Outreach
 
OUTREACH
 
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 2020:
 
Here is some information on past events and ongoing ministries:
 
In the past we were able to help 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!
 
 
In the church lobby, you may give in-kind donations to:
 
Christian Needs Center --  Various household cleaning supplies and non-perishable food items.
An updated list is usually provided in the weekly bulletins. 
Please call 546-9428 for current hours at the center.
 
Another hands and feet opportunity: (donate directly to them)
SafePlace (formerly Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence) --  Their wish list includes hearty soups, cereal, box dinners, mac & cheese, juice, snack foods, frozen dinners, crackers, flour, sugar, salt, meat cards, canned fruits.  Monetary gifts are also accepted and welcomed.  If you have items to donate, please call 712-258-7233 to make arrangements for drop off or pick-up. For a complete list of needs go to https://safeplacesiouxland.org/how-can-i-help/needs-list/.  
 
 
 
 
 
Honey Sunday:  In the past we have held a honey sale to 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.  You can make donations directly to them by going to their website.
 
 
 
 
 
Sharing the Dream:  Products were made available for purchase in the lobby on several different occasions. 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. They 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. You can visit their storefront in Vermillion, SD or purchase items online.
 
 
CHRISTIAN NEEDS CENTER:  St. John's historically helps families each year around the holidays in various ways, including supplying warm outerwear or with family fun night boxes, which our Catechism students have shopped for using donations from the congregation.  Please check our publications to see how we will help this year!
 
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/Igumbilo Girls' School
Western Iowa Synod/Well Project