Pat & Donna Noonan of El Puente Ministry, here, Sunday, March 12

Our church has supported El Puente Ministry, a multi-ethnic school ministry centered in the Monument Neighborhood, since its inception. Pat will tell us what is happening with this wonderful ministry during the Sunday School hour at 11:00 AM. Please plan to join us for Pat’s interesting and informative presentation. There will be a no host lunch at the Spaghetti Factory at 12:15 PM if you’d like to learn more and spend some time with them.


Mission Prayer Requests: Mission trip, Compassion, and School for the Deaf

FPCC has supported the International Christian Ministry for the Deaf School since its inception. The school provides comprehensive care and development for the hearing impaired in San Salvador. Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry, provides children with health services, educational assistance, supplemental food and spiritual opportunities to know Jesus. One of our own, Susan Koester, will be heading south to San Salvador to help at the deaf school and visit her three sponsored Compassion children. She asks for prayers for good health and safety on the trip, the ability to communicate effectively, and make a difference in the lives of the children and staff by demonstrating God’s love in words and deeds. Please pray also for the continuing good work of Compassion and the deaf school. Contact: Susan Koester.


Mission Prayer Request: Medical Benevolence Fund

Medical Benevolence Fund is concerned with providing better health care in partner countries; Kenya, DR Congo, Malawi and Haiti. In the midst of extreme poverty their mission hospitals struggle to meet health needs and share the love of Jesus Christ. The current goal is to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in Malawi by providing critical health care to pregnant women, providing the opportunity to deliver babies at a hospital or inpatient clinic, giving moms and babies access to necessary treatments, medicines and vaccines. Please pray that treatments are available to make the difference between life and death for as many as possible. Contact: Ann Johnson.


Mission Prayer Request: Bay Area Rescue Mission (BARM)

We are proud of the work done by BARM in reaching out to the needy providing meals to the hungry, beds for the homeless, and spiritual support for anyone in need.  BARM, however, needs our prayers because the needs far outweigh its ability to provide help.   Pray for increased giving by BARM’s supporters and for additional volunteers to help out.  Also pray that the men and women in the discipleship programs will all graduate and then continue to grow in their faith and be inspirations to others. Contact: David Dowell.



Mission Prayer Request: Tara Chase, Frontier Fellowship

Tara Chase, Frontier Fellowship.  Note the name change.  FPCC has supported the Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship for many years.  During the last year, Tara has led a group working on a rebranding, including their website, now at frontier  Check it out.  Their core purpose remains the same.  Please pray that God will carry the organization through their transition to reach a wider audience. Please also pray for Tara’s upcoming trip at the end of January to Israel and Jordan to attend the ASK Network’s international prayer gathering in the Negev and visit Petra and friends in Jordan, for traveling mercies, safety, and effective prayers from the gathering for Israel and the Middle East.  Contact: Maren Stanczak,


Mission Prayer Request: Monument Crisis Center

Monument Crisis Center has had a busy December, delivering Holiday Food Boxes and special gifts, emphasizing warmth (blankets, hats and scarves and grocery gift cards) donated by supporters, to their many homeless and needy clients.  Please pray that donations and volunteers may be available to continue to help the less fortunate during the cold and wet January that is shaping up.  Contact: Maren Stanczak.


Mission Prayer Request: El Puente – a Bridge in the Community

El Puente – a Bridge in the Community – is a multi-ethnic ministry centered in the Monument Neighborhood of Concord.  It serves youth and families through service and support.  Its main ministry is with students of Oak Grove Middle School and Ygnacio Valley High School.  Please pray for additional volunteers so badly needed to interact with students and for new financial supporters.   Pray also that the ministry will encounter new opportunities to continue to build relationships with teens. Finally, please pray for the Noonan Family (Donna and Pat, Angelica, Lizbeth and Christina) that they will be energized to continue their fruitful work for the Lord through this ministry. For more information, please contact David Dowell.


Mission Prayer Request: Winter Nights Homeless Shelter

Winter Nights Homeless Shelter has a full complement of 30 people, and they are settling in well. Praise the Lord for the Jewish congregation who always hosts Winter Nights over Christmas. Please pray for success in finding jobs and permanent housing for the families, and that the kids will do well with their studies. Pray also for good health for the staff and volunteers. Contact: Maren Stanczak.


Mission Prayer Request and Christmas Offering:

She Is Safe, an organization FPCC has supported for several years, works with girls and women who have been abandoned by their families after being kidnapped into the sex slave trade or sold to traveling foreign businessmen . She is Safe gives the victims a safe place to stay and job training to give them a livelihood. Please pray for the safety of both the victims and the SIS workers who are under threat from the traffickers.

This year’s Christmas Offering will go to the SIS Pantaloons and Protections project which provides colorful pantaloons to girls in Indonesia to wear to protect themselves against rape. Today is the last chance to contribute, using the special Christmas Offering envelopes in the pew racks.,The church office will also accept donations when open this coming week. Checks should be written to FPCC with Christmas Offering in the memo line. Contact: Susan Lawson.


Mission Prayer Request: Go Ye Fellowship

Bill Baker of Go Ye Fellowship continues to work with an Orthodox priest to reach gypsies for Christ and to try to improve their economic situation. Please pray for renewed spiritual passion during this Christmas season. Contact: Ann Johnson.

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