Outreach

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

 Ongoing Opportunities

 Join the $5 Club: Pledge to spend $5 a month on non-perishable foods to feed others. Bring your donations on the first Sunday of each month, or deposit them in the basket at the rear of the church at any time.

 First Fruits Sundays: First Sunday of every month. Bring non-perishable food to church for donation to the Christ Ascension Food Pantry. They always need cereal, canned pasta, tuna, and peanut butter. Next First Fruits Sunday—April 7

 Laundry Love: This ministry takes place the third Saturday of every month from 11:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. at Richmond Coin Laundry, at 25th & Nine Mile, and eliminates neighbors’ laundry expenses so they can direct their income to other necessities.  We would love your help dispensing coins and laundry supplies, running the machines, entertaining children, and being a friendly presence. For more information, please contact David Curtis. Next Laundry Love Day—Saturday, April 20.

 Laundry Love Activity Table: The Outreach Team needs donations for the kids’ activity table at Laundry Love.  Possible donations include addition/subtraction flashcards, Play-doh, simple puzzles, picture books, coloring books, and simple craft supplies. A box for your donations is available in the Parish Hall.  This is an ongoing effort, so there is no deadline.  Contact Liz Broda.

 One-time Opportunities

 Rebuilding Together Richmond, 2019: Rebuilding Together Richmond’s 2019 workday is April 27. Although St. John’s and St. Mary’s will not sponsor a house this year, there are opportunities for a team from St. John’s to work that day. Plans are in progress for “community” projects, and we can sign up to help with those. We might work in a community garden, a school, or other areas where help is needed. It is always a great day! If you are interested in participating, please contact Rita Driscoll.

Cookies and Placements for Kairos Prison Ministry: Help bake dozens and dozens (!) of cookies in support of Kairos Prison Ministry of Virginia Saturday, March 30, in the Parish Hall between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.  We’ll have the cookie dough and lots of coffee to keep you going.  (If you bring your own dough, make sure your recipe meets prison requirements–no raisins or other fruit, and no coatings on the cookies.) “Kairos” means the right time to do something or decide; the Kairos Prison Ministry conducts weekend retreats that encourage prisoners to live according to the teachings of Jesus, bringing Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness.   During one exercise prisoners ask forgiveness of someone they have wronged and give that person a bag of cookies (which we have helped provide) as a token of that forgiveness.  The Rev. Deacon Karla Westfall Hunt, formerly of St. John’s, requests cookies for a retreat at the Chesterfield Correctional Unit.

We will also make placemats during coffee hour for Kairos on March 25 and March 31. Supplies will be provided.  Please bring your talent and your love.

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