OUTREACH MINISTRIES AT ST. BARNABAS
St. Barnabas has enjoyed a long established Outreach ministry. 2019 saw the development of an Outreach Commission which was set up to support the Ministries our parishioners felt most identified with the mission of our church.
The ministries outlined below were the beneficiaries of 1800 volunteer hours as well as donations/gifts totaling $11,000.
Our mission in 2020 will include continued support of these groups. We are open to other outreach ministry ideas. Please contact Cathie Price at 503-318-0057 if you have an organization or idea you would like to propose to the Commission.
We are grateful to all those who contribute and volunteer to help others.
We believe as is written in Matthew 20:28: “Not to be served but to serve”
Saturday Food Bag Program
St. Barnabas provides free food every Saturday between 3 and 4PM. Our bags contain enough food to feed a typical family of 4 for at least 3 days. We have no requirements to receive food. You do not need to apply, you do not need to be a member of our church, and you do not need to provide proof of financial need, citizenship or residence. In accordance with our Mission Statement we are happy to help you no matter who you are.
Here is a typical list of the food and other products we provide each week (Note: we cannot guarantee the exact contents):
- Meat (or vegetarian alternative)
- Fresh vegetables (onion, root vegetables, other seasonal products)
- Fresh fruit (minimum 6 pieces. Apples, oranges, bananas or other seasonal products)
- 1 quart milk (non-dairy drink available upon request)
- 1 dozen eggs
- Hummus, cheese, deli meat, breakfast meat or hot dogs, as available
- Bread (sometimes also bagels)
- Cereal or oatmeal
- Pasta or rice
- 1-2 canned products (tomatoes, sauce, protein beans, soup, tuna, etc.)
- Peanut butter
- Crackers, chips or cookies
- Toilet paper
- Trash bags
- 1 Cleaning or hygiene product (cleaner, laundry soap, bar soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc.)
We also provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, pork free, and no-cook bags. We will try our best to accommodate other special dietary needs upon request.
COVID REQUIREMENTS: We require all customers to wear a face mask and to remain 6 feet apart from other customers and volunteers. If you do not have a face mask, please ask us for one. At this time, customers are not allowed inside the building. If you need help carrying the food to your car, please just let us know.
We look forward to meeting you!
We have a strong volunteer group committed to ensuring our neighbors have access to good quality fresh food throughout this pandemic and the related economic downturn. There are many ways you can help out:
- Donate money: Since we buy in bulk, we can typically buy more per dollar than private individuals can. Therefore, while it is not as glamorous, we ask you to consider giving simple cash. Donations checks can be mailed to the church, or you can donate on-line here: St. Barnabas Give Now (please select the “Community Dinner” fund)
- Donate food: We accept fresh fruit & vegetables, as well as baked goods, dry goods, cleaning and hygiene products. We do not accept expired products. Please bring food donations to Grafe Hall (building closest to Vermont Street) between Noon and 2 PM any Saturday, or call the church to make other arrangements (503)246-1949.
- Corporate donations: Please contact us here: [email protected]
- Volunteer: We have a wide range of volunteer positions that include shopping, picking up donations, filling bags, handing out bags, dividing up bulk foods, reaching out to local businesses for support, helping to advertise our services, etc. Some jobs require working in a building with a limited number of other volunteers, other jobs can be done remotely. All volunteers must follow COVID safety protocols while on site. Please contact us here: [email protected]
FIRE DISASTER RELIEF Update
Fire Disaster Relief Update
The collection of tents, sleeping bags, blankets, coats and backpacks September 20th was a huge success! The Outreach commission expanded the initial list after meeting with one of the relief organizers who stated a need for winter jackets for evacuees and backpacks for the children in Detroit, Gates and Mill City who lost everything.
The delivery of these items from the first week occurred a week ago to the Marion County team and was received with tears and heartfelt thanks. The items went directly to the people who needed the aid and they were so appreciative. Many of the displaced residents with livestock were offered housing in Tillamook. Their animals however, had to remain in Salem. With little money for gas some residents had to camp out at the fairgrounds. Large tents were erected so they could stay dry. The air mattresses, tents and blankets were most appreciated.
This week’s collection of sleeping bags, coats, and tents will be going to Clackamas County relief. The Outreach Commission will split the cash/check donations received thus far with half going to the Detroit Lake Foundation and half going to Clackamas County Relief.
The Commission would like to thank everyone who has prayed for and donated goods and money to these fire victims. Special thanks go to Elizabeth Draper who put together 23 backpacks for elementary, middle school and high school students.
We would also like to thank Sally Willson, who with her relationship with Union Gospel Mission Thrift Shop in Tigard, helped us form a partnership with them. Their donations of coats, sleeping bags, tents, blankets and sheets was most generous. Sally and Union Gospel Mission are willing to continue their donations in the coming months as new needs arise. The Outreach Commission will be looking to reach out to the Parish later in the year to communicate new donation requests. We are VERY thankful for your continued caring and support.
Parishioners of St. Barnabas prepare and serve dinner for our Community the second Saturday of every month. We serve 50-60 guests each month with a tasty and healthy meal. Almost as important as the healthy food is the social interaction with our Community neighbors and friends. We also provide take home meals and food and personal item bags for those that need this additional source of food.
Update: During this time of Social Distancing while we are not able to serve monthly dinners, we have stepped up the frequency of food and personal item bag distribution to every Saturday at 5 PM.
Portland Rescue Mission
St. Barnabas is a church partner with the Portland Rescue Mission. We volunteer to serve meals at their Burnside location every month as well as cooking, serving meals and providing community for the mother’s and their children at The Shepherd’s Door six times a year. If you have a desire to help with either of our current Portland Rescue Mission ministries, please contact Lisa Ann Begley at 503-753-7245.
Update: During this time of Social Distancing while we are not able to serve at The Burnside location or at Shepherd’s Door we continue to reach out with food donations and stay in contact with these organizations until we are able to be with them.
We also hold a FALL INGATHERING each October collecting socks, hats, scarves, outerwear, blankets, tarps and hard warmers. At the end of the month these items are collected and transported to Portland Rescue Mission for distribution to the homeless.
On the first Saturday in December, the Women of St. Barnabas host a holiday tea complete with wonderful food, tea and fellowship. The attendees learn about an organization in the community that would benefit from our monetary and other gifts. In 2019, The Ronald McDonald House - SW Waterfront location was the beneficiary of the generous donations from our parishioners.
St. Barnabas is one of a number of churches in our neighborhood that has partnered with NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE. We pledge yearly to meet the SW HOPE community food drive goals.