St. John's Outreach Team helps to connect the church with other arms of the ELCA, other non-profit organizations locally, within the United states and in other countries. The Outreach Team also finds ways to reach out and bring these organizations to St. John's by holding special events, which helps support these agencies.
St. John's is currently supporting the following agencies in 2017:
Here is some information on past events and on-going ministries:
This year we were able to assist one of our church members with a Habitat for Humanity Home. As a part of the program of Habitat for Humanity, a family that is looking to take ownership of a new home, must donate a certain amount of time helping others with homes that are being built. Friends and family or church members also can donate work time for the Habitat Home recipient. This was a wonderful opportunity for our church family, who received their new home and also for the church members who gave of themselves to help them receive their new home!
Sharing the Dream will be with us in our lobby on the weekend of October 21st & 22nd. Please read below the wonderful things this agency does for those in Guatemala. Be sure to bring your checkbook along, as they will have many lovely items for sale. It's a great time to start your Christmas shopping!
In the church lobby, you may give in-kind donations to:
Christian Needs Center -- Soup, pasta sauce, canned veggies, box jello/pudding, bar soap. Or, any non-perishable food item, paper items, personal hygiene, cleaning products.
Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence -- Their wish list includes telephone calling cards, antacids, pain medications (ibuprofen, cold meds) personal hygiene supplies (deodorant, tampons, pads, brushes, shampoo, conditioner) band aids, kleenex, cleaning products, box dinners, canned veggies or fruit, soups, baking supplies (sugar, oil) tin foil, plastic wrap, zip lock baggies, grocery gift cards, gasoline gift cards, new stuffed animals.
Honey Sunday You can purchase a bottle of honey for the suggested price of $7. Proceeds will help the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. This agency serves youth from poor, challenged families, those who struggle with behavioral, mental and sometimes even physical issues.
Sharing the Dream Products were made available for purchase in the lobby. Sharing the Dream in Guatemala began in 1996 with the dream of promoting sustainable fair trade by providing fair wages and employment opportunities to low-income artisans. We work with over 20 cooperatives and small businesses that use traditional Maya techniques to create unique, handmade products. The purchase of these crafts not only provides an income for these artisans, but also supports community development projects in Guatemala.
CHRISTIAN NEEDS CENTER As the weather starts to turn colder we start to think about Children Needing Coats. All of the CNC client’s children were outfitted with new coats, snow pants and boots last year. These items are necessary for school children to be able to go out for recess. St. John's is asking the congregation to support this ministry by donating any of these items or you can give a monetary donation for these items to be purchased by the CNC. The goal is to have all children outfitted by November 1st. The items collected after that date are used throughout the winter season and get the CNC a jump on next year. Each family is also given a food box for Christmas.
Here is a list of some of the other agencies St. John's has supported over past years. Please click on any of the links below to find out more about these organizations.
SERVICE BENEVOLENCE MISSIONS:
Western Iowa Synod/Center for Agricultural Development
Western Iowa Synod/Igumbilo Girls' School
Western Iowa Synod/Well Project