Faith in Action
More than anything, Jesus taught us to love—love God wholeheartedly and love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus was especially concerned with the poor, the marginalized, the troubled, and the oppressed, and taught us that whenever we serve them we are serving Christ himself. The people of Good Samaritan serve the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of the community and the world through local initiatives and by supporting financially other faith-based and Episcopal/Anglican organizations. Currently we serve our community and the world in the following ways:
- Good Samaritan Education Scholarship Fund
- Issaquah Meals Program
- The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
- Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank
- Disaster Relief
Hospitality Team: We are looking for 6 to 8 people to join this team responsible for coordination of our coffee hour and other fellowship events.
Issaquah Meals: We need 4 people asap to help provide and serve meals to those who rely on this program for food.
To volunteer, please email Tom Ehlers or The Rev. Charissa Bradstreet.
In the summer of 2020, the Good Samaritan Faith-in-Action Committee set out to identify how we might help address inequities in our community, many of which are particularly acute in this time of unsettled and changing social dynamics. Our focus was sharpened by the events surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Brianna Taylor, and others, and the renewed national conversation about racism and, in particular, its economic injustice component. We found ourselves increasingly drawn to creating opportunities to positively impact the lives of youth who are struggling to better themselves with limited available resources.
Working with The Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and Friends of Youth we established a scholarship focused on disadvantaged youth of color who are ready to take a step toward advancing their learning and furthering vocational skills.
Jane Harrell, who spent a lifetime contributing to the betterment of those less fortunate in her community, was a member of the vestry work group focusing on mission and was instrumental in helping us understand the need among disadvantaged youth of color, and how even a small contribution can profoundly change lives. It is in this spirit that we have created the Good Samaritan Church Faith-in-Action Education Scholarship Fund, with our 2020–2022 grants in memory of our friend, Jane Harrell.
Two scholarships have been awarded in 2021, and plans are to award two or more in 2022. You can donate to the fund online or by sending a check to the church with “Education Fund” in the memo line. For more information contact Tom Ehlers or the clergy.
- Financial gifts for purchasing food/other supplies needed for the emergency distribution model.
- Amazon wish list items shipped directly to the Food Bank building.
- Online orders of items off the Emergency Needs List to be shipped directly from the vendor.
- $25 gift cards to grocery stores that offer online shopping can be mailed to the Food Bank.
- Visit the website to sign-up for volunteer shifts
On the second Saturday of each month we join together and provide dinner for those in need at the Issaquah Community Center. Volunteers can sign up for monthly assignments in MyGoodSam to supply food, cook, or serve. For more information about or to join our Issaquah Meals team, Lisa Treadway or Steve Angelo.
We believe it is the work of the Church to engage in the work of reconciliation and build bridges between different races and cultures. La Iglesia Episcopal de la Resurrección in Mt. Vernon serves a predominantly Hispanic and migrant worker congregation in the Skagit Valley. By worshiping together, participating in cultural events, and listening to their stories, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of how we can build a sustainable relationship and serve the people of the Skagit Valley together.
The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem encompasses are large area of the Middle East, including Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, and Jordan. We support the work of this part of the Anglican Communion through financial gifts and making pilgrimages to the Land of the Holy One. The Good Friday offering goes to support the many ministries of the diocese, and special appeals are made based on current needs. Recently, the parish raised funds for an ambulance for St. Luke’s Hospital in Neblus and the hospital in the Gaza Strip. You can find out more about the work of the diocese here.
The Hebrew and Christian Scriptures are clear that God’s people are to welcome “aliens and strangers” who come to live among us. Jesus explicitly charged his followers to welcome and care for the stranger. Refugees coming to and through our borders deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and met with generous hospitality. Our Faith in Action Commission is currently helping our parish support and assist an Afghan refugee family. We also endorse the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office.
The Priest Discretionary Fund is used by the priest to assist those in need. Examples of how this fund is used includes, assisting the hungry and homeless, assist a parishioner in times of crisis, emergency and/or extreme financial need. The monies for the Discretionary Fund come from the generous donations of our parishioners and other anonymous donations of our community.
The Hebrew and Christian Scriptures are clear that God’s people are to welcome “aliens and strangers” who come to live among us. Jesus explicitly charged his followers to welcome and care for the stranger. Refugees coming to and through our borders deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and met with generous hospitality. Our Faith in Action Commission is currently helping this parish support and assist an Afghan refugee family. Your donations are welcome.
As a part of our social justice work, we partnered with The Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and Friends of Youth and established a scholarship focused on disadvantaged youth of color who are ready to take a step toward advancing their learning and furthering vocational skills. We have awarded a $3,000 scholarship each semester since our inception in 2021. Please consider donating to support this scholarship.