Outreach

The World Refugee Crisis and What's Being Done in Eugene

Sunday, October 23rd at 3:30 PM

Hear the following speakers talk about the crisis and our local response: Kristin Yarris from the UO Department of International Studies Ali Turki Ali, a Syrian refugee in our community; Awab Al-Rawe, a graduate student at UO; and Christine Zeller-Powell from the Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County. This forum is open to everyone.

Saturday Breakfast

Second & fourth Saturday of every month starting at 9:30 AM
St. Mary's feeds between 180 and 330 people a filling breakfast in a friendly manner. In 2014 we averaged 235 guests a breakfast. All of the people we feed are our guests. Some at the breakfast help regularly in the kitchen. Others help with tables and chairs. Many are veterans. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Family Night Shelter

Two weeks in September – See Events Calendar
We are one of the founding churches of the Interfaith Emergency Housing Program, managed by St. Vincent de Paul Society, a program begun in 1989 that houses up to 10 homeless families at a time in forty plus churches and synagogues around town.

The families come at 5:00 PM, we serve dinner, provide a family evening activity, they sleep in the Sunday School rooms, we feed them breakfast in the morning and they leave by 8:00 AM for school, work, job searching, or to stay at First Place Family Center. More than 100 volunteers cook, clean, or bring a salad to help make this outreach ministry a success.

That’s My Farmer

St. Mary’s supports local farmers through Lane County Interfaith That’s My Farmer Community supported Agriculture (CSA) and Low Income Fund program.

The sale of Farmer Bucks encourages parishioners to eat fresh, locally produced food while donations to the Low Income CSA Fund help others to do the same.

Cool Congregations - Earth Stewards

We are a group of members who are concerned about lowering energy use and costs both for individual families and the church and thus helping to preserve our environment for future generations. We have put on programs to help our parishioners be better stewards of God's creation by reducing their carbon footprint, reducing their waste, and living more simply. We have helped the church become more "green" with various efforts such as green solutions on building upgrades, implementing compost, using recycled material, and upgrading to "green" cleaning materials. For all of these efforts, in 2013, we received a BRING Recycling RE:Think Business Certification and also the Environmental Award at Diocesan Convention.

Ho!Ho!Ho!

This is the ECW Christmas stocking project, chaired by Deacon Nancy Crawford. A sewing party to make the stockings from donated fabric is held at the church in November and with the help of many parishioners, young and old, approximately 170 stockings are made, filled, and distributed. Many people are blessed by this ministry, from the fillers and the receivers to the caseworkers who presented the stockings to delighted parents for their children.

United Thank Offering

United Thank Offering is an ingathering taken annually at churches throughout the Diocese and is our chance to give thanks for our blessings through giving. The money is used to create projects around the world that care for the poor.

Jail/Prison Ministry

Jail/Prison Ministry provides an opportunity for Christians to live their faith by helping prisoners while incarcerated and to return to the community.

Small Sacrifices

Our clergy have discretionary funds which they use to provide charitable gifts to those in need, within our church and the community. These funds are not a budgeted item and depend upon the gracious arrival of gifts or gratuities. “Small Sacrifices” is an opportunity for the parish to give directly to the discretionary funds of our clergy.

For community members in need, we usually work with Catholic Community Services. This is an organization we work with to assure that our giving is being done responsibly. Their caseworkers interview those seeking help, and when there is a need beyond their programs and resources, they provide them with pledge cards with which they can approach churches for financial aid. Catholic Community Services then confirms the pledges, collects the money, and makes whatever purchase is necessary for the client. Every month about two dozen people contact our clergy for help. We help as many as we can.

You will find a locked alms box mounted on a wall in the narthex. Please leave your small sacrifices there.

Missionary Work

Bob and Joyce Carlson – Wycliffe Bible Translators: Members of St. Mary’s since 1982, Bob and Joyce Carlson continue to spend most of their time in Africa as part of Wycliffe Bible Translators non-denominational missionary team. Bob has recently completed the translation of the New Testament into the Supyire It has been published and distributed to speakers of this Senoufo language in Farakala, Mali.

Joyce continues to assist Bob and to work on her own literacy project - a cultural anthropological study of children’s school enrollment and education and its place in the social structure and of the Malian family.

The birthday and anniversary money that is put in the small wooden church on the first Sunday of every month is an offering that is given to the Carlsons’ ministry. Additional gifts of support are accepted throughout the year.

To keep up with the Carlsons, check out their website: http://www.askingfortheroad.com/

FISH (Friends in Service to Humanity)

Every Sunday a large wicker basket of food is taken up the aisle to be blessed during the 9:30 AM service. The donations of food go to the FISH Food Cupboard located at Trinity United Methodist Church.