‘Tis the season for giving (and serving) here at Harvest. As always, we are amazed at the generosity and love you show the community – you are the hands and feet of Jesus!
Recently, we hosted an Operation Christmas Child event, packing shoeboxes for children in poverty around the world. We were able to put together 145 boxes with over 55 volunteers that will go out to boys and girls around the world! Amid the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, thank you for working side-by-side with one another to turn such simple gifts into immeasurable blessings for the lives of children overseas, as well as for their families. Your donations and time are a major blessing.
Come Thanksgiving, we also had the chance to host 50+ houseless individuals who were able to come through our Food Pantry to eat a great Thanksgiving meal, take a shower, and have a place to fellowship. Between partnering with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Hope Team and the 10 volunteers who gave of their precious time, Harvest is able to share that compassion God so richly provides to some of the people right here in our local community who need it most. Many of these individuals come weekly for showers, clothing, and food help. We truly appreciate our pantry team!
Read some of the things our guests are thankful for, including YOU!
But the opportunities to serve do not end there, as we have another important project that we are privileged to be a part of this Holiday season. Harvest is working with Troutdale Elementary School and the Harvest Community Pantry to provide Christmas Food baskets to local families in need. With your help, we hope to share those with 25 families this year.
One out of every two students at Troutdale Elementary is experiencing food insecurity, and you can help us fill a huge need! Food baskets will include a special holiday meal as well as some basic staples to help them over the break.
(IMPORTANT: Non-perishables need to be brought to the church no later than December 12th. Frozen turkeys or frozen hams, on the other hand, need to be at the church no later than Sunday, December 17th by 9 a.m.)
Thanks again Harvest for being an integral part of one of the biggest joys of being a part of our Church family. And may your Christmas season start off rich with blessings, just as ours is alongside of you.
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the peoples, proclaim that His name is exalted. Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.’” (Is. 12:3-6, ESV)