Why we volunteer . . . Our faith is not a spectator sport. You have to be in it to win it. And that means a lot more than holding down a front row seat on Sunday morning. Scripture tells us: …what good is it if you have faith but do not have works. That does not mean that we volunteer as a quid pro quo deal with God. It does mean that service to our neighbor is inseparable from our faith in God. The motto we have adopted for our parish is Praising God and Serving Neighbor. That’s our faith in a nutshell. C.S. Lewis tells us that these are equal parts of a whole. Christ fused love of God together with love of neighbor in his great commandment. So for a Christian service isn’t an extra chore, it is our life in Christ.
~The Reverend David F. Sellery
The Corner Food Pantry
All during the year the Corner Food Pantry, (formerly OWL's) assembles and gives hundreds of bags of groceries to the needy. We give even greater service through our parish-wide weekly collection and special food drives. To reach the most in need with healthy, nutritional food, we partnered with the other area Churches and have established accounts with local super markets to purchase items for the needy and indigent in direct response to Christ's charge to feed the hungry. The Corner Food Pantry ministry is sustained through monetary and food donations from various sources. The donations of food and other items help to restock pantry shelves of the hungry in our area.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) / Al-Anon Each week many people come through the doors of St. John’s to participate in AA/Al-Anon. We provide a safe haven for those seeking to come to personal integrity. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope which each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. / Al-Anon membership; both groups are self-supporting through their own contributions. Both groups are not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
AA Meets Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.
Al-Anon Meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays at 6:00 p.m.
English as a Second Language
As English as a Second Language classes is a shared language exchange with regular students from Ecuador, Mexico, Sudan, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Iraq. Being in the ESL class benefits new students as well as the seasoned ones in their skill development.
Classes are held on Monday evenings from 6:15 to 7:45.
Seriously studying Spanish ...with many lighter moments! That's what happens at 5PM on Thursdays at St. John's. From prose to poetry, from verbs to vocabulary, conversation to consternation, it's all in Spanish and it's all brain-stimulating fun. This is your invitation to come join us. Warning! There's homework!
The Noble Book Club
Began in 2009 as a Bible Study Forum on Women in the Old Testament sponsored by St. John's Church and led by Alexis Dorf. The multi-week study was so much fun that the group decided to formalize the meetings and move the group to the Living Room at Wagner, Noble Horizons, where, each month, a new book of a spiritual nature would be read and discussed. Anyone is invited to come. We are all responsible for suggesting titles and getting the monthly book for ourselves.
Meetings generally take place on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00.