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.
In February, 2019, we participated in Operation Gratitude at St. John's.
We collected "wish items" such as gum, hand warmers, lip balm,
mechanical pencils, playing cards and puzzle books. We also had
some members create beautiful scarves for our troops. Along with
all of that, we wrote thank you cards and notes for our men and women
in the military plus veterans and first responders. Special paracord
bracelets were also made. A beautiful way to help our troops.
For our January, 2019 Mission Project, St. John's tied blankets for the Project Linus.
Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who
are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new handmade
blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers".
In November of 2019, we assembled Church World Service (CWS) Kits.
These kits are small packages of toiletry supplies assembled by
volunters and shipped to families and communities in need around the world.
We assembled 30 kits that day!
In the fall of 2019, St. John's (along with members from St. Paul's UCC)
participated in the Prayer Walk held at the beautiful
Christopher Farm and Gardens near Lake Michigan.
At each station, we had the opportunity to engage
in an activity or reflection.
Fifteen individuals took part in the Prayer Walk and
we raised $735.00 which went to the
Rays of Hope Food Pantry in Kiel and CROP.
We also had our 5th Annual Family Service Project in September of 2019. This is where we meet for a short worship service and then go out in to the community and SERVE! We had over 50 adults and children participate in singing and playing Bingo at the area nursing home; clean up parks; clean up and wash windows at the local daycare center; make care packages for three area fire fighters; tie fleece blankets for the assisted living center and more!
We also took our Mission Project on the road to the Willowpark Assisted Living Center in New Holstein, WI. We held our worship service at their center. We also took a Sunday afternoon and with the help of the Sunday School children, did some caroling! A great time was had by the residents along with the members who participated!
We also collect new and gently used medical supplies through
the program called Mano a Mano (hand to hand).
We have taken several trips of supplies to the
distribution center in Minneapolis, MN.
This organization sorts and packs items that will be sent to Bolivia.