Missions Team

Feb 26, 2017   //   by Wade   //   Missions  //  No Comments

The Mission team is comprised of many members who are busy throughout the year working with the congregation on several local mission projects. One of our main missions is the Backpack Buddies Program which Jim and Louise Anderson coordinate throughout the year. People help pack and deliver the food to the schools a couple of times per month. The end of last year we were serving about 80 children per week, and this year we are serving 100 children per week. The schools we support are Lot Whitcomb, View Acres, and Oak Hills’ Head Start Program. The food that we pack for these children help give them the extra food and nutrition they need for each weekend of the school year. A fifth grade teacher told us, “Thank you for bringing Backpack Buddies to our school. It makes a difference. It really makes a difference for the children.”

Jay Knauss coordinates Red Cross Blood Drives quarterly at the church. Jim Anderson leads the monthly neighborhood Prayer Walk. Jim and others walk and pray for the neighbors in the Oak Hills’ neighborhood. Don Gissel coordinates the serving of communion to our members who are homebound. Susann Smith and Cathy Searles co-chaired the annual Christmas dinner that was served at the Clackamas Service Center in December. Dinner was prepared and served to about 80 homeless/low-income people in the North Clackamas county area. Volunteers were also organized to serve a Sunday meal at Feed the Hungry located in the Milwaukie Episcopalian Church. Sylvia Totzke has been researching ways Oak Hills can assist the refugee/immigrant community. She organized an event for our church to donate household goods to a local refugee program.

Through Missions, the church contributes to Portland Rescue Mission, King’s Cupboard, Love INC, Shepherd’s Door, and Medical Teams International. The church continues to support Wycliffe Bible Translators’ missionaries, John and Jody Wilson and Kent and Kim Rasmussen.

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