At John Knox we are constantly working on projects to help minister to our own congregation and to our community. We feel privileged to be able to use the energy and talents that God has given us to live and work as Jesus taught us. Below are some of the current ongoing services at John Knox Keizer.
Keizer Community Food Bank
4505 River road N
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 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 part of the Marion-Polk Food Share/Oregon Food bank 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, Pentecost, Peace and Global Witness, Christmas Joy Offerings, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
Presbyterian Church (USA) Peace and Global Witness offering. Every day we are witnesses to conflict. We read news stories of violence and supposedly irreparable divides. Angry rhetoric fills our airwaves, inboxes, and social media feeds. We see conflict tear apart communities, families, even people we know. Surrounded by this strife, it's easy to see the world through a dark lens of discord. We may even come to share the doubt expressed in Psalm 78:19 "Can God spread a table in the wilderness?"
The Peace & Global Witness Offering challenges us to look at the world not as a place where conflict is inevitable, but where Christ's peace is possible. The programs supported by the Peace & Global Witness Offering help bring people tables of peace, justice, and reconciliation even in the wilderness of war, violence, and division by:
Supporting the work of Presbyterian mission co-workers to bring together former enemies and begin healing the spiritual wounds of war.
Here in America it enables efforts to turn back the tide of gun violence that claims too many American lives
Facilitates a transformative dialogue about the difficult subject of race to find new common ground
Supports witness, because by sharing the abiding love and mercy of Christ, more people can find their way to a seat at God's table.
Your support acknowledges that a wilderness of conflict may surround us, but we are not abandoned there. If we open our eyes to the possibilities of peace, we see God has set a table for anyone willing to take a seat.
Gifts can be made through:
John Knox Presbyterian Church, P O Box 20968, Keizer, OR 97307
Text PEACE to 20222 to give $10
OUT OF CHAOS, HOPE
IN SOUTH LOUISIANA
Many Waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it, - Song of Solomon 8:7
Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to the people of Baton Rouge and the Gulf Coast in the wake of catastrophic flooding.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has deployed the National Response Team to support the Presbytery of South Louisiana and the Synod of the Sun as they begin outreach to those affected.
Your gifts are urgently needed now to support these communities as more needs are identified and the hard work of mucking out and rebuilding begins. You can join in the response and encourage those in need by standing in the "GAP"
For More information, visit www.presbyterianmission.org/pda
Financial Support for relief efforts to help address the needs of those impacted by the flooding can be made:
by phone at 800-872-3283 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (EST) to give by credit card
by check designated to DR000191; mail to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P O Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
text PDA FLOOD to 20222 to give $10 to US Flooding account
Volunteer to help with cleanup and rebuilding; contact the PDA National Call Center at 866-732-6121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn how you can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed.
Pray for families impacted by flooding through loss of property and livelihood; for first responders and all others who put themselves in harms way to care for those impacted; that communities will work together and build stronger relationships and connections; for God's sustaining grace through it all.
Congregations Helping People
600 State Street, Salem OR
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!), this our Christ Jar Offering, is gathered monthly and 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, or would like more information on their wish list or the work they do, please call them at 503-391-4365