Missions We Support


Mission and Outreach

This is how all will know that you are my disciples, 

if you have love for one another.
-John 13:35


Mission is walking the walk, an opportunity for each of us to help others in Jesus' name. 


The following are the missions supported at EWPC:



Weekly

  • Partnership with Mill Plain Elementary School


Monthly

  • Friends of the Carpenter
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Share House Food Collection


Quarterly

  • Family Promise


Seasonal

  • The Lighthouse Project (July)
  • Mill Plain Elementary School (August)
  • Habitat for Humanity (September)
  • CEDEPCA (October-November)
  • Friends of the Carpenter Sale (November)
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive (November)
  • The Christmas Giving Tree (November-December)


Every 4 years

  • Habitat For Humanity build with Churches in Partnership


Ongoing

  • Night Strike - Bridgetown Ministries (Thur, 7-9 p.m.)  (ad hoc)
  • St Pauly Textile Drop-Off Shed


More information about each of these outreach is found in the menu below or reach out to Elder of Missions, Jackie Tyler.

Missions We Support Weekly and Monthly


  • Family Promise of Clark County

    To Complete . . .

  • Mill Plain Elementary School

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    East Woods has partnered with Mill Plain Elementary School, a high poverty school in the Evergreen School District, to support teachers and students.


    East Woods volunteers provide shoe sponsors, spring break food donators and classroom volunteers.


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    • Be a "lunch buddy" once a week.
    • Volunteer in the classroom.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    Purchase SCRIP* gift cards to stores that sell shoes, hats, gloves and socks.  Target is recommended since it is located next door to the school.


    If you are interested in joining us with this partnership or want more information, please contact Conni Pfeifer or Jackie Tyler.

  • Bridgetown Ministries

    because People Matter

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    Night Strike, a service offered by Bridgetown Ministries, is a unique gathering under the Burnside Bridge that serves Portland's homeless.  People come to receive a haircut, shave, feet washed, replace old shoes and clothing, get sleeping bags, medical attention, a meal and just hanging out. 


    Night Strike - every Thursday nights from 7-10 p.m.


    Bridgetown Ministries, Inc exists to develop and sustain relational environments that create movement within groups and individuals to demonstrate love and generosity lived out in the world. Their central themes are to creates relational environments that  provide Relief, Mobilization and Transformation.


    Click here for more information about Bridgetown Ministries.


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    Volunteer any Thursday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. 


    Meet at the Liberation Street Church at 214 Burnside Street, Portland at 7 p.m.  Assignments will be given prior to meeting under the bridge.  We then transition together to the site under the Burnside Bridge at approximately 7:50 p.m.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    Below is a list of items currently needed at Night Strike.  You can bring these items when you volunteer or leave at the church for our volunteers to take to them.

    Seasonal and Ongoing Needs:

    • Mens Jeans, (especially 34-38s)
    • Tennis Shoes/boots
    • Sweatshirts (hoodies)
    • New, packaged underwear
    • New Athletic Socks
    • Tarps (8×10 or smaller)
    • Sleeping bags

    Special Needs: 

    Donations are accepted on Thursday prior to Night Strike at Liberation Street Church between 3:00-7:00pm.


    Check out their Amazon Wish List!

    • Travel sized toiletries (especially deodorant, razors and toothpaste)
    • Peanut Butter
    • Store bought jam

    Click here for more information about Night Strike.

  • Friends of the Carpenter

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    We are a faith-based day shelter that provides safety and a sense of purpose that changes the lives of the poor or those with special needs.  While wood devotional items are made at the shelter, the main product is relationships.  Helping those who have encountered difficulties see them themselves as people of worth and bring their lives back on track.


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    There are a wide variety of things you can help with from wood work to court advocacy.  Check their website for suggestions.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    Attend fundraisers, purchase wooden gift items, donate financial resources.  Shop or donate to the 2nd Chance Thrift Store at 3414 NE 52nd Street (the corner of 53rd Street & St John's Blvd) in Vancouver.


    Click here for more information on Friends of the Carpenter.

  • prayer shawl ministry

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    Shawls are given as a tangible expression of God's love and blessed with prayers so the ones who receive them may be "cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace, and wrapped in love, in good as well as difficult times."  They are distributed to hospitals, friends and relative in need.


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    Join in for conversation and a wonderful time knitting and crocheting prayer shawls for those in need.  Everyone is welcome.  Experience is not necessary.   Learn more about this ministry on the Prayer Shawl webpage.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    It costs $18-$25 to purchase yarn to make a shawl.  Purchase a SCRIP* gift card to a store that sells yarn or consider a financial donation for supplies.  Any amount is welcome!

