April 2022

Dear Friends,

Let me tell you a little bit more about the Lucas Project.

The Lucas family is going through Peacemaker’s holistic financial training program and are currently living in a rental home. They are about to become first-time homeowners after a period of homelessness and move into a house that was donated to Peacemakers. Our church, along with other local churches, has partnered with Peacemakers to help fix up this home to be the absolute best it can be for the new homeowners.

Over the course of two weekends in March we landscaped the front yard, trimmed trees, removed cacti and other bushes, demolished a kitchen, removed old carpet, and prepared the house to be renovated and renewed. The Lucas family will be purchasing an amazing home from Peacemakers, and the fingerprints of First Presbyterian Church are all over that new home.

One other aspect of this project is a financial commitment to Peacemakers, the Lucas Project, and South Rocky Mount. Session has pledged $20,000 to the Lucas Project to help renovate this home and make it a bright spot in our community. When the Lucas’ purchase their home, that money will be reinvested into more homes and refurbishments in South Rocky Mount, which we hope to be able to help refurbish and renew with sweat equity and more weekend work days.

This one time financial commitment is a down payment for a cleaner, safer, and more lovely South Rocky Mount with homeownership, financial stewardship, and changed lives.

If you were a part of one of our work days, share how much fun you had with our church family and neighbors. If you are able, please begin to think about how you might be able to help us meet our $20,000 pledge to Peacemakers and South Rocky Mount. There will be more information about how to do this coming out in the next few weeks.

Finally, I offer my thanks to everyone who helped to make this happen, whether it was providing snacks, lending your labor, or investing your money in this project. This great ministry of First Presbyterian Church is truly making a difference in our community.

With love and gratitude,

Matt