Serve Opportunities

Ways to Give at Cornerstone

The Giving Tree

Angel Tree (children of prisoners): A Signup Genius list has been created with a name of children to receive gifts. Each child is listed twice: once with a fun gift and once with a clothing item. Signup for a child, shop, wrap the gift and attach a sticky with the child’s name and fun or clothing gift and connect with Connie for collection before December 13th. I will be available in front of the church with later drop off times.  If planning online shopping, you may have the gifts sent directly to my house if you wish.  Please call Connie Allen with questions or to arrange delivery or pick-up (253-951-1268, 18506 SE 277th PL, Covington 98042). Click here for signup genius link.

Vine Maple Place Christmas Gift Wrapping

If you are interested in wrapping Christmas presents for the Vine Maple Place children, please contact Connie Allen at 253-951-1268 and she can bring you a box of unwrapped presents, wrapping paper and tape. She can pick them up when you are done.

Their distribution is usually early December, but they are still in the planning stages.  They may need a few volunteers for the distribution, so watch for updates.

Adopt-a-Child For Christmas in India (Joy & Jeremy Ellington Missionaries)

Obviously, we won’t be having a Christmas Tree in the lobby this year, but if you wish to contribute to helping the Ellingtons prepare for Christmas for their church this year, please send your donation, with memo “Adopt-A-Child Christmas India,” directly to their umbrella organization, Wind of the Spirit Ministries, with the same memo designation (P.O. Box 175, Silverdale, WA 98383). 

[They are still under severe Covid-19 restrictions, so will likely only be able to distribute small presents and food directly to families, with no program/party, but in many cases, the clothes the kids get for the normal program is the only new outfit they get all year, and they wear it to church every Sunday, so they may still try to get them clothes, if shops are open.]

Storehouse (Covington, WA Food Bank) – Christmas Giving

Toy Drive now through December 10th

Help us make a difference this holiday season! We are in need of new, unopened toys or gift cards for our upcoming Christmas Store. You can drop them off at Storehouse (behind Real Life Church) before December 10th or donate online on our donate page. Email for questions.

They will be offering a Christmas store to the community December 12th, 14th and 15th. You can find out more on their website.

Signup to be a scripture reader

Personal Shopper for a Shut In Senior Citizen

Would you like to adopt another Merrill Garden’s resident? They have two new residents who need shopping help.  The residents are still not allowed to go shopping for themselves because the facility is afraid they will be exposed to too many Covid germs!  If you would like to help out, please reply to this email and let me know and I will give you their name and contact info.  If you aren’t sure, but you have some questions about this outreach please contact me and I will be happy to answer your questions.  Merrill Garden’s is in Auburn. If you have questions you can contact Carol Nohavec.

Other ways to Serve All Year at Cornerstone or in the Community

Love Beyond Walls

Love Beyond Walls is a non-profit organization that serves people currently experiencing homelessness to help restore their dignity and quality of life. They are supported by and in partnerships with the following:

The Right to Shower

Reach Records




One of their programs is called Love Sinks In (Click here for information sheet on Love Sinks In) – Installing portable sinks in locations where people that are homeless could use them. This need has always been there, but with Covid-19 access to soap & water has been tougher for the homeless since many restrooms are for customers only or have been closed completely. Here is the link to that program-

The cost of the sinks, if purchased from Love Beyond Walls:

For 1-2 sinks – $150 shipping donation

For 3-4 sinks – $300 shipping donation

For 5 sinks – $500 shipping donation

More than 5 sinks – cost contingent on calculated costs from shipping provider.

We could also make our own sinks with directions from Lava Mae X. 

Please reach out to Stacy Chick at if:-you would like to be involved in a program like this-you know of a local program that is already providing this service. -you would like to give financial support to a local program that provides this service or to Love Beyond Walls. 

More info to come! 

Our Blessing Box

During these difficult times we are seeing more and more activity at the Blessing Box in our parking lot.  On a daily basis people are donating to the box and taking items as needed.  If you would like to donate you can add things directly to the box or make financial donations to the church and memo them “Blessing Box?  We are SO grateful for your continued generosity.

Big thanks to the continuing out poor of food donations and thank you to whoever lined the inside of the cabinet. It looks so beautiful.  

Blessings ~MSYG and Felicia 

Care Team

Karen Dare  and Carol Nohavec  (

Provide meals (Kessa and Elliott having a new baby) and rides and visits and help to church members in need who have had new babies, illness, a death in the family, helping people move, etc.

