At the March Stated Meeting of the Presbytery, our hosts at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church collected an offering over dinner. Together, the presbytery raised $1,678 to support their ministries of care and compassion to the homeless. Pastor Brent Anderson said of the offering, “We were amazed at the generosity of the members and delegates of presbytery. Steel Lake Presbyterian Church very thankful for the support of our sister congregations.”
The church screened a short video at the meeting to tell the story of Reach Out, a homeless men’s shelter hosted by Steel Lake (and others) and coordinated by Catholic Community Services. On the night of the meeting, the shelter was operating on the other side of their facilities.
In this instance, the video was produced as a donation to the ministry. Brent said, “We didn't make the video but participated in it as one of the host churches. It was a matter of perfect timing for the presbytery meeting. It was completed just two days before the meeting and is actually still being edited to fit different venues. The hope of Reach Out is to be able to use this video for fundraising as well as garnering support for a women's shelter here in Federal Way.” All of the churches that participate in Reach Out are able to leverage this content as they try to raise awareness and support.
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