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St. John’s South Sudan Ministry

By Karen Puckett Walk for Wisdom: District-wide effort raises 20% of funds needed for Water Well at South Sudanese School. $2500 of donations for this event came from St. John’s Endowment fund. $2000 was applied directly to the well project, and $500 was applied to prizes at the “Refugee Student Art Show.” Global service learning…

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Guatemala: How important is the zoo anyway?

By Paula Bohland What are your best memories of school? Mine are of my class going on field trips to the zoo and museums. It was fun to get away from the school building but the real fun was being able to SEE dinosaurs in a museum, play with science concepts, experience lions roaring at…

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Back to School in Guatemala

By Paula Bohland Executive Director, GRACES On Jan. 10, the students attending Escuela Integrada started a new school year. We want to assist the children in having a great experience as they take on another year of learning. I received a text from a child’s sponsor this week excitedly asking if Escuela Integrada sends a…

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Liz Harry Makes Christmas Ornaments for Guatemala

By Susan Shinn Turner You might have met Liz Harry at the 9:27 service, listening to her great-nephew, Archie Dees, play guitar as a member of the worship team. Or you might have met her at a recent GIFT women’s gathering, or in Gary Freeze’s Sunday school class. Since moving to Salisbury in May 2017…

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Bethlehem Prayer Service

By Susan Shinn Turner Once again in December, St. John’s will host the live simulcast between Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. St. John’s welcomes all in the community to join in this annual worship service at 9:30 am Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Faith Center. Prayers, readings and…

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Join Us for Fiesta Guatemala

By Paula Bohland This is Anita. She lives in a family that really struggles to survive. In fact, last week while I was in Guatemala I saw her mom in the city dump foraging for items to resell and food to feed her children. Thankfully, Anita is sponsored by a wonderful family at St. John’s…

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Consider a Gift to the Dar al-Kalima Building Campaign

By Susan Shinn Turner During October, members of St. John’s will have the opportunity to raise money for Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. Dr. Mitri Raheb, former pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, founded this institution (see accompanying note from Mitri). He and Christmas Lutheran are longstanding mission partners…

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St. John’s College Students Head to Guatemala

By Paula Bohland Seven college students are traveling to Guatemala May 20-26, to assist the children and families of Escuela Integrada. St. John’s college students include Carter Woolly, Caroline Plyler, Juliana Anderson, and Katheryn Rusher, who will be joined by college students from Bethel Lutheran Church in Virginia. This mission trip was designed and requested by…

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