Sew N Serve making masks for church and community. For more information email here

  1. Connie Allen is working with Catholic Community Services to serve sack lunches to the people served at the Day Use facilities. These will not just be the men whom we have hosted through HOME, but all the people who visit the Day Use Facilities. The number of people being served is much larger than our normal HOME dinners for 20-25, so working with a group of friends, your small group, etc. is recommended. Please follow the links below or contact Connie Allen or text/call 253-951-1268 (prefer text) for more information.

Community Engagement Center Link (Kent)
The Community Engagement Center is located at 31225 W Smith St Kent, WA 98032; right behind CCS’s Kent Family Center Offices. We are seeking help to provide lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. Meals should be delivered between 11am and 12pm and should be for 35-70 people. Individually wrapped meals like sandwiches or burritos are preferred but family-style meals are appreciated too. ·

Federal Way Day Center Link
Thank you for your interest in providing meals to the Federal Way Day Center. Your generosity will help feed homeless individuals and families in the Federal Way area during the pandemic. We are seeking help with snacks and pre-prepared/nonperishable food to distribute during the day center hours. All food should be delivered to the FWDC (33505 13th Place South Ste D, Federal Way, WA 98003) between 11am and 12pm and should be for 45-70 people. ·

Holiday Inn (downtown Seattle)
Thank you for your interest in providing meals to our temporary CCS site at the Seattle Holiday Inn. CCS is currently putting up over 120 of our more at-risk clients at the hotel from St Martin de Porres Shelter, Lazarus Center, and our veterans program. Lunch and snacks are needed for about half of the clients staying at the hotel (so enough for about 60-70 people). All meals should be delivered to the Holiday Inn (211 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109) between 11am and 12pm and should be for 60-70 people. Meals should be individually prepared meals (e.g. sack lunch, to-go plates) for clients to take and eat in their room. There is no space to serve “family style” meals. Hot meals are preferred, though cold meals are accepted as well. Clients each have a microwave in their room to heat up any prepared meal. ·

Bakhita Gardens Link (Downtown Seattle)
Thank you for your interest in providing meals to Bakhita Gardens. Your generosity will help feed formerly homeless in the Seattle area during the pandemic. All meals should be delivered to Bakhita Gardens (118 Bell Street, Seattle, WA 98121) between 11am and 12pm and should be for 80-90 people. Meal preference is individually prepared meals (e.g. sack lunch, to-go plates, etc.) for clients to take and eat in their room, however “family-style” meals are okay. Hot meals are preferred, though cold meals are accepted as well. ·

Facebook Link here

Erin Maguire, MSW
Catholic Community Services of King County
Regional Network Builder | 206-327-2474

3. Looking for a new & simple Serve opportunity to support the homeless?  HOME is needing help picking up milk at Smith Brother’s Dairy & delivering to the CCS office in Kent on Friday mornings.  Connect with Peggy Kessel or Connie Allen to learn how.

4. Looking for men’s smaller (s-m) sized clothing for homeless men.  Contact Peggy Kessel for pick up.

Storehouse Covington Foodbank –

  1. KentHOPE (Email Here to help)  – again I have heard nothing specific from them but –  again some ladies in the church have been providing meals for them and taking clothes and stuff

We need help making and delivering lunches to KentHope.  Look for upcoming dates soon!  Or you may contact Jolaine Elliott.

Habitat For Humanity

Cornerstone has a long-standing history supporting Habitat for Humanity and their builds around South King County. Cornerstone has been given the opportunity to participate in upcoming builds happening in our area. If you would like to find out more about this click here. You can speak with Bob or Connie Allen or text/call 253-951-1268 (prefer text) for more information or the church office.

For anyone looking to get involved as an individual with the 2020 Habitat SKC Interfaith Build, they can register through their Habitat account here: and sign up prior to the build day in order to be allowed on site.

Supporting Elya Price and her Journey to Mission Work in Japan

Japan Departure Update Dear Friends,

I have a whole bunch of good news since my last newsletter! First of all, Japan has reopened its borders!!! Only travelers with specific types of visas can enter, but it looks like I am one of those travelers!! Secondly, the Consulate of Japan in Seattle has reopened and is accepting visa appointments! This means I can finish applying for my visa! Thirdly, I finally received some important documents from Japan that I have been waiting for since quarantine! I just received them yesterday! With these papers I am able to make an appointment with the consulate! I plan on doing that today! I am not sure I can used anymore exclamation marks to show how excited I am!!!

Thank you for all your prayers. Please continue to pray that the visa application process will finish smoothly and that I can get my visa this month. Continue to pray that the borders will stay open and that I will be able to find a flight to Japan. I do not have a leave date as of yet, but we are closer to having one.

Elya Price  
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