Missions and Outreach

OutreachSt John’s is a mission driven church. Below are descriptions of some of our missionary work and how you can get involved.

The Chapel
The chapel belongs to all people, and we hope everyone will feel free to use it when needed.

The entrance is off of 4th Street, and for those who use the chapel at night, we have installed lighting that gives a greater sense of security.  There is a whiteboard in the entrance way of the chapel, and we invite people to share their special prayers, both for themselves and others, on the board.  There is also material in the entrance way to help people “jumpstart” their prayers if they are having trouble finding the right words themselves.

Outreach Luncheon
The last Saturday of every month several members of the church bring hearts filled with generosity, kindness and the Holy Spirit and present nourishing food to our fellow man. We cook and serve our guests family style at decorated tables so that our guests feel honored and at home. Our Outreach Program now includes a “take away”, that is, we collect an item such as canned food, laundry detergent, socks and scarves throughout the month that would benefit our guests. Each month the item is different reflecting the seasons. St. John’s feds between 20 to 30 people every month and although the faces change month to month, the numbers remain the same. Our luncheon is held at the end of the month in an effort to help those in need make it financially to the end of the month.

Episcopal Relief and Development
With the money we raised for Episcopal Relief and Development we helped provide medicine and health services to ten people for the coming year, and fifty trees have been planted.

The ERD does great things, from providing food and health services to helping make the lands people live on livable and provide a living. Thank you for your generous donations, and keep thinking about ERD and the work they do around the world.

Church Periodical Club
The club raises money and supplies books, magazines, tapes, videos and computer programs free to those who cannot otherwise obtain them. There is a jar at the back of the church for the “Miles of Pennies” Program. $844.40 equals one mile! The Miles of Pennies program benefits children who cannot otherwise afford books. Grants are given out year-around. Please contribute your pennies and see how far we can have them grow!

Christmas Sock Drive
This has become an annual drive with socks shared between those in need at our outreach lunch, the Neighbors’ Place, and the Salvation Army!

Treatment Instead of Prison (TIP)
TIP (Treatment Instead of Prison) provides basic clothing for inmates released from our local jail. Inmates are usually released at 5:30 a.m. and may have only the clothes that they had when they were picked up. This could mean being released in the winter with only shorts, t-shirts and sandals (if they had been in jail for several months). Please look through your clothes and donate some pants, shirts, sweatshirt, shoes, or even a winter coat. Collection boxes are being placed in several congregations around the community including St John’s, with a distribution site near St Paul’s UCC (which is across the street from the jail and where newly released people often go first to ask for help). Bring any clothing to Memorial Hall and it will be delivered to St. Paul’s.

Food Pantries
The Salvation Army, Neighbor’s Place, and First Presbyterian Church all provide food for our neighbors who simply cannot stretch their own budgets far enough. When you shop, please pick up something extra to place in the food basket. Thank you!

The Women’s Community
The group is looking for full sized hygiene products.