WAYS YOU CAN SERVE
Here are just a few ways you can help us make a difference, in our community and in the broader world.
We have set up a fire relief fund established to help those who have suffered loss after the Butte County fires of November, 2018 -- in particular a family we have "adopted." You can send a tax-deductible check of any amount to our church office, with "Fire Relief Fund" in the memo line.
Other ways you can give:
North Valley Community Foundation
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) US Wildfire fund
The Presbytery of Sacramento's Camp Fire Relief Fund has been set up to assist Bidwell Presbyterian Church in responding to families affected by this disaster. Individuals and churches interested in donating can send checks (made payable to Presbytery of Sacramento) to:
Presbytery of Sacramento
CAMP FIRE RELIEF FUND
9983 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95827
HOMELESSNESS & HUNGER
Each year in the spring
CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall work of Church World Service, particularly grassroots development efforts around the world. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised support hunger-fighting programs in our own community. First Presbyterian San Anselmo is a regular participant. Ask Barbara Rothkrug how you can support our walkers or walk with us.
SF-MARIN FOOD BANK
Hunger is a serious problem in San Francisco and Marin, where 1 in 4 of our neighbors is at risk of hunger. We support their work with a weekly collection during regular worship services and donated to the organization. Bring canned and boxed items for the barrel on any Sunday. Contact Alice Graham if you have questions about what foods are needed most.
Last Sunday of the month
This collection on the last Sunday of each month is a small first step in the battle against hunger and poverty in our community. Congregations affiliated with this service invite every member — of all ages — to contribute a few cents at every meal. This simple act is an expression of thanks for what we have received. It is also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus’ command “You give them something to eat" (Matthew 14:17).
Pedal for Protein
The Presbytery of he Redwoods sponsors a bicycle ride down the coast to raise money for Northern California food banks, and in particular, for the protein foods that are rarely donated. We send riders and raise funds in support.
For the past 10 years, we have participated in the Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (REST), a partnership of more than 40 local congregations providing shelter for up to 20 women and 40 men every night during the winter months. The REST program ended on April 30, 2018. As a member of the the Marin Organizing Committee (MOC), we are actively involved in finding a housing-focused solution to homelessness in Marin. Read more in the Marin IJ article.
We feel called to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God"
(Micah 6:8). We welcome our LGBTQ+ siblings, and insist that “Black Lives Matter.” Acting to uphold the dignity of all people and caring for our planet is one of the most Christ-like things we can do.
Our church is known for taking a stand for the oppressed and defending human dignity. We march, write letters, speak out, and show up. For more information or to get involved look for events on our calendar.
Keep Hope Alive
We are involved in this peacemaking program of three San Francisco Bay Area Presbyteries, in partnership with the YMCA of East Jerusalem and the YWCA of Palestine. Each year we send two delegations to Palestine-Israel, one in February to plant olive trees and one in October to harvest olives.
Bare Roots Project
Since 2005, we have partnered with Afghans 4Tomorrow in working with Afghan communities to plant over 200,000 fruit and shade trees. Read more here.
Climate Change Education & Action
We've created a speaker series for the Marin Community to deepen our understanding and respond to the urgent crisis of climate change.
Climate Action Team
This team believes we have a moral obligation to preserve the planet for subsequent generations. We ensure that we, as individuals and as a congregation, are doing all we can to reduce our carbon footprint, including the installation of solar panels on our buildings, calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies, and promoting education about climate science.
Our church facilities are used by a wide array of community organizations every day. We also partner with other groups in Marin and beyond in practicing our faith out loud, in the world.