As members of St. John, we try to constantly be aware of God’s grace and show our gratitude for this grace through our actions. It’s important that we do more than just talk about our faith. In response to God’s love, we live our faith, which leads to enriching lives – both our own and the lives of others.
We’d like to share just a few of the many ways we’ve worked together to serve others and live out our Christian faith.
Throughout the year, our members lend a helping hand at the De Pere Christian Outreach thrift shop and food pantry, and serve meals at the NEW Community Shelter. Volunteers from St. John also serve up smiles at Woodside Lutheran Home and Brown County Mental Health Center.
And in a special act of gratitude, members donated 130 Thanksgiving meals to folks in our community who needed a hand putting food on the table this holiday season.
Our young people are also living their faith in service to others. Last year our Sunday school children raised hundreds of dollars to provide mosquito netting that will protect African children from the deadly malaria virus.
Our confirmation students contribute to God’s Global Barnyard, an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) mission project providing animals to families living in poverty all over the world.
Closer to home, St. John high school and middle school youth gathered donations for the Salvation Army in the last few days leading up to Christmas. Wearing Santa hats and smiles, the kids rang their hearts out for this worthwhile cause.
These are just a few of the many examples that demonstrate how we go beyond just talk as we strive to live our faith and enrich lives within our congregation, our community and our world.