Outreach

Outreach is a way we answer our call to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world. In fact, our mission statement is to transform hearts of worship into hands of service.

St. James tells us that “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (James 2:17) Our social ministries encourage the congregation to actively engage with the world, to put into action the faith we profess Sunday mornings.

Each St. Bart’s outreach ministry relates directly to the passion and call of the church community. Many of these revolve around food — we are a community that feels strongly that everyone should have enough to eat. We also have ministries where we work together in community.


Assistance Bags
Christmas Boxes
Food Pantry
People Involved in Evangelism
Rebuilding Together

Assistance Bags

Each summer, in the spirit of our patronal saint, we get down to work!
Throughout the summer we collect supplies for our Assistance Bags, and pile them on the tables in the Narthex.
Our goal is to help those in need in the community with small amounts of non-perishable food. The Assistance Bags will be available for St. Bart’s parishioners to put in their car so that they can hand them out to anyone in need of a meal.
We plan to collect items for the Helping Hand Bags from June – August, and then assemble the bags on the Sunday closest to St. Bart’s Day, August 24.
All parishioners will be welcome to take some bags home with them to hand out, and to take some more when they run out of those.
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Christmas Boxes

Each year we deliver a number of Christmas boxes with food for Christmas dinner as well as gift cards for Christmas presents. The sign ups are posted in the Parish Hall ahead of time, and we assemble the baskets the Saturday before Christmas.
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Food Pantry

St. Bart’s hosts our own Food Pantry. In 2018, St. Bart’s gave away food baskets for 2481 people in 709 households. St. Bart’s food drives gathered in 1866 pounds of food, and purchased another 4110 pounds. We had 49 volunteers putting in a total of 1176 hours. Our volunteers perform a variety of important tasks including ordering the food, picking it up from the food bank, shopping to fill any gaps, shelving the food and distributing the food on Fridays.

Our Food Pantry is open on Fridays, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment to come to the Food Pantry, please call the Office at 503-644-3468.

St. Bart’s Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.
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People Involved in Evangelism

As part of our ongoing mission of community and welcome, this group bakes and delivers pies to visitors after they first sign the church guestbook. With each pie visitors also receive some information about the church and a reusable shopping with the St. Bart’s logo, as well as at least two people they may recognize and be able to talk to the following Sunday. The PIE group also works to spot and include newcomers by introducing themselves, the clergy and any others with whom the newcomers might have things in common. Our goal is to go from greeting people with a “Welcome” to being able to say “Welcome home.”
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Rebuilding Together

Each year the parish participates in the National Rebuilding Day. We assist a disabled and/or a low-income family by repairing and sprucing up their home. Team St. Bart’s gathers one Saturday in April to help spruce up a home. Are you looking for an interesting and rewarding hands-on outreach experience? Volunteers, skilled and unskilled, are always welcome to make the project go smoothly.

Rebuilding Together Washington County, affiliated with a national organization, is a leading non-profit volunteer group that, in partnership with the community, preserves and rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly, those with disabilities, families with dependent children, and veterans, so that they may continue to live in their own homes – warm, safe, and independent. St Bart’s is an official house sponsor and through your Parish contributions, we donate funds each year toward this important effort.
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