Adopt a Flower Bed/Property Maintenance
The Property committee at St. John’s is committed to maintaining our place of worship by providing opportunities for our members to utilize their time and talents to perform minor repairs to our facilities during organized workdays or at a time that is convenient to individuals. We are looking for individuals who are retired or have time during the day where they can perform minor tasks around the church, at a time that fits into your schedule.
Don’t worry about whether you are qualified to help out as we need volunteers of all skill levels! Sign-up for St. John’s Adopt-a-Bed program, where you chose a flower bed around the church and maintain it throughout the year, at your convenience.
If you are interested in helping out, please check-out our upcoming workdays or call the church office @ 610-678-1088 and leave your information and I will call you to make arrangements.
-Gerry Stump Property Director
Care for Creation
Christmas Gifts Programs
Ringing Bells Tree - Please choose bells from this tree to purchase needed gifts for residents at the Wernersville Hospital and the Manor Care Nursing Home in Sinking Spring.
Prison Angel Tree - Please choose bells from this tree to help parents who are incarcetated and cannot shop for gifts for their children. The Angel Tree Program is run by Lori Lillis; firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Lori with any questions you may have.
Christmas Cheer Bags - Goody bags are created for & delivered to members whose smiles we miss. Donations of packaged snacks (low or no sugar prefered), tissues, toiletries, and other small Christmas items are welcome. Christmas cards addressed to these members are also collected. ALL DONATIONS NEED TO BE AT THE CHURCH BY DECEMBER 1ST.
ELCA Companion Synod Participation
ELCA World Hunger
Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner
New Year's Day
11:00 AM - 3:00PM
God’s Work, Our Hands
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. The suggested date for the 2017 dedicated day of service is Sunday, Sept. 10. Mark your calendars today!
Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.
You work every day to make your community a better place. Let us continue doing this work together in 2017!
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith.” Colossians 2:6–7a.
Evangelical Lutheran Church of American
Rooted and built in Jesus! This is the core of our work as the ELCA walks with more than 80 companion churches in other countries to participate in God’s reconciling mission through proclamation and service. Participating in these relationships, ELCA members see how people’s lives are touched by the gospel, how their lives are transformed and renewed, and how their communities live in hope. Our living, daring confidence in God’s grace propels us, along with our companions, to say “yes” to a world searching for renewal and wholeness. As part of a global Lutheran community, we gratefully receive the witness of global brothers and sisters whose faith, hospitality, resilience and zeal energize us and our own congregations. In response, we share our gifts and talents to address the root causes of poverty and hunger and meeting human needs, fight malaria and HIV and AIDS, build communities that coexist in peace, and prepare women and men to preach the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the world.
Each month our Mission Offerings are designated to support various missions and/or ministries.
November - Pastor"s Discretionary Fund
December - SAFE Berks
Nursing Home Bingo
St John’s supports a ministry reaching out to the residents of both Manor Care in Sinking Spring and Wernersville State Hospital. The first Monday of each month has volunteers meet at one of the two venues to share some fellowship while playing bingo. The bingo players look forward to being able to play the game and of course win. The volunteers have an opportunity share the word from the ‘outside’ and in many cases the only outside contact. We are always looking for new volunteers to assist. If interested please contact Dale Whitehead at email@example.com.
We are also in need of prizes to hand out to the winners. Bingo prizes consist of Mardi Grai beads, samples of personal care items, beanie babies, clothing items (not necessarily new, used but nice for Wernersville), candy items and the most desired prize is Hershey Bars. There is a collection station in the parlor for your contributions.
Next service date:
Opportunity House is a multi-service organization improving the quality of life for children, families and adults who face various obstacles to independent living.
Have you bought new blankets this winter to replace your old ones? The animal shelter welcomes old blankets and towels to help with homeless pets. A list of items that are also helpful to the Animal Rescue League is posted on the Community Bulletin Board. This is an ongoing ministry and any donation is greatly appreciated. Visit the Animal Rescue League's website at www.berksarl.org or the Humane Society at www.berkshumane.org. for the many services they offer.
Prison Angel Tree
Helps parents who are incarcerated and cannot shop for Holiday gifts for their children. This program is run by Lori Lillis. Please direct any questions to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Public Relations and Outreach Committee sponsors a Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange. The puzzles will be located in the large closet (on the library side) in the parlor. These are the rules for the exchange:
- 1. Sign out your selections on the paper on the clipboard.
- 2. Please take no more then 2 puzzles at a time.
- 3. Return the puzzles in their bags in the cor-rect boxes as soon as possible.
- 4. Please donate puzzles to the exchange but be sure all the pieces are there and contained in a bag within the box.
Puzzles can be a lot of fun, especially during summer vacations. They are a wonderful way to share time with friends and family members. Our committee hopes that this new ministry will be a popular one.
Rent Our Facilities
Please call the office for more information at 610-678-1088
Thrivent Builds/Habitat for Humanity
Thrivent Financial sponsors the construction of hundreds of Habitat for Humanity homes in the US and worldwide. Thrivent Financial funds 65% of the total approved cost for each home. The remaining funds are raised thru the combined, ongoing local efforts of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans chapters, Lutheran congregations and institutions, and Habitat for Humanity affiliates. If you would like to volunteer for this ongoing program, watch your newsletters and bulletins for more information.
Reading/Berks Habitat for Humanity
If you have any used appliances, building materials, and / or furniture that you don’t want, there is a place you can donate it to – Reading-Berks Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, located at 5370 Allentown Pike in Temple (between Sam’s and WalMart). You can call the ReStore at 610-921-1315 to make arrangements to donate your items; you can drop them off or schedule a time for your items to be picked up. The ReStore sells these donated items (both new and used) with the proceeds going to build more Habitat homes in Berks County. Not only does the ReStore support affordable homeownership opportunities for hard working families in our community, but it also helps to protect our environment by keeping usable items out of local landfills!
Veterans Making A Difference
This outreach group serves our needy vets and is always in need of help. Donations of coats & other winter apparel, blankets, sleeping bags, and even pup tents are welcome. There is a bin in the old Pastor's office for these donations.
This year we are also accepting financial donations to purchase boots since walking is their main means of transportation. Use envelopes in the pew and mark "for veterans". Please contact Bev Whitehead @ 610-670-0335 with any questions .
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Western Berks Shepherding is seeking
adult volunteers to drive our clients to local medical appointment Volunteers
can choose when and where they wish to drive. It is a great way to volunteer
that is flexible, very little commitment and extremely rewarding!!!! Our next
training session will be held on Thursday, October 24that 1:00pm at Trinity
Lutheran in Robesonia. Please contact us to sign up or if you would like more
information. 484-294-7394 or WesternBerksShepherding@gmail.com
Wilson Food Pantry
Third Friday of every month.
Civil Rights training is required to work with the clients during distribution of the food. Everyone will need to renew annual Civil Rights training in April. You can review the civil rights training materials at
After reviewing the material, please sign the sheet indicating that you have reviewed the training materials. (See John Goshert if you have any questions.) We appreciate any time at all that you volunteers can donate helping the less fortunate.
Monetary donations go a long way as our cost for buying meat from the Greater Berks Food Bank is 19 cents per pound. The pantry can also use any donations of nonperishable food items.
next pantry distributions are November 15th with set up on November 14th
and December 20th with set up on December 19th
The pantry can also use any donations of nonperishable food items.
The pantry especially appreciates donations of: Soup Canned fruits Canned
Canned meats Pancake and cake mixes Cereal
We appreciate and thank
everyone who supports us.
Help us to continue this service to our brothers and sisters in need. For more info visit http://wilsonareafoodpantry.org/