Community

Responding to Needs

Many of you have generously asked how you can best support victims of local wildfires, especially those individuals and families that have been displaced. Right now there is a coordinated effort by the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley to accept in-kind donations along with coordinating volunteers to help organize donated items and get them out to evacuees. Here’s where we could definitely use support from you and your congregation: Collecting donated items from your congregation (sleeping bags, bedding, blankets, diapers, hygiene supplies, water, pre-packaged…

Camp Agape and Morning Star

Agape Families exists to provide hope and stability to families impacted by incarceration. Agape was founded in 2012 in response to the estimated 22,000 kids in Oregon that have a parent that is in prison. The impact of incarceration stretches far past the individual that is sentenced, and their children currently face a number of challenges in their lives including economic hardships, health concerns, academic difficulties, housing deficiencies, and more. Without hope or resources, these kids are placed on a…

Caring For Hospital Staff

Hello, Church family!  We all know that our Salem Hospital staff have been working hard under stressful circumstances these last couple months. They don’t complain and they do their job knowing it could compromise their own health because they want to care for our community.  We want to say “thank you” and to do so, we want to provide a meal for them. We have committed to providing a meal and an encouragement note to eight different departments over the…

Caring For Our First Responders

Hello, Church family!  Our first responders are such an important part of our community and we want to celebrate and help them in whatever way we can. I am excited to announce a tangible way we can help in this current season of life. This coming Thursday, April 9 from 8 am – 4pm in our main parking lot, 3R’s Construction will be using a thermal fog that is proven to destroy COVID-19. Many first responders including Police, Firefighters, and…

Mama Tribe – Activity Resources!

Hi Mamas! So . . . who’s got COVID-cabin fever already? Man, we have been thinking about all of you with littles! Even though we’ve had to cancel our upcoming events, we wanted to offer you some resources to keep those little ones busy, educated, and entertained! Here are some things we’ve found while combing through social media, and let us know if you’ve found other resources you think would be helpful so we can add them to the list! Zonder…

Community Group Update

Hello Community Group Leadership! Based on MANY conversations with you as leaders, and seeing the latest from the CDC and our government leaders we will be suspending Community Group meetings and Sunday service Watch Parties starting today. We want EVERYONE to be safe and the best way to do that is to follow best practices and recommended protocols from our government and healthcare leaders. We can also be the body of Christ to our community as we do our part…

Church Watch Parties

Hello church family, We sure live in interesting times! There is so much uncertainty, and with that can come fear, worry, and a host of anxieties. If you’re like me you, don’t want to worry about things, but it still happens . . . more than I would like. The things we can’t control tend to weigh most heavily on us, and we are certainly not made to carry that weight on our own. The Lord made us for community,…