Community Ministries @ FBCBeaverton
Adding a little flavor and shining a little brigtness to the community

Feb
03

Each Friday we open up our Essentials Pantry.  Working in conjunction with Love, Inc we are serving over 40 families every three months.  After families or individuals go through Love, Inc they come to the essentials pantry to get cleaning supplies and products for personal care.  Each week, thanks to generous donations, we shop to fill up the pantry.  Out of all the gap ministries of Love, Inc.  the essentials pantry is one of the most popular.  It is located in the hall of Kelly’s office.  On Sundays, if you want to contribute some things, there is a list on the welcome center with some of the needs of the pantry.

Several times during the year we will do a pantry drive in front of Thriftways.  Thriftways are so gracious to let us do the donation drives in the front of their stores.  If you are interested in these drives, let me know and we will put you on the list. 

The Food Pantry serves mainly the immediate neighborhood and those from our church family.  A family may visit the Food Pantry once a month.  It is located in the L Wing in the closet between the youth rooms.  Once the construction begins, it will move to downstairs.

We have a few volunteers, the Woodmans and Richard H, to shop for the pantries.  Bill Herd volunteers on Fridays to work with the people coming in for the essentials pantry.   If you are interested in volunteering in this ministry, leave a comment on this post.

Feb
02

The SWS (Severe Weather Shelter) has opened up three different times since we started this ministry.  We work in conjunction with Washington County’s emergency shelter program.  At this time, we are the only SWS in Beaverton, but since we have opened our doors on the crazy cold days we have had assistance with several different churches in the Beaverton area.  Murrayhill Christian, United Church of Christ, Bethlehem Congregational, Bethlehem Luthern, St Pious VI and others as well.  Many of our own church have helped with food, volunteering, administration, clothing and blankets.  It has been amazing to watch the body of Christ work in such a beautiful way.  Thank you to all of you!

The SWS opens if the weather is 32 or below for two or more consecutive days or above 90 for two or more consecutive days.  Right now, we are just shooting from the hip a little.  Some things that are working well and some things we would like to do better.  If you have helped with the shelter in any way, leave a comment and let us know what your thoughts are.

We are putting together a response team that will be in place when we activate the shelter. 

Shelter Coordinators:  Greg Malinowski and Kelly  Nelson – These two act as contact  for all shelter activities and communicate to the county and pastor and oversees the program.

Shelter Host – persons who will oversee the shelter operations and act as hosts on day or night shifts, greets guests at the door and provide a facilities tour of the area we are using (downstairs).  We need two persons on duty at all times while the shelter is open.  During the night, we would like for you to switch off times which of you is awake.  Hosts will work with logistics coordinator to set up shelter amentities;  e.g. cots, blankets, shower stuff, etc.  Hosts will work under the direction of Shelter Coordinators.

Meal Coordinator – Persons who will arrange for meals for shelter guests.  This person inventories the food we have and shops for added things if needed.  The meal coordinator will work under the direction of the shelter coordinator.

Logisitics Coordinator – Person who will provide services in support of the shelter operations.  Mainly, it will be enlisting the volunteers for the time the shelter is activated.  Plus, may need to do shopping for shelter necessities, ask for donations, etc..  possibly put together transportation of some sort – but not likely.

Cleaning Coordinator – Person(s) (right now this person is Warna L) who will come in the morning after the shelter has closed and clean up the downstairs.  The hosts will straighten up things, but since they have been there all night we are asking for special people to come in and take care of dishes, cots and blankets.  Cots will need to be stored in Kelly’s closet.  Used blankets and towells will need to be washed at the end of the shelter activiation and unused ones stored.  Unused food will need to be put in pantry and dishes done.

These are the volunteer staffing positions the manual suggests, plus one.  So many of you have volunteered and unofficially done one or more of these.  If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, comment and we will get in touch with you.  Thanks for considering!

Jan
30

Did you know there are about 92 different languages spoken in the Beaverton school district?  Many of these families do not know how to speak English.  Beaverton is the most diverse city between San Francisco and Seattle on the west coast.  Amazing, huh?!

We realize the great need for conversation and ESL classes in our area.  As we minister to our community, one part of that is going to be English classes.  We have had a steady class for quite awhile, but we are ramping up. 

Training is with Beaverton Literacy Center and it is Feb 21 and 28 from 9am to 4:30pm.  I believe for you to get all of the training needed you just have to go to one or the other.  The cost of the class is $20.  If you would like help with this cost, let us know and we can work it out.

Hopefully, some of these classes will be in the houses of the people we will be working with.  If some of you would like to help, but do not take the training and would rather be a support person, let us know and we will pair you up with a teacher.

We hope to start these classes March 1.  We have already had someone come and ask to be apart of a class.  Beaverton Literacy has already put our group on their s

The goal of this ministry is to help people in our community be able to speak English and that will make them more employable.  Eventually, we would like to give citizenship classes.

Thanks so much for your consideration and support of this ministry.  Leave a comment if you want to be apart or if there is something to add.

Erin Smith is the contact person.  She will be reading the comments and getting in touch with you soon.

Kelly