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A Presbyterian USA Congregation in the Colonial Heights Neighborhood 

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We are Common Ground, a Presbyterian church in the Colonial Heights neighborhood, inviting you to help make our Covid-19 grant grow, not by sending us money, but by supporting these organizations that align with our Mission and Ministry Goals (listed at the end). $1,000 was awarded to every Presbyterian Church in the Presbytery of the Cascades to be disbursed or invested anyway we chose, no strings attached. Our church council selected three groups to support.

Some funds went directly to our Musicians-in-Residence, young adult musicians who use our building for practice and classroom space. Local musicians' income was badly reduced when they could not teach or perform. We invite you to help local musicians with a donation to the Jeremy Wilson Foundation,1028 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214. Include memo: Covid-19 Musicians Relief Fund, or via their website:

Some funds went to StoveTeam International, which has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Award for Developing Local Markets. Learn more and donate via their website:

The remainder went to The Black Resilience Fund, an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders. You can learn about their work and donate here:

As mentioned earlier, each organization mentioned aligns with one or more of our Mission and Ministry Goals: Honoring Diversity & Support of Vulnerable Communities; Strengthening Families & Children; Increasing Stewardship of the Environment Caring for God's Creation; Promoting Music & the Arts, and; Supporting Opportunities for Education & Nurture Across Generations.

Thank you for taking time to learn about and consider these needs and for your generosity if you choose to help. You can also learn more about Common Ground on our website at and on Facebook –

We acknowledge that the work of Common Ground is occurring on the traditional lands of the Chinook, Cowlitz,
 Clackamas, Kalapuya, and Atfalati people,and we offer our gratitude to the elders, past and present,
 who have stewarded it through the generations.
We give thanks for the opportunity to work, learn, and worship on their traditional homeland.

Session action on Covid Grant: Caring for Neighbor & Stranger--Matthew 25 Initiative

What did we do with the $1000.00 grant for Covid support we received?

Stove Team International—self focused or globally aware?
Each year, smoke inhalation from indoor cooking fires kills more people than malaria and AIDS combined. And CO2 emissions from cooking fires are a major contributor to climate change.Our Covid response recognizes the global nature of this crisis and all God’s creation: Environmental, Systemic Poverty, Health—supporting work in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras & Nicaragua (Forest Resener is our contact)

Mailing Address P.O. Box 14707 Portland, OR 97293

Common Ground Musicians in Residence in need & the Jeremy Wilson Foundation Covid-19 Musicians Relief Fund—Those who have inspired us and are in need of all the basics at this time.  Within our Community and on our doorstep—perhaps no one within our immediate community has been more impacted than our MIR friends. Their lives and livelihood have been up ended as teaching, concerts, and new businesses serving the hard hit music community are all shut down. You can also mail a donation made out to the Jeremy Wilson Foundation to: The Jeremy Wilson Foundation 1028 SE Water Ave, STE 230 Portland, OR 97214 Include memo: Covid-19 Musicians Relief Fund

The Black Resilience Fund--those most disproportionally impacted by Covid may be strangers in our midst, by our actions, they are not invisible to us. We need healing. We need justice. And that requires action.
The Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund dedicated to fostering healing and resilience in our community by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders. The Black Resilience Fund is 100% volunteer led. In 25 days, we’ve funded $205,469.81 in immediate support for Black Portlanders, including a warm meal, groceries, and unpaid bills. The Black Resilience Fund is led by Co-Founders Cameron Whitten and Salomé Chimuku (you may remember Salomé preaching for us for two Sundays in Lent a few years back) The Black Resilience Fund is 100% volunteer led. The Black Resilience Fund is led by over 300 active volunteers.

Phone: 971.801.8951 (call or text)

Blessings, Pastor Linda

A Presbyterian Church (USA) Congregation  

   Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church 


Last updated 07/02/20  


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