Serving Others in Maryland

Casserole Ministry
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 2018 sale will be April 13 and 14 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 8 (Sunday), 1-4pm; April 9 & 10 (Monday & Tuesday), 9am-1pm and 6:30-8:30pm; and April 11 (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. 

 

Holiday Baskets
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 Christmas 2017, there will be a sign-up table in the Upper Commons on November 19 and 26 and December 3 during the fellowship and Christian Formation hour or you can click this link to sign-up on-line. Delivery is tbd (or before for Arc recipients). Please contact Diane Standeven or Susan Little by November 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: tbd) is an all parish work day. Parishioners are invited to donate their time and talents at nonprofit locations in Maryland.


Rebuild Together- Next event April 29, 2018 St. John’s Outreach Committee calls on parishioners to join in 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.

 

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 have also provided a neo-natal ventilator for an intensive care unit in a regional hospital via a portion of funds raised through St. John's.

 

International Humanitarian/Medical Mission
Responding to needs abroad, missioners travel to provide comfort, aide, medical, and spiritual support.


Kenya Connect
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. Contact:
Sharon Runge, or call 410-455-0746.

 

 

 

 

 

Outreach Contacts

Service Over Self All Parish Community Work Day:
Melinda Becker

Baltimore Station:

Mike Palumbo

 

Casserole Ministry:
Bonnie Sturm


Clean Sweep Rummage Sale:
Monica Fabbri

Haiti Orphanages:

Bonnie Sturm


Holiday Baskets:
Diane Standeven


Kenya Connect:
Sharon Runge


Route 1 Day Resource Center:
Melinda Becker


Urban Ministries:
Tom Brandt

 

St. John’s Outreach Partnerships

The Arc of Howard County
Day's End Farm Horse Rescue

Episcopal Community Services of Maryland

Baltimore Station
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
Kenya Connect
Route 1 Day Resource Center

St. James Lafayette Square

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