Service

Beloved, let us love one another:  for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  I John 4:7

St. John supports various charities and community service organizations, including:

ST. BRIGID’S FOOD PANTRY

St. Brigid’s Food Pantry is an ongoing ministry of the parish of St. John. Through this ministry, St. John services needy members of the neighboring community and the parish–both families and individuals.  While the pantry is small, housed in a closet near the parish hall, it is a valuable resource to those who both rely on it regularly or who need it only occasionally.  Approximately ten to fifteen bags of groceries from St. Brigid’s Food Pantry are passed out each week.  While food drives are held about four times a year, regular donations maintain the pantry’s supply.  Non-perishable food and toiletry items, preferably in small sizes, may be placed in the blue bin outside the pantry door.  Monetary donations may be given to the church office.  Please see Karen Wells with any questions.

Thanksgiving Baskets:  Each year St. John provides a few, regular families of St. Brigid’s Food Pantry with Thanksgiving Baskets consisting of, not only supplies for a Thanksgiving meal, but also everyday household supplies.

SERVICE TO THE HOMELESS:

Nativity Alms Project:  Each year, the parish of St. John collects items such as blankets, toiletries, socks, and personal items.  These donations are then given to the homeless in early December to assist them during the cold winter months.  Please see Reem Mansour if you are interested in donating or assisting with this project.

People In Need (PIN): Through the donations of the parish, the Women of St. John assemble bags filled with snacks, water, socks, and shelter information to be distributed to the homeless.

Soup Kitchen: The parish and teen group serve at the Soup Kitchen sponsored by First Presbyterian Church several times during the year.

St. Nicholas Toy Drive:  In conjunction with our annual St. Nicholas Play in early December, our children collect new toys to be donated to the Neighborhood Christian Center.

ALMSGIVING:  There are several opportunities for almsgiving at St. John.

St. John Alms Fund: Donations made to the alms fund are distributed to parishioners and others in need.

St. Paul Mission Station:  This fund assists in the growth of our mission located in Tupelo, MS.  Please see Fr. Don for more information.

St. John Camping Fund:  These contributions make scholarships possible for children/teens who need assistance with camp fees.

Michael and Abigail Bittle Fund:  These donations go directly to the family of Fr. Joseph Bittle, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Little Rock, AR to help them offset ongoing medical care costs and other special needs costs incurred by two of their children, Michael & Abigail.

Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Mission Fund:  This goes to support various mission projects of our Diocese.

Rachel’s Kids: taken from the website, www.rachelskidsinc.org,

The goal of Rachel’s Kids Inc. is to provide opportunities and improved quality of life for those children who live in the inner city neighborhoods of Memphis. The sole focus of our effort is directed towards the children of the Binghampton section near Midtown Memphis.

A secondary goal is to develop professional, effective, and innovative grass-roots philanthropic leadership around the city. We have gone beyond saying love your neighbor; we have found a way to show them. Rachel’s Kids has embraced the vision of former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, who expresses our vision of Rachel’s Kids, “that every kid needs a relationship with a caring adult, safe places to meet, a healthy start, a place to develop marketable skills, and an opportunity to serve others”.

PROLIFE ORGANIZATIONS

Protecting and supporting the unborn are responsibilities that we take very seriously at St. John.  Two pro-life organizations we support through prayers and donations are The Tree House and Birthright of Memphis.

The Treehouse is a non-denominational Christian organization in Wichita, Kansas, which offers mothers and babies a brighter future through sharing God’s love, basic necessities, education, and genuine personal care.  New mothers are guided and empowered through positive female role models, continuing education on topics such as parenting, nutrition, hygiene, life-skills development, and spiritual support.  The moms earn diapers or Baby Bucks for each video, worksheet, and homework completed.  These Baby Bucks can be used in the onsite thrift store, like case, to purchase items for their children.  Showing and providing Christ’s love to moms who may not be exposed otherwise is core to The Treehouse mission.  The North American Antiochian Archdiocese has designated The Treehouse as an ongoing national project for all Antiochian Women’s Groups to support.  Each diocese is designated with specific items to donate.  The Antiochian Women of St. John joined with other Antiochian Women’s Groups within our diocese of Miami and the Midsouth to donate baby bottles and blankets.  For more information, please visit www.wichitatreehouse.com

Birthright of Memphis is a local chapter of Birthright International and was established in Memphis in 1972.  Birthright pledges to help any girl or women, regardless of age, race, creed, marital or economic status, who feels distressed by an unplanned pregnancy.  Services are given free of charge.  Women in need are offered completely confidential help, non-judgmental and caring support, educational resources and parenting information, shelter and social agency referrals, adoption information, and parenting classes.  The Antiochian Women of St. John organize an annual parish donation drive to collect baby items (diapers, bottles, infant clothing, infant books and toys, toiletries) for the Birthright Baby Closet.  For more information, please visit www.birthrightofmemphis.org

Life Chain:  As a parish we support and participate in Life Chain the first Sunday of October each year.