Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities, has written,
“To love someone is not first of all to do things for them, but to reveal to them their beauty and value, to say to them through our attitude: ‘You are beautiful. You are important. I trust you. You can trust yourself.’ We all know well that can do things for others and in the process crush them, making them feel that they are incapable of doing things by themselves. To love someone is to reveal to them their capacities for life, the light that is shining in them.”
The people of the Church of the Resurrection are deeply involved in a dazzling array of Outreach Activities. Below you will find listed some of the key areas where they reveal the beauty and the trustworthiness of people in need of our support and causes worthy of our attention. Please contact or call the parish for more information on how you too can participate in one or more of these activities.
Books for Belize
For over a decade, our congregation has brought books, bought books, and donated money to send to an Anglican school in a small rural village of Belize. We have, in our Narthex, several bookcases on rollers, which make up a “library”. Paperback books are fifty cents and hardback books are one dollar. Over the years, at the end of a year, the total money raised has been between $800 – $1500.
For several years the fund have gone to St. Matthews in Pomona, Belize. The schools has used the money to fund a feeding program, give tuition scholarships, purchase curriculum, and make a safe bus-loading zone. We have been blessed to receive Millennium Development Goals grants from the Diocese of Spokane to supplement our funds. Contact Lynn and Ralph Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Care Cars is a national program in response to the need for one-on-one escorted transportation for people sixty and older, who are disabled or impaired. It is part of Elder Services (telephone 509-458-7450). Parish contact is Richard or Karen Gertson at email@example.com
Casa Partners/My Bag
Serves our communities’ abused and neglected children and youth. My bag provides a personal tote filled with special belongings and essential supplies for each of six-hundred children entering foster care each year. Contact Linda and Roger Barenz at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.casapartners.org
The church is blessed with extra land for an extensive vegetable garden. Twenty-four garden plots have been constructed to rent out to members, as well as people in the surrounding community. Extra vegetables are donated to Valley Partners, which is our location food bank. Approximately 4,000 pounds of food created by the garden was donated to the Valley Partners in 2013. Contact Pat Munts
An annual community walk with monies, pledged and collected, going to help end the curse of hunger through the work of the World Church Service. Some of the funds go to our local Family Promise of Spokane, Meals on Wheels, and Second Harvest Food Bank. The contact person changes each year. The Family Promise of Spokane can be reached at 608 South Richard Allen Ct. number 5, Spokane, WA 99202 (747-5487)
Day Care – Adventureland
A preschool and school-age center for children two and a half years to twelve years of age. They also provide transportation to four elementary schools in the Spokane Valley. (926-5600)
Daughter’s of the King
A discipline of Christian ideals of prayer, study, and action (service). The Elizabeth Chapter provides meals to families in crisis within the parish. They also support Christ Kitchen and woman’s shelters in the Spokane area. Contact is Lynn Schmidt
Provides transitional housing and care to homeless women and children in the Spokane Valley. The Parish provides transportation, mentoring, and garden plots at the community garden. Contact Director Angela Lorenzi at (509) 879-0539, or at www.hearth-homes.org, and the Parish contact is Roger Barenz
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) [Doctors without Borders] is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
Relay for Life
The Parish participates in this fund raiser for the American Cancer Society each June. The Parish contact is: Pat and Pam O’Connor
Spokane Valley Partners – Food/Clothing Bank
The Parish provides food and money every week to the food bank. Donations are also taken for coats for kids, along with school supplies, and Christmas gifts for Spokane Valley Partners. The Parish provides workers at the Good Bank on the first and third Wednesdays in February of each year. Contact Barbara Jensen 921-9618
The Tri-Parish community began in 1974, with a breakfast of the pastor’s from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran and Holy Spirit Episcopal Church. They continued to meet and share their ideas on how to work, worship, and pool their respective resources. In November 1984, the pastors from these three churches, plus representatives from each church met and drew up a Covenant “a sign of mutual prayer, service and love” at a Thanksgiving Eve Service.
The years have flown by and new pastors have come and gone to each of the three congregations; the committee members that helped to draw up the Covenant are gone and there has been two new covenants drawn up with more detail. We still have joint Vacation Bible School, Holy Week services, Thanksgiving services and pulpit exchanges after all these years. The pastors and current committee members meet on a regular basis each month and are now in the process of planning for the 40th Anniversary in November of 2014 with a renewal of the Covenant and other special celebrations. Contact Nola Combs 891-7647, email@example.com