“Christ our strength and refuge, Calling us to serve…”
Public Relations and Social Concerns Board Chair, Kathi Matthews-Risley (643-6892)
- St. John’s contributes to the local food pantries on the second Sunday of the month.
- Members support the ONE campaign of www.ONE.org
- St. John’s staffs Mobile Meals for two weeks three times a year. Kim Langer is the coordinator (370-6143).
- Special Benevolence offerings often go to the Good Neighbor Clinic, the local free or reduced rate medical and dental clinic for low-income community members.
- Members contribute interview appropriate clothes for “Dress for Success” and affiliated local and regional programs.
- Members contribute baby, personal care and school items for Hope House, this area’s shelter for women and children.
- St. John’s Quilters make quilts that are given to each child baptized at St. John’s. Other quilts are sent to Lutheran World Relief, the local St. Vincent de Paul Society and people in Mississippi. The Quilters make about 800 quilts each year. LaVera Page, Coordinator (643-3870).
- Women of the ELCA Circles and the congregation as a whole provide school kits, health kits, layettes and sewing kits to LWR. We also collect items and assemble midwife and hospice kits for delivery to the synod assembly for Global Health Ministries. Pat Sweet, Chair, WELCA Board. You may be interested in contributing to one of them.
- Many from our church collect labels, box tops and coupons for area elementary schools. Gina Varley, Coordinator, Box Tops for Education (544-5002).
- St. John’s members collect used greeting cards for a variety of purposes.
- Members knit or crochet prayer shawls which are blessed and given to people needing physical contact and prayers. Bev Clason, Coordinator (544-2101).
- St. John’s is a community Caring Tree sponsor. This organization makes sure every child in our area has new presents for Christmas. St. John’s representative, Betty Sauer (643-4713).
- Our Sunday School children bring good used toys for the Red Sleigh at First United Church of Christ in Sauk City (643-8387). These toys are spruced up if necessary and given to area children for Christmas.
- Many donate children’s coats for the fall Coats for Kids program at Concordia United Methodist Church in Prairie du Sac (643-6356).
- Just Bakery is a Madison area Urban Ministry’s jobs development program. St. John’s supports Just Bakery through a monthly bake sale of their products.
Two Ways St. John’s Members Can Help the Sauk Prairie Community
My Neighbor in Need
“We provide a nurturing, dignified way to connect individuals who have a specific need with those who wish to fulfill that need.” To learn how you can help visit their web site.
The mission of 6:8 is to Transform Communities by Making Service Personal. Can you sponsor a family for Christmas break or donate to help the MadCAAP mission trip? These and other ways to help can be found on the 6:8 web site here.
St. John’s is involved in many ministries to help the people of Haiti and other other countries throughout the world.
Haiti Medical Mission
Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin, Inc. serves as a partner with the people of Thiotte, Haiti and the surrounding area, in the provision of health care and the improvement of the conditions that impact the health of the population
The members of St. John’s support the Haiti Medical Mission in Thiotte, Haiti through various fundraisers, such as the Taste of Heaven Cookbook, card and jewelry sales, and special offerings. Our church also provides funds to help defer the cost for volunteers to serve at the Thiotte clinic. Visit the Haiti Medical Mission Web site for more information.
Health Ministries for Haiti
Health Ministries for Haiti is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of life for a single Haitian community by providing healthcare and supporting a sustainable infrastructure. In 2009, Health Ministries for Haiti established a sponsorship program for over 90 children at the House of Jesus’ Children orphanage in Carrefour, Haiti. Your monthly sponsorship of $40 provides for daily nutrition, preventive medical care, and fulfillment of acute medical needs, making a direct impact on the lives of Haitian children. To sponsor a child click here.
Our church participates in Free Trade programs through the sale of SERRV gift items and Equal Exchange beverages and snacks in the church office and in the gathering area on many Sundays during the year.
Help Make Hunger a Memory
St. John’s continues its campaign to end world hunger by memorializing contributions. For each $5 donation, you may note that this gift is in memory or in honor of a particular person or occasion. A monthly list of designees will be included in the Visitor. You may enclose your donation in an envelope located in the small racks on the back of the pews or in an envelope from home. Just mark World Hunger on the front. Be sure to include your name so we can keep track of these contributions for year-end statements.
Our congregation collects used postage stamps and telephone calling cards. Proceeds purchase recreational equipment for children with disabilities in Tubfrim, Norway. Contact Barb Salveson at 643-8977 if you have questions about the program.
Martin Luther King Service Day
Members serve the local, national and world community through suggested activities on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January.