A Call to Christian Service
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:35-40
Mission and Outreach
The following is a list of some of the church-wide projects that are coordinated by the Christians In Action Committee. Many groups, like the United Methodist Women, Junior and Senior High Youth, the Sewing Group, offer other opportunities to serve persons in need. The weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters are great places to learn about these ministries. You may also call the church office at 206-932-7777 for more information.
Souper Bowl Lunch
In February, on the Sunday of the NFL Super Bowl, a pre-game soup lunch is served to the congregation and friends. All contributions, after expenses, are donated to the local food bank, or other food agencies.
On Mother’s Day Tibbetts continues the tradition of purchasing emergency blankets in honor of Mothers, friends and loved ones, in partnership with Church World Service’s Blanket Sunday. The blankets are used by CWS all over the world wherever or whenever a catastrophe strikes. A greeting card is supplied with each blanket purchased.
Project “Back to School”
In July and August we collect backpacks and school supplies for students in our local area through the West Seattle HelpLine. Pick an item or items from the list and return your purchase to the church, or make a financial contribution and we’ll purchase the supplies.
Each Christmas we have a Giving Tree to support the women and ministry of the Church of Mary Magdalene and Mary’s Place, a ministry with homeless women in Seattle. We take tags for providing shoes for the women and tags that have gifts listed on them for the women to give their children and grandchildren and for the children to give their Moms and Grandmoms.
The Sharehouse is a program of the Church Council of Greater Seattle and is a not-for-profit agency. The Sharehouse collects donated furniture, housewares and personal hygiene items. Tibbetts participates in their Second Sunday Church Collections program. Items needed are listed in the Tibbetts monthly newsletter.
West Seattle Food Bank
We collect canned and non-perishable food items several times during the year for distribution by the Food Bank. Forty one percent of their services provide food to infants and children and thirteen percent support senior citizens. You may place donations in the Food Bank collection box in the narthex (outside the sanctuary) year-around. We also save Thriftway Grocery store receipts as well as those from the Metropolitan Market (not more than six months old). These grocery stores donate one percent of each receipt, before taxes, to the Food Bank. Look for the collection box on the counter in the narthex.
Operation Nightwatch is an inter-denominational Christian ministry serving the poor and homeless. They provide a street ministry, emergency shelter, family vouchers, and a food program. Tibbetts supports Nightwatch in various ways. Some of our women knit warm hats during the cold weather, and others donate new clean socks, plus hygiene items for men. There is also the opportunity to cook the evening meal once a month or one time only.
Tibbetts is a member of the West Seattle Churches group. One of the joint programs of the group is:
West Seattle Crop Walk in partnership with Church World Service. In the fall we walk for the hungry around the world and here at home.
If you are interested in any of the above please call the church office at 206-932-7777.