Here at St. John’s, we try to involve ourselves in mission work as much as possible. God is a missionary God. “Missionary” means to send or to be sent. God did both–He sent His Son and He sends us! Therefore, we are missionary people. Each and every one of us is a missionary of God, working for the good of His kingdom in our daily lives. In addition to that, we encourage one another to participate in bigger group projects as well.
As a congregation, part of our annual budget supports mission work around the world. Our current list includes:
- District and Synod giving
- POBLO-People of the Book Lutheran Outreach, as they work in Rochester to help immigrant families.
- Armed Forces Ministry
- Bethesda Lutheran Home
- Camp Omega
- Concordia University – St. Paul
- Local Missions
- Lutheran Hour Ministries
- Wheat Ridge Foundation
- Rochester Area Lutherans for Life
We are also in the process of encouraging mission trips. Pastor Fritsch and one of our elders last year journeyed to Guatemala with Central American Lutheran Mission Society (CALMS). The goal was to see the needs of some communities in Guatemala and see if there were any ways we might be able to connect ourselves to God’s work in that country moving forward.
The congregation also has a history of generously supporting any of our members who goes on a mission trip on their own.