First Presbyterian:  Church on the Edge
5555 South Washington, Grand Forks, North Dakota, (701) 775-5545, email:

Team Focus

Teams Serving Others


Spreads the word about First Presbyterian and plans events to welcome the community to our church.

Apple Fest:

The AppleFest team works throughout the year to make crafts, jellies, and apple pies to sell at their fall event.  AppleFest this year was October 16.  Chef Nathan Sheppard turned out great pancakes with apple chutney from 8:00-11:30 that morning.  Apple pie ala mode was served from 11:30-2:00.  Crafts, jellies, and white elephants were for sale throughout the day.

A new twist to AppleFest was a 5K walk-run starting at 8:00 am that day. The run started and ended at the church.  A kids run around the church yard started at 9:30, with a storyteller featured afterward.

The AppleFest team grows to include the whole church on event day, when everyone's help makes light work of this super event.

Thanksgiving Dinner:

Thanksgiving The Thanksgiving Dinner team welcomes people from the church and the community to dinner at noon each Thanksgiving Day. In 2010 we celebrated the 11th serving of the traditional meal. Church cooks provide turkeys, hams, stuffing, potatoes and gravy. Those who attend bring favorite holiday dishes (veggies, salads, desserts) to share.

Helpers are welcome as the team sets tables and carves turkeys on Wednesday. Thursday morning anyone who likes to cook is welcome to help in the kitchen. The tables fill quickly as individuals and families gather about 11:30 with serving starting right at noon.

After the meal (and seconds) some fill to-go boxes for the homebound while others help with dishes and cleanup. Originally planned as a meal for those who would be alone on Thanksgiving, the team finds that multi-generation families enjoy eating at the church, too. Groups from one to more than 20 are welcomed, and church affiliation isn't required.

Holiday Ministries:

Organizes the angel tree giving and purchases food boxes for area families at Christmas time in partnership with Red River Valley Community Action and the Teamsters Union.

Love Feast:

Serves a feast each January to low-income neighbors as part of Zion United Methodist's monthly meal program.

Teams Serving the Church

Worship Planning:

Meets twice a month to plan for Sunday worship; decorates the sanctuary for special seasons.

Young Children & Worship:

Uses a special Montessori-based program to help children learn worship skills in a hands-on setting on Sunday mornings.

Vacation Bible School:

Organizes a week of fun and learning for all ages each summer.


Landscape Team

The landscaping team works every Friday morning throughout the summer mowing, weeding, and keeping the church grounds and patio beautiful.

This is an intergenerational team and everyone is welcome.

After the snow flies, the team meets for coffee on Friday mornings.  Come pull up a chair at 10:00 am.  Guests are welcome year-round!


Takes care of the routine maintenance of our beautiful building.

CD Ministry:

Mails CD recordings of the 11:00 worship each Monday morning to those who are homebound.

Office Volunteers:

Perform many important tasks and answer the phone throughout the week.

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