Peace Arch Christian Ministerial Association: Grouping together to help out
By Rev. Al Currier
The Peace Arch Christian Ministerial Association brings together 10 congregations in the Blaine area for witness and service. Pastors from member congregations meet monthly for fellowship and to coordinate the group’s ministries, including a Thanksgiving Eve worship service with a food collection for the food bank, and an Easter sunrise celebration of the resurrection of Christ at Semiahmoo beach. The association also coordinates a baccalaureate service for the graduating class of Blaine high school. Gift bibles are available to all graduates.
The association sponsors the Community Assistance Program (392-8484) to help residents of Blaine, Custer, Birch Bay and Point Roberts with emergency needs. Volunteers from our congregations staff this program. In 2004, 146 client families were given help totaling $13,310 in the form of vouchers for food, prescriptions, gas, utilities, and emergency shelter. Referrals where appropriate are also given.
Salvation Army relief vouchers in Blaine are now distributed through the Community Assistance Program. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the Salvation Army in our community and are pleased to be able to assist them with this service.
The ministerial association joins with others to help sponsor Thanksgiving meals baskets for those less fortunate in the community. This year, baskets were given to 179 families with 663 people. In the Christmas season, holiday meals for those who may be in need provided by Totally Chocolate are organized and delivered by the association.
One of the association’s primary goals for the year to come is to open a clothing bank in Blaine. A modified shipping container has been obtained and installed at the food bank to house the clothing bank, which will hopefully be opening early in 2005.
We are most grateful for the hardworking volunteers who continue to make these events and services in our community possible.