As The Small Church with the Big Heart that Does Great Things,
in response to the movement of the Spirit in our midst,
we make a difference in our community through regular Mission Sundays.
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St. John's UCC Outreach Team will be supporting Church World Service (CWS) with providing hygiene kits. In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, through our generosity, CWS is able to distribute hygiene kits that can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families. This project runs until May 29th. Pictures to be posted soon!
For the month of February, we participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring by collecting cans of soup and monetary donations. We collected 66 cans of soup which went to the Kiel Food Pantry and monetary donations of $186.00 which went to Safe Harbor in Sheboygan.
Also for the month of February, we collected items for Operation Gratitude. Thanks to everyone for your generous donations to our military troops, veterans and first responders. Special thanks to those of you who took the paracords home to make 25 bracelets and also those of you who took the time and effort to create 36 beautiful scarves. Operation Gratitude is always excited to get the handmade items. And another special thank you to our Sunday School children who colored 40 thank you cards for our troops, also much appreciated by Operation Gratitude.
In November and wrapping up in December, the congregation was encouraged
to donate new toys for the Marine's Toys for Tots collection.
In October, 2021 we had Project Linus. Due to COVID, the blankets were sent home with members to be tied and returned. Twenty-six beautiful fleece blankets were delivered to Lakeshore CAP (Community Action Program) in Manitowoc, WI. Their programs focus on children from the ages of 0-5.
In September and October 2021, we had the Eyewear for Haiti Collection.
Used eyeglasses, cheaters, sunglasses and eyeglass cases were collected
and delivered to Dr. Cheryl Roers who will deliver them to Haiti.
In March, 2021, St. John's Sunday School hosted a collection drive of
"Peanut Butter and Jelly" for our local food pantry.
In January and February 2021, we collected 105 soup cans for our
Annual Souper Bowl. Soup was delivered to Immanuel UCC's food pantry.
In January 2021, we participated in the Linus Project.
St. John's had twenty-one volunteeers who tied 59 blankets
at their homes! 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".
St. John's had a Diaper Drive for our neighboring
church, Immanuel UCC's Food Pantry.
We collected 3,371 diapers and 2 packages of diaper wipes.
Thinking about our veterans, troops and first responders,
St. John's initiated Operation Gratitude again!
We collected "wish items" such as gum, lip balm, and playing cards.
Members created twenty-four beautiful scarves for our troops
and thirty-nine special paracord bracelets!
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.
A beautiful way to help and honor our troops.
In December 2020, we collected items needed for families in need as
suggested by the Sheboygan County Child and Family Services/Health
and Human Services Department.