Saturday, March 23
The Presbytery of Central Washington
Thanks to the power of small-town communication, a new resource center has opened in Waitsburg. This center is a faith-based effort of congregations of several denominations to provide assistance to neighbors in need. In the past, a small room in the basement of the Presbyterian church was used for a community food bank. The local ministerial association provided leadership and organization for it. The space was always too small and access difficult for many, and with the increasing need of new families to serve, something had to be done.
News of the need circulated around town, eventually coming to the local bank, which just happened to have a small vacant office next to it. With amazing speed, the bank drew up a lease with the ministerial association that obligated the bank to provide the space, utilities, and signage for 18 months free of charge. Other local service organizations built shelves and clothing racks and provided refrigerators, freezers, a reception desk, and computer services. The Waitsburg Resource Center was opened, and a new mission began to unfold.
The primary mission of the center is to provide food for the hungry. With the new facilities, its mission is being expanded to include becoming a resource connecting people with needs to providers that can help meet that need. We are so thrilled to have a center that provides for the spiritual and physical needs of our community. It now serves 120 families a month, a sixfold increase on the 20 families served by the basement food bank.
The Presbytery of Central Washington’s 39 congregations have a total of 6,122 members. Tall Timber Ranch, Ghormley Meadow, and the Campbell Farm camps are within its bounds.
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Let us pray
Holy God, you amaze us in the way you provide for us each day. Thank you for circulating news of the need for a resource center around Waitsburg through the conversations of your people, and for expanding our mission to all neighbors in need within our community. Through Jesus the Christ we pray. Amen.