In the Community

 
God has placed this congregation in the West Valley, and we believe that God calls us to be a blessing to our neighbors.  Through the following ministries, we reach out with God’s love.  
 

Gateway Elementary

Right across the street from us, over 350 elementary age students from our neighborhood go to school.  Many students come from homes where financial and food security is a challenge.  We are actively partnering with the school administration to see how we can be a blessing to the Gateway community.  Recently, we delivered a check to pay off the lunch bill for families who had accrued a debt that could not have been paid (pictured below, Pastor Kevin and Marcia deliver a check to the Principal and food manager).  A clothing drive for students who come to school with shoes/pants with too many holes will be delivered to the teachers who create a stockpile for these students in need.  We believe a vital partnership with Gateway is our gateway to sharing God’s love to our community.  
 
 

Deacon’s fund

During the course of our lives unexpected events like layoffs, illnesses and accidents can happen to all of us, and in those times the Deacon’s fund can be used to lighten the burden. It might be a card and flower to the sick, or to pay a utility bill to offer some temporary relief. Whatever the reason for the hardship, we trust God will work through us to provide comfort and share the love of Jesus. Support for the Deacons Fund is through the mercy and generosity of our congregation. Funds are collected every Sunday through the special green envelopes that are available in the church seat rack. We encourage you to support this important ministry as you are able.  Contact Doug Rutan for more information.

Deacon Food Pantry

The purpose of the Deacon’s Food Pantry is to assist individuals and families who are struggling financially by providing food baskets.  Each basket that is given away contains a 28 oz peanut butter, 16 oz jam/jelly, 28 oz chili/pork and beans, 16 oz cereal or oatmeal, 2 lbs of rice, 1 lb pasta, 2 – 24 oz pasta sauce, 3 – cans of soup, 1 – 12 1/2 oz can chicken, 2 –  6 oz tuna, 3 – cans fruit/applesauce, and 3 – cans of vegetables.  Donations of items on the list would be appreciated.   Contact Margaret Cowman or Barb Tamietti for more information.

Special events

The deacons also support and help with special events that occur every year, such as supporting families at Christmas with gifts and meals, helping families with school backpacks and supplies at school start and providing the meal at the Trunk and treat event.  If you would like to help on any of these events look for announcements in bulletins, newsletters, and on Facebook.
 

Christmas Angel Tree 

The Deacons work with local elementary schools to help families in our immediate area experience the joys of the Christmas season through meals and gifts.  Multiple local families are assisted every year.