Mission and Outreach

This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
-John 13:35


"Worship + 2" is our vision to inspire our congregation to regularly participate in worship, service, and spiritual growth.  We have several opportunities to for the +2 through our Mission and Outreach.

Mission is walking the walk, an opportunity for each of us to help others in God’s name. 


Weekly

  • Partnership with Mill Plain Elementary School
  • Night Strike - Bridgetown Ministries (Thur, 7-9 p.m.)


Monthly

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


Seasonal

  • The Heritage Farms Garden (Jun-Nov)
  • The Lighthouse Project (Jul-Sep)
  • CEDEPCA (Oct-Nov)
  • Friends of the Carpenter Sale (Nov)
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive (Nov)
  • The Christmas Giving Tree (Nov-Dec)
  • Traveling Caroling Parties (Christmas and Fourth of July)


Every 4 years

  • Habitat For Humanity build with Churches in Partnership


Ongoing

  • 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, Tess Castro.

Missions We Support Weekly and Monthly


  • 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 serve as  "lunch buddies," 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 Tess Castro.

  • 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.

    • New white socks (our most consistent need)
    • Men’s and ladies NEW-packaged underwear – any sizes (our most consistent need)
    • Sleeping bags, blankets
    • Comfortable Footwear/Sneakers/Boots
    • Rain gear
    • Tarps
    • Large containers of drink mix (gallon size concentrate)
    • Hot chocolate mix (must be large canisters, not individual servings)
    • Paper cups (8oz)
    • Paper Bowls (16 oz)
    • Deodorant
    • Lip balm
    • Razors
    • Small cans of shaving cream
    • Small tubes of toothpaste
    • Hotel size soaps and lotions
    • Backpacks

    Click here for more information about Night Strike.

  • Card Making Ministry

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    Handcrafted cards are made for use by deployed military, hospitalized veterans, and seniors in assisted living homes.  (Formerly Operation Write Home for America's military overseas.)


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    Come and enjoy fun and fellowship with other card makers.  No experience is necessary.  Check our schedule on our Card Making webpage.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    Purchase a SCRIP* gift card or consider a financial donation that can be used to purchase supplies.

  • 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?

    October 29 - November 5, 2015.


    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.

  • TRAVELING CAROLING PARTY

    WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

    Our bus-traveling carolers provide inspirational music and fellowship to house bound seniors and others for Christmas and for the Fourth of July.  You don't have to be musical to join us.  We sing songs that most likely you will know.


    WHEN DOES THIS OCCUR?

    Shortly before Christmas and July 4th of each year.


    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER (MY TIME AND TALENT)?

    Come and sing together for a fun-filled evening as volunteers bring joy to others.  Sheet music is provided as needed.


    HOW CAN I DONATE (MY TREASURE)?

    Watch for announcements on dates.  No money is necessary for this mission.

  • 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.  Our next home is tentatively scheduled for 2018.


    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.

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.