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. In 2007, several other local churches joined the effort and the food bank changed its name to the KEIZER COMMUNITY FOOD BANK. Services were expanded to include a Monday evening distribution time for clients who could not come during the day. Due to need and increased community participation the food bank moved to its current premises at the neighboring Faith Lutheran Church on River Road in mid 2009.
Volunteers are always welcome at the Food Bank, and donations of food or money allow KCFB to continue to minister to the hungry in our community.
For information on how to help, contact Jim Johnson, Operations Manager, 503-931-7612
At John Knox we continue this ministry through donations of food, and through volunteers who stock the shelves on Wednesdays, and serve clients at the Thursday distribution. In 2017 we discerned there was a need for non-food items such aslaundry detergent, hand soap, dish detergent, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, personal hygiene items, coffee, tea, and pet food.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.
FEBRUARY FOCUS ITEMS
pet food, kitty litter, and other petcare items
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” …
One Great Hour of Sharing
One great hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. During lent we lift up the works of three PC (USA) ministries through One Great Hour of Sharing.
Ways to give to OGHS:
Via check to JKPC, reference OGHS, post to P O Box 20968, Keizer, OR 97307
Works alongside communities as they recover and find hope after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters and support for refugees.
Share your Bread with the Hungry
Takes action to alleviate hunger, care for creation, and address the systemic causes of poverty so all may be fed.
Loose the Bonds of Injustice
Partners with communities responding to their experiences of oppression, poverty and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these issues.
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
John Knox Presbyterian Church, 452 Cummings Lane N, P O Box 20968, Keizer OR 97307