"Assuredly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethern, you did it to me." NKJV
Community Services exists for the sole purpose of empowering the church members to live out Christ's commission to care for others. This commission has inspired us to be involved in the following outreach.
We support 1st Place For Health, which is a program that helps people to lose weight through eating well, exercise, and with God's help. Several programs were held in 2011.
Portland SDA Church is an active supporter of the Portland C.A.R.E.S. ministry to those in need in the local area.
We sponsor 3 people at Christian Towers each month. Each person receives a $40 gift certificate.
When a sick person or someone in need is not able to take care of their home, Community Services steps in to offer a helping hand with their house cleaning.
Each month, it is the privilege of Community Services to provide groceries for 16 people from the Highland Rim Terrace. The items in the food pantry are set up in a grocery store style, allowing each person to choose what they can use that month. We offer such things as fresh and canned fruits and veggies, beans, milk, eggs, personal care items, and paper items, just to name a few.
The Food Pantry also supplies food and personal care items when there is an emergency, such as a fire or flood, or when there is a need for international disaster relief.
Our members enthusiastically support David and Cindy White, Adventist Frontier Missions missionaries to the Gogodala people of Papua New Guinea. Not only do we support them financially, but we help to provide much needed materials and supplies for their work in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.
When women and their children are abused, Home Safe provides a safe haven where they can receive the help that they need to transition to a safe environment. Community Services helps to provide personal care items and miscellaneous things to help them get reestablished, such a shampoo, tooth brush and paste, blankets, sheets, laundry soap, and pots and pans – just about anything a person could use in their home. Home Safe recently called on us when they needed a trusted man to do some much needed maintenance, which we were happy to provide.
One of the favorite things that we do for Home Safe is to adopt a family for the holidays, fulfilling some of their Christmas gift wishes. In 2010, we adopted a mother with two children and, in 2011, we made Christmas possible for a mother and her three children.
When someone comes to the Portland Laundromat only to discover that they don’t have enough money to complete their laundry, Community Services is there. We have funds available for just such an emergency, distributed by the manager of the Laundromat on an “as needed” basis.
One of our members faithfully shares Jesus each Sabbath with the prisoners at the Sumner County Regional Center. One prisoner, who has given his heart to Jesus and been baptized, will be released in February of 2012.
Thanksgiving is a perfect time to let people know how thankful you are for their contribution to you and your world. The members of the Portland SDA Church anticipate the fun they will have each year at Thanksgiving when they give the local firemen and policemen their annual containers full of all kinds of goodies, including everything from microwave soup to candy. It’s our small way of saying “Thank you!” to these men and women who give so much to make our community a safer place to live.
We provide assistance feeding patients at mealtimes. We also help to provide small items for the nursing home games, as available.
We provide sweats and underwear to Wisement School every 1 to 2 months.