There have been multiple fires burning throughout our presbytery and the largest of these are affecting six primary areas where we have congregations: Below you may donate to general fire relief to assist these congregations or donate to a specific area.
Almeda Drive Fire
Impacted Church – First Pres, Phoenix
Neighboring churches – First Pres, Ashland; First Pres Medford; First Pres Central Point;
Bethany Pres, Grants Pass
Archie Creek Fire
Neighboring Church – First Pres, Roseburg
Holiday Farm Fire
Impacted Church – McKenzie Valley Pres, Walterville
Neighboring Churches – Westminster Pres, Eugene; Central Pres, Eugene; Peace Pres, Eugene; First Pres, Creswell; First Pres, Cottage Grove;
Beachie Creek Fire
Impacted Church – First Pres, Mill City
Neighboring Churches – Salem First Pres; Westminster Pres, Salem; John Knox Pres, Keizer
Neighboring Church – Chapel by the Sea, Lincoln City
Impacted Churches – Springwater Pres; Eagle Creek Pres
Neighboring Churches – Emmanuel Pres, West Linn; Oak Hills Pres, Milwaukie; 1st Pres, Woodburn; Aurora Pres
We are grateful to report at this time that all of our church buildings are still standing, though it appears that 1st Presbyterian in Phoenix may have sustained some damage. Simultaneously, our hearts and our prayers go out to our many church members and neighbors who have lost their homes, livelihoods, and livestock.
We are currently working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to organize our relief efforts, and are collecting financial resources to support congregations and communities when they can begin the rebuilding process. To contribute to this presbytery fund, please send checks to the presbytery office designated as “Fire Relief” plus the area where you would like to focus your contribution, or donate online using the link above.
Additionally, we are so grateful for the numerous churches in our presbytery who are serving as evacuation sites, smoke shelters, and resource distribution points. If you or your congregation have the ability to provide such resources, please register with our ministry partners, the Ecumenical Ministry of Oregon at (https://emoregon.org/) and https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M77RNWM.
Please do remain in prayer for one another, and be in touch! It is with the great faith, hope, and love – initiated by God’s grace and demonstrated through this community – that we are able to face these challenges and care for our members and neighbors. Taht
By clicking the PayPal Donate Now button you may direct your gift to:
- Fire Relief General Fund
- Almeda Drive Fire
- Archie Creek Fire
- Holiday Farm Fire
- Beachie Creek Fire
- Eco Fire
- Riverside Fire
During the final step of the donation process, the user is able to “Add a note” indicating which relief effort you would like to target. If no note is included, the funds will go into the Fire Relief General Fund.
Or feel free to send any donations directly to:
Presbytery of the Cascades
Attn: Fire Relief
245 S. Bancroft St., Suite D
Portland, OR 97239
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