St. John’s outreach in Our Community, Alaska, and Around the World…
THE FALL OUTREACH MISSION IS GETTING INTO GEAR!
This year we are conduct four campaigns simultaneously! You can participate in the traditional Backpack/Clothing Drive, the College Kick-Start Package (for foster youth attending UAA), a new Tennis Shoe Drive and Project Dignity - a socks & undies campaign! With more options, there’s a way to participate that will fit any budget - and we’ll help more kids in the process! Look for a bulletin insert next week and the Mission Moment to follow on July 14. Got questions now? Want to help the coordinators? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 344-3025. Thank you in advance for your support!
$10,000 POSSIBILITY GRANT
The invites you to imagine what is possible in the community of Anchorage. What good can happen? Whose lives can be touched? How can we be faithful witnesses to the transforming power of God in our community? We are seeking to partner with organizations in Anchorage that empower people, enrich lives, promote health, and strengthen community. With this grant we hope to help make your project possible, as we strive to inspire blessing, community, justice, and peace in Anchorage and beyond. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD an APPLICATION.
Applications are due by August 5th, 2019. Grant applicants will be notified of decision by September 1st. Please submit applications to Carla Wight at email@example.com.
FALL OUTREACH MISSION UPDATE
It’s time for the Fall Outreach Mission! We have some old favorites and some new twists to help increase participation so we can help even more students in our great City! We had an excellent Day 1 this past Sunday but we still have Clothing Backpacks that are needed for a few more little tykes (ages 4-6) and a number of students associated with Big Brothers Big Sisters. We have forms that outline student sizes and a backpack color preference! We’d love to have you sponsor a student! We know that sponsorship can be a little expensive but we have other ways you can participate! You can purchase a pair of tennis shoes that could be distributed to a student in need. Or maybe you’d like to participate in Project Dignity - our socks & undies campaign! Our Amazon wish list for Project Dignity is found below. Use it! And then copy it and share it with all of your family, friends and co-workers. It’s going to be amazing! Pray for our Mission. Pray about your participation. And, together, let the community feel the “touch of our Master’s hand”! If you have any questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 344-3025.
Do you know how to knit or crochet? Our prayer shawl ministry supply is running low. Both our pastoral staff and members regularly bring shawls to those in need of healing, prayer, and support. We'd love to have more shawls; you can bring them anytime during office hours. Thank you!
SEWING HOPE SODA POP TAB COLLECTION
St. John will be collecting Soda Pop Tabs for Sewing Hope, an African mission helping keep women out of human trafficking. Please save your tabs and bring them in anytime during the week. For more info about the program click here!
St. John is excited to continue its Kids Hope partnership with Spring Hill Elementary School this fall! We have mentors returning who have committed one hour a week for this school year and we are looking for others to join our team
CHARITY QUILT DAY
Charity Quilts workdays are an outreach mission. If you are interested in being a part of this mission, please come join us at 10:30 a.m. There will be a job for anyone who would like to help even if you are not a quilter. We will be working on small quilts for several different organizations. Bring a bag lunch, and plan on having fun.
BIRCHWOOD VOLUNTEER DAY
Birchwood Volunteer Day! 1st Sunday of the month from 1-5 p.m.
Birchwood Work Day is something everyone can help out. We have something for everyone... all hands are helpful. Bring your shovels, rakes, hammers and other tools. We look forward to seeing you!
MOBILE FOOD BANK
St. John is taking fresh food to Anchorage. The Food bank of Alaska's Mobile Food Pantry distributes fresh food to Anchorage families in need. Families receive healthy produce and dairy products that don't make it into their grocery budget. St. John will be supporting this mission every third Thursday of the month in the west parking lot. Contact the church office if you are interesting in joining in by volunteering at email@example.com or click here to sign up online.
A team at Saint John grows vegetables on church grounds for Anchorage's Downtown Soup Kitchen. Contact the office to learn more.
Brother Francis is in NEED of Clothing
Brother Francis Shelter is always in need of clothing items. Winter is a hard time for the homeless. Take a look in your closets and see what you can donate. The shelter is located at 1021 East 3rd Ave. They accept donations 7 days a week 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
DAYS FOR GIRLS
Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls. Click HERE for more info on what’s coming up next.
More info on ways to get involved in these outreach opportunities and link’s to these organization’s websites…
Habitat for Humanity is a well-known international ministry that helps provide affordable housing through community involvement and sweat-equity. Over the decades, Habitat has transformed the way we think about housing ministries in our cities. The Anchorage chapter is always conducting “builds” and St. John is proud to participate frequently in the effort.
F.I.S.H. Ministry delivers emergency food aid to people in need in Anchorage, Alaska, responding to a call for help through a network of volunteers. Whether at the end of a paycheck, out of work, beset by illness or in a family crisis, many people face difficult times. F.I.S.H. wants to be there for those who find themselves in an emergency needing food. Get a list of suggested items.
Birchwood Camp's mission is to build community on common ground. We strive to offer hospitality to all, and we open our doors to groups both religious and secular. Guests are invited to retreat to a place of tranquility, a place apart from the everyday world to experience renewal and inspiration. Located in Chugiak, Alaska, about 30 minutes from St. John. Click HERE for more information about Birchwood and their Summer Internship opportunities.
Relationships around the world
St. John has been building lasting relationships around the world for many years as part of our communal discipleship and dedication to transforming the world. Find out more about how we serve in:
Robbie Brawner, Mission Leader
Cathie Clements, Mission Leader
Imagine No Malaria
Harry DeBruhl, Mission Leader
Walt Hays, Mission Leader
Through the worldwide United Methodist Church, St. John is in relationship to ministries around the world. You can find out more about these ministries in the links below:
UMCOR: The United Methodist Committee on Relief is a world leader in disaster response, committed to alleviating human suffering due to crisis or chronic need.
Abundant Health: A commitment to reach 1 million children with livesaving and health promoting measures by 2020.
Partnering in Mission
$10,000 Possibility Grant
The $10,000 Possibility Grant invites you to imagine what is possible in the community of Anchorage. What good can happen? Whose lives can be touched? How can we be faithful witnesses to the transforming power of God in our community? We are seeking to partner with organizations in Anchorage that empower people, enrich lives, promote health, and strengthen community. With this grant we hope to help make your project possible, as we strive to inspire blessing, community, justice, and peace in Anchorage and beyond.
Contact the church office for applications at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Recipients Include: