In Our Neighborhood
ways to help at department of health and social service (DSHS)
We have become a partner in the needs of the King East DSHS office, which is in our own community! Below are ways you can be involved:
Deep-cleaning of the visitation rooms that we refurbished in 2016 – we plan to do this three times a year, with possible light sorting etc. in-between.
Storage of extra items for foster kids – in the shed behind the church. We will refill the DSHS closet as items are going to childre who are in foster care as their families rebuild.
Office Moms and Dads – if you have a bit of extra time, you could be on a list to be called to spend time with children in transition at the King East office in Crossroads. You would supervise them so that the Social Worker could get some work done. You have control over how much time and when you wish to help. And there is training before you start.
Donate items for the children or gift cards for the staff at King East DSHS - ANYTIME!
If you’re interested, email Cindy Coleman.
SAGEBROOK RETIREMENT CENTER WORSHIP SERVICE
Fourth Sundays of the Month (10:45 a.m.)
Sagebrook Retirement Center (formerly Crossroads) is where OPPC has been providing a short worship service on the fourth Sunday of each month for many years. Originally this was a Deacons’ mission, but is now under the auspices of our Mission Committee. The residents of Sagebrook are always so very grateful of the worship service being provided to them because many can no longer attend a church service on their own. If you would like to join the ministry team that leads the service or just check it out, talk to Patricia Tuor. It is a very rewarding ministry.
Salvation Army dinners
The Crossroads Community Dinner at the Salvation Army helps those in the area who are struggling, by serving a hot meal every week day night. Different churches and community groups take turns preparing and serving the dinner. For many of those who come each evening, this dinner is their only meal of the day. Groups from OPPC have served on the 2nd Friday evening for many years. Our schedule for the next several months is:
September 14 - Presbyterian Women
October 12 - OPPC Youth Group
November 9 - OPPC Congregation
December 14 - Session
Please contact Dave or Carol Bosworth at (425)821-3046 if you’d like to help any of these groups serve dinner this winter!
In addition to the meal we serve, we now give each person a Snack Sack as they leave after dinner. These bags contain a bottle of water, 2 juice pouches, 2 applesauce cups, 5 granola type bars, fruit chews and chocolate bits, a Mandarin orange and a cheese stick. It helps to fill in the gap for the weekend when there is no dinner served. Please plan to stay a few minutes after worship on the Communion Sundays in January, April, July and October to help pack the bags.
Do you want to help with this outreach to our neighbors? Donations can be made to help make sure that people have something to tide them over Saturday and Sunday. A snack sack costs about $4.00 to assemble. Checks should be made out to OPPC with "Salvation Army Feeding" in the memo line. For more information contact the main office.
knit and crochet hats
Due Sunday, December 9
Have you noticed the chill in the air? Imagine living outside as many of our neighbors who share the diners at the Salvation Army do. The warm meals certainly make a difference to them, but we'd like to extend the warmth. Our goal is to have 100 (or more) hand-knit or crocheted hats of all sizes on December 14 when the OPPC Session will be serving the community dinner. Then all the guests can choose a warm hat.
How can you help?
Knit or crochet warm hats using acrylic knitting worsted weight yarn.
Share yarn for hats. Do you have leftover yarn? Small amounts can make colorful striped hats. Bring any color of acrylic knitting worsted weight yarn and put in the box in the narthex.
Patterns for simple knitted or crochet hats are available or use any pattern you like. We need sizes to fit all ages
Bring your finished hats to the church by Sunday, December 9 so they can be distributed at the December Salvation Army dinner served by our session on the following Friday.
Our Community Garden has been planted and the food produced will be used for both outreach and helping to fight hunger in our community. As the growing season continues, we will begin having Harvest Days on Sundays. We will invite people from our community to these to receive fresh produce. This will help us meet our neighbors and build relationships with them.
Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) Shelter
Each August, OPPC hosts CHF. Focused on ending homelessness in East King County, CFH helps men to successfully make the transition from homelessness to permanent housing, and self-sufficient. The year-round shelter is one way OPPC can support the mission of CFH and make a real impact on our community. For more information about CFH, please visit their website here.
The overnight shelter will operate from 7:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. every day. We will need volunteers to help with serving meals, making lunches, visiting with the men at dinner, and helping with supplies. (All meal supplies are provided by Latter Day Saints and Newport Presbyterian). Mark your calendar and consider how you will be involved with this important mission opportunity at OPPC. For questions or to add your name to the list of volunteers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopelink food donations
Each month, we take our non-perishable food donations to our local Hopelink office. This food is then distributed to families in need around our area. Keep in mind that during the summer, the donations to food banks generally dwindle, while the need rises. The students who are provided breakfast and lunch through the free and reduced-price meal programs at the schools are home for the summer without the support of that program. Bring your non-perishable food donations to church on any Sunday, and they will be taken to Hopelink.
For more information on Hopelink, visit www.hope-link.org.