rev. Judy Crilley, is a chaplain at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

RAHAB’S ROPE is committed to fighting human trafficking in India and to bringing life and hope to its many victims. It is a faith based non-profit organization that desires to follow Jesus’ teaching and direction on every step of the journey. Rahab’s Rope is Love in Action. Our church has not only supported this mission through our Mission Ministry budget but have FPC Grapevine membership support through other endeavors. If you feel called to serve with this mission or would like additional information, please contact Nancylee Hadley or Vicki Moore through the website at www.rahabsrope.com.

Niger & South Sudan

Jim and Jodi McGill began mission service in 1995, as PC/USA missionaries, working with the Church of Central Africa in Malawi in the areas of water/sanitation and health.   Our church has supported this PCUSA mission team since 2018.

Jim works with the church in being a strong participant in the rural development of Niger and South Sudan and an effective advocate for the health of its people. Jodi serves in Niger training students in its new nursing school. She also works in the health clinic on a regular basis.

Jim received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Wake Forest University and his master’s degree in geological engineering at the University of Arizona. Prior to his service as a mission co-worker, Jim spent many years in Africa as the child of Presbyterian missionaries to Congo and doing geophysical research with the Geology Department of Duke University.

Jodi holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and microbiology from Northern Arizona University. She also holds a Master of Science in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner and a Master of Public Health from Emory University. She has served as a nurse both in the Atlanta, Georgia area and in Africa.

The McGill’s are the parents of six children, twins Jason and Michael, Salome, Selina, and twins Joseph and John. They are members of Columbia Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Georgia,

The McGill’s said: As always, we are grateful for your prayers and support. We are blessed to be able to serve God in Niger and South Sudan, and previously in Malawi, because of your support. We are sincerely and humbly grateful.

Central America

For over a dozen years, we have partnered with HOI to transform and improve the lives of the people in remote, underserved villages of Honduras and Nicaragua. The mission teams work in an assigned village on home prayer visits, bible school, and repairs or improvements. We take donations of medical and school supplies and see how they are used. As one participant said, “You can read about it, hear about it, and look at photos, but you just don’t know about how the need and how much good can be done, until you go!”