Adopt A Family

Dear Adopt A Family supporter,

Thank you for your previous support and interest in the Adopt A Family program. Adopt A Family was created to aid families with infants and children up to 18 years of age in providing gifts during the holiday season. In order to qualify, families must reside in Manhattan or Ogden and provide proper documentation indicating financial need. Last year, 251 children received gifts through the Adopt A Family program. Without donors, many of these families have no means of providing any holiday gifts for themselves. We invite you to help us share the season by becoming an Adopt A Family donor.

To sign up please complete the donor information form online HERE ASAP. If you choose to become an Adopt A Family donor, you may expect to receive your family match package by November 25th. If you need to receive your match prior to this date, please indicate that when signing up.

The drop-off date and time for gifts will be Thursday, December 12th from 4 to 7pm at the Douglass Center Annex, located at 901 Yuma Street. You will also have the opportunity to deliver your gifts directly to your family match, if you wish to do so. More details about gift drop-off will be provided with your family match information package.

Your generosity and consideration in becoming an Adopt A Family donor, and providing gifts for those less fortunate, is greatly appreciated. Please note that every effort is made to match donors and families effectively and all information is kept strictly confidential. If you have any questions, please email Kristin O’Donnell at jlfhadoptafamily@gmail.com. The women of the Junior League of the Flint Hills are honored to coordinate this program and thank you for helping us share the season.

Best wishes,
Junior League of the Flint Hills

Donor Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up as a donor?
Sign up by filling out the online form located HERE

When is the last date to sign up as a donor?
The deadline was November 1, 2019 but has been extended. Please sign up ASAP.

When will I receive my family match package?
We work very hard to match our families to donors immediately following family sign-up events. You can expect to receive your match package by November 25th. If you need to receive your match prior to this date, please indicate that when you sign up or send us an email at jlfhadoptafamily@gmail.com.

Can we give the family cash or gift cards?
We ask that you avoid gifting cash or gift cards, including those to be used for groceries or gas.

Can we give the family a used gift?
We strongly request that you do not provide the families with any used items. If you feel this is necessary or beneficial, please contact your family directly. Gifts are expected to be new and in perfect working condition.

Can I gift something that is not on the families wish list?
Of course! The wish list are items in which the family has indicated as a need or interest however, you may choose to gift items that are not on the list as appropriate.

Can I give gifts to the parents as well?
Parents understand that it is optional for you to purchase gifts for them and that the focus of this program remains on the children. However, you are certainly welcome to purchase gifts for the entire family.

Where and when can I drop off my gifts?
Thursday, December 12 from 4 – 7pm at the Douglass Center Annex, located at 901 Yuma Street.

Can I deliver the gifts to my family directly?
Yes. We encourage you to make delivery arrangements personally to experience impact that Sharing the Season has on the community and how your contribution makes a difference. Please contact the family directly to make these arrangements prior to December 6th (the actual delivery date and time can be determined by you and the family).

Should I wrap my gifts?
Yes. Gifts should be wrapped and labeled with your family’s names. We understand that larger items are difficult to wrap and ask that you use your discretion for these items.

What is required at drop off?
Junior League will provide you with your family’s number in your match package. Please place all of your wrapped gifts inside black trash bags with your family’s number clearly marked on the outside of the bag (index cards tied on with string or ribbon works well). This will help us streamline the drop-off and pick-up process.

My family speaks a different language than I do. Can you provide someone to translate so that I can drop off gifts in person?
A large number of the families that sign up for Adopt A Family are Spanish-speaking. If you are unable to communicate with your family to arrange delivery, we strongly encourage you to utilize the gift drop-off.

Is my contribution tax deductible?
No. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a tax deductible receipt for Adopt A Family contributions at this time.

First Academy

Come join us for the first First Academy this fall on Monday, October 14. Our speaker will be Deb Kluttz, Executive Director for The Homestead. Deb has had a couple of close relatives in the sex industry which prompted her to seek training and expertise on this topic originally. She has received training through FAST curriculum (Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking) at Wesleyan Headquarters, the Not for Sale Campaign, Polaris Project, I.C.T.SOS in Wichita, and StripChurch Ministry in addition to the personal reading and research she has done on her own. Deb is currently the Executive Pastor at Westview Community Church and has been on the leadership team at WCC since 1996. She graduated from Manhattan Christian College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible and Family ministry, and a minor in Christian Education. Deb was ordained in the Wesleyan Church in July of 2004 and in 2013 graduated with a Master of Science degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jingle Bell Run, December 8, 2019

Mark your calendars for the Jingle Bell Run on December 8, 2019! This event includes a 5k and 1.5 mile run/walk and silent auction that will begin at 4:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Refreshments will be served following the race. Register HERE.

All proceeds from this event will support the Riley County 4-H.

Medals will be awarded to the winners in the men’s and women’s divisions and to the two top finishers in age brackets.

If you are interested in volunteering, we could use your help! We are in need of volunteers to assist in numerous capacities. Please register HERE. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt!

Please call the church office at (785) 537-0518 or email Race Director, Sarah Diamond at sarah@firstpresmanhattan.com with any questions.

We hope to see you on December 8!

