Where Can I Serve?
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 India. People in a small community in Northern India now have a safe, local source of clean water.
We celebrated with an Indian potluck and auctioned some beautiful items made by women artisans in India. This was the beginning of another well fund, and our second well is scheduled to be built in Guatemala in December, 2013. Some members of the Shared Ministry will take a mission trip to help bring clean water to a town there.
This global outreach has energized the imagination of our small Shared Ministry and we are on our way toward funding a third project. It is unacceptable that some people in our world drink dirty water that they carry from long distances and which makes them sick. We are compelled to do, in Jesus’ name, whatever we can to change that.
The Shared Ministry has a “food box” giving program in our town of Heppner, Oregon. Twice a year, Fall and Spring, we collect donated food items and distribute them to anyone who comes for one. Several other local churches also make donations of items for the boxes. We have given 40-60 boxes each time for three years now. After the list of items has been donated, a group of parishioners gathers on a Saturday to pack the boxes. The following day, Sunday, is distribution day. People are notified through local media that they may stop at the church and pick up a box of food with “no strings attached.”
“Mission Sundays at the Shared Ministry are the 2nd and 3rd Sunday each month and 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.)
Vacation Bible School in conjunction with area churches
First Fridays Friends of Jesus for children age 4 to 12
Ecumenical Youth Group for 7th to 12th Graders
Service in the community and beyond
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