Neighbors Helping Neighbors

April 30, 2020 | Church | Denise Williams

Sharon Church members are still ministering to our church, our families and our Portland community.

On Friday, March 13, 2020, the declaration of a national emergency capped an extraordinary week of coronavirus escalation in the United States. The nation and the world are practicing physical distancing. Businesses have closed. Schools, churches and sporting events have shut down. Thousands of us find ourselves trying to work remotely. The speed and impact are staggering.

In this time of crisis, however, Sharon Seventh-day Adventist Church, "where the arms of Christ are always open," has found creative ways to use technology to continue to run church services and prayer ministry and connect with members.

A big part of how Sharon Church practices love as an action word. We practice our motto — “To welcome with love and minister to our church, our families and our community” — and one of the ways is through its community service ministry. Sharon’s community service runs the last two Sabbath’s of each month from 2 until 4 p.m., serving hundreds of families within the community.

Following the Oregon Food Bank guidelines and restrictions and strictly adhering to social distancing procedures, Sharon continues to serve its community. Members gather at the church, practicing physical distancing (6 feet apart at all times) as they work together to pack up food boxes for the many that are in line outside. Members then take the boxes out to the people who are patiently waiting in their cars, on bicycles, or just standing in line while also practicing physical distancing.

Food boxes are put together according to the size of the family. Each box is enough to last each family at least a week. It is a challenge is maintaining an abundance of other household items like laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, hygiene products and so on. Sharon members are stepping up here as well, by donating the needed items.

If you would like to contribute to Sharon’s community service ministry with the household items listed above, feel free to box them up and send them to Sharon Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5209 NE 22nd Ave., Portland, OR 97211

Join us for online services on Sabbath mornings at 11:15 a.m.:

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The prayer line at 1-888-791-7913 is open for devotions and prayer, Sunday through Friday, 9–9:30 a.m.; Monday mornings, 6–6:30 a.m.; Wednesday evenings, 7–8 p.m.; and Sabbath at noon (all times Pacific).