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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



     The Board of Deacons has designated the September "First Sunday" benevolence for the Moscow Food Bank. The rising cost of food is hitting everyone this year, from young families and single workers to retirees. All who live in Latah County are welcome at the Moscow Food Bank. No one is turned away. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Volunteer workers are from Moscow churches, including the Director, Linda Nickels.
     The Moscow Food Bank now partners with the Idaho Food Bank, which sends its food truck to Moscow twice a month, bringing fresh dairy, meat, seasonal fruit, and produce. The Moscow Food Bank is also the distribution point for USDA commodity boxes for those 60 and older in Latah County. In addition, Linda Nickels picks up food each week from local grocery stores partnering with Feeding America.
     The expanded building, completed in 2021, without stairs or ramps to climb, can be accessed at street level from the alleyway between Polk and Howard streets, off First Street. It features industrial-sized coolers and freezers to store perishable foods. Just in time, as an average of 30 to 40 groups or individuals come in each day. This busy hub also greets gardeners bringing in fresh produce, growers with sacks of potatoes, and Backyard Harvest volunteers with baskets brimming with fruit. Many newcomers to the community come for food now, and later help support food drives.
     Thank you for helping with this important work through your September benevolence giving. Offerings may be put in the offering plate or mailed to First Presbyterian Church (marked September Benevolence) or give online using the app or the "Give" button on our website at Please Send your contribution to First Presbyterian Church and indicate “Moscow Food Bank” on your check. Thank you for your support.



     Moscow Food Bank reports that their most-requested staples are peanut butter, tuna, rice, pasta, beans, soups, and spaghetti sauce, as well as tomato sauce and cream soups.
     Clean, single use plastic bags are put to good use at Moscow Food Bank! As more people come for food supplies, carry out bags are in short supply. Also 12-egg cartons.


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Peace and Global Witness Special Offering
September 3- October 1

The Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church USA connect us with other Presbyterians in every corner of our nation and the world through prayer and effort. As a Mathew 25 congregation we are called to actively engage in the world around us. Through our gifts we connect with God's most vulnerable children.

Gifts to the Peace and Global Witness Special Offering help active peacemakers and provide education and interaction with those that can show us how to do this work:

  • 50% advocating for Christ's peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative initiatives;
  • 25% links congregations in ministries in peacemaking, and
  • 25% is designated for building peace in our local community.

Join us in contributing to the Peace and Global Witness Special Offering, and in creating a Church where the love, justice, and mercy of Christ are evident.  The offering will be dedicated on World Communion Sunday, October 1.  Checks may be made out to First Presbyterian Church with "Peacemaking" in the memo line.  To learn more go to








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