  • Share House

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    Share House serves the hungry and homeless in the Vancouver area and leads them towards self-sufficiency by providing food, shelter, housing, education, advocacy and compassion. 


    With fall weather, the Orchards Inn, Share House homeless facility, fills up with families. 


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    There are a variety of ways you can help at Share House. Check their website for suggestions.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    The next time you are shopping, please pick up a few cans of fruit, vegetables or dry cereal to put in our Share House food bin in the Narthex under the "Church Happenings" information tables.


    Click here for more information about Share.

Missions We Support Seasonally


  • Heritage Farms Garden

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    Want to get your hands dirty?  The Heritage Farms Garden is a community of gardening fun to address local hunger by planting, weeding and harvesting food for the Clark County Food Bank.  This Churches in Partnership (CIP)** effort has produced well over 20,000 pounds of food annually and it continues to grow.


    WHEN DOES THIS OCCUR?

    Typically we begin during planting season (April) through harvesting time (November).


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    Volunteer at the 78th Street Farm Acreage.  Work parties happen every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  They gather from planting season through harvest.  This is a great excuse to dig in the dirt or pick produce for those in need.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    Watch for periodic church announcements on how to help.

  • THE LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT

    (ANG BAHAY PAROLA)

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    The Lighthouse Project is a mission for the homeless and street children in the Philippines.  They provide education, group homes, discipleship and counseling programs.


    WHEN DOES THIS OCCUR?

    Collection of donated items is July through mid September.  Items are packaged and shipped the end of September.


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    Help us pack up donation that need to be shipped to the Philippines.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    Donate clothing, toiletries, non-perishable food items and school supplies as noted in our church announcements.

  • CEDEPCA

    PROTESTANT CENTER FOR

    PASTORAL STUDIES IN CENTRAL AMERICA

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    CEDEPCA is a Christian organization based in Guatemala City, serving Central America's churches.  The goal is to form thoughtful, compassionate disciples of Jesus Christ and offer tools to eradicate violence and injustice.  Educational programs are offered that transform lives and bring together Christians of many different faiths to deepen and strengthen their ability to confront issue facing their communities.


    WHEN DOES THIS OCCUR?

    Look for announcements in our weekly bulletin.


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    Experience Guatemala firsthand through an Intercultural Encounter this October 2015.  Through immersion experiences and work projects, you can experience everyday life in Guatemala and work alongside local communities.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    Financial donations are always welcome to support programs.  A recent collection helped build many water purification filters for only $2 each.


    Click here for more information about CEDEPCA.

  • FRIENDS OF THE CARPENTER SALE

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    This annual fundraiser directly supports Friends of the Carpenter mission.


    WHEN DOES THIS OCCUR?

    Two Sundays in November. Check the church bulletin and newsletter for sale dates in November.


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    Volunteer to help with the sale and set up of the items.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    Opportunities to purchase these handmade, wooden items.  These can make perfect Christmas gifts or other gift giving ideas.

  • THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    Boxes of food are collected and assembled to make complete Thanksgiving meals (from turkey to pie) for needy families in our community.


    WHEN DOES THIS OCCUR?

    Collection of money and food items occurs during November.  Delivery of baskets is the Sunday before Thanksgiving.


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    Volunteer to help pack and deliver food boxes to these needy families.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    Donate money or help purchase food items to help fill the Thanksgiving boxes. Watch for announcements in the church bulletin and newsletter about items needed.

  • The CHRISTMAS GIVING Tree

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    Each year our mission team selects needy children and their wish items for our members to provide Christmas gifts to them. Many times these are given to the families we have met through our Habitat for Humanity association.  Tags for the children are found on our "Christmas Giving Tree".  The tree is found in the Evergreen Room (Narthex) each November and December. 


    WHEN DOES THIS OCCUR?

    The tree is available in mid November through early December.  Delivery of the gifts to the children occurs in mid December.


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    Volunteer your time to help us box and delivery these gifts to the individual families selected.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    Pick a child's tag from the tree.  Then purchase, wrap and place an appropriate gift under the tree during the designated time.  Gifts are distributed before Christmas.

  • EVERGREEN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    Evergreen Habitat for Humanity exists to help break the cycle of poverty and revitalize neighborhoods in the Vancouver area by providing permanent housing to low-income families.  Homes are built by volunteer labor and donations.  Habitat sells homes to families after they complete sweat-equity hours.  The mortgage payments go into a revolving fund to build future homes.


