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Welcome home, children of God!

Mission Statement

The mission of John Knox Presbyterian Church is to grow in Christ, be inspired to spread his Word, share his love throughout the community, and experience joy on the way.

Make a Difference

Presbyterian Church (USA) Mission and Disaster Response


Stand in the GAP: Give – Act – Pray

We respond to disasters, both natural and human-made throughout the world - see Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for opportunities to serve or donate.

Support the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) agency response to USA wildfires / flooding / disaster response

War in Ukraine

Donate here

Israel Palestine War

As violence escalates in and around Israel/Palestine, PDA is providing humanitarian assistance through partners on the ground and through ACT Alliance. 

PDA has approved solidarity grants and will continue supporting our partners providing humanitarian assistance. Our response efforts will encompass a wide array of vital humanitarian interventions, including but not limited to medical supplies, shelter, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), food and non-food items and delivering crucial psychosocial support to individuals.

To support our response, designate gifts to DR000081-Israel/Palestine

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In May we are collecting breakfast cereals. However, the demand for paper products, breakfast cereals, rice, peanut butter, flour, mac & cheese  and high quality protein sources is ongoing. Please be generous to your neighbor.
Grocery Basket

In the 2023/24 school year we will be including one  jar of peanut butter (16oz or 28oz) each month in the backpack meals. We need a minimum of 200 jars!  Drop them into the church office

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Cummings Cougars

FOUR for FOUR Congregation

A Four for Four congregation declares its connection with the ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
and joins in the efforts of Presbyterians around the corner and around the world to share God's grace and endless love.

Christmas Joy supports past, present, and future leaders of the church through racial/ethnic schools and the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions


One Great Hour of Sharing supports many different programs around the world including Self Development of People, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program.


Pentecost supports young people and inspires them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world.  We keep 40% of this offering to use for local mission for youth. 


Peace & Global Witness encourages the church to embrace God’s reconciling mission to those around the corner and around the world, empowering congregations and individuals to become peacemakers themselves.  We keep 25% of this offering to be used toward local peacemaking and witness efforts. We donated to the Salem Warming Center.

John Knox Community Garden

Garden Coordinator, Mary Jo Emmett 503-930-0975, email
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In 2009 the John Knox Community Garden was created to:

  • Provide garden space for neighbors

  • Build and strengthen community 

  • Promote earth-friendly practices and sustainability through gardening

  • Provide donations of fresh produce to Keizer Community Food Bank

For available space, or to volunteer in the garden, please contact the Garden coordinator, Mary Jo Emmett   ​   

Operations Manager, Jim Johnson 503-931-7612

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Begun in 1989, the food bank operated out of a closet in the John Knox Social Hall.  In 2007, several other local churches joined the effort and the food bank changed its name to the Keizer Community Food Bank. The food bank now operates out of Faith Lutheran Church, 4505 River Road, Keizer, OR 97303.

Opportunities to serve: 

  • Stock shelves on Wednesday afternoons

  • Staff food bank on Monday evenings and/or Thursday mornings

  • Donate both food and nonfood items, cash, used plastic and paper grocery bags

Backpack Buddies Program

Coordinator, Sheila Cunningham, 503-393-0404 or email
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We joined the Backpack Buddies ministry to provide nutrition support through four weekend meals to children from Cummings Elementary School during the school year. For ways to help please contact coordinator Sheila Cunningham.

To make sure our children and youth get the best care possible, DHS/Child Welfare needs Oregon communities to join them in wrapping supports around foster families and caseworkers. Everyone can help in ways small and large, from making a simple donation to becoming a foster parent. You can find a way to help that fits you best here.

December 15, 2023 we delivered $2,440 in gift cards to the Marion County Child Welfare Office for distribution to youth in foster care.

Thank you for your generosity!


Congregations Helping People (CHP) is a coalition of Salem and Keizer churches that have come together to combine resources and work cooperatively to help people in the Salem-Keizer and surrounding communities with emergent financial needs.  CHP serves clients Monday-Thursday 10am-1pm at 1977 Front St. NE, Salem, OR 97301. 

For more information visit or call (503) 391-4365 

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