At John Knox we are constantly working on projects to help minister to our own congregation and to our community. We feel privileged to be able to use the energy and talents that God has given us to live and work as Jesus taught us. Below are some of the current ongoing services at John Knox Keizer.
Keizer Community Food Bank
4505 River road N
One of our community outreach missions has been the JKPC Food Bank. Begun in 1989, it operated out of a closet in the Social Hall, serving 45 families and 150 people. The food bank has expanded over the years to serve hundreds of families a month. During 2007, several other local churches joined the effort and the food bank changed from the JKPC Food Bank to the KEIZER COMMUNITY FOOD BANK. Services were expanded to include an evening distribution time for clients who could not come during the day. The increasing need for food assistance along with a substantial increase in community participation led to a move of the food bank to a larger facility at the neighboring Faith Lutheran Church on River Road in mid 2009. Although the food bank is no longer located physically at JKPC, it will always be a special mission of this church as JKPC continues contributing and volunteering to feed the hungry through the food bank. The Keizer Community Food Bank is part of the Marion-Polk Food Share/Oregon Food bank distribution network to serve people in Marion and Polk Counties. Volunteers are always welcome at the Food Bank, and donations of food or money allow us to continue to minister to the hungry in our community. Contact Director Curt McCormack for information on how to help.
Gifts of non-food items, such as laundry detergent, hand soap, dish detergent, cleaning supplies, paper towels, tissues, personal hygiene items, and pet food are always welcome These items can not be purchased with the SNAP cards, nor are they purchased with cash donations to the Food Bank.
Stewardship is the act of organizing your life so that God can spend you.
Lynn A. Miller
Mission and Stewardship Projects
One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peace and Global Witness, Christmas Joy Offerings, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
Presbyterian Church (USA) Christmas Joy Offering
Advent asks us to open our hearts to God's love and grace. In response, Presbyterians have long given generously, through the Christmas Joy Offering, to help those ministers, other church workers, and their families in need, as well as students at racial ethnic schools and colleges of the PC(USA). The Christmas Joy Offering equally supports the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and racial ethnic schools and colleges of the PC(USA)
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Martin Luther King Jr.
John Knox Community Garden
For information on availability of a garden plot, please contact the Church office at 503-393-0404
Some of the produce from the garden
Congregations Helping People
600 State Street, Salem OR
P O Box 12412, Salem OR 97309
Congregations helping People (CHP) is a coalition of Salem and Keizer churches that works out of First United Methodist Church in downtown Salem to assist people with emergent financial needs. By combining our resources with others, we can help meet the needs of more people. At John Knox Presbyterian we save our change (and paper money too!), this our Christ Jar Offering, is gathered monthly and is dedicated to the work of CHP. We also support CHP through the church budget. You can support CHP with your gifts of money, items on their wish list, prayers or your time. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information on their wish list or the work they do, please call them at 503-391-4365