    WHEN DOES THIS OCCUR?

    Houses are built every 4 years. 


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    Houses are built every four years with the combined resources of Churches in Partnership (CIP)**.  Help us build a house during our next build or repair an existing one.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    It costs $75,000 to build one Habitat home.  Each CIP church is asked to donate a portion of that amount.  Your cash donation will go to East Woods contribution goal.


    Donate some treasure to provide utility hook-ups, purchase tax deductible materials, or financially assist when it is needed.


    Click here for more information about Evergreen Habitat for Humanity.

East Woods to Participate as a Host Church with

Family Promise® of Clark County

Family Promise® of Clark County (FPCC) is a new program for homeless families to help them achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Their shelter is preparing to launch in Fall 2018.


Over 2000 children in the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts were homeless for some period of time during the 2016-17 school year.  In 2016 over 600 Clark County families with children requested emergency shelter; less than 20% were placed.  



FPCC will help homeless children and their families by:

  • Providing a safe environment that includes a place to sleep , meals, and hospitality
  • Connecting parents with supportive services to aid in the search for employment and affordable housing
  • Organizing congregations to reach out with compassion to assist homeless families in Clark County.


How does Family Promise work?

  • A network of 13 host congregations rotate over a year to provide a week of safe, overnight hospitality at their facility for 4-5 homeless families (14 people maximum) 4 times a year.  Hospitality includes meals and overnight accommodations.  A number of support congregations provide additional volunteers to support the program at the host churches. 
  • During the day families reside at the Day Center, where children of school age are bussed to/from their schools, pre-school children are provided daycare and parents work on attaining  a permanent housing solution.  The Day Center has bathroom, shower and laundry facilities.  It is operated by a full-time director and part-time case worker who assist the parents with resolving issues associated with attaining permanent housing.
  • A 15-passenger van provides daily transportation to/from the host congregation sites and the Day Center.  The van is operated by a part-time licensed driver.  Once a week family belongings and the portable beds are transported to/from the host sites using a trailer, or additional vehicle.

Funding to operate a Family Promise affiliate comes from a variety of donation sources, both direct and in-kind. Because of the high use of donated facilities and volunteer time, the financial model is very efficient.  It’s estimated that for every $1 donated, there is a match of $3 value of in-kind donation.


St Pauly Textile Drop-off Shed

St. Pauly is a Western NY based, family owned company and a member of the Better Business Bureau. Their goal is to get USEABLE clothing to people who can use it, here in the U.S. and in developing countries. They are one of the largest clothing collection organization in the region.


Why St. Pauly collects clothing:

  1. According to the EPA, 85% of clothing in the U.S. is thrown away instead of donated. This means that only about 15% of clothing that could potentially be donated is collected using existing methods.
  2. There is an enormous global need for used clothing. We are able to distribute clothing to people all over the world who need it, and all of the clothing that we collect is worn by someone somewhere.


East Woods Presbyterian Church is a sponsor of the St Pauly Textile Drop-off Shed.  You will find a drop-off shed on our campus as you come into our parking lot.


What to Donate:

  • Used Clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, linens, pillowcases, blankets, curtains, and stuffed animals.  (Your donations will no be cut or shredded).

 
What Not to Donate:

  • Furniture, electronics, household items, books, toys, garbage, pillows, rags, and fabric scraps.  (Unwanted items are a hardship and expense to dispose).


By donating your closed to our St Pauly Textile Drop-off Shed you will:

  • Send clothing to people who can use it all over the US and the world
  • Help the environment by keeping you clothing out of the landfill
  • Receive a tax deduction for your donation - receipts are location on the shed.


Drop off donations any time of the day.  Help us keep your donation clean and dry.  If possible, please put in tied or closed bags.  


Thank you!


A Few Loose Ends

*SCRIP gift cards can be purchased at East Woods for a variety of local stores.  SCRIP is sold the first Sunday of each month after the 10:30 a.m. service.  Pick up a SCRIP information sheet to learn more about this service.


**Churches in Partnership (CIP) is a collaboration of 5 Presbyterian churches in the Vancouver area who combine forces for the good of our community on a variety of missions.  CIP projects are a great way to meet folks from other churches.


Donations:  If you desire to donate to a specific mission:

  • You can  give cash or write a check to East Woods in the desired amount.  Please indicate on the check or envelope which mission in which you wish to give, or
  • You can give a credit card donation by clicking here or going to our "Donate" page on this website.

Thank you so much for your support of our missions.