Weekly Prayer Focus - Dryden 1st Jim Hicks, Interim Pastor 

The First Presbyterian Church of Dryden has, for over 208 years, served the spiritual needs of the people of this area.  Our congregation is a church family composed of individuals who have much love for each other and work to a common end to worship our Lord and serve each other and the broader community.  We support several worldwide missions including One Great Hour of Sharing, the Christmas Joy Offering and Heifer International and also respond to international programs for disaster relief.  On the local front, our church has housed the Dryden Kitchen Cupboard for over 35 years.  We also provide space on our property for the Dryden Clothing shed which distributes clothes to anyone in need and is opened during the same hours as the kitchen cupboard, 13 days each month.  Food for the WEB program is stored and packed at our church before delivery to the local elementary school for distribution to children at risk for hunger on weekends.  The congregation is generous in its financial and physical support for these programs.

Our Youth Group’s concern for the less fortunate drives their many creative activities and projects.  For the last 16 years they have sponsored a young woman in the Philippines raising the necessary funds in various ways.   Working with the youth from the local Methodist and Catholic churches they initiate the collection of food from the congregations which, in conjunction with the kitchen cupboard, has provided complete Thanksgiving dinners for 175 or more needy families in recent years.  For the past few years they have adopted several families for Christmas sharing the joy of the season with those less fortunate.  Our youth provide us all with a constant reminder “to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:18).