Dave Gradwell, Acting Chair
‘for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Matthew 25:35-36 (NRSV)
The St. John’s Outreach Commission and Social Justice & Transformation Commission teams have numerous initiatives, both new and ongoing, which have always depended on the participation of many in the St. John’s community for their success. There are many opportunities to answer Christ's call to serve those in need beyond St. John's: our work extends from Howard County to Kenya, and includes a broad range of efforts, from food and housing insecurity to criminal justice reform to health care assistance for our Kenya Connect partners. Won’t you join us?
The Outreach Commission meets the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m., currently via Zoom. To join the commission, offer an outreach idea, or inquire about an initiative, email Outreach@stjohnsec.org. Please note in the subject line the initiative in which you are interested (e.g., ReBuilding Together; Zoom log-in)
Covid-19 Relief Efforts
During the COVID-19 pandemic, St. John's is working to support many organizations. The Outreach Commission's "Porch Pictures" project will benefit the following organizations:
Howard County Food Bank: working in conjunction with the Community Action Council of Howard County to meet the increased demand for food, especially for children who no longer receive in-school meals.
FIRN Howard County (Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network): serving the immigrant population of Howard County and many of whom items like diapers, sanitary supplies, and food.
UMBC Retrievers Essentials: providing desperately needed food for college students who are food insecure. During the pandemic, many students are experiencing food insecurity due to loss of jobs on and off-campus.
Casseroles for The Children’s Home: providing homemade casseroles for delivery to The Children’s Home. Current recipes (with instructions for delivering casseroles to St. John's) are available by clicking the "Casserole Recipes" button above.
Howard County Pop-up Pantries: assisting the Howard County Food Bank and the Howard County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) to distribute pre-packed grocery bags full of food to families across Howard County.
Lunches for the Grassroots Day Resource Center: donating non-perishable items and assisting with the this lunch program for 45 clients living in hotel rooms as a Covid prevention measure.
Outreach 2021 Calendar (tentative due to Covid-19 restrictions)
Collington Square Camp Gift Cards
Look for more information about donating for Camp gift cards in the coming months.
Stock the Pantry for the Homeless
Collection Dates: Sundays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23
This food drive helps stock the pantry at the Grassroots Day Resource Center.
Lead: Melinda Becker
June 6 –13, 2021
Funds raised benefit the efforts of the Outreach Commission.
Leads: Elaine Trogdon and Karen Hancock
Dates TBD when travel is safe
St. John’s members including our young people participate in mission trips in various locations throughout the world including; work with Habitat for Humanity in West Virginia, Kenya Connect in Wamunyu, Kenya, El Hogar in Honduras as well as work in Haiti and Jamaica and various medical missions. We work, play and live life together knowing that the time we spend away will change us through the love we share. Read more about St. John's Mission Trips. Contact: Rev Ann Ritonia, email@example.com.
Additional Outreach Partners
Kenya Connect: St. John's has been a partner of Kenya Connect for many years. Kenya Connect's mission is to engage and empower students and teachers in rural Kenya to succeed in the 21st century. St. John's parishioners participate in collections, 5K walks/runs, and other events to raise money for schools in Kenya, and go on mission trips offered twice per year. Contact: Sharon Runge, firstname.lastname@example.org
El Hogar: El Hogar provides a quality education and a safe and nurturing home to poor and disadvantaged children in Honduras. St. John's supports El Hogar through fundraising events and mission trips. Contact: Gill Gawthrop, email@example.com
Youth Ministries Outreach Partners