Southminster’s mission statement calls us to help others in need and to transmit our faith by living it. The Mission and Outreach Committee has a long tradition of identifying, promoting and acting to support numerous social and environmental causes. We act both locally and globally.

Locally

Family Promise of Washington County

During Family Promise week, Southminster hosts a family in need and provides a meal and a safe place to sleep. We have volunteers that cook and serve dinner and stay overnight. Learn more about Family Promise Week at Southminster or volunteer >>

Visit http://familypromisewashingtoncountyoregon.org/ to learn about how this organization works with local families and has made their mission to “end homelessness — one family at a time.”

Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is a National Charity which supports low-income homeowners with repairs. Each year we coordinate volunteers to participate in Rebuilding Day.

To learn more about Rebuilding Together, visit https://rebuildingtogether.org/

Bike there! Bus there! Rideshare! Alternative Transportation Sundays

Lift up the community, health, caring for God’s creation, and personal lifestyle commitments. Saving energy and carbon emissions is a huge benefit of this event. Just as important are fun and community-building.

Christmas Baskets

We also coordinate the donation of Christmas baskets and gifts – clothing, housewares, tools, equipment and children’s toys for our nearby neighbors in need. In 2018 we worked with Vose Elementary School in Beaverton to provide food and gifts to 20 families.

We also work with:

Globally

The Mission and Outreach Committee focuses our efforts on increasing awareness of important global concerns. It sponsors and recruits participation in activities that address these concerns.

The Environment
Enviroment

We are highly concerned about our effects on the environment at local and global levels. We have taken steps to make our church building more energy efficient and we have examined our carbon footprints to assess how we are affecting creation. Learn more >>>

Annual Senior High Youth Mission Trip

With total church support, our high school youth seek to make a difference in the world by traveling to places such as Louisiana and the Yakima Valley to assist, build and teach.

In in the summer of 2019 our youth mission is to lead a Music, Art & Sports Camp for children and serve at a Homeless Youth Shelter with the Westminster House Neighborhood Center in Spokane, WA. We are also planning an Intergenerational Cameroon Mission Trip for 2020.

Presbyterian Coffee Project – “Small Farmers, Big Change

Our congregation enjoys great coffee while helps small farmers build a better future for themselves and their families. Coffee farmers earn a fair price for their products, have access to affordable credit, and gain a long-term partner they can trust – a fair trade organization called Equal Exchange.

After worship on the first Sunday of each month, a wide selection of packaged Equal Exchange coffee, teas, cocoa and chocolate is available for purchase.

Cuba Mission

Southminster has a relationship with the Placeta and Calabazara Prebyterian Churches in Cuba.  This mission is an extension of our Presbytery of the Cascades’ partnership with the Cuban Presbytery to provide friendship, support and a shared Christian ministry.

Ghost Ranch Scholarship

Southminster sponsors attendance at Ghost Ranch, a Presbyterian retreat center in New Mexico. Members are encouraged to enroll in seminars related to peace and justice.