We are involved in many local outreach efforts: We help feed around 300 people in need every Sunday for breakfast. We have a free clothing room. Our Good Samaritans offer one-on-one support and guidance. Then we open our church occasionally as an emergency shelter and a warming center that opens when temperature are below 30 degrees. Finally, we do efforts within our church and in the community to be environmentally responsible.
All of these programs are run through volunteer efforts. If you are interested in becoming involved in our outreach efforts, read the information below for who to contact or contact the church office.
“Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied.” Matthew 14: 19-20
Every Sunday morning First Christian Church extends gracious hospitality to our hungry neighbors by providing a meal with love and compassion. Breakfast is served between 7:45-9:15 a.m. to 250-380 people. Our congregation prepares and serves breakfast on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays. On the other two Sundays, Espicopal Church of the Resurrection, First Congregational and Temple Beth Israel extend their gracious hospitality at our location.
First Christian Church’s Sunday Breakfast is an equal opportunity provider.
How to volunteer:
40 or more people volunteer each week. Volunteers are needed:
- Saturday between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm to set up tables & chairs, wrap silverware and set up the snack table.
- Sunday shifts are: 6:45 -9:15 am cooking; 7:15 am – serving; 8:00 – clearing tables, washing dishes; 8:45 – second shift, serving, cleanup. All done by 10:00 or 10:30 am.
If you want to volunteer, email Susan Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org) and request a volunteer application form. Formal training is offered several times a year.
Volunteer training materials:
Click on this link to access the training materials.
Good Samaritan Ministry
“But a certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,” Luke 10:33
The Good Samaritan Ministry is devoted to helping those in need on the streets of our community. Good Samaritan volunteers show the love of Jesus for everyone by being caring and compassionate listeners.Volunteers are present in the Church office during the week to help individuals find emergency assistance, connect with community resources and explore new directions. As funds allow, the volunteers help with prescriptions, bus tokens, Greyhound tickets, identification, and snacks.
This past year, the Good Samaritan ministry served 2,500 people.
How to volunteer:
Volunteers need to commit to serve one day a week for 2 hours or more between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. Training is available by shadowing a current Good Samaritan minister for several weeks. Contact Evelyn Anderton to volunteer.
“And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” Luke 3:11
We often forget that some of our close neighbors are lacking life’s basic needs. The Helping Hand Room enables us to serve people by providing clothing, personal and household products in a safe, friendly and compassionate environment that maintains the dignity of each person.
The Helping Hand Room is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 12:00 – 2:00 pm.
We serve over 3,500 people a year, for less than $6,000. As Senior Minister Dan Bryant says: “In my book, that’s a miracle. Multiplying not loaves and fishes but clothes and dishes”.
How to volunteer:
There are three different volunteer jobs: sorting, guest services and special projects.
Sorting: 3 – 6 people, Tuesday mornings (10:00 a.m. to Noon) to sort through new donations, put items out for display in the store and generally organize and maintain the store.
Guest Services: 2 – 3 people each Tuesday and Thursday from Noon until 2:00 p.m. At least one male and one female volunteer while the store is open to help guests. One person runs the computer and checks guests in and out. The other person assists with bagging and obtaining special items that are kept in storage.
Special projects: 10-15 people on occasional basis. In August and September, we assemble and distribute back to school supplies and backpacks to give away to school age children. In November & December, we collect and distribute toys and children’s items for needy children.
Contact Richard Murray to volunteer.
Interfaith Emergency Shelter
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…I was naked and you gave me clothing.” —Matthew 25:35
Through the Interfaith Emergency Shelter Program, we provide housing and meals for ten families in the basement of our church for two weeks every spring. The program is operated by St. Vincent de Paul and our church has been a part of the IESP network since its origins in 1990.
How to volunteer:
Volunteers are needed to welcome families, prepare meals, serve breakfast or dinner, provide children’s activities and overnight security. A sign-up board goes up in early Spring.
For more information, contact Saint Vincent De Paul at 541-687-5820.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10
First Christian Church is committed to becoming a Green Chalice congregation. We strive to live out our faith by caring for and being good stewards of God’s creation and to walk gently on the earth.
Under this group’s leadership, our church has made the following changes: recycling all waste from kitchen including composting food waste, using real dishware and cloth napkins, changing to efficient light bulbs, installing programmable thermostats, starting a community garden, supporting local farmers through Community Supported Agriculture.
The goal is to have educational events and projects with congregation, ensure that the building and landscaping are sustainable and advocate for environmental causes, on the local, state and federal level.
How to volunteer: Contact Phyllis Weare.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12: 30-31
Our church provides one of four sites for the Egan Warming Center. The Center is a community coalition that provides homeless people a warm and safe place to sleep when temperatures drop below 30 degrees between November 15th and March 31st. The coalition was formed after Thomas Egan froze to death on the streets of Eugene.
How to Volunteer:
Volunteers serve as evening, overnight, or early morning staff. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation and training and are “on call” as much or as little as desired. For more information, see the web page or call Saint Vincent De Paul at (541) 689-6747.