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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Church World Service (CWS) Hygiene Kits
 In April, we collected items for the Church World Service (CWS) Hygiene Kits.
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 Soles for Souls Collection
For the month of March, St. John's collected 93 pairs of shoes and St Paul’s collected 78 pairs shoes, for a total of 171 pairs of shoes!   Thanks to everyone for your generous donations of shoes during our shoe drive. 
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 During February, St. John's members and friends donated cans of soup and gave monetary donations.  The soup went to the Kiel Food Pantry and the monetary donations went to Safe Harbor in Sheboygan.
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During the month of February, St. John's members and friends donated items for Operation Gratitude. On Sunday, February 26th, the adults and children who participated in the Mission Sunday Project colored 64 pages for the troops and hand wrote 55 thank you cards.
About Operation Gratitude:  Operation Gratitude honors the service of our Military and First Responders. Since 2003, 3.5 million Care Packages have been sent, containing carefully chosen items meant to boost the morale and resilience of our service members and give them warm reminders of home.
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Sunday, January 29, St. John's made Valentine's Day cards for Project Angel Hugs.  We had 47 people participating and they made 124 suckers with holders and 247 cards. Special thank you to Connie for creating the sample cards and the sucker holders. 
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 Members took the time to bake cookies for the Salvation Army's Cookie Drive for Kettle Moraine Correctional Institute in December 2022.  We collected approximately 60 dozen cookies!  A special thank you for sharing God's love and bringing joy and hope to the inmates as they work to transform their lives and return to society as law-abiding citizens.
For the month of November 2022, we collected toys for the
Marine's Toys for Tots Campaign.    We donated 48 games, toys, and books.  
We delivered the items to Kohler Credit Union and they will be matching each
toy donated so St. John’s donation totals 96 items!  Your generous donations
will help bring the joy of Christmas to less fortunate children right here in our community.  
In the month of October 2022, the Sunday School and the congregation
tied and made Project Linus blankets. We had a great turnout with 48 people.  Together we tied 30 blankets. Special thanks to those who brought guests, including grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Because of your generosity and support 30 children will benefit, enjoying the comfort of a new fleece blanket. 
 In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, hygiene kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families.  Your gifts to Church World Service (CWS) Hygiene Kits mean communities of people around the world will receive help and see God’s love when they need it most. Thanks to St. John's generosity, we collected 38 kits consisting of a towel, washcloth, comb, nail clipper, soap, toothbrush and Band-Aids.  Thank you to the Outreach Team for coordinating this May 2022 project.
 For the month of February, 2022, 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, 2022, 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 2021 and wrapping up in December 2021, 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 2021 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 2021 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 volunteers 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".