Open Door Café
The Open Door Café is open every Wednesday morning from 7:30am to 9:30am to serve a hot breakfast prepared in our kitchen and served in our Fellowship Hall. Breakfast is available to everyone who wants it, mostly homeless and marginally housed people from our community.
Volunteers shop, cook, serve, and clean up. We also spend time in fellowship with the Café guests, listening to them and offering encouragement and words of support. We often refer people in need to other church programs and forms of assistance, such as the Compassionate Care Ministry.
Our volunteers are rewarded with closer ties to each other and to the needs of others. We encourage you to join us! Please contact our Director of Homeless Outreach, Stacey Witte, if you would like to get involved! (425) 765-1782 or Stacey.email@example.com.
Click HERE to read some Frequently Asked Questions about this ministry answered by our director, Stacey.
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Donations and Volunteers
Information for Donations and Volunteers
Our building is open from 8am-4pm Monday through Thursday (closed for lunch noon to 1:00). The office door, located on Staats Street, is unlocked during office hours unless the administrator has stepped away. If so, a note will be on the door, allowing you to reach the administrator.
We are a downtown church used by many different groups seven days a week. Children of all ages are present every day. We take seriously our responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone who uses the building, especially children and other vulnerable populations. As required by The United Methodist Church, Bend Church has implemented a safe sanctuary policy to help ensure everyone’s safety to the best of our ability.
Building use: Any person or group needing to come into any area of the church must first schedule with the Administrative Assistant (Erin). As a courtesy, requests need to be made in advance. The Administrative Assistant / Building Manager (Erin) is in charge of all facilities in the church and responsible for ensuring church policies and safety regulations are met.
Donations: Gently used clothing donations may be dropped off Monday – Thursday from 8am to 4pm. We are unable to accept furniture or other household items. We have purchased a cart that you may use to bring in your clothing donations. We are so thankful for your donations! Please be aware that our Clothing Closet is run by volunteers who may not be able to assist you in donation drop off.
Health Ministry Team
Health Ministry Team
This team exists to offer preventative healthcare and wellness resourcing for our faith community. We believe that part of faithfulness to God is caring for the whole person. Participants include registered nurses, mental health professionals, and other volunteers who are interested in nurturing the health and well-being of our congregation.
-Blood pressure screening and “Heart Healthy” events
-Weekly Balance and Yoga classes
-Preventative Health Education Classes
-End of Life planning resources
-24-hour Nurse Hotline
-Annual Shingles and Flu Vaccinations
The team also regularly collaborates with other care ministries of the church to offer holistic support through visitation, prayer and Christmas flower/Easter basket delivery to those unable to attend church.
For questions contact: Sandy Clausen, RN or Nicole Berry
Volunteers in Mission
Family Kitchen is an inter-denominational outreach to the hungry in our community. Volunteers prepare and serve lunches and dinners to help the needy throughout the year at the Trinity Episcopal Church at 469 NW Wall St. In support of this ministry, volunteers from Bend Church take responsibility for the dinner meal several times each year.
Bend Church also provides much needed financial support to this local mission activity. This is a rewarding opportunity for you to serve the Bend community, and new volunteers are always welcome.
If you would like to get involved, please send an email to Becky or Frieda Willis-Zaremba here to find out the current schedule and other details.
Compassionate Care Ministry
Bend Church has become known as the church that cares. Our Compassionate Care Ministry administers donated funds to provide additional support to those people we come to know through the Back Door Café and other community outreach activities.
The administrator helps people with prescriptions, utilities, rental assistance, and, most importantly, provides an understanding ear that demonstrates God’s love for all. For questions, please contact the church office.