St. John’s Sharing Ministries
Here are some of the ways you can take part
Support Habitat for Humanity Apostles’ Build. This Fall St. John’s is again joining with area church’s to build a house as part of the Apostle’s Build with Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette. There are several ways to get involved:
Attend the kick-off event: As a way to kickoff the “Apostles Build”, the partnering churches are invited to a kick-off celebration from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday, September 7th. We will gather for a potluck lunch, pray, meet the future homeowner, Faith and her two children, and visit the build site. You can find more information HERE.
Volunteer: St. John's will be working on the build site on Wednesday, September 18th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Look for sign-up sheets in St. John's Commons, and please contact Jack Kueberth for more information about volunteering. Please download and fill out the volunteer form.
Donate: Along with our "sweat equity", St. John’s commitment includes a contribution of $5400 toward the build. Please donate today by making a contribution at St. John's with "Habitat" in the memo OR give online via St. John's PayPal portal.
Attend Racial At(one)ment – Experiential Learning Model with Reverend Rodney Lynch and Barbara Kerkhoff, BSW, M. Div.
First Baptist Church, Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The sin of white supremacy that shapes our thinking, woven in our nation’s history, and relies on our daily conscious and unconscious reinforcement. Lent 2020 offers our congregations a time of repentance for our participation in sustaining white supremacy, white privilege and systemic racism. Together we will remove comfortable space and put on the sackcloth of: mourning, repentance, complicity and humility. An examination of our conscience, our history, and our current reality will call us to name our silences and bear witness to the pain we don’t want to acknowledge. We will fast from our assumptions, honestly facing our temptations and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit for ‘truth’ and conciliation.
For more information or to register, Click HERE.
St. John’s will partner with Family Promise the week of October 14th through the 20th. will provide meals for the families at the shelter on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and volunteers to spend time with the residents on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings and during the day on Sunday. This is a great way to serve either as a family or as an individual by providing a meal or hanging out and getting to know the residents. We still need volunteers for Wednesday (4:45 p.m. - 9 p.m.), Friday (4:45 p.m. - 9 p.m.), and Sunday (7:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.).
Look for sign-up sheets in St. John’s Commons. Please contact Katy Travis for more information.
Attend Workship at Food Finders Food Bank November 6th from 5-7 p.m.
Sign-up for and donate to Jubilee Christmas in the weeks leading up to December 14th.
Fill the Baskets for Jubilee Christmas! St. John’s and Good Shepherd partner with Lafayette Urban Ministry each year to help bring Christmas cheer to those in need in our community. In order to get a jump-start for this year’s Jubilee Christmas, we want to fill 6 laundry baskets with soft soap, bar soap, toothpaste, hand lotion, shampoo, dish detergent, tissues, crayons, No. 2 pencils, notebooks, and colored pencils by the end of September. You can also make a monetary donation to this ministry now. December 14th is not that far away!
Support Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies
New Immigrant and Refugee Visions Film Series Launch
September 13th, 7 p.m. at St. John's
Join Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies for a new film series, New Immigrant and Refugee Visions, on September 13. New Immigrant and Refugee Visions is a series of short films made by Community Supported Film in Boston. Each film highlights a different story and a different set of issues. We will be showing the film and having a short discussion each second Friday of the month at 7 pm at St. John's. This month's film is Seeking Settled Ground directed by Mohammad Arifuzzaman -- From the killing fields of Myanmar (Burma), a young Rohingya man, persecuted as a Muslim, escapes near certain death or imprisonment by walking to Thailand. On a boat with 500-600 others he floats from country to country seeking refuge. Two-plus years later, from a refugee camp in Indonesia, he is granted asylum in the United States. He desperately misses his family, but is grateful to be alive and learning the ways of a new life that was inconceivable just a few months ago.
October 11 & November 8
Look for ways to support the Sustaining Stories Cooperative beginning Spring 2020.