St. John’s History - 2001

A special St. John’s offering was taken up for a neighboring mother and her 3 children who lost everything in a fire. Our food pantry continues to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Recent local layoffs cause more families to be in need. Volunteers continue to prepare and serve food to Faith Mission in Columbus one Saturday a month. Members also continue to participate in the Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Ministry.

Because young families at St. John’s are increasing at a rate of 1or 2 families a month, a special ministry called “Family Matters” meets in the fellowship hall for both adults and children.

Women of Joy meet for breakfast once a month and make plans to attend the “Women of Faith” conference at Nationwide Arena in April.

St. John’s continues to hold 2 worship services on Sunday mornings as well as Sunday School and Confirmation classes. Lew’s bible class meets on Tuesday evenings in the fellowship hall, and AA meets in the church basement. Men’s Group meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. There is another bible study on Thursday at 1 p.m. and choir practice is at 7 p.m.

A community chicken and noodle dinner with homemade noodles will be held once a month on a Friday evening with entertainment offered by Pastor Paul and John Shumate. Classes are offered for those who want to learn how to make homemade noodles. Teens contribute toward setting up and proceeds are used for the teen center.

Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) provides financial support and matching funds for community, youth, social ministry projects as well as receptions for confirmands, graduates, new members etc.

The Naomi Group, made up of widowed ladies continues to meet once a month for various activities. In September several home study groups were formed.

Holy Week was again celebrated beginning with palms on Palm Sunday, the “Last Supper” (Passover) on Thursday evening, carrying the cross from the Newark Square down Linnville Road to the church at noon and a Good Friday service of remembrance in the evening. On Saturday the Youth of the church sponsored an Easter egg hunt for pre-school through 6th grade children. Easter Sunday began with a Sunrise service at the Four Church Farm at 6:30 a.m., Easter breakfast in the fellowship hall at 7:30 a.m., and both an 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Communion Service.

Sunday evening vesper services for the joint churches began on May 27th at the 4-Church Farm. Pastors take turns leading the services. The annual hog roast will be on August 5th.

A Festival in the Valley was held in July beginning with a 2nd annual Teen Center auction, hot air balloon rides, face painting, candle making, an American Bald Eagle display, and the Friday Community Dinner was held on Saturday afternoon with LC Youth Entertainers performing at 3:30 p.m. Almost $4000 was raised and Lutheran Brotherhood will match up to $450.

Council proposed 3 projects to use funds from 3 of our members who left money to St. John’s, to blacktop the entire driveway & parking lot, to install acoustical tile to the ceiling of the fellowship hall, and to purchase a 15 passenger handicapped accessible van.