Making an Impact
Making an Impact (con't)
Christmas Play 2016
Sunday School children from 1st through 5th Grade presented the Christmas Program, A Play In a Manger, directed by Esther Duetsch. The town of Centertown planned to make their Christmas play bigger than ever. Visions of grandeur are replaced by the beauty and power of the simple truth of Jesus' birth. The children worked so hard and the play was wonderful. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten children sang Away In a Manger together to begin the program. We all celebrated with cookies and refreshments afterwards.
Trunk or Treat 2016
It was cool and a little misty but 200 trick-or-treaters and 30 church family members decorating their vehicles and sharing the love of Jesus made for a fun afternoon. We ate lots of hot dogs and snacks (candy too!) and enjoyed crafting inside after trick-or-treating outside.
Eternal Flame Hike
The High School youth took a trip to the Eternal Flame at Chestnut Ridge Park on a Sunday evening in August. We had a nice turnout. It was a fun hike and a great way to welcome some new 9th grade students to our High School Connect group.
This year's theme was Surf Shack-Catch the Wave of God's Amazing Love. We had a blast decorating our group surfboards, tie-dying t-shirts, and painting a beach picture with our 'sand' footprint on it. We played games, ate snacks, and learned new songs. During story time, we learned how God calms, creates, helps, sends, and loves us. Thank you to the 100+ volunteers that helped us run this amazing week of programming for 240 children. God is good and we are all so blessed.
Kids' Morning Out
All children ages 4 years old through 2nd Grade are welcome to attend Kid’s Morning Out. We usually meet monthly on a Saturday Morning, however during Easter Vacation we met on a Wednesday morning. Many new children joined in and we all enjoyed learning about Butterflies, New Life and Easter Joy! We made butterflies and even butterfly cookies. Each month we discover something new in God’s Amazing Creation! Please join us anytime and bring a friend!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!