COMMUNITY CONNECTION EVENTS
Camp Outreach Volunteer
Camp Outreach is St. John’s annual week-long summer outreach program. We promote service to others while enjoying fellowship. Our program is designed for children and youth to create meaningful projects that are distributed to our community.
Contacts: Cheryl Smith
Easter Egg Hunt Crew Members
All are invited to join in a fun-filled day of egg hunting, games, and food. Volunteers are needed to make the Egg Hunt a success. The event is typically held the Saturday prior to Easter.
Contact: Cheryl Smith
Shrove Tuesday Crew Members
On Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday, we invite our church family, friends, and neighbors to join us for an evening of games, food, fellowship, and fun.
Contacts: Cheryl Smith and Kim Auler
Trunk or Treat Crew Members
Join the St. John’s family and our neighbors at the Trunk or Treat Community Connection Event. The evening includes food, games, costumes, and decorated “trunks” where children can safely trick or treat! You won’t want to miss this SPOOOKtacular night!
Contacts: Cheryl Smith and Kim Auler
Worship in the Park Crew Members
On the Sunday following Easter, worship is held at Landa Park on the Dance Slab.
Contact: Tish Sutton
Blue & Green Santa Helpers
St. John’s participates in a holiday toy and gift card drive to help support the New Braunfels Police Department and Comal County Sheriff’s Office holiday drives. The programs distribute gifts and gift cards to local families in need during the Christmas season.
Contact: John Kittle
CIS Stuff the Bus
We support the Communities in Schools (CIS) Stuff the Bus program ahead of each school year. A list of school supplies are collected, and these supplies are distributed in Comal and Guadalupe counties to families in need.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is seeking to put God’s love into action. They bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Volunteers work with a partner family in building a new home. No experience, tools, or construction skills necessary. Must be at least 16 years old.
Contact: Clarke Wendel
Salvation Army Bell Ringer
St. John’s volunteers ring bells in teams of two for the Salvation Army during the Christmas season. St. John’s has assigned days and times to man a collection kettle in New Braunfels.
Contact: Sue Hardaway
St. John’s has partnered with Interfaith Welcome Coalition to help with the immigration transport process. We will volunteer in the Backpack Ministry on a monthly basis and would love your help putting together lunch sacks with basic supplies as they begin their long journey to reunite with loved ones around the United States.
Contact: Amanda Hagy
Community Arts Program of New Braunfels, Inc.
The Community Arts Program (CAP) of New Braunfels, meets weekly at St. John’s. The program offers at-risk children a quality after school program that includes lessons in violin, keyboard, and guitar. In addition to music lessons, children receive tutoring to support school work and creative expression through art. The CAP mission is to empower at-risk elementary age students to develop their musical potential, be persistent in the pursuit of their education, and to strengthen their communities. Tutors are needed to help students.
Contact: Tish Sutton
Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels
Family Promise helps local families achieve secure housing and independence. St. John’s is a host church on a rotating basis to help care for the Family Promise families by providing meals, overnight care, and companionship. Training is provided by Family Promise.
Contacts: Sue Hardaway and Alice Jewell
Flower Power is a developing outreach of Flower Guild and welcomes others to join this community outreach mission. The Sunday altar arrangements are rearranged after the Sunday services into small arrangements to share with others in our community.
Contact: Betsy Payson
Global Mission Trips
Each year there are mission trips sponsored by the Diocese of West Texas to many different areas of the world. We are working to be faithful to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) and His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39) by supporting these trips with prayer, donations, and participation.
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Contacts: Amanda Hagy and Lynn Campaigne
The Outreach Committee is responsible for allocating funds to local charities and communicating with our parishioners about the work these charities provide. Ten percent of all monies given to God through St. John’s is given back to the community and global outreach. Of that 10%, 8% stays in our community and 2% is given to various global outreach programs.
Contacts: Sarah Reeves and Bill Campaigne
RSVP America Reads
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) involves community volunteers in a one-on-one tutoring program to help children become independent readers by the end of third grade. Each week during the school year volunteers spend 30 minutes tutoring a student. No prior teaching experience is needed and training is provided.
Contact: Cherie Kittle
SOS Food Bank
There are two ways to serve the Spirit of Sharing (SOS) ministry:
1. St. John’s volunteers staff the SOS Food Bank on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Volunteers pack food and distribute it to less fortunate families in our community.
2. St. John’s collects non-perishable food to be donated to the SOS Food Bank. These donations help the SOS Food Bank fulfill the demand of those in need.
Contact: Bob Wells
Texas Ramp Project
This ministry builds ramps for those with limited mobility and financial need. The ramps meet ADA guidelines and no experience is needed.
Contact: Mike Hagy