Putting Faith into 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.
 
For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Steve Danzey.
The Faith in Action Commission of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church exists to encourage and engage our members to serve others who are in physical, emotional, or spiritual need. We do this by 1) discerning the needs of our community, region, and world and their underlying causes; 2) informing our congregation about those needs and issues, and 3) engaging members to be actively involved in meeting those needs. The Faith in Action Commission has identified these focus areas of service and outreach.
 

FOOD AND BASIC NEEDS

Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank

The mission of the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank is to provide basic needs (in the form of quality, wholesome food, clothing and other items) to our community members to promote self-sufficiency. They have a special emphasis on healthy foods and work to get access to fresh, local produce. The Clothing Bank provides clothing, household items, toiletries and diapers.
 
Importantly, IFCB recently transitioned from self-serve to a pick-up distribution model to reduce the number of staff and volunteers needed to sustain operations. They have also restarted home-delivery service for those who can’t get to our location. They have had to suspend accepting individual in-person food and clothing donations because sorting required up to 100 people in the building. The new model requires just 10 staff/volunteers at any one time. They also have National Guard help for distribution.
 
Here are a few things the community can do to help:
  • 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

Grocery and Essentials Delivery Service

Good Samaritan is currently offering a delivery service for groceries and other essential supplies, including pharmacy pickup. This is intended to serve those in our parish who cannot get out of their homes because of quarantine and are not able to use commercial delivery services.
 
If you or your family needs assistance, contact Fr. Steve.
If you feel called to help, reach out to Debbie Moore for specifics on assisting in the grocery and pharmacy shopping pick up/delivery process.

Issaquah Meals

On the second Saturday of each month we join together and provide dinner for those in need at the Issaquah Community Center. Church members 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, contact Steve Angelo.
 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPEs) DURING COVID-19

Mask Sewing Initiative

One of our parishioners is making masks for Good Samaritan parishioners who need them. Anyone who would like to assist in sewing masks or procuring materials can contact Merri Alexander.

Surgical Gown Sewing Initiative

We are sourcing materials and patterns and looking for help sewing surgical gowns to meet a need currently estimated at 500,000. If you feel called to help, reach out to Julio Richburg or Terry Foster for details on how you can help in this Surgical Gown sewing effort.
 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Sammamish Senior Center

Overall, the Sammamish age 60+ population is about 8,450 (13%), with another 12% of population 50-59. Seniors over time can feel isolated, lonely, and not included in the very community they often helped to build. It has been proven that social engagement and fellowship helps both mental and physical well-being across all age groups. The Sammamish Senior Center is an all-volunteer endeavor that has been providing activities, games, speakers, discussion, and fellowship for area residents ages 55+. We opened February 5 with an “open house” attracting over 200 seniors at the Sammamish Boys & Girls Club. The following 4 weeks we conducted a 2.5-hour session and attracted over 70 attendees each week. During the suspension of in-person meetings due to Covid-19 we now send out bi-weekly emails including helpful resources and fun/engaging ‘shelter-in-place’ things to do for Seniors. We have also just kicked off a Book Club.
 
First and foremost, if you are 55+ you are invited to actively participate in our sessions or as a volunteer. And of course, if you have content ideas for our newsletters please send it along. To get connected, contact Joyce Bottenberg or Tom Ehlers.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

NWIRP promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education. Services they provide are pro bono legal services to help undocumented immigrants, asylum seekers, DACA members, immigrants in detention, etc. Currently, it has become apparent that if there is a member of a family that is undocumented, then no one in the entire family will receive government stimulus checks. Washington’s undocumented population is in desperate need of aid at this time.
 
Find out all the ways you can support your undocumented neighbors by visiting the NWIRP website.

 

La Iglesia de la Resurrección

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. Opportunities to participate will include a Sunday visit to Resurrección for worship in the fall, participating in their celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadelupe on December 12, and exploring how to support the day camp their parish operates during the summer for the children of migrant workers.
 

MISSION TO GUATEMALA

Every Sunday we affirm that we belong to the Universal Church and the Communion of Saints, which means essentially that we here at Good Samaritan are part of what God is doing all over our world. We believe that global awareness broadens our horizons, opens our minds, and, in this particular case, helps us better understand the conditions and policies that have led so many to flee their countries and seek asylum in the United States. This group is planning a mission trip to Guatemala, possibly in the spring of 2020, to serve with Safe Passage and Fr. Brian (our former curate) in Guatemala City. An informational meeting is being planned for November.
 
These four areas of service were chosen not because there aren’t other equally valuable outreach opportunities, but because of existing relationships that could be strengthened or built upon. These focus areas also allow us the opportunity to best leverage our resources to match needs in our own parish and the community.