WELCA’s Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate Sale, Sunday, July 14th
Summer is here, and so is Independence Day! WELCA’s coffee/chocolate vendors will be camping the first weekend in July, so catch us in the Pioneer Chapel for Fair Trade products on the second Sunday in July, Sunday, July 14th. See you then, and Happy 4th of July camping! Also, remember that we provide the coffee for the weekly coffee hour following Sunday service. Your donations are always appreciated! For more information, contact Lucy Knopf: 503-267-7177; aaa-team@msn.com.

The William Temple House
During July and August, WELCA is sponsoring a book drive to benefit the William Temple House in NW Portland. You may have seen this unique and ornate building just across the street from Couch Park. What is the William Temple House? In what ways do they serve the community here in Portland? The William Temple House began in 1965, when a group of Episcopalians opened a counseling center on NW Marshall Street with a telephone, a card table, and an orange crate for a chair. They named the place after William Temple, the late Archbishop of Canterbury known for his commitment to social justice. Before long William Temple House grew into a trusted community resource offering counseling, food, clothing, and more to thousands of individuals and families in Portland and beyond. Founding director C.T. Abbott, a visionary priest and mental health counselor, led the organization until his death in 1990. More than 50 years since its beginnings, William Temple House continues as a place of healing and hope through services supporting the whole person — mind, body, and spirit. Today, the organization offers sliding-scale mental health counseling to those in need, as well as a food pantry, a children’s clothing closet, assistance with dental and vision care, and help with paying utility bills. This vital community organization also provides free books to guests who make use of its services. We hope you will consider donating your used books during this summer’s drive — your generosity is appreciated!

Support WELCA’S Red Wagon Project
WELCA is continuing to support the the PCC Rock Creek Panther Pantry. The PCC staff and students established food pantries on all four campuses. PCC does partner with the Oregon Food Bank, but still needs some of the following items: Rice, Cereal, Peanut Butter, Tuna, Jam, Canned Proteins and Hygiene Products (toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, conditioner), as well as basic school supplies like pencils, pens and notebooks. If you are too busy to go shopping, you can always write out a check instead — please be sure that you include “PCC Food Pantry” on the memo. Items are collected all month and brought forth on the first Sunday of each month.

WELCA Card Ministry
In March of 2015, there was a concern that the home bound of St. James needed more contact with St. James, so WELCA created a card ministry so that members who were unable to get to church would know that they were remembered in prayer. We have expanded the ministry by sending notes to members facing surgery or illness. If you would like to be involved you may first and foremost pray for those who are unable to worship with us on a regular basis. Gifts of stamps or money are most welcome. They may be placed in the offering plate or given to a WELCA member.

The co-chairs of St. James’ WELCA invite you to review two articles from the fall issue of “Interchange,” the national WELCA newsletter. The articles are about human trafficking and infant formula, two areas that our group will be focusing their efforts on. You can find the newsletter at www.womenoftheelca.org/publications.