The mission of the Committee of Church & Society for Social Justice (C&S) is twofold:
- “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”Heeding this call to service is fundamental to who we are as Methodists, and it is a core principle of this committee. We seek to promote and facilitate opportunities for members of our congregation to get actively involved as volunteers, reaching out to serve the needy and defend the threatened.
- First Church’s mission is to advocate for peace and social justice, both in our local community and the World. C&S focuses primarily on local community, addressing basic needs — homelessness, hunger and poverty — and advocating for the fundamental human rights and dignity of all members of our community.
Raising money, awareness, donations of needed goods and food are among our activities. Oregon Food Bank, FISH, Goose Hollow Family Shelter and Macdonald Center in Old Town are current recipients of our attention.
Learn more about the programs we support by clicking the links below.
The application for 2017 — which will be posted on the web on March 13, 2017 — outlines the qualifications for applying and general information about the program. Applications are due April 17, 2017. If interested, see Mark Ohlson at the Outreach Table in Collins Hall any Sunday after worship OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the most looked-forward-to activities each month is the “Happy Birthday” Program, where members come to celebrate birthdays in that month. In May, Church & Society will be hosting these birthday celebrations. Volunteers are needed to serve the cake, and share fellowship with the community. A volunteer sign-up sheet will be provided in Collins Hall during coffee hours in the weeks leading up to this event. Hope you can join us!