Outreach

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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Want to make a BIG difference in the life of a kid in out community?

By Susan Shinn Turner In our local schools, Chuck Moll says, “You can never have too many volunteers.” He and his wife, Judy, are longtime volunteers for the Gator Reading Program at Isenberg. Here’s a round-up of the volunteer opportunities available in the schools with which St. John’s partners. Barnabas Connection with Knox Middle School…

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Knoxville Day 3

This morning my service project was with Mobile Meals. We went to a bunch of houses and we went up to the door and brought them hot and cold meals for the day. And at one of the houses we went to a lady invited us in. And when we went in she told us…

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Knoxville Day 2

So my favorite thing today was probably being able to help the growers at Beardsley Farm grow food to give to people that need food. So another high of my day, after we were done picking weeds at Beardsley Farm was throwing a baby potato around playing catch with it. For my second service project…

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Knoxville Day 1

  First, I woke up and we went to Cafe WOW where we talked about this guy who was being bullied by football players and the coach stepped in and helped him. Then we had breakfast. Today for service projects we went to Beardsley Farm and picked raspberries, tomatoes, and then pulled a lot of…

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St. John’s CMC Welcomes FCA

By Angel Owens In March of 2012, the St. John’s Community Ministry Center opened and created space for community outreach partners, like Young Life, Boy Scouts, and Narcotics Anonymous. The CMC provides rent-free, collaborative office space for local non-profits who share St. John’s vision. In April, Fellowship of Christian Athletes moved into the CMC. It’s…

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St. John’s Men Begin Work on Lutheridge Tent Village

By Susan Shinn Turner Thanks to some hardworking members, the St. John’s Tent Village at Lutheridge is on its way to becoming a reality. In September, six men from St. John’s went to Arden to begin clearing land for the tent village. “Now they have asked if we’d be interested in construction,” says Gary Taylor,…

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“How Sweet It Is!”: Men’s Pancake Breakfast Jan 27, 8 am

By Susan Shinn Turner “How sweet it is!” That saying can always be used to describe the annual Men’s Pancake Breakfast — but even more so this year. Special guest speaker is Bob Harris, three-time Sportscaster of the Year, and the voice of the Duke Blue Devils, who recently retired after 40 years with the…

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Making the Most of Your Holiday Plants: Caring for Poinsettias

By Darrell Blackwelder The Christmas Holiday Season officially begins with the Thanksgiving holidays. It’s the season for holiday plants, most notably, poinsettias, the official Christmas plant. I’ve been visiting poinsettia growers and the holiday plant is right on schedule for the holiday season. Even though poinsettias are quite beautiful when purchased, it’s a holiday plant…

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