This page provides brief summaries of current outreach and ministry appeals.
St. John's enjoys being a team player with other churches.
Couponing ministry to benefit service people and local persons in need.
Coupons shipped to military bases are good up to 90 days after expiration. Coupons prepared to assist local needy are distributed through the St. Peter's, Clifton food bank.
Send or bring your coupons. There is a coupon box in the Parish House. Coupon processing is among the coffee hour activities. A major training seminar was presented in July.
An ongoing ministry.
St. John's Church
Thrift Shop Ministry
Useful and ornate items are received as donations for sale, redistribution or as gifts to people in need, as in providing a coat to someone who cold in winter. The Thrift Shop is run by volunteers who manage to create a fashionable environment for shopping. The proceeds help to support the ministries of the parish.
Bring your nice donations. Buy your next gift there. (No one will know where you bought it and, besides, it would be so ecologically responsible/fashionable.) Help out if you can. Talk it up.
An ongoing ministry of many decades.
Food collection for the hungry in our area.
We collect food items which will be brought to the St. Peter's, Clifton Food Pantry for distribution. Sometimes someone in need may also receive a donation directly from St. John's.
There are baskets available at all times at the rear of our church for faithful placement of donations. Bring your non-perishable food and put it there. Tuna fish, peanut butter, soups, and canned goods are a few examples of appropriate food gifts.
An ongoing ministry.
Backpacks and school supplies for needy schoolchildren.
Backpacks stuffed with items appropriate to different age groups will be delivered to St. Peter's, Clifton for their planned distribution.
Place backpacks stuffed with supplies near the already full baskets in the hallway to the Parish House. Loose leaf binders, paper, spiral and sewn in composition pads, pencils, pens, highlighters, and other useful things may be included. Catch the preschool sales. A little dictionary might also be welcome.
August 20 is THE LAST DAY to
"Preserve our Church" emergency off-budget church property repairs.
There are four projects. The sacristy tower, the Passaic Street entrance, the Parish House and the Music Room all have structural and/or water issues which cannot be put off for long. The total of the four projects were estimated at about $20,000.
An appeal letter was sent out mid-July detailing each project. As of Aug. 6 responses totaled about $12,000 with many participant yet expected. Send your appeal pledge card or a letter of promise. Payments may be delayed until the end of 2012 if necessary.
Project ends December 31, 2012.
Thanksgiving food collection for the needy.
Food will be collected at the Passaic Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service which will be held on Sunday, November 18 at St. Mary's Assumption RC Slovak Church at Market and Monroe Streets. At least two Passaic charities will receive this food in time for Thanksgiving.
Come to this important gathering bringing your non-perishable foods, not turkeys or other items that require refrigeration. (That's another ministry.) Do bring them yourself and enjoy the blessing of being part of this event of Christians together.
November 18, 3:30 pm IS IT!!!!!!