As the Small Church With the Big Heart that Does Great Things,
our response to the movement of the Spirit in our midst has made a
difference in the Community. Each month, we designate a Sunday
to our "Mission Project" Sunday.
Below are the projects we have been a part of since January, 2017.
On Sunday, January 8, our Mission Sunday focused upon Project Angel Hugs. This organization sends cards and gifts to children fighting cancer across the country seeking to add a spark of laughter and fun to the life of children and their families touched with cancer.
Our Mission Project for February had us focusing on Operation Gratitude.
This is an organization that seeks to lift the spirits and meet the needs of the
U.S. Military and First Responder communities.
Every year, Operation Gratitude sends over 200,000 care packages to
those deployed overseas, to their children left behind, to veterans,
First Responders, wounded heroes and their caregivers.
We wrote thank you letters along with a collection of lip balm and
toothpaste to be included in those packages.
We also made quick release paracord survival bracelets.
These are used in the field and combat zones for emergency situations.
The Linus Project was our March Mission Project.
The Linus Project was created to provide blankets to children to provide
love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously
ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.
Our April Mission Project had us taking worship on the road!
We worshiped at Terrace Place on Palm Sunday.
The children began the service with the waving of the palm branches.
The Hand Bell Choir, Chimes Choir and the Sunday School
children performed. A time of fellowship followed the service.
Our May Mission Project had 22 people from St. John's participate in "Feed My Starving Children" In a two hour span, we packed 1114 boxes (36 packs in each box) providing 24, 624 meals. We were able to provide one meal per day for 67 children for one year!
The month of August brought about our 3rd Annual Family Service Fest (FSF)! We had 62 people ranging from in age from 3 months to mid-eighties help to further God's realm here on earth by playing Bingo with residents of three assisted living centers, carrying roceries to customer's cars at the local grocery stores, handing out free cookies and juice and free car wash tokens, tying fleece blankets, sorting and stocking food at the Sheboygan County Food Bank, picking up trash, washing windows, painting at teh area schools, raking wood chips at the elementary school and making goody bags for the area police departments.
Our September Mission Project had us taking working on the road again! We held a worship service at Terrace Place in Sheboygan. We enjoyed the music from St. John's Hand Bell Choir and a great message from Pastor Melinda. Refreshments were served following the service and approximately 75 people were involved!
Our October Mission Project was putting together Emergency Buckets for Church World Service (CWS). These buckets will be shipped to the areas hit by the hurricanes. Each bucket contained 14 different items needed for clean up. Even the Sunday School children got involved by giving to the offering each week.
Also for the month of October, we had 15 people participate in the area CROP Walk. Our church raised $1,350.00; an increase of $346.00 from last year.