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Mission and Outreach
On World Water Day 2011, Pastor Katy issued a challenge to the congregation:
Save the amount of money you might spend on a bottle of water (or other luxury) each day, and give it to help bring clean water to a place in the world where people don’t have it.
After a year, the fund was small, and again she proposed the idea. This time it caught hold and, through many generous givers, we were able to send $5000 to Living Water International, and a well was built in a small community in Northern India where people now have a safe, local source of clean water. We celebrated this first well with an Indian potluck and auctioned some beautiful items made by women artisans in India, which became seed money for another well fund. Our second well was built in Guatemala in December, 2013. Four of our members participated in a Mission Trip to rural Guatemala and helped drill that well. As of 2020, we have funded eight wells or water projects and sent a total of three teams on Mission Trips to help build wells (Haiti and El Salvador in addition to Guatemala).
It is unacceptable that some people in our world drink dirty water that makes them sick and has to be carried from long distances. We feel compelled to do, in Jesus’ name, whatever we can to change that, and continue to accept donations for water wells and improvements.
Hopeful Saints Ministry has a “food box” giving program in our town of Heppner, Oregon twice a year: the Sunday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday before Spring Break. We collect fresh and canned food and hygiene products and distribute 40 boxes to the first 40 families who come to our door- no questions asked. Help collecting, packaging and distributing this gift of food is always welcome.
A large garden has been created behind the parsonage on Alfalfa Street to raise summer produce that can be shared with community members. Volunteers are always welcome to help out and help themselves to whatever is ripe and ready.
Mission Sundays are the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month when all cash plate offerings on those days are earmarked for outreach programs. These have included local needs (food boxes, Neighborhood Center, school supplies for children, preschool scholarships,) nation-wide programs (Relay for Life, MS Foundation, Red Cross, Special Olympics,) and global mission (well building projects through Living Water International, Lutheran Disaster Response and Episcopal Relief and Development.)
Service in the community and beyond (past and present)
Heppner Music in the Park
Serving Senior Meals
Volunteering at Willow Creek Terrace Assisted Living Facility
Hosting the MS Walk
Pioneer Memorial Hospice
Ascension School & Conference Center – scholarships for camp
Eastern Oregon Cursillo Community – a lay movement within the Diocese of Eastern Oregon for Christian spiritual renewal and leadership formation