Foundry Village Concert and Silent Auction

Foundry Village Concert and Silent Auction

The people of St. Luke’s, Grants Pass invite you to join them for a concert with Lasana Kanneh and silent auction and raffle to raise funds for Foundry Village, a transitional housing project.

Lasana Kanneh is a nationally recognized gospel artist.  He has been blind since birth in his native Liberia.  He found a powerful tool in music.  His songs of faith, hope and restoration are deeply moving and uplifting.

The evening will include a silent auction and a raffle of a handmade quilt representing tiny homes.  One hundred percent of the money from the auction and raffle will be used for the development of the Foundry Village. Foundry Village is designed to provide short-term housing for the area’s homeless with case management assistant, job and educational training, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and connecting with aid organizations.

The concert will be on Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 pm (doors open at 5:30) at Bethany Presbyterian Church.  Tickets are available at Grants Pass Daily Courier.  $15 presale and $18 at the door.

Affordable Housing Forum and Resource Fair

a clipart drawing of affordable housing in a neighborhood

On January 30, all faith-based organizations in the City of Portland with interest in developing affordable housing on their property are invited to attend Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing: A Faith Forum and Resource Fair, cosponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) and the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

The event will be hosted at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (5828 NE Eighth, Portland), from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are requested.

Click here to register.

Creating Community Through Radical Hospitality

We create community through radical hospitality with those marginalized by poverty, houselessness, sex work, violence and substance use. Our doors are open to anyone who identifies as a woman or whose gender identity makes them vulnerable.

Please join us at our annual fall event on October 17 to support the work of Rahab’s Sisters and keep our doors open in the coming year.

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Good Chili for a Good Cause

On Saturday, October 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Halloweentown revelers will be able to enjoy a chili supper and help house two families in St. Helens.  Five churches of St. Helens are combining to share their cooking skills to raise money for two townhouses being built by Columbia County Habitat for Humanity. The hosting church, First Evangelical Lutheran, is conveniently located only six blocks from the Courthouse, at 360 Wyeth Street. (Parking is available.) The admission charge of $8 for an adult and $4 for a child will entitle guests to unlimited tastings of multiple chilis, plus cornbread and cookies.  Costumed guests will also receive candy from the costumed servers.

Members of the participating churches are having fun digging out Halloween costumes and refining family chili recipes.  “My son-in-law is trying to coordinate his pirate costume and his chili, experimenting with making black chili,” says Vicar Jaime Sanders of Christ Episcopal Church.  Consideration is also being given to the variety of eating preferences of guests: the chilis will include vegetarian options, and Pastor Jared Maddox of First United Methodist Church promises a delicious gluten-free cornbread. Guests will be invited to vote for their favorite chili, because of course every cook thinks theirs is the best!

The Chili Cook-Off is part of the commitment by churches of the St. Helens Ministerial Association to a “Faith Build,” creating new affordable homes for two families of our community. The participating churches, First Lutheran, Plymouth Presbyterian, the Christian Church of St. Helens, First United Methodist, and Christ Episcopal, and their members, are donating the food and covering expenses, so all proceeds will go to construction costs.


Poets at the Table: A Reading and Conversation

Join us for a poetry reading, a glass of wine, and lively conversation with three award-winning poets: Andrea Hollander, John Brehm, and Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Peterson.

Sponsored by First Unitarian’s Committee on Hunger and Homelessness. All proceeds go to Clay Street Table — St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church outreach meals program and food pantry.

Tickets: $25 at the door. Please RSVP to

9/11 United in Service with Operation Nightwatch



SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Operation Night Watch has been serving the homeless community throughout Portland for many years. They continue to feed and cloth the community on a weekly basis along with helping create access to medical services. They have selflessly served the community and now they need our help. On Saturday, September 14th we will be joining forces to help set this amazing organization up for success.

We will be moving clothing, clearing out the storage area, building a massive work bench and painting the area. We will also be helping to set up new clothing display racks so they can be better organized and better serve the homeless population.

So throw your blue shirt on (or get one when you get there), come out and help to make a positive impact on your community and those who need help within it. We will also have a prep day on Saturday September 7th. Feel free to sign up for that project along with this one if you can.

TMC Blue, gloves, boots and pants you don’t mind getting dirty.

Operation Night Watch Prep



SEPTEMBER 7, 2019 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

On Saturday September 14th, we will be working hand in hand with Operation Night Watch to help improve their storage area for the clothing which they pass out to the local homeless community. We will be painting, cleaning, building benches and rearranging display racks.

In order to effectively accomplish this mission, we will be coming together on September 7th to prepare the area. We will be moving all of the clothing from the basement to the main floor and taping off the parish hall in preparation of painting.

Whether you are signed up for the project on the 14th or can only come out to help with prep, please sign up for this and help us make the space a better place.

TMC Blue, pants and gloves.

Your amazing attitude.
Gently used books for Childrens Book Bank.
A friend.

