Each summer, we plant a garden on the south side of our property. The vegetables grown are harvested all summer and donated
to St. Alexander’s Food Pantry to provide fresh food to people in need. You can sponsor a plot, provide labor, or grow vegetables
at home to donate. For more information, contact Larry Urevig or Ward Varns.
BTW (Buy Two Weekly) BTW is shorthand for “by the way”. It’s also shorthand for Buy Two Weekly! This is our program to provide ongoing
support for St. Alexander’s Food Pantry.
Here’s how it works: When you’re at the grocery store doing your regular shopping, (by the way…) pick up two extra items
of non-perishable food: a couple of cans of veggies or soup or tuna; a couple of boxes of mac-n-cheese or cereal or
oatmeal; a couple of packages of spaghetti or coffee or tea… whatever you’re
in the mood for. The next time you come to
church, drop them off in the grocery cart in the narthex. It will take ZERO extra time and you’ll never notice the cost. Get
habit of doing this every week, in other words, BUY TWO WEEKLY!
The recent cuts in SNAP (food stamp) funding have increased the burden on the charitable food pantries like
St. Alexander’s. Your regular
support will be much appreciated! If you have questions contact Elaine Pearson.
CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. St. John members have supported and participated in
the Farmington Area CROP Hunger Walk since 1986. This Walk raises funds for Church World Service and five local food
pantries – Baldwin Center, Neighborhood House, Salvation Army, Servant Church of St. Alexander and Yad Ezra.
CWS is an inter-denominational/international relief organization. In the last 5 years we have raised $20,288 with the
number of walkers ranging from 9 to 43. We have provided a rest stop all these years and donated towards the cost of the
t-shirts that are given to the Walkers. This year’s Walk is scheduled for May 4th. Come Walk with us because THEY walk.
We are currently looking for a new CROP Walk coordinator. If you would like to serve in this way, please contact Earl Hagen.
CLOTHING THE NAKED
The Monday Morning Quilters meet once a week to make quilts which are sent to a Lutheran World Relief
warehouse here in the U.S. and then sent to countries all over the world where they are needed. We are joined
by Lutheran churches all over the U.S and Canada in this project. Last year 412,710 quilts were sent to 23
countries. 140 of those quilts came from St. John.
When you make and send a Quilt, you are not only comforting someone you have never met, but providing an
object that is useful in ways you probably never imagined. In addition to being a cozy, clean new bed cover,
it can be:
• a baby carrier, tied around a mother’s back;
• a market display, spread on the ground and piled with vegetables;
• a sack for transporting those goods to market;
• a sunshade;
• a shawl; and most importantly
• a constant reminder that someone, far away, cares a lot.
If you would like to participate or need more information, contact Earl Hagen.
HOUSING THE HOMELESS
Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. They provide critical repairs,
accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to
service recipients. Their impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods
and communities across the country. St. John participates in at least one Rebuild project each year.
If you would like to participate, contact Earl Hagen or Larry Urevig.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Every December, for 5 or 6 days and 10 hours each day we participate in the Salvation Army's Kettle Drive. We ring the
bell for one hour only and that keeps us fresh. You can ring as often as you wish. It's a cool and rewarding way to love
others as the money collected helps clothe, feed, and keep the heat on for those in need. If you have questions contact Denny Mahle.
For over 25 years, South Oakland Shelter (SOS) has worked with partner congregations to provide temporary lodging and
supportive services that help homeless individuals and families break the cycle of homelessness and live independently. With
an emphasis on homeless prevention, sustainable housing solutions, and career development, SOS implements strategies and
programs that provide realistic options for homeless and at-risk individuals and families seeking stabilization and self-
Periodically our sister congregation, Antioch Lutheran, provides accommodation for local homeless people for a
week. St. John’s service consists of providing a meal one evening. If you can help, please contact Bill Halvangis.
HEALING THE SICK
Red Cross Blood Drive
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day. A
total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. A single car accident victim can require
as many as 100 pints of blood. One donation can save up to three lives!
St. John hosts two blood drives per year (sometimes a third, if the need is especially acute). We need people to
make calls prior to the drive,
assist on the day of the drive, and of course, donate! If you have questions or would
like to help, contact Bev Androvich or Ellen Zatolokin.
HELPING THOSE IN NEED
Lutheran World Relief School Kits, Personal Care Kits
Each year the Women of St. John coordinate the purchase and assembly of School Kits and Personal Care Kits for the
Lutheran World Relief
October “Box Car Collection.” The items required for the kits are purchased and donated by
members of the Congregation.
St. John has contributed to this outreach ministry for over 25 years. Volunteers even used to sew the school bags, but a different style of bag is
required now. Though what we send has changed over the years, we hope to continue to support this important ministry in the future. If you
want more information or would like to help, contact Patty Oates.
School Kits (we’ve been sending at least 100) currently include:
• 1 drawstring backpack
• 4 70-sheet spiral notebooks
• 1 box of 24 crayons
• 1 pair of round-tip scissors
• 5 ballpoint pens
• 5 pencils
• 1 - 12-inch ruler with centimeters marked
• 1 pencil sharpener
• 1 - 2” x 1” pink eraser
Personal Care Kits (last year we sent 87) now include:
• 1 bath-size towel
• 2 bath-size bars of soap
• 1 adult-size toothbrush
• 1 sturdy, wide-tooth comb
• 1 metal nail clipper
Adopt-a-Family Bell Tree
For a number of years the members of St. John have participated in the Neighborhood House “Adopt-a-Family” Christmas
project. First we obtain information about the needs and desires of a struggling family or families in the Farmington area.
Then we make a paper bell for each item the family (especially the children) needs or would like to receive (in the case of
toys, games, etc.). The members of St. John then take a bell for each item they wish to purchase. The purchases are
brought to the Church and then sorted and delivered to Neighborhood House where the families pick them up. It has been
very gratifying to brighten the holidays for our neighbors in need in this way. If you have any questions or would like to
help, contact Patty Oates.
The Thankoffering donation originally consisted of monies specifically saved for this service over the course of the
last year — change dropped in a Thankoffering box whenever we felt thankful for some blessing in our lives. The
boxes are not used much anymore, but we are asking anyone who is able (man or woman) to make a Thankoffering
donation of whatever size.
Checks should be payable to “The Women of St. John.” We will collect Thankofferings
throughout the month of
March. Any late donations should be placed in the Women’s Mailbox in the office area. Please indicate
on the memo line of your check. We will consolidate all offerings, and send them as single
donation from our congregation.
Our Thankofferings go to support WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America), including their programs that aid women
and children in crisis. For 2015, Sunday, February 15th, was Thankoffering Sunday.
St John Prayer Shawl Ministry
All knitters/crocheters and “wannabes” (teachers available) are invited to participate in St John’s Prayer Shawl Ministry.
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the library. We knit, crochet, pray and
fellowship and have coffee and dessert. Our purpose is to make shawls for God’s children in need of prayers and a hug
from God. They are an expression of Jesus’ command to:
“Love one another as I have loved you” - - John 13:34
As recipients receive and wear the shawls in prayer, it is hoped that they will be filled with the blessings of peace,
comfort, and healing that only God can provide. The Prayer Shawls, which are blessed, are given as a GIFT TO ALL, members or non-members of
If you know of someone in need of special care and prayers please contact the church office for them to receive a Prayer Shawl and an