Upcoming Book Studies

Join Jeff and Carmen Schober for an intensive book study about renovating your heart! This class is for those who would like to read daily, think critically about what it means to be an apprentice of Jesus, participate in a weekly discussion, and work through how to practically put on the character of Christ in our everyday lives. We’ll meet every Wednesday from September 11th to December 18th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, in the Life Room. Childcare provided! Contact Carmen at carmen@vivalajoy.com or 785-477-0721 to sign up. Book Needed: Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ 


Join The Attic for adult Christian fellowship and casual discussion! We meet on Sunday evenings, beginning on September 8th, for a meal at 5:15pm.  After the meal, we’ll watch a short video and discuss a chapter of Renovation of the Heart: The Student Edition. Childcare is available from 4:30pm-6:15pm. Please contact the church office (caroline@firstpresmanhattan.com or 785-537-0518) for more information.


“We don’t believe something by merely saying we believe it, or even when we believe that we believe it. We believe something when we act as if it were true.” 

– Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart 

The Wednesday Evening Women’s Bible Study will begin on September 11th at 6:15 in the Chapel.  We will be using Priscilla Shirer’s Study ‘Discerning the Voice of God’.  This is a seven week study.  You can order a book from Amazon.  If you have any questions please contact Joan Mann at 785-317-4648.

First Presbyterian Church Family Picnic!

 When: September 23

•4:30 p.m. gather and games with pony rides!

•5:30 p.m. dinner served

Where: Friendship Park (Presby Place if inclement weather)

Provided: Jim’s Chicken, beverages (water, tea, lemonade)

Bring: Side dish or dessert to serve 12, personal table service (plate, silverware, cup, napkins), folding chairs if possible

Sign up in the narthex for Flag Football Tournament teams!

Sunday School Classes

Adult Sunday School Classes (9:15 a.m.)

The Covenant Class, led by Dean Armbrust in the chapel, will have a 3 week review of the Major Figures of the Protestant Reformation

The Questions Class, led by Steven Graham in the library, will be studying a DVD series titled “First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God”

Senior High (9th – 12th grade) – The Loft

Children Sunday School Classes (10:30 a.m.)

Lower Level Christian Education Wing
“Mustard Seeds” (4 mo – 2 yrs)- The nursery
“Seedlings” (3 – 4 yrs) – The Grove Room

Upper Level Christian Education Wing
“Frogs” (K & 1st grade) – The Way Room
“Owls” (2nd & 3rd grade) – The Truth Room
“Trees” (4th & 5th grade) – The Life Room
Junior High (6th – 8th grade) will volunteer with the younger children

Cloverton Concert 2019

First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan, KS announces that the band CLOVERTON will be performing on Saturday, September 14th at 6pm. The performance will be part of a neighborhood block party hosted in the parking lot of the church and will include local food trucks and bounce houses at 5pm. Admission to the event is free and everyone is encourage to bring a lawn chair.

With the quickening success of their sophomore album “Bloom,” the 4 piece pop-rock outfit brings a new collection of original songs to a world that is hungry for music with depth and substance. The Bloom album focuses on the journey. “It’s a calling out…an invitation,” says front man, Lance Stafford. “We’re all in a constant state of motion. We’re either transforming into a more heavenly version of ourselves, or we are deforming into the opposite. The music that inspired the album (Bloom) takes a deeper look into the steps on that journey. From celebration to contemplation, the album and the tour provide a space and time for people at all places on their journey to engage in a worshipful musical experience birthed out of spiritual transformation. Many of the songs were written in the midst of my own spiritual awakening. Our lives don’t stay the same. Culture changes. We get older. We have kids. They get older. And throughout all those changes, we must bloom more and more into the creation that God has intended in each of us. We are seeing people respond to that invitation. They are hungry. They are unfolding. And we really see it having an impact on the kingdom.”

Without the help of a record label, Cloverton propelled onto the Christian music scene in 2011 as the first ever ROCK THE CAMP contest winners hosted by TobyMac and Camp Electric. Soon after, Cloverton scored the #1 most downloaded song in the history of KLOVE radio for their first single “Take Me into the Beautiful”. The band followed up that effort with an unforgettable Christmas rendition of Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah,” reaching millions of viewers (YouTube) in just weeks while climbing to the #1 slot on iTunes and being featured on CNN.

The band would go on to record and release their first full-length studio album “Patterns” in 2013. In 2014 Cloverton would release a Christmas EP titled “We Sing Joy” which climbed to #1 for multiple weeks on iTunes. In September of 2017, the band would release their newest offering, “Bloom.”

From their humble beginnings as a small church worship team, to the recent release of their highly anticipated second full-length album, Cloverton continues to pave a new way for independent Christian music.

“None of us are into compromising or settling for the status quo. It’s a daily choice. To what or who am I surrendering today?” Stafford says. “Our aim is to create music that inspires, awakens, and frees the next movement of leaders, artists, pastors, visionaries, inventors, missionaries, dreamers, and teachers. We are either moving toward or away from the person God has specifically created each of us to be. Our hope is that the music we create can accompany others as they walk out that journey.”

Visit clovertonmusic.com for additional details and to hear more.

Join us for Flint Hills Praisefest 2019

Saturday, September 21st at Cico Park, Manhattan, Kansas

Thrivent is privileged to be a major sponsor for the 8th year in a row!

TWO Tremendous Generosity Events and Opportunities to Serve:

EXCLUSIVE PURPLE Live Generously t-shirts (printed just for Praisefest 2019)!

*Quantities are limited. To claim yours and for more information, sign up early for one of the Generosity Events below by clicking the “Join Us” link!

We will also have a booth at this year’s Praisefest and we are in need of volunteers to help us run our booth and hand out information about our church to the community!
Contact the church office to sign up!