Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Monday, March 27, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
OUR FOOD BARREL:  At Oak Grove UMC we collect food in a barrel (located near the women's restroom) on an ongoing basis — hundreds of pounds of food each year that we take to the Clackamas Service Center and/or to the North Clackamas School District's Wichita Center for Family & Community, to be distributed to needy local families. We also forward any cash donations that anyone wishes to make, which enable the center to take advantage of bulk purchasing opportunities. (Please make checks payable to OGUMC, indictate "food", and leave in the office or drop into a collection plate on Sunday.) Think of how much good we could do if we all got into the habit of routinely dropping one or more food items into our food barrel each time we come to church! 
ADVENT FOOD DRIVES:  During Advent 2009 we asked the members of our church to consider how much God had blessed them and how much of their "bounty" they could afford to share with neighbors in need — adults & children here in our own county who don't have enough to eat. We've continued organizing an Advent food drive each year, soliciting donations of nonperishable food and money. Through Advent 2014 we donated the food and money during our "Sharing Our Bounty" food drives to the Clackamas Service Center's food bank, where we also take any donations that are placed in our year-round food barrel. In addition, we've sometimes earmarked our Christmas Eve offering to go to the Clackamas Service Center. The table below summarizes our results to date:
OGUMC "Sharing Our Bounty"
Annual Advent Food Drive Results
Food donated
2009 1,000+
2010 $   311  398
2011 $   952  506
2012 $1,175  385
2013 $   590  290
2014 $2,751  312
$5,779 2,891+
For Advent 2015 we made a change. We again donated our Christmas Eve offering ($1,094) to the Clackamas Service Center, but we didn't solicit any additional donations for them (food or money). Instead we began something new, a "Sharing & Caring" Food Drive. We solicited donations of nonperishable food, clothing, personal hygiene items and money for the North Clackamas School District's Wichita Center for Family & Community, which assists registered students and their families in numerous ways. We were delighted to be able to deliver to them 55 grocery sacks full of donated items, plus $535 in cash contributions.