Spotlight on Outreach
St. John’s is committed to living our Baptismal Covenant to seek and serve Christ in all persons,

loving our neighbor as ourselves and respecting the dignity of every human being.

Ongoing Opportunities

First Fruits Sundays—First Sunday of every month; Bring nonperishable food items to church for donation to the Christ Ascension Food Pantry.  The food bank especially needs protein, e.g. canned tuna, chicken, etc. Next First Fruits Sunday—May 6.

Assemble lunches for the Bellevue Saturday Academy; Help make 35-45 lunches for Bellevue’s Saturday Academy, which provides support and tutoring to students. We’ll make lunches Saturday, May 12, at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Lunches will be transported to Bellevue by 10:00 a.m.  Please contact David Curtis with any questions.

Laundry Love—Third Saturday of every month.  Help do your neighbors’ laundry at the laundromat at 25th & Nine Mile.  Next Laundry Love Day—April 21.  Thanks to those who came out for our last  Laundry Love when we helped 30 people wash 61 loads of laundry and dry 78. Support Laundry Love by dispensing your spare change in the Laundry Love jars you encounter throughout the church buildings.

Pen Pals Needed for Richmond Justice Center Outreach  Would you like to be a part of an outreach effort you can do from your couch or while sitting at your desk pretending to work?  In partnership with the Richmond Story House, we are seeking volunteers to pilot a Pen Pal program with residents at Richmond’s jail.  Participants on each end will be given a bi-weekly prompt that will elicit responses about common experiences, such as: “Tell about the food cooked in your childhood home.” Plan to commit to the project for about six months (12 letters). Email richmondstoryhouse@gmail.com by the end of April if you are interested. 

Upcoming Opportunities

Rebuilding Together Richmond—On April 28, St. John’s and St. Mary’s, Goochland, will rehabilitate a home so the owner can age in place. Please consider being part of the Rebuilding team. Volunteers will meet at the home at 8:00 a.m. You may commit to work for a few hours or all day.  A team of parishioners will provide lunch. Contact Rita Driscoll with questions or to volunteer, driscoll.rita@gmail.com

Outreach Discernment Group Forming

An Outreach Discernment group is forming to delve more deeply into social justice, economic, and other issues, in order to help inform St. John’s ongoing Outreach ministries. The first meeting will be at 7:00 p.m., May 24, at a member’s home. We will begin by discussing Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton and its applications to outreach ministry. Please contact David Curtis at dcurtis@saintjohnsrichmond.org  with any questions and to attend.