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Did you know...

For 2021, income at 100% of the Federal Poverty Level is $12,880 annual gross income ($1,073 monthly) for a single person. For a family of four, income at 100% of the Federal Poverty Level is $26,500 annual gross income ($2,208 monthly).

In northern Idaho, a staggering 34% of population is living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).  Yet, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, the cost of living in Idaho for a family of four is $65,083 per year.  For one adult and one child the cost of living is $58,115 per year. The inability to earn and save money prevents people from being able to see a path forward out of poverty    and into independent stability.

Serving the World

We are a congregation that believes strongly in putting our words into actions and sharing God's love outside of our walls.  See just a few of the ways we serve here.

 

This Month's Mission Focus

Locally...

DEACONS’ BENEVOLENCE OFFERING FOR JANUARY

The Deacon’s Benevolence Offering for the month of January will be directed to Latah Recovery Center.  Located in downtown Moscow, the Latah Recovery Center works with people to enter into and engage in recovery from addictions and behavioral health disorders through peer-to-peer interaction and evidence-based practices to promote a healthy community. Offerings may be put in the offering plate, mailed to First Presbyterian Church (marked January Benevolence), or given online using Tithe.ly .

 

 FPC TO FOCUS ON AREA FOOD BANKS IN FEBRUARY

Latah County has the second-highest food insecurity rate of Idaho's 44 counties.  Food insecurity is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's measure of lack of access, at times, to sufficient food for an active, healthy life for all household members, and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.  Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time.  Instead, food insecurity may reflect a family's need to trade off between needs such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.  In our area, which is served by at least 3 food banks, we have a number of college students (40%-50%) who fall into the food insecure category largely because of these trade-offs between food and the increased cost of housing and other basic needs.  Our focus this month is helping to address this issue by increasing our donations to local food banks.  Current needs include tuna, peanut butter, canned or dried beans, and tomato products of all kinds, as well as personal care items such as toothpaste, soap, diapers, etc.  Donations may be placed in the grocery cart in the foyer of the church Monday through Thursday mornings and Sunday mornings.  Please take a look at the information display next to the cart to learn more about area food banks and how you can volunteer.  Cash donations may be sent to the church with a note on your check indicating it is for "food banks."

 

Nationally / Internationally...

Special Offerings

As part of Presbyterian Church (USA), our congregation participates in disaster relief, education programs, social justice efforts, and economic development through our contributions to four special offerings throughout the year.  During the season of Lent, which begins February 22, the focus will be on One Great Hour of Sharing.  Watch for details once Lent begins.

 

 

 


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