One of the great joys of being in a community is what we can do together. Without a doubt, God has given each member of St. John’s many gifts and ways that each person can serve Him in everyday life.
We also have a wonderful opportunity to come together, as one body, and make an even greater impact for the Lord’s kingdom. St. John’s has different projects and events that seek to do just that: advance His kingdom. These may be projects that are done specifically at our church or they may be service opportunities to be accomplished in Stewartville or beyond. These are not long-term commitments. Rather, we are seeking people who are willing and interested in helping with a smaller task or project for a short period of time. These men and women then form a task force to accomplish their goal. Once done, that task force is disbanded! Please check back periodically for a list of new projects. Then, if you see something in which you would like to take part, please be sure to use the form below to offer your service. Thanks!
Current Task Forces
- Pastor Steve’s Farewell
On Sunday, November 5 we will bid farewell and Godspeed to Pastor Steve, Hannah and the girls. After the 10:30 service members will be invited to gather in the fellowship hall for a lunch and opportunity to greet the Andrews family. The meal will be entirely catered. However, we are in need of members to serve the meal and clean-up afterward on that Sunday and to set-up the fellowship hall on Saturday, November 4. (Bible Class on November 5 will meet in the church sanctuary.) We would also like one or two persons to act as chairpersons of this task force to finalize planning with Pastor Fritsch and Paul Smith and make sure everything is done.
- Trunk or Treat
On Saturday, October 28th, from 3:30-5pm, we will be hosting our third Trunk or Treat! We are looking for members willing to prepare and/or serve treats (bars, cookies, hot chocolate, etc.) during the event, as well as people who would like to decorate their cars and pass out candy to the little ones.
- UConnect – UMR Meal
On Saturday, November 4 St. John’s in on the schedule to provide and serve lunch to the students at the University of Minnesota – Rochester from 11am-1:30pm. We are looking for members who would be willing to make lasagna or other pasta dish, salad, and dessert to serve that day. We will need food for about 100 people. Expenses can be reimbursed. We also need two or three people willing to go with Pastor Steve to serve and eat lunch with the students at 318 Commons on 1st Ave. SE in Rochester. Uconnect is a cooperative venture of all of the congregations of our Rochester Circuit.
- SALT Tutors
Step Ahead Learning and Tutoring (SALT) is a ministry of our congregation to provide after school tutoring to first and second grade students on Wednesdays during the school year. Each session runs from 3 to 5pm except on those day when the public schools have early dismissal, then SALT runs from 12:45 to 3pm. If you are interested in helping with the program, even on an “as available basis” as one who works with the first and second graders in the areas of reading, arithmetic and like subjects, please contact Pastor Steve for more information or use the form below to contact us.
- SALT Snacks
Each week the SALT program meets we provide a nutritious snack for the first and grade students. We anticipate having up to 20 students attend. We are looking for volunteers to bring in a snack on an occasional basis. A coordinator will be in contact with those who volunteer to coordinate specific dates.
- Help at Channel One
Every second Monday of the month, next date scheduled for November 13th, you can volunteer two hours of your time toward helping feed those in need. From 6:30 to 8:30pm our task will be to help organize the donated food items that come in. It is not difficult at all but important just the same. Channel One is located at 131 35th St. SE in Rochester, near Whistle Binkies. Volunteers may gather at St. John’s at 6pm to carpool, or simply meet at Channel One by 6:30pm. Up to 12 volunteers are needed and each must be over the age of 10.
- Audio/Visual Operators
Members are needed to help run the audio/visual equipment at worship services, funerals and weddings. Training is given. Once trained, members sign-up for the services at which they are able to assist.
At every worship service we need members to usher and greet the people who come. It is easy work, but most important. Most especially we need members who present a welcoming spirit. Those who offer to assist will be contacted by an elder to schedule specific Sundays and services times.
Use the contact form below to offer your assistance. Please check back regularly for more opportunities!