Making an Impact
Making an Impact (con't)
Tween Time Retreat February 2016
34 tweens and adults spent a Friday Night at Camp Pioneer. We shared devotions, music, lots of energetic fun games, and a late night movie complete with popcorn. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed playing outside too.
2016 Frozen Chozen 5K Run/Walk
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Frozen Chozen 5k! It was an extremely successful event and we hope that you enjoyed yourself on the course as well as hanging out in the fellowship hall afterward. We are incredibly excited to announce that we saw an increase in total participants to over 230 this year! And we are even more excited to let you know that because of your participation, generous donations, and our business sponsors, we raised over $5,000.00 for Family Promise of WNY! You can go to their website to find more information about where your donation is going at www.fpwny.org. This could not have been done without everyone's participation. So again, from all of us here at St. John's, thank you! We look forward to seeing you next year!
Tween Time Movie Night
The second annual Tween Time Movie Night was so much fun for everyone who
attended. We had thirty-five children/adults who came, and all enjoyed watching "Inside Out" together. We ate pizza and popcorn (of course) and the kids brought their sleeping bags, blankets and pillows to help them get comfy. It was a great night of fellowship and friendship for all of us!
Advent By Candlelight
100+ women gathered in our fellowship hall on December 7, 2015 for Advent by Candlelight. The event was organized by the St. John's women's group, theWell. The hall was decorated with Christmas trees and lights and each table was prepared by the host(s) with a Christmas theme. We enjoyed punch and dessert together while we spent some time in fellowship. We worshiped together and took an Advent journey preparing our hearts for the celebration of our Lord's birth. A variety of baby items were collected for a local women's shelter. The donation of diapers (69 packages and 20 large boxes), 3 containers of baby wipes and 3 six packs of infant formula was delivered later that week. A special thank you to Katie Pronsati (our student pastor's wife) for leading this wonderful event!
Women's Retreat - September 2015
The women of St. John's (and friends) enjoyed a great time of fellowship, fun, worship, and growing together at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville.
VBS 2015 - Everest
VBS continues to be a wonderful week here at St. John’s as God blesses all of us - children and volunteers! We learned about Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power and enjoyed singing new songs and making new friends.
Summer High School Trip 2015
Six students and two adults took a trip to Walcamp Outdoor Ministries in Northern Illinois in July to spend a week serving the camp. They spent time at a Chicago Cubs game, tried deep dish pizza (twice), and helped out with special needs adults at the camp. The group spent several hours each day helping improve camp physically as they grew closer to each other and Christ.
Worship & Hauan Farewell Picnic
On a beautiful Sunday morning in July, our church family gathered at Chestnut Ridge Park for outdoor worship and to celebrate our time with our student pastor and his family. After worship we joined together for great fellowship, lots of yummy picnic food and outdoor activities. While we are very sad to have Eric, Jill, Julia, Cal, and Hazel leave us, but we are joyful in knowing that we were part of their pastoral journey. The Hauan's have been a blessings to St. John's and we will miss them. Thanks for the great year!
2015 FROZEN CHOZEN 5K RUN&WALK
The expectation for the Frozen Chozen race on Saturday, January 24, 2015, centered around making a difference, making friends, and making disciples of Jesus Christ. All in all, we're glad to say that the race was a success that met and exceeded the expectations set forth. A difference was made by raising over $4,000 to aid Family Promise as they combat homelessness in Western New York. Friends were made as roughly 139 people, of 189 total participants, got to pray and fellowship with the wonderful people of St. John’s, and all the awesome feedback about what a wonderful atmosphere this church has. Finally, as far as making disciples, we leave that in the good Lord’s hands, as seeds were most certainly planted or further watered. Thank you to everyone who supported this race in any way. Your time, talents, and donations were greatly appreciated, and this race would not have been possible without you!
We ended the 2013-14 school year on June 1 with the kids rotating through four different stations during the Sunday School hour. They played games, did crafts, created a Disciple banner, and made "lava lamps" (which encouraged the children to think about "what do we have inside of us"). We finished our time together enjoying a yummy snack. Remember Sunday School begins again September 14!
Family Game Night 2014
Lots or fun and fellowship was happening in our church basement on a wintry January evening. We enjoyed pizza and roast beef sandwiches together and then the games began. Uno, Euchre, Apples to Apples, and Head Banz were played. Some of our youth enjoyed a lively game of Twister while a few of our younger kids were having fun just running around and grabbing goodies from the food table (not sure how they slept that night after all those cookies)!
On the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving, Pastor Nate asked each of us to take two paper leaves and write "I am thankful for..." with two specific petitions. As we taped these leaves to the walls of the Sanctuary, we spoke the words that were written on each leaf. During our Thanksgiving Eve Worship, each worshipper took five (or more) of the leaves off the wall and headed to the altar to offer a prayer of thanks for what was written on each leaf. These leaves were then placed on the altar as an expression of our thanks for our many blessings.
Men's Retreat - October 2013
... St. John's sent 42 men to Camp Pioneer to grow and fellowship with each other for the 2013 Men's Retreat. The men worked through John Eldredge's "Wild at Heart" materials.
Jesus Painter Ministries
The Jesus Painter, Mike Lewis, blessed us with his talents and abilities (or should I say, availabilities) on Sunday, April 28. In each service, he painted three paintings of Jesus in a span of about 30 minutes. His paintings speak louder than any words he could have used.
Restore the Shore-Hurricane Sandy Relief
St. John's sent a short-term mission team of five to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Point Pleasant New Jersey February 22-25. The crew spent that Saturday and Sunday working on an elderly woman's home in town. We received the following "thank you note" from Good Shepherd to our congregation: "Dear Brothers and Sisters at St. John’s, We here at Good Shepherd couldn’t be more grateful for your concern and understanding! Not only for your gift that will help towards the restoration of the homes and lives of the folks devastated by “Sandy” but also (and perhaps in some ways ~more) for the team that we welcomed here and for all their efforts given to carrying out the Lord’s work. God bless you~each and every one~for caring! Sincerely, Mildred J. Sepulveda (Financial Secretary)
Mexico Mission Trip
Take six guys. Send them to a different country. Bring them back as changed men (more so than just the skin peeling off their necks from sunburns). These men helped to change the lives of many people in and around Oaxaca, Mexico through their hard work and manual labor. They built a tool shed (the last one was set on fire). They built a grill (the last one was a painted piece of fence material on a wooden frame…). They built a hydroponic fish farm (google it…). They went. They worked. They came home safely!