Outreach

Friendship House

Friendship house is an organization that helps people who are struggling with any number of issues in their lives. Once a month, on a Sunday afternoon, Fir-Conway Lutheran Church prepares and serves the meal at the Friendship House Cafe’ in downtown Mount Vernon. Volunteers provide lasagna, salad, garlic bread, milk and cookies for anyone who is hungry.
 
We welcome help to keep this program going by providing donations of food or funds and volunteering to serve the meal.  You will find a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall.
 

YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter

At the YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter, homeless youth from all over Skagit County are given overnight shelter, hot meals and the support they need to improve their lives. Oasis has provided short-term emergency shelter to youth ages 13-17 since 1997 and operates 365 days a year. Fir-Conway Lutheran Church supports this organization with financial and practical gifts. Often collecting warm coats, sweatshirts, hats, mittens and scarfs.

 

Other needs are listed on their website www.skagitymca.org/ymca-oasis

Josephine Caring Community

Josephine Caring Community in Stanwood is a Lutheran facility that combines a Preschool Program, Nursing Care, Transitional Rehab, and Senior Assisted Living. The local ELCA churches support this Community through financial and direct involvement. We are invited each year to the annual meeting, and the Chaplain visits churches to share what is happening at Josephine at least once a year. The Lydia Ladies Aid has helped with many gifts over the years.

Family Promise Skagit

We have been a host church for Family Promise in the past and hope to find ways to help them into the future. More recently we have helped other churches by providing overnight support. “Churches, community members and businesses network to shine a light in the darkness for homeless families in Skagit Valley.” For more information contact www.familypromiseskagit.weebly.com  You can also contact our church office (360) 454-5396.

Prayer Chain

When there is an illness, hospitalization, death in the family, or any kind of struggle, the prayer chain at Fir-Conway is activated. There is one list for people who have home phones, and another for those with texting and cell phones. Messages are also sent out by email. It is an important outreach of prayer for those who are struggling. The same prayer chain may also be used to share about recovery from illness or for those who have a new baby or have good news to share!

Prayer chain requests can be sent to secretary@firconwaylutheran.org. Also if you would like to be part of the Prayer Chain, please send us your email or phone number and you will be added to the Prayer Chain.

Easter Egg Hunt

Each year, on the Saturday before Easter, several members of Fir-Conway Lutheran Church and their children create an Easter Egg Hunt for the nearby Conway School children. The plastic eggs, candy and prizes are all donated. It is a fun outreach activity for our congregation to invite our neighbors in the school community to enjoy the event. The parents and children are grateful. If other kinds of outreach to young families are suggested we will consider adding more events.