“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love...” - Galatians 5:13
EMERGENCY STIMULOUS FUND
With seed money from the Presbytery of the Cascades, Westminster Church has created a “COVID-19 Stimulus Fund” to support the work of Salem community organizations such as Family Promise/IHN, Congregations Helping People, Marion Polk Food Share which includes Table of Plenty, other food pantries, and Melas on Wheels and MidValley Community Action Agency that includes Arches, Taylor’s House HOME Youth services, and DeMuniz Resource Center. These organizations are actively helping people in our community with housing, food assistance, and other social needs. Many of these are critical, essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are challenging our congregation and friends of Westminster to consider donating to our COVID-19 Stimulus Fund. 100% of these donations will go to the agencies above for relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. As funds come in, they will be distributed monthly. They will not sit in the fund. The fund will be open through 2020 but on December 31st remaining funds will be distributed, and the fund closed.
GRANTS FROM THE PRESBYTERY OF THE CASCADES & PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE
In early May, Westminster received a grant in the amount of $419.33 from The Presbytery of the Cascades. This grant was designated for, and went directly to our local food bank, Table of Plenty.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has approved a $4,000 grant to the Presbytery of Cascades which will go to Salem for Refugees, a community outreach mission of Westminster. The funds will provide emergency assistance to refugees.
Mission, Peace, advocate, and Eco-Justice committee strives to serve, support,and inspire our local church to take action to provide God’s peace and justice and protect God’s creation.
Through the Mission, Peace, and Eco-Justice committee we reach out and support the members of our global and local community. We partner with non-profit organizations in the Salem area and work year-round on various programs, such as:
Collecting food for the Table of Plenty food pantry and clothing and household goods for Helping Hands
Serving lunches to the homeless as Kairos volunteers
Hosting families in transitional housing as a part of IHN
Implementing the Refugee Supper Club for Salem for Refugees
Compiling and selling Life Pax meals
It’s inspiring and often enjoyable and takes many hands to keep these programs running successfully! We encourage you to get involved. Click on any of the links below to learn more about these programs. Contact Christine Speak,
firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about joining us.