We are a giving church and find many ways to support our community and others in the world. As a parish, we commit 10% of our pledged income to helping outside our congregation. We have many local projects and others in the wider world.
Locally, we support North Whidbey Help House food bank by collecting food the last Sunday of each month. For the last few years in the fall, we have adopted an elementary school to provide supplies for the classroom. We also collect snacks, blankets, socks, hats, gloves, and toiletries for those in our community who are homeless.
Some of the groups we have helped with funds are Ryan’s House for Youth, Spin Café, Garage of Blessings, Opportunity Council, Help House, Whidbey Homeless Coalition, Episcopal Refugee Resettlement Office, Episcopal Relief and Development, Episcopal Community Action, an orphanage for albino children in Tanzania, a Diocese in El Salvador, Midwives on Mission working mostly in Africa, foster children on Whidbey Island, Olympic View Elementary School, and others. If you have a suggestion for an outreach program, or know of a need, please contact the church. If you would like to assist with one of our outreach ministries, we would welcome your time and talents.
The children are finishing up their mite boxes this Sunday and are collecting change for what has become an annual Advent Outreach project. They will be collecting coins through Christmas and will be giving half to a local cause and half to a special project through Episcopal Relief and Development. If you are so moved, please give your spare change to the children’s project.
Please keep in mind the following opportunities to be involved in helping those in need in our community:
Spin Café has a couple of pretty easy jobs for us to help with this summer. The first one is to help with set-up and take-down of a booth at the Coupeville Farmers Market. June Zacharias sells grocery bags, lunch totes and aprons, all made from recycled animal feed bags, as a fund-raiser for the operating expenses at Spin Café.
However, she is not able to do any lifting. Set up begins at 9:15 am, and takes about half an hour. Take down starts at 2 pm, and I am sure would not even take twenty minutes. Saturdays in June are already covered. If you are interested in either, or both, for one or more weeks of the summer, please let Susan Ho know (contact information below).
The other program is with the Free Lunches for Children, which is coordinated out of the Oak Harbor School District. They provide lunches and deliver them to various spots in the area. Then volunteers hand them out to anyone under 18 who comes. Spin Café is in charge of volunteers for the site at Flintstone Park, on Bayshore Drive. This runs from 11:30 to 1:30, Monday through Friday, from June 25 to August 31.
If you wish to volunteer for either of these opportunities, or need more information, do not hesitate to call Susan Ho at 360-682-6091 or email her at email@example.com.
We've received word from The Haven that they are in need of some supplies--especially snacks! We have a basket in the Narthex to collect items for The Haven. As noted here, you can also drop things off directly to the Christian Reformed Church, who are current Haven hosts.
The Haven is running very low on the items from the list below. The most needed items at this time are snacks. If you are able to donate any of the items from the list it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for all you do for those who need it most. Donations can be dropped off at The Christian Reformed Church 1411 Wieldraayer Rd. Oak Harbor any evening 6-8 pm.
We appreciate all you do for The Haven. This list is a list of items that we use on a regular basis and are always needed. Thank you so much for your support to help those in need!
Hot Drink Cups
Plastic Spoons, Knives & Forks
Lysol Spray Cans
First aid items (cough meds/tums/alcohol wipes)
Hygiene Items (deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc.
Feminine Hygiene Products
Little Debbie/Hostess snacks
Cup Of Noodles
Instant Oatmeal Packets
Instant Drink mix