Reaching out to the community, near and far, is integral to who God is calling each of us to be in response to God’s love for us.
At the end of each Sunday’s service, the priest asks God to “send us out to do the work you have given us to do.” At St. John’s, we take that seriously - both inside and outside of our walls.
Our parishioners still talk about a pre-Covid survey, where we found members of St. John’s on the active volunteer list at 91 local organizations! Though a specific local need might not be recognized as a cause of ours, wherever you look in Montgomery County - or even China, where one member spent several years volunteering at an orphanage - you’re likely to find a St. Johner with their sleeves up and their wallet out.
And Covid didn’t stop us! Our members have worked in the community throughout the pandemic administering vaccines, preparing and delivering children's summer lunches, sewing quilts for refugees, delivering Meals on Wheels, taking lunch to public workers (including the oft-forgotten Street Department), working to clean the waters of Sugar Creek, and much more.
Under the umbrella of St. John’s, we respond generously to requests for donations, be it on a pop-up or ongoing basis. In the fall of 2021 alone, we have collected more than a pickup full of diapers, clothes, toys, and personal items for Afghan refugees at Indiana’s Camp Atterbury. We also collected a large box of Christmas gifts for locals with mental health complications. We continue a longstanding tradition of collecting food for our local food pantry, FISH, totaling more than 600 pounds in 2021. And in the before times, our annual Mardi Gras dinner was free and open to the public, with food donated by members, and all donations passed on to local recovery organizations.
St. John’s has always taken outreach and giving seriously. The Lord has blessed us; giving back is simply who we are.