Congregation Close-up: St. Edward’s, Silverton

Submitted by Linda Craven, member

St. Edward’s parish in Silverton, Oregon is a small parish in terms of numbers of people but it is large in heart and audacious in their intentions of living and acting on the words of Jesus Christ. Key values of the congregation begin with the characteristics of people who live the gospel in their day to day lives. We embrace the affirmation of all by welcoming everyone for who they are and as God made them. The congregation values faith, community and building strong relationships. Through celebrations of each other and graduations, anniversaries and birthdays, we express love and care for each other.

St. Edward’s Cottages

The ministry our congregation is excited about now demonstrates the tenacity of our members. We are the drivers of the St. Edward’s Cottages project: a plan to offer housing and care for unhoused women in Silverton. We are building four small cottages, each to temporarily shelter single women as they are supported with wrap-around care that include resource navigation and case management, physical and mental health services, spiritual care, peer support and financial literacy and employment support. The congregation navigated the city council hearings and has received the permits and changes necessary to make structural changes to our building and begin construction of four cottages on the church property.

What was once a thought in the mind of our vicar became a reality with 100% buy-in from the congregation. As our vicar Shana McCauley preached one Sunday, “When the world says you are too small or you are not enough, or when you tell yourself that you are not enough, remember what Jesus said, ‘Love God. Love your neighbor.’ It’s that simple; two things:  love God and love your neighbor.” Our parish community encompasses these words.

Our vision is living our mission in real time, every day.

To practice what we preach (corny but applicable) and to walk the talk requires faith, energy, and a vulnerability to put ourselves out in the community and act on our values and beliefs. We will accomplish what we plan to do. At the groundbreaking event for St. Edward’s Cottages on June 9, Pentecost Sunday, the wind of the Holy Spirit was present for all 130 people attending the event to witness this change in our community. Everyone was invited to embrace this project with their talents, money, prayers and positive thoughts.

Who is a leader in our congregation?

We all believe that we are led by the words of Jesus and inspired by our vicar as she celebrates her tenth anniversary at St. Edward’s parish this year. We are all important and all gifted with different talents and strengths; that is the strength of our congregation. After all, as Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Visit the St. Edward’s website.

Update on 2017 Health Care For All Resolution

Pamela Lyons-Nelson, Convener of the Commission on Poverty and Homelessness

What started well before Convention in 2017 as a proposed diocesan resolution supporting universal health care in Oregon reached a milestone in the very final hours of the 2019 legislative session. What a cliffhanger! SB770 passed and now awaits the governor’s signature.

This bill directs a task force be established by May 2020 to recommend legislation that will form  our Oregon version of universal health care, a transition made by all the other industrialized nations and even some that haven’t quite reached that designation. Each country does it a bit differently; we’ll find our Oregon way. This changes the conversation from “if” to “how and when,” we will have universal health care. The task force will analyze data and hold statewide conversations with a variety of citizens, organizations, civic groups, churches, etc. to hear our wants, needs, and concerns about health care. The task force will then design our new system. In addition to the task force’s conversations, a citizen advisory group will be put together to inform the process.

This bill is the culmination of  much devotion, cooperation, research and hard work on the part of  Health Care for All-Oregon, our Episcopal Diocese and many other groups and individuals, supported by over half our legislators and carried by Senator James Manning. We give thanks to them all for their dedication and for everyone who supported this effort, and to our God to have this particular avenue opened for us as a way to fulfill our instruction to “heal the sick.”

Pamela Lyons-Nelson, Convener
Diocesan Commission on Poverty and Homelessness

Common Ground at a Common Table

Common Table members at a retreat in November 2018

This past Sunday Bishop Michael and 27 other faith leaders co-signed an Op-Ed in the Oregonian titled “An antidote to hate crimes is deliberate ‘friend-making.’” They are the Common Table of Oregon, a faith-based movement to bridge the increasingly toxic political divide of our times by finding common ground together. After a first gathering last November, they have continued to build relationships and explore areas of overlap in our traditions, including opposing white supremacy.

Feeding the hungry and housing the houseless are two basic values shared by most people of faith. Now Common Table is beginning a little research, and would like your help. They are interested in mapping the impact of faith communities responding to these basic needs throughout our state.  

If your community is engaged in an effort to respond to food or housing insecurity, Common Table would like to know about it.  Please take some time to fill out their hunger & housing questionnaire here, or email them at  Likewise, if you know of other faith-based initiatives attempting to address these core needs, please forward this invitation to them.

As the faith-impact map grows, Common Table hopes to use it to learn more about each other, work alongside each other, and deepen our sense of community throughout the state. As they said in Sunday’s Op-Ed, they’re not so naïve to think this small step will heal every hurt between us, but in an era of growing division, strife and polarization, this is a step in the right direction.

The spiritual path of friend-making isn’t flashy, and it seldom makes the news. But Common Table believes it is the only path to take forward as a society, and invites you to join in walking it together.  

For more information about the Common Table, check out their website