Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were
serving the Lord, not people.

Ephesians 6: 6-8

houseofzion Serving

Augustana members and friends address direct community needs with these programs and activities:

Northeast Portland Emergency Food Program

Augustana has had a relationship with this vital program since 1986. Besides the food given monthly through our food barrel collection and the Christmas in July food drive, many members contribute personal dollars to this program sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.

House of Zion Lutheran Church, Woodburn, Oregon
Augustana members raise money for the annual Christmas holiday food gift boxes given to migrant workers in the Woodburn area. Through these donations we are able to purchase chickens for food boxes and sacks of candy for the children. Every December Augustana members travel to Woodburn to help pack food boxes for our migrant brothers and sisters. This year's food-packing effort is pictured above.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Coffee Project
Since June of 2006 Augustana has been purchasing Free Trade coffee, hot cocoa, tea and chocolate bars through Lutheran World Relief to support farmers in Latin America, Asia and Africa to build better lives for their families. Monies received from the sale of these products help fund Augustana's Friend In Need Fund. This fund supports community members who have emergency financial needs throughout the year.

Wallace Concerns Clinic
In an effort to support the volunteer services of local physicians and murses who offer free medical care each week to uninsured families at the downtown Portland Clinic, Augustana members make and deliver an evening meal for these medical personnel the first Thursday evening of each month.

HIV Giving Tree
Many Augustana members and families shared their blessings this Christmas season with clients who regularly attend the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Day Center Program of Portland.

Habitat for Humanity
Augustana partners with Thrivent Builds to build a Habitat home each year. We usually secure matching money at a 6 to 1 match by Thrivent. We usually on work one Saturday a month starting in the spring. For more information please contact either Ansel Johnson or Larry Rank.

Moses Movers Program
Moses Movers assists qualifying individuals in need of help with moves, and also moves approximately 2000 pounds of food each week from the Oregon Food Bank to the Northeast Emergency Food Bank at Luther Memorial Church. Moses Movers also assists the Portland based Bradley Angle New Havens Housing Program. Bradley Angle provides temporary housing for women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence. Bradley Angle House was the first domestic violence shelter on the West Coast, starting in 1975. Working with the Bradley Angle Community Partnership Coordinator, Moses Movers assists domestic violence victims in our community and the surrounding area by helping them move their belongings from a Bradley Angle shelter into a new and safe apartment living space of their own. This servant ministry assists women in real need.

Health Servant Team
This team has been meeting since 2008 to develop and support an ongoing health and healing ministry for Augustana. Projects have included a "We Lose, Everyone Gains" weight loss program, American Heart Association CPR and AED classes, a focus on homebound members and learning programs on the negative effects of eating processed food on health outcomes like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.