Ministries of Compassion and Justice
Chaired by Myrna Jensen
The Compassion and Social Justice Ministry at First Covenant grew out of a desire to obey the Lord’s command to “Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and to Love one another.” Its goal is to provide opportunities for followers of Jesus Christ to live out, in practical ways, these commands. Currently activities and events in seven different areas of service are being organized to give all who desire a chance to become involved. Questions? Contact any member of the Compassion and Social Justice Team.
Why Get Involved?
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Isaiah 61:1 He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners.
Matthew 35:39-40 When did we see you sick or in prison and come to you? The King will answer and say to them, “Truly I say to you, to the extent you did it for one of these brothers of mine, even the least of them, you did it to me.”
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep from being polluted by the world.
Areas of service in the Compassion and Social Justice Ministries at First Covenant
The Oregon Food Bank
A program providing food to social agencies and hungry families in all of Oregon and Southwest Washing-ton. The OFB also lobbies to change laws which cause poverty and hunger and support new laws which assist those who are poor and hungry. This organization is supported by hundreds of volunteers and scores of companies and businesses.
My Father's House
“Helping Families, Transforming Lives” is the theme of a temporary shelter for homeless families in East Multnomah County. It provides housing, TLC, counseling and training to help families overcome homelessness. A small staff is supported by volunteers and financial and material contributions from the community.
Bread for the World
A grass roots effort, supported be the Covenant Denomination, dedicated to ending hunger and poverty worldwide. Its focus is on letter writing campaigns to encourage legislation that will make this a national priority in America and change laws that affect hunger and poverty.
Covenant Kids is a ministry that uses monthly donations of $25 to help children in the Congo, Sudan, India or Columbia. Instead of individual child sponsorships, the donations are used to provide services for children in underprivileged communities such as basic schooling, meals, medical care and job training. Local covenant churches provide aid or partner with existing programs to meet the needs of the communities. You can choose which country you want your donation to impact.
The Oregon Center for Christian Values (OCCV)
OCCV seeks to bring the gospel to the public arena. It’s mission is to unite, educate, and encourage ordinary Christians to advocate for the common good. It takes God’s concern for “the least of these” and His created world seriously. Areas of emphasis include the environment, health care, human trafficking, and economic justice.
In the past year, we have educated our congregation and community about human trafficking through a Sunday School class, a community forum, and periodic notices about this issue. We encourage you to be informed and to advocate both in terms of prevention and to minister to those who have been caught in human trafficking. We are open to exploring more pathways to address this issue.
Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA)
An initiative of the Women Ministries wing of the Women's Ministries wing of the Outreach and Compassion and Social Justice department of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Its purpose is 1) to provide resources 2) to equip the church 3) to promote preventative measures against abuse. These goals are established through training volunteer advocates, regional coordinators and clergy in all areas of abuse and healing.