Serving Others in Maryland
Through the generosity of St. John’s parishioners, thousands of hungry people have been fed. Every month, disposable pans and recipes can be found at each Welcome Center. The recipes change each month, and a due date for the donation to be returned to the church is indicated on the recipe. Click here for recipes. We have delivered casseroles to St. Luke's Carey Street, The Helping Up Mission, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, The Route 1 Homeless Ministry, Baltimore Station, The Children's Home, The Westside Emergency Shelter, and Our Daily Bread.
Clean Sweep Rummage Sale - Treasure hunters from far and wide descend upon St. John’s for the highly anticipated Clean Sweep Rummage Sale. The 2017 sale will be April 7 and 8 from 10am-2pm. All proceeds befefit St. John's Outreach projects for the year, supporting the Route One Day Resource Center for the homeless in Howard County, Kenya Connect, Baltimore Station (residential resource for homeless vets), Stop Hunger Now program, and many more.
To donate, bring gently used, clean items to the CME Auditorium the following times: April 2 (Sunday), 1-4pm; April 3 & 4 (Monday & Tuesday), 9am-1pm and 6:30-8:30pm; and April 5 (Wednesday), 9am-1pm. We gladly accept toys, sports gear, holiday items, small furniture, books, art, clothing, etc. No Tvs or computers, please. To volunteer, come any time during donation hours and also Thursday-Saturday to help with set-up or at the sale from 9am-6pm and especially during cleanup on Saturday, starting around 1pm. For more information, e-mail Monica Fabbri or call 301-674-8534.
Baltimore Station is an innovative therapeutic residential treatment program supporting veterans and others who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency. St. John's supports the work of The Baltimore Station by collecting in-kind donations for the entire month of January. Look for the needs list after Christmas.
Each year, St. John’s parishioners provide holiday comfort to the families of Collington Square in Baltimore through Episcopal Community Services of Maryland and the group homes of The Arc of Howard County. By providing baskets and bins with food, personal care items, and small gifts for Christmas and Easter, the holiday basket ministry not only helps to temporarily relieve the burden of poverty but also illustrates the tradition of the St. John’s community reaching beyond its borders to care for our neighbors. For Easter 2017, there will be a sign-up table in the Upper Commons on March 19, 26 and April 2nd during the fellowship and Christian Formation hour or you can click this link to sign-up on-line. Delivery is Sunday April 9 (or before for Arc recipients). Please contact Diane Standeven or Susan Little by March 19th if you wish to support the same individuals or families of missions past.
Route 1 Homeless Ministry with Grassroots Day Resource Center
A homeless survey conducted by the Local Board on Homelessness in September 2007 revealed at least 30 and possibly as many as 50 homeless persons living along the Rt 1 corridor without shelter. In December, advocates from the Board organized a pilot Homeless Outreach Project to determine the numbers, locations, and needs of this population. With enthusiastic support from churches, local government and foundations, the Grassroots Day Resource Center was opened in July 2008 to better serve this population. The Center provides showers, laundry, clothing, internet access, phone, a mailing address, basic living supplies, conversation, and referrals to social services. The Center is operated under the auspices of Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, staffed by volunteers, and guided by a project coordinator.
For more information about this ministry or for volunteer or donation information, please visit www.daycenter.org.
Service Over Self (next date: Saturday, March 25, 2017) is an all parish work day. Parishioners are invited to donate their time and talents at nonprofit locations in Maryland. This event involves sorting food for transport to other locations from 9am to 12pm at The Maryland Food Bank located at 2290 Halethorpe Farms Road in Baltimore, MD. Sign-up at for this event for those 18 years and older. Click her to sign-up.
Rebuild Together on April 29 from 8am-5pm. St. John’s Outreach Committee is calling on parishioners, once again, to join in our efforts to help members of our Howard County Community through Rebuilding Together. If you can paint a room, repair a wall, rake and plant flowers, or even complete minor repairs you can help members of our community with much needed home improvements. Rebuilding Together has a goal of “safe, warm, and dry” for all residents. Meet at St. John's outside the terrace level doors at 8am. Click here to sign-up.
Serving Others Beyond Our Region
Haitian Orphanages: in Port-au-Prince are supported by our fundraiser “Empty Bowls” soup supper. All money collected is used for food to fill the bowls of hungry children. Maison des Enfants is home to over 100 children, most of whom have been abandoned since the earthquake in 2010, either by loss of parents or by birth parents unable to care for them. Foyer L’Escale is home to 45 children who were rescued from human trafficking. Last year they received food as well as chickens in order to have eggs used daily by the cook. Our funds are distributed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a global partner with USAIM for Haiti food assistance.
The North India Partnership connects St. John’s with St. Andrew’s, Glenwood and the Cathedral of the Incarnation in supporting the work of the Diocese of Cuttack of the Church of North India, located in the Province of Orissa (Odisha) in east central India on the Bay of Bengal. Our work has involved the building a new church, a clinic in the tribal areas, and a pilgrimage in 2015. We recently provided a neo-natal ventilator for an intensive care unit in a regional hospital via a portion of funds raised from our Global Gala. We are now working on a faculty exchange with the Stewart Schools and St. John’s Parish Day School, and others, and securing funding for ventilators for the Christian Hospital in Berhampur. A pilgrimage is tentatively planned for 2015. Contact: John Rabb, Bishop in Residence, 410-461-7793.
International Humanitarian/Medical Mission
Responding to needs abroad, missioners travel to provide comfort, aide, medical, and spiritual support.
Working in partnership with a Maryland nonprofit, Kenya Connect, St. John’s parish and Parish Day School have brought clean water to the village of Wamunyu and renovated the Mbaikini Primary School. We continue this friendship and expand to other Kenyan communities. Yearly teams have traveled to Kenya with various missions, including providing a medical clinic, starting a hand washing station program, and building a teaching resource center for local teachers and students. We are also providing deworming medication to six schools. A future mission trip is being planned for June 2015. Kenya connect is also supported by a portion of the Global Gala funds. Contact: Sharon Runge, or call 410-455-0746.