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. 

For more information about these programs, please contact Elder of Missions, Jackie Tyler.

Operation: Christmas Child

now - November 14

Samaritan’s Purse is bringing shoebox gifts and the Good News of Jesus Christ to some of the most remote corners of the globe! Every gift-filled shoebox is a tool for evangelism and discipleship for a local church around the world. At Operation Christmas Child outreach events, boys and girls hear the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ and receive a tangible expression of God’s love through one of your prayerfully packed shoeboxes.

Join us at East Woods as we gather items for kids around the world, pack them in shoeboxes (available at the church), and send them in God's Love. Click here to see what items are needed. For more information, please contact Cathy Roeper. or go to the Samaritan's Purse website.

Click here for Community Group details. Click for boy or girl lists of items.

Oct. 10th: Meet after church to collect your shoebox(es) or find out how to donate items.

Nov. 7th: Packing Party!

Thanksgiving Community Outreach Feed

November 20th, 12:00-2:00pm

Join us as we head over to the tent community at W 13th Street and Lincoln. We will be offering hot food, warm clothing, and friendly conversation to those in need. Can't make it in person? We need donations of winter coats, gloves, hats, scarves, men's t-shirts, pants, sweatshirts, new socks and underwear, and blankets. Food items should be non-perishable (ex: packaged crackers, tuna packets, granola bars, Vienna sausages). Donation bins are in the church Narthex.

Sign up with Pota or Peggy.

East Woods Participates 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. 

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.