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 outreach 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.
Each summer, in the spirit of our patronal saint, we get down to work!
Throughout the summer we collect supplies for our Assistance Bags on tables in the Narthex and create what we refer to as "our blessed mess."
On our St. Bart's Day, the Sunday closest to August 24th, the whole parish comes together to assemble our collected items into quart-sized Assistant Bags.
Parishioners are invited to take Assistance Bags home or to put them in their cars so that they can be given to a neighbor in need. Assistance Bags are also available at the church and are shared with hungry people who stop by each week.
Our goal is to help our neighbors with a small gift of an assistance bag, and more importantly, a possible connection. Each year we assemble and distribute over 800 Assistance Bags - many wonderful stories have come out of the small gesture of offering help...and a smile & conversation, with a neighbor.
Each year we assemble and deliver Christmas Food Boxes with food for Christmas dinner as well as gift cards for Christmas presents.
Donation sign ups are posted in the Parish Hall throughout the season of Advent and Christmas Food Boxes are assembled and delivered as part of our annual Greening of the Church parish-wide celebration on the Saturday before Christmas.
St. Bart’s hosts our own Food Pantry.
In last year, 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 3:00 p.m. and is by appointment.
To make an appointment please call our partner agency, Care to Share at 503.591.9025.
St. Bart's Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.
Our P.I.E. ministry bakes and delivers pies to our Sunday visitors as part of our ongoing mission of hospitality and welcome.
With each pie visitors receive some information about the church and a reusable St. Bart's shopping, delivered by two people P.I.E. ministry team members.
The P.I.E. ministry team also works to welcome Sunday visitors 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.”
Each year the parish participates in 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.