Christian Living & Outreach

Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season:

Thanksgiving Ecumenical Food Drive - People’s Church will again be participating in the Ecumenical Thanksgiving food drive this year. The churches participating are Holy Mother Consolation Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Community of Life and People’s Church. There will be barrels at Union Bank & Trust, Fantastic Sam’s, Anytime Fitness and the Firefly. The drive will start on 11/6, and culminate on 11/22 with sorting of all food here at People’s Church. Please join us in the celebration and sorting starting at 6:30 p.m. on 11/22.

Food Bags for Children in Need:

People’s Church will be providing approximately 125 bags of food for children in need over the winter break. Starting on Sunday, November 5th, we are asking you to bring in specific food items each Sunday. On December 17th, we will assemble the bags during the Fellowship time. The schedule for items to be brought in is –

·         November 5th – 1 jar peanut butter and 1 jar jelly

·         November 12th – 1 box cereal and 1 box of crackers

·         November 19th – 1 package of fruit cups or applesauce

·         November 26th – 2 cans of soup

·         December 3rd – 1 package of macaroni & cheese microwave cups

·         December 10th – 1 box of granola bars

If you prefer to make a money donation, we estimate that each bag will cost approximately $25.

Thanksgiving Dinner:

People’s Church will be serving Thanksgiving dinner on 11/23 from Noon until 1:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to assist with prep cooking on Tuesday 11/21 and Wednesday 11/22, and to assist with morning preparations and serving on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to bake pies. Please contact Kathy Smith at ksmith@peoplesumc.org to volunteer. The cooks would appreciate it if anyone planning on attending would please contact the church office before November 17th.

Blood Drive:

People’s Church will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, December 21st, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed the day of to assist with registration, to work as donor aides (talk to donors, get donors to refreshment area), and to staff the refreshment area. Volunteers are also needed to provide baked goods for the donors. To volunteer to assist with the blood drive, or to schedule an appointment to give blood, contact Kathy Smith at ksmith@peoplesumc.org.

Thank You Notes from The Community:

Brian Busler, Oregon School District – “I would like to take a moment to thank you for your generosity. Our community is an integral part of our school district, and your assistance is just one of the many ways you help provide for our district’s families. … Over the summer, through the Operation Oregon Lunch Program, the lunches you provided and handed out helped make sure that our children had a well -balanced lunch when they may not have otherwise received one. Your kindness and compassion are truly appreciated.”

Roe Parker, Anderson Park Friends – “I want to thank the members of your church for the generous donation to Anderson Park Friends. We greatly appreciate the contribution to our forest restoration and prairie building projects. The funds will support our efforts to build a beautiful asset for the entire community.”

Chris Kluck, Principal, Netherwood Knoll Elementary – “Netherwood was both surprised and grateful for your recent donation to our Netherwood Knoll Arboretum. … Your generous donation will help us to improve and maintain the Netherwood Knoll arboretum for our students. Thank you very much.”

Kathy Smith

Director of Christian Living and Outreach

Sue Koch