IntroductionSt. John's Parish Outreach Program aims to make a difference for those in need within our church family, our community, our nation and the world.Please join us in the parish sponsored outreach activities by donating your time, your talent and other gifts as the Holy Spirit moves you. Bring your ideas for new initiatives and your energy to make them happen. You are always welcome. New members are particularly encouraged to attend our meetings, typically on the third Monday of the month at 7 pm in the church.
Food Shelf IngatheringSt John’s has a year round food collection site for the White Bear area Food Shelf. Contact Verne Pickering for more information.
Blood DriveSt. John's sponsors three blood drives each year in conjunction with the American Red Cross. Blood drives are usually held spring, fall and winter. Volunteers are needed for set-up, registration, operating the canteen, cleaning up, and most importantly for donating blood. Contact Dottie Nieman.
School Supplies IngatheringSt. John's gathers school supplies and funds for children K-5th grade that are homeless or in financial need. Contact David Seitz.
Solid Ground Christmas OutreachEach year, we adopt several women’s shelter families at Christmas time. Parishioners are asked to select gifts for family members. Contact Kate Prochnow.
Cooking at the ShelterOn the third Sunday of each month, a team of cooks will cook the dinner at the well equipped commercial kitchen of the Ramsey County Family Homeless Shelter in Maplewood. If you like to cook or simply want to help in the preparation, this may be the program. During harvest, food from our church garden augments that of the shelter. For more information contact Barb Maloney or Melanie Lee, co chairs.
Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity is a faith based program whose goal is to build affordable homes. Depending on a group’s interest, involvement can range from “Saturday Workdays” to sponsoring one or more weeks of construction. The roles are varied and generally accommodate a wide range of interests and talents. Prior experience is not necessary however those with journeyman skills (or equivalent) play special leadership roles. For more information, please check out the St John’s Habitat for Humanity web page or contact George Gorbatenko.
Coming Home OutreachA faith based program with other parishes in our area. Working with partner churches, we sign up to support a week's worth of supervision at the newly remodeled family homeless shelter at the Guardian Angels Church in Woodbury. The shifts include after school, dinner, and overnight. Contact is Bryan DeSmet.
Social Justice AdvocacySt. Johns participates in a variety of social justice advocacy programs to help those struggling to escape the margins of society and become independent. For more information, please see the St John’s Social Justice Advocacy web page or speak with Deacon Rick Todd.
For More InformationFor more information, or if you would like to participate in some of our Outreach ministries, please talk with our Outreach Committee members:
Mary G Daul. 651-295-8144 (cell), 651-762-4654 (home). Solid Ground, Labyrinth.
Bryan DeSmet. 612-280-9128. Hope for the Journey Home.
Kay Ellingwood. 651-653-8726.
George Gorbatenko. 651-653-4699 (work), 651-216-4125 (cell). Habitat for Humanity, MICAH.
Pam Hove. 651-481-9905. Store to Door.
Dave Seitz. Kids Hope.
Barbara Maloney. 651-773-4079. Events Team.
Tom Miller. 651-324-4049. Vestry liaison.
Bob Prochnow. 651-238-8454. Special Olympics.
Kate Prochnow. 651-357-5080.
Krista Sullivan. 651-235-3833. Communications Lead.
Rick Todd. Clergy committee member.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM LEADS:
Dottie Nieman. Blood Drives.
Verne Pickering. White Bear Food Shelf.
Vic and Susan Lee. Ramsey Shelter meals.