Church in the World
Church in the World organizes and sponsors the congregation’s outreach into the community.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35
Nativity is an active member of REACH (Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches) that is an umbrella organization that works mutually with local churches, agencies, and government. Together we help our community respond to local needs, including the needs of the homeless, hungry, unemployed, under-employed, and ill. Below is a list of specific activities that Nativity is currently serving. New volunteers are always welcome. Contact: Debbie Johnson and Pat Wyre http://www.reachrenton.org/
Renton Meal Coalition – help provide and serve food to those in our community who are hungry, including men from ARISE and women and children from Center of Hope, two local shelters. Contact: Terri Bowen
CROP Walk – be part of Renton’s yearly fundraising walk, in May, to raise funds to relieve hunger, both locally and world-wide. Contact: Elizabeth Edgerton
Renton Food Bank – help stock the shelves at the Renton Salvation Army Food Bank, by bringing non-perishable food to Nativity. Contact: Gary Johnson
Living Waters – Your loose change put in the water jar at Nativity, and at other South ELCA cluster congregations, builds water projects, near and far. Your input is needed to help decide where to disburse funds. Contact: Gary Johnson
Sock it to Homelessness – Collection of socks for homeless men, usually in the fall, keep their feet warm during the winter months. Contact Pay Wyre http://www.seattlenightwatch.org/sockit.htm
Center of Hope – Come serve at the women and children day or night shelter in Renton. Volunteers prepare lunches, read and play with children so mothers can actively pursue jobs or permanent homes and provide a responsible “go-to-person” at the night shelter. Contact: Pat Wyre
Wings of Hope – Nativity supports 4 children with disabilities at a home in Haiti that provides physical, emotional, and spiritual nurture; education; therapy; and love for about 30 children. Contact: Debbie Johnson
Free Trade Coffee - Purchase your coffee and tea from our Free Trade kiosk in the narthex. Contact: Audrey Riis http://www.lwr.org/ (the fair trade information is under “get involved.”)
Season of Sharing – We collect monetary donations to help agencies feed the homeless and needy men, women and children in our community for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Contact: Terri Bowen and Audrey Riis
Other social ministry opportunities – We live out our calling to be Christ to the least and suffering of our brothers and sisters. Church in the World meets every other month (even) directly after the late service. Come share your passions and interests with us. We are always looking for new ideas and committed individuals.
Contact: Debbie Johnson
Youth Sponsored Outreach Activities
Souper Bowl of Caring - a youth-led united, national effort to care for people who are hungry and in need. All donations collected are given directly to a local organization selected by the youth participants. http://www.souperbowl.org/
Contact: Jean Abrahamson
Blessing Bag Ministry - We pack large Ziploc bags with nonperishable food items, water bottles, hygiene items and other small necessities that would be of use to individuals who are homeless or otherwise in need. Blessing Bags are made available to the Congregation for a small suggested donation which supports the ministry. We encourage people to keep a bag or two in their vehicles to give to people they might encounter in the community who might benefit from receiving a Blessing Bag.
Contact: Jean Abrahamson