First Presbyterian Church Of Oregon
Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities.
Lifeline is part of Illinois’ network of eight food banks that distributes more than 100 million pounds of food per year to more than 2,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters throughout the state. The purpose is to provide food for hungry people in Illinois, to advocate for policies that reduce hunger, and to educate the public about the vital role food banks play in addressing hunger. Lifeline accepts donations of clean and gently used clothing, non-perishable food items, and toiletries and provides provide help for persons in Oregon, on an emergency basis.
The Francis Burchell Seminary Grant, established from the estate of the late Francis Burchell, provides grant monies for persons who are candidates for the professional ministry or commissioned lay pastor training and who are enrolled in a Blackhawk Presbytery approved seminary.
Kianjogu Parish consists of five small churches of Imenti South Presbytery in a rural area 150 miles north of Nairobi. Because this region is quite remote, it lacks schools, health facilities, and transportation. Kiune Church is the mother church of the group. Miruriiri Church has a school which has grown to eight grades. Miramene, Mituune and the newest church Muriru are the other churches of the parish. Kianjogu Parish/Churches proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and building the Kingdom of God by meeting the spiritual, social, and physical needs of those within their reach.
Many years ago, First Presbyterian Church of Oregon set up a fund called the "Crisis Fund." This fund has been used by many people in need throughout our community. It has been helped people pay rent, utilities, gasoline and buy food. Over the past several years other churches in Oregon have implemented such a fund, and like us, discovered that there is a huge need right here in our own community. We, as a congregation, continue to support the crisis fund and have pooled resources with other congregations and the Oregon Fellowship of Ministry (OFM) as OFM is able to refer people in the community that can also help people in need.
Hospice offers compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, AND involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient's loved ones as well. At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.