Members of the Ladies Aid recently delivered donations to two of Stewartville’s public schools.

They took snacks to Bonner Elementary to give to teachers to have on hand and use as needed.  Some students are not able to bring their own snacks and this helps ensure that all the students have something to enjoy.

The Ladies also took donations to the REACH program at Stewartville High School.  The REACH program helps students who need support meet personal and emotional needs so that academic success can occur.  The donations help provide a comfortable space in which interactions can occur.

Church members volunteer to help at Channel One.  Once a month members help organize food donations that come in to Channel One.  The next shift will be on Tuesday, October 22, from 6:30 to 8pm.  Channel One is located at 131 35th St. SE in Rochester, near Whistle Binkies.  The ideal number of volunteers is ten and all must be over the age of 10.  Sign-up at church on the bulletin board across from Pastor Justin’s office or use the Task Force page on the church website.  Meet at Channel One at 6:30pm.  Future dates are: November 26, January 28, February 25, March 24, April 28 and May 26.

The Backpack Program is a partnership with Channel One, the school and St. John’s. Each week during the school year, members pick up food from Channel One and pack it into bags assigned by number to a child at Bonner Elementary. The volunteers then deliver the backpacks to Bonner where school staff distribute them on Friday as kids head home for the weekend. Children enrolled in the Backpack Program are chosen based upon eligibility for free and reduced price lunches as identified by Bonner school. The backpack program provides nutritious, child-friendly, easy-to-prepare food to hungry children. We are currently packing bags for 24 students.

uConnect is a ministry to UMR (University Minnnesota Rochester) students operated by the nine congregations of our Rochester Circuit.  Every Saturday during the school year our Circuit churches take turns providing a noon meal and conversing with the students, sharing with them the love of Christ.  St. John’s provided and served the meal on September 14.  We are on the schedule to provide the meal again on Saturday, November 2.