Our church building is in use seven days of the week, by Burien Community Church, by also by Cristiana Confraternidad Ebenezer, our Spanish-speaking congregation, by Family of Faith Lutheran Church, and by Seventh Day Independent Samoan Church. Through Family of Faith we also host the Joyful Noise Preschool.
Our Young Adults ministry, "Good Neighbors" began a ministry with folks who are homeless in Burien and South King County by making "blessing bags" with socks, snacks, hats, gloves, gift cards and more for folks who are in need. We distributed them in January of 2016, but rather than just handing out bags, we talked with folks and wanted them to know that we care about them and see them as our neighbors. We have also begun partnering with the Nurture Foundation and help bake 20 pizzas two times a month (when we have enough volunteers!) to help feed homeless folks in Burien.
In addition, we collect items on a monthly basis for our own Food Cupboard (to help individuals and families in need of assistance) as well as Hospitality House: A Home for Women, the only women's shelter in South King County. We have also collected socks and blankets, hats, and gloves for Operation Nightwatch in Seattle.
In 2015 we began our After-School Tutoring program with Gregory Heights Elementary across the street. We provide 1:1 tutoring for students in 4th-6th grade who need help with reading and math skills. We have had over thirty students participate since we began the program. We also hosted a Day Camp in the summer of 2015 for students with disabilities and their typically developing peers. In the past we have also had Vacation Bible School.
We also have FUN! We host an Easter Egg Hunt every year before Easter for the community, with crafts and games following the egg hunt. We hold our Annual Rummage Sale every spring and in the summer we participate in Burien's Strawberry Festival.
We support our American Baptist Camps in Washington by sending children and youth to Camp Bethel near Hoquiam, and Camp Burton on Vashon Island. Pastor Mindi was the Jr. High Camp Co-Director in 2014 and 2015 at Camp Burton. A member of the church currently serves on the board of Camp Bethel. We support our campers by providing scholarships through our AB Women to those campers in need.
Our American Baptist Women's Ministries group meets monthly and helps fund local and global missions as well as roll bandages for White Cross, which distributes those supplies around the world, most recently to the Baptist Hospital in the Congo. They also have supported White Cross and the Heifer Project in the past. Our women gather together for lunch, crafts, and look for ways to help others around the world.
For twenty years we have supported an orphanage in Tecate, Mexico, associated with the Baptist church there. Every other year we send a Mission team down to help out around the orphanage and the church for two weeks. We have built relationships over time with both the children at the orphanage as well as the staff. Currently we have a Milk fund to help provide milk for the orphanage (otherwise they only have powdered milk) on a regular basis, and we help out in other ways when we hear of the need.