Formerly known as the Mission Commission, ESJ, is a vehicle for the church to do good work in the world. Multiplying the loaves and fishes, the congregation’s financial gifts, ESJ supports important local organizations and activities that promote stewardship of the earth and advances social justice. Often partnering with other groups in Cottage Grove and in Lane County, ESJ has offered educational forums and presentations on immigration, creating a hate-free community, addressed critical family issues, and initiatives that present homelessness. The past three years members of ESJ have been working to create a community of 13 tiny houses for people with low or extremely low income. ESJ supports Community Sharing, our local food bank; Earth Day activities, as well as overseas mission work of Presbyterian USA. First Presbyterian Church has met the criteria for being both an Earth Care church as well as Hunger Action. FPC is a More Light congregation, welcoming all people. FPC is known in our local community as being very involved in low cost housing, mental health, immigration/refugee assistance, and family issues. It is fair to say that FPC is seen as a progressive congregation in Cottage Grove through the work of ESJ and FPC members who serve in the community on boards and volunteers
The Cottage Village Coalition (CVC)
Continuing our support of housing initiatives, members of our church are participating in the Cottage Village Coalition, whose mission is about:
Advancing self-sufficiency and human dignity by providing safe, stable, well-designed
tiny homes in a village setting for those who need them most. . . .
There are many ways in which you can support this project. Please visit the following sites to learn more about how you can participate.
Beds for Freezing Nights
Beginning in the winter of 2010, our church was one of three churches in Cottage Grove to open its doors to the homeless through the Beds for Freezing Nights program. Members of our church congregation watch over those individuals who take advantage of the warm beds provided for these nights.
SLMH got its start in 1988, thanks to the generous and open hearts of the ministers and congregation of the First Presbyterian Church. They allowed a mentally ill homeless woman to sleep in the parlor and cook her meals in the church kitchen. Because there were no mental health services available locally, she ended up hospitalized in a state facility near Portland when her condition deteriorated. On her release, a residential placement was advised. She had hoped to return to Cottage Grove, but there were no options available to her here. Read more …