Welcome home, children of God!
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.
From the Session of John Knox
At the June Administration Committee meeting a Covid-19 reopening task force was created. The members are Rosemary Bennett, Sheila Cunningham and CJ High. Following Marion County entering Phase 2 of reopening June 19th Covid-19 has started spreading rapidly, with the highest daily numbers of infections since the pandemic began. The task force is monitoring the situation, and taking into account the available science to help determine the most appropriate action to take. At this point in time JKPC will not be resuming worship in person as the safety of our members, friends and community is paramount. The task force will reassess the situation in the fall.
Our bonds as friends and members of John Knox, and as members of the greater body of believers, are not dependent on gathering in a building at a specified time. Faith allows us to trust in God and trust in science; God has gifted us reasoning and freedom to use of our best judgment as we act in the world. A poster in our hallway makes the point: “Jesus came to take away our sins, not our minds.” Our hope lies with love. We show that love as we exercise caution in resuming our in-person worship. We show it by wearing masks and keeping in touch with others through calls, cards, and email. We show that love by reaching out to assist those in need.
We celebrate the flexibility, patience, and understanding you have all exhibited as we learned how to worship together remotely and we continue to learn and make it a little better each week.
Remember that we remain a small, mighty church united through our love for God.
Rent relief available
If you are lacking resources due to loss of income and are at risk of homelessness, Oregon Housing and Community Services’ COVID-19 Rent Relief Program may be able to help.
OHCS has allocated $8.5 million through a needs-based formula to regional Community Action Agencies (CAAs).
Oregonians in need should contact their local CAA directly. Tenant income loss documentation and other materials are required to access this program. Rent payments will be made directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant.
The $8.5 million was allocated by the Oregon Legislature through the Joint Emergency Board. OHCS anticipates additional resources from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will be made available in the weeks ahead.
The funds were allocated statewide to local communities. See the Governor’s blog for the full list and contact information
We sent Marion Polk Food Share (MPFS) $769.33 being grant funds from the Presbyterian Disaster Agency of $419.33 together with the money we would have spent on our Backpack Buddies program of $350.00. By pooling our resources with that of MPFS we are able to help more of our neighbors in both Salem and Keizer.
MPFS has partnered with the Salem Keizer School District to provide food boxes weekly at various school locations between 11am and 1pm
For locations of grab and go meals for children 18 years and under throughout Salem Keizer School District click here