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.
Let us be renewed by God's mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.
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. 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. JKPC continues contributing and volunteering to feed the hungry through the food bank. 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.
For information on how to help, contact Jim Johnson 503-931-7612
Gifts of non-food items, such as laundry detergent, hand soap, dish detergent, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, personal hygiene items, coffee, tea, and pet food are always welcome. These items which are essential to running a healthy home either can not be purchased with the SNAP cards, or are not purchased with cash donations to the Food Bank.
JANUARY FOOD BANK FOCUS
toilet paper, tissuesand paper towels.
Hats, Underwear, Gloves, and Socks
Having learned of the needs of children entering foster care from Marion Country Child Services, we are launching a clothing drive - H.U.G.S.
Expand your thinking to include other related items such as ball caps, hair ties, brushes/combs, toiletries, pajamas, pillow cases, towel set, bathroom supplies, night light/flashlight, stuffed animals, a jacket/coat to wear with gloves, shoes/ gift cards to buy shoes....
All sizes are needed from infants to large teenagers (XL-XXXL)
We will be collecting these items throughout January, to be dedicated during worship, Sunday February 11th
Through the work of the Christmas Joy Oﬀering, we seek the living of this truth: that God’s generosity is the source, the support, and the outcome of our own. We give because God has freely given. We give to support the needs of our church leaders—past, present, and future—and we give to provide education and leadership development skills at Presbyterian–related racial ethnic schools and colleges.
Many of the students attending Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges are the first in their families to enroll in higher education
God amplifies and extends those gifts through the ministry of those leaders.
We will receive the CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING through January 7, 2018.
Please give generously.
Be Earth Friendly
“One word… Plastics… There’s a great future in plastics”
Remember that quote from the 1967 movie, “The Graduate”? Well, the future is here & plastics have become too much of a good thing – plastic is everywhere. Literally, everywhere…especially where we don’t want it – litter along the road, trash in our land, in the ocean, in our food… and we, consumers, manufacturers, industry, government are failing to deal with it. Plastic is a part of modern day living; there’s no going back, but we can be more conscious and deliberate in our use AND disposal.
Plastic IS recyclable – somewhere – where there is the processing capabilities and the market for the particular type of plastic.
Earlier this year, the reprocessing plants in China gave notice that because of the contamination in the US recycled plastic, they will no longer buy from us. So unsold recycled plastic bales are stacking up and backing up in the whole waste stream. If there’s no buyer, the warehouses full of bales become a garbage problem and the cost of their disposal will be passed along through increases in our garbage bill.
What can we do?
Reduce contamination - Literally, rinse bottles & clean the food debris out of jars
Throw out the caps & lids – most of them are not recyclable
NEVER, NEVER put plastic bags or plastic wrap in the Blue bin
REDUCE the amount of plastic we buy. Instead of individual plastic water bottles, use a refillable one
Use reusable shopping bags
Reduce the use of plastic wrap by using silicone lid covers
Buy bulk foods and repack into containers you already have – if you can’t store or use that quantity of food, find or form a co-op among your friends and split the cost
Rethink whether or not you really need that item in the first place.
RE-USE or repurpose plastic containers – most are washable and good for reusing at least once or twice or more.
“Plastics…still in our future but where, how and at what cost?” This is a stewardship issue for all of us.
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.
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