St. Johnís History
St. Johnís Food Pantry continues to serve the community every Tuesday and Thursday morning. + In January St.Johnís provided pillows and laundry detergent to the Coalition for Housing. + Monthly community chicken noodle dinners continue as fund raisers for the teen center with home-made noodles made by our ladies and teens. + Funeral luncheons continue to be served and are much appreciated by the families of deceased members. + In February we contributed funds to Heartbeats of Licking County to buy an ultra sound machine. + A Valentineís dinner and dance was held in the fellowship hall with the tradition of married couples renewing their vows. + Women of Faith meet for breakfast monthly. + The Naomi widows group continues to meet once a month. Activities include going out to dinner, making candy, playing cards, a picnic at 4 Church Farm, Weathervane Playhouse, a paddle boat ride. + Lent began on February 13th. + A new members class began in February, and 19 were received into membership on March 31st, Easter Sunday. + Five of our youth were confirmed on April 28th. + ďLiving SoberĒ a program sponsored by AA meets every Tuesday evening in the church basement.
A planning committee was established with some difficulty to look at long range plans to improve our grounds and facilities. Limitations and ground rules had to be established. It became apparent that some training and study needed to take place to look at where weíve been, where we are now, and where we believe God is calling us. Pastor Paul did a series of 4 Sunday sermons in May on our identity, our community, and our mission. He called for prayer that the Holy Spirit would teach us to listen in love, plan with prayer, and speak words of encouragement and edification.
Social Ministry committee is funded by our budget, tithes and fundraisers. Projects throughout the year include the Coalition of Housing, Heartbeats, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Hospice, The Navigators, Alzheimers, Buckeye Lake Ministry, School Supplies for students in need, the children of 911 victims, The Kidís Place, Samaritanís Purse, and special gifts.
Opportunities for Christian Education and fellowship abound at St. Johnís. Three of them are scheduled in the homes of members. Sunday School classes are offered for all age groups on Sunday mornings with a bible class taught by Lew Hildreth offered both Sunday morning and Tuesday evening for adults. A 12-Step group meets with Pastor Paul on Sunday evenings, and a divorce support group also meets. A menís support group meets in the fellowship hall on Wednesday evenings, and a ladies bible study meets in the house on Thursday afternoons. A nursery for small children is available from 8:30 to 12 noon on Sunday.
The annual Father/Child Fishing Derby was held at the Gallagherís pond in June. + St. Johnís Mens Group meets on Wednesday evenings to discuss menís problems in confidence and enjoy good male fellowship. + Many members are active in Via de Cristo and volunteer on their weekends. + Another new members class began in September. + Volunteers form committees to serve the ministries of the church and meet on all committee night once a month. + The Oberfields and Wendell Shelly led a bible study in the house on Sunday mornings from Focus on the Family called ďThat the World May Know.Ē + Pastor Paul has served as chairman of the American Lutheran Theological Seminary Board for the past 4 years. + A band was contracted and a square dance was held in the Fellowship Hall in November. Since Flowers Hall has closed there has been nowhere in Licking County to square dance. + The Social Ministry committee again participated in Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritanís Purse, collecting shoe box gifts for needy children. + Donna Jean and Charlie George were honored for their 50 years of marriage and for Donna Jean serving as St. Johnís organist for 43 years (1959 Ė 2002) with flowers, plants, gifts, a turkey dinner, and a corsage from her music students. They were also chosen as volunteers of the year. ††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††