In Our Neighborhood
CONGREGATIONS FOR KIDS: GOOD START BACK TO SCHOOL
Sundays: July 30 and August 6,13
Congregations For Kids, a coalition of local congregations, helps students from low-income families within the Bellevue School District have a Good Start Back to School. Partnering with the school district, Eastside businesses and community organizations equip students with backpacks and supplies needed for the school year. Once again, Presbyterian Women and Kids Camp are partnering with Congregations For Kids by collecting school supplies. There will be a bus to collect supplies in the narthex on the following Sundays: July30, and August 6,13.
Click here for the list of items and more information.
SAGEBROOK RETIREMENT CENTER WORSHIP SERVICE
Fourth Sundays of the Month (11:45 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 CommitteeThe 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:
- May 12 - Boy Scout Troop 606
- June 8 - Deacons
- July 14 - OPPC Congregation
- August 11 - ABC Book Group
- September 8 - Presbyterian Women
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.
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.
FREE Metro Bus Tickets!
Do you ride the bus? Could you afford to ride the bus if you didn't have access to your car? There are many in our community who must depend on the bus system as their only transportation option. The homeless and marginalized in our community rely on Metro to get to shelters, meal programs, and everywhere else they need to go. We can each do a small act that will help them with their daily transportation.
Each year when you renew your car license tabs, Metro includes a form with your tabs. This form entitles you to eight free Metro bus tickets. When you see this form, why don't you fill it out to request your tickets? When you receive your tickets, bring them to the church office to be handed out or donated to one of our local ministry partners.