Led By: Kay Hagenberger
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Social Ministry meets every 3rd Wednesday at 11:00 AM
The purpose of the Social Ministry Committee is to meet the needs of people. We are doing a lot of gratifying activities and we invite all to join our committee and share our joy. We are working to fulfill God's Word which means helping our neighbor.
We continue to:
- Collect Campbell Soup Labels which are used to purchase school equipment & supplies for the Navajo Indian Reservation.
- Collect Box Tops for Education for the Navajo Indian Reservation.
- Collect Hotel Samples - these are used by our local Salvation Army and Women in Crisis and are greatly appreciated. Our members are faithful contributors to this project.
- Host an Everybody's Birthday Party - yearly parties are given to Topton Residents.
- A project to celebrate the 90th Birthdays of the congregation's nursing home residents with cake and refreshments.
- Make valentine favors for nursing home friends and shut-ins.
- Prepare a full course meal twice a year for approximately 130 to 150 people at the New Journey Soup Kitchen in Reading and serve it. This ministry feed people on weekdays and the Catholic Church feeds on the weekends.
- Redners' Save-A-Tape program - we receive 1% of all Redners' register tapes. Thank you for continuing to save your receipts.
- Any Boyer's store will recognize our "Caring & Sharing" program - just show your Blue Card - monies go to World Hunger.
- Collect food items and monetary donations for the Northern Berks Food Pantry and food bags for Thanksgiving.
- Designate monies contributed in lieu of flowers to service agencies.
- Sell Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffee and candy bars to benefit small coffee growers in other countries.
- Sponsor and annual Open Hearts/Open Door Accessibility Sunday service and luncheon for nursing home and shut-in members.
- Large print Daily Devotional books for senior members program was started and will be expanded for other senior members as needed.
- Angel Tree for the Salvation Army at Christmas. Members of our church also volunteer at the Field House to help with pickup, packing and distribution of donated gifts.
- Birthday Card Ministry for our 80 years and older members. Each month the cards are available in the North Narthex for members to sign. We appreciate the Moseman Family for taking on this project.
To accommodate any handicapped individual we have hearing devices for the hard of hearing individuals, large print hymnals for those who find it difficult seeing, wheelchairs available for those with difficulty in walking and removable chairs to accommodate wheelchairs in the nave of the church, and Special Greeters to assist persons with mental challenges. St John's was one of 12 ELCA churches to receive an Accessibility Award.
Van transportation is available for seniors members to attend weekly service, picnic, and other church activities. The volunteer drivers and helpers assist people into the van and church. The seniors are met at church by volunteer companions who are with them for the service.
- Compile Mailings for the Visiting Nurses "Tree of Remembrance". This project benefits Hospice Care and our four (4) Thrivent Chapters in Berks County contribute to this because we do the mailings.
- Salvation Army Project - letters and calendars are collated and put into mailing envelopes.
- Make chili for the New Journey Methodist Soup Kitchen.