At John Knox we are constantly working on projects to help minister to our own congregation and to our community. We feel privleged to be able to use the energy and talents that God has given us to live and work as Jesus has taught us. Below are some of the current ongoing services at John Knox Keizer.
KEIZER COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
4505 River Road N • 503-851-9100
One of our community outreach missions has been the JKPC Food Bank. Begun in 1989, it operated out of a closet in the Social Hall, serving 45 families and 150 people. The food bank has expanded over the years to serve hundreds of families a month. During 2007, several other local churches joined the effort and the food bank changed from the JKPC Food Bank to the KEIZER COMMUNITY FOOD BANK. Services were expanded to include an evening distribution time for clients who could not come during the day.
The increasing need for food assistance along with a substantial increase in community participation led to a move of the food bank to a larger facility and at the neighboring Faith Lutheran Church on River Road in mid 2009. Although the food bank is no longer located physically at JKPC, it will always be a special mission of this church as JKPC continues contributing and volunteering to feed the hungry through the food bank.
The Keizer Community Food Bank is a part of the Marion-Polk Food Share/Oregon Foodbank distribution network to serve people in Marion and Polk counties. Volunteers are always welcome at the Food Bank, and donations of food or money allow us to continue to minister to the hungry in our community. Contact Director Curt McCormack for information on how to help.
Mission and Stewardship projects
One Great Hour of Sharing, Tools and Blankets, Pentecost, Peace and Global Witness & Christmas Joy Offerings, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
We are currently accepting donations to the PC(USA) offering "One Great Hour of Sharing" (OGHS). The love and support that we give through gifts to OGHS impact the lives of people through three Presbyterian programs: Self Development of People, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, & Presbyterian Hunger Program. Each program has their own areas of service but when the crisis is so over-reaching, PC(USA) partners with national and international church and aid agencies to maximize efforts. Such a case is the West Africa Initiative begun in 2007 to assist in the rebuilding and rehabilitation of Liberia and Sierra Leone following years of civil war and recently the Ebola outbreak. Thanks to continued support and efforts of the OGHS programs, the connection to partners in the region remain and communities in the region are recovering economically and enabled to support and educate the orphaned and abandoned children in their midst.
Congregations Helping People
600 State Street, Salem OR 97301
P O Box 12412, Salem, OR 97309
Congregations Helping People (CHP) is a coalition of Salem and Keizer churches that works out of First United Methodist Church in downtown Salem to assist people with emergent financial needs. By combining our resources with others, we can help meet the needs of more people.
At John Knox Presbyterian we save our change (and paper money too!) We gather this, our Christ Jar offering monthly and it is dedicated to the work of CHP. We also support CHP through the church budget.
You can support CHP with your gifts of money, items on their wish list, prayers or your time. If you are interested in volunteering, would like more information on their wish list or the work they do please call them at (503) 391-4365