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
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 the church secretary for information on how to help. The current Director is Curt McCormack.
Mission and Stewardship projects: One Great Hour of Sharing, Tools and Blankets, Peacemaking & Christmas Joy Offerings, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Church World Service Baby Kits, and Hygiene kits for disaster relief.