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.
Stewardship is the act of organizing your life so that God can spend you.
Lynn A. Miller
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,
Gifts of non-food items, such as laundry detergent, hand soap, dish detergent, cleaning supplies, paper towels, tissues, personal hygiene items, and pet food are always welcome. These items can not be purchased with the SNAP cards, nor are they purchased with cash donations to the Food Bank.
Toilet paper cannot be purchased with SNAP cards, however one roll of toilet paper is given to each family whether they are a family of two or a family of 8. Your donations of toilet paper are greatly appreciated as it means more than one roll of toilet paper can be given to each family.
AUGUST FOOD BANK FOCUS
Thank you for your thoughtful gifts of items that are not covered by SNAP benefits but are necessary to maintain a healthy household. In August, we'll focus on Bathroom soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, personal care items. Other items that move quickly include, pet food, baby formula and baby food (check date, it has to be current), and coffee and tea. We also appreciate your recycled plastic and paper grocery bags and gifts of cash to buy food in bulk, as well as any food items you are able to donate.
Mission and Stewardship Projects
One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peace and Global Witness, Christmas Joy Offerings, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
Be Earth Friendly
Environmental Stewardship is part of John Knox Church’s culture - in the early years before there was curb-side pick-up, the men of the church routinely collected a truckload of newspaper to recycle; in the mid-1990s, we stopped using Styrofoam cups and plates; and continuing today with washing cups, plates and tableware instead of disposables as much as possible.
To be an Earth steward is to do what we can to do the least amount of harm to the environment; our practices, even though small, make a difference over time; and as more and more people joins in the effort, the impact can be significant! And it is can have an impact on our budget - the newspapers recycled in the 70’s & 80’s raised cash for the church; not watering the lawns in summer and replacing toilets with water sense models reduce the church’s water bill, and as the church has switched light bulbs from incandescent to fluorescent to LEDs, we can expect a reduction in our lighting costs. But as with any process involving many people, education is a key component to continuing to care for God’s creation; a good reminder of environmental stewardship is that familiar green triangle made of arrows chasing each other is:
RECYCLE, REDUCE, REUSE
Many ideas as how and what to do can be found at the Marion County’s Public Works Environmental Services website which has a wealth of information to help each of us improve our community, the larger environment and our wallets!
John Knox Community Garden
“The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.”
Since 2009, the Session & members of John Knox Presbyterian Church have freely provided the John Knox Community Garden (JKCG) to the community to:
nurture the growth of food for our gardeners, neighbors and community,
build and strengthen community
promote earth-friendly practices and sustainability through gardening.
Twenty-four plots averaging 15’x 15’ plus seven raised bed boxes, 4’x 12’ are gardened by community and church members, most of which return each year; however, a few spaces come available each season.
For available space, please contact the Garden coordinator, Mary Jo Emmett at email@example.com or call 503 930-0975. A certain amount of garden space is dedicated for donation to the neighborhood and larger community which has identified JKCG as a ‘core’ garden in the Marion Polk Food Share (MPFS) Garden Network. As we are recipients of donated seeds, transplants, supplies and volunteers, we serve and donate to the local foodbank, community shelter and share with neighbors in need.
Freely received, freely give” …
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