FPC 2023 Mission Trip
Senior High Youth Mission Trip
Iron Mountain, Michigan
We are planning on having an amazing Senior High School trip to Iron Mountain again this year! Below you will find links to register, for packing lists, and tons of information regarding our trip. We are excited to finally get information out and start the registration process which is NOW OPEN!!!
(Incoming 9th Graders - 12th Grade)
Mission Trip Information
When: Sunday, 7/30 – Saturday, 8/5
Where: Iron Mountain / Kingsford Mi.
Who: Incoming 9th graders - 12th Graders
Meet at First Presbyterian, Sunday morning 7/30 to load trailer & vans and, a short dedication before departure.
We’ll be working on a new home build for the Menominee River area Habitat for Humanity http://habitatmr.com/
This is our Second project with Menominee Rive Habitat following 10 years at Marquette County.
We’ll be housed at: Grace United Methodist Church, Norway Mi. This is approx. 10 miles east of Kingsford Mi. http://www.norwaygraceumc.com/
How do I sign up?? Secure your spot by filling out the required release form on the church website. https://www.firstchurchhastings.org/
Fill out the appropriate form (under 18 OR 18+) and Submit.
When your form is received, your name will go on the planning list and you’re in! We’ll send you an email confirming that we have your information and, you’ll be included in any additional communication needed.
What to Bring
What to Bring:
a refillable water bottle, labeled with your name
sleeping bag and pillow, air mattress, cot, pad, etc.
enough work clothing for 5 days
work boots or tennis shoes for work site. No open toe shoes
MODEST swimsuit and towel, clothing for the beach and evening activities.
tooth brush, tooth paste, toiletries
at least one heavy sweatshirt or jacket
at least one pair of jeans/long pants
other items to consider (but not required):
Bible, money for evening goodies (if desired), bug spray, sun screen, camera, rain coat or poncho, cards/board games, beach toys (Frisbee, beach ball, etc.), hammer, tape measure, tool belt, etc.
Mission Trip Schedule
Sunday 7-30 6:00 a.m. - meet at FPC to load equip & bags
6:45 a.m. - meet for short dedication
7:00 a.m. - group picture
7:15 a.m. - depart Hastings
12:00 p.m. - lunch (St. Ignace)
6:00 p.m. - arrive at Grace United Methodist Church, Norway Mi
Monday – Friday
(7/11- 7/15) 7:00 a.m. - wake-up
7:15 a.m. - breakfast
8:00 a.m. - on the job site
12:00 p.m. - lunch
5:00 p.m. - finish work day
6:00 p.m. - dinner / Devotion
- evening activities: shower, beach, games
11:00 p.m. - LIGHTS OUT!
Saturday (8/05) 9:00 a.m. - leave for Hastings
6:00 p.m. - arrive back in Hastings
History of the FPC Mission Trip
The First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Hastings has been building homes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan annually since 1983.
Each year we ask the Barry County community and our congregation to support the Youth Mission Trip prayerfully and financially. This year (2022) will be our 39th mission trip to the UP to build a home.
This endeavor began nearly 40 years ago when, several congregation members of the FPC of Hastings met with a woman named Sarah Williams, from Alger County.
PFC had been sending youth on mission projects to various other states. Sarah offered the opportunity to do mission work without leaving the state of Michigan.
At first by improving existing homes and, then evolving into building of homes for needy people in Alger County. Sarah Williams sold her own home to begin this undertaking and she continued to be a part of each build.
Prior to 2007, Sarah Williams was responsible for soliciting workers, grants, and materials to ensure that the house was completed when our group left at the end of the week. Often, this process would take more than a year to complete.
FPC was responsible for the majority of funding for building materials.
In 2007, HfH Hiawatha land expanded its activities into Alger County, It was natural that they recruited the help of Sarah Williams. Since then, we’ve teamed up with Habitat for Humanity Hiawatha Land and more recently, in Marquette County. For 2022 we’ll be teaming for the first time with Menominee River HfH.
Working through HfH, the homes are completed quicker and, although there is less financial requirement from FPC, we do continue to make a significant financial commitment to each project. The annual Youth Mission Trip is funded largely by FPC endowed funds designated specifically to support the continuation of the YMT.
Our group dedicates one week in July to building a home for a needy family in the U.P. During our week, we expect to take the site from a foundation to a roughed in home that is weather-proof.
This annual week-long mission project is a year-long commitment from our leaders and youth volunteers.
Each year we bring a group of youth and adult workers to the UP to spend a week building a home for a needy family.
Our mission is “to serve and expand the kingdom of God through the words and actions of the youth and adults on the Youth Mission trip. The purpose of this trip is to develop and mature Christ-like servanthood in our Senior High and college-aged youth by modeling Christian service to those less fortunate, through the building of a home for a disadvantaged family.”