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OUR LATEST PROJECTS

GLOBAL HEALTH MINISTRIES

In April 2021, five of us met to pack forty eight hospice kits for Global Health Ministries.  Elizabeth Bade and Jane Rinehart delivered them to the Global Health Ministries warehouse in Fridley. We were given a tour of the warehouse and learned about their operation of collecting medical supplies, sorting, and shipping them to hospitals around the world. We are thinking this would make a good field trip for other church members someday. We also learned that they need volunteers to help them with their operation.

In addition to delivering the hospice kits, we delivered eighteen quilts, about two hundred rolled bandages, eight knit baby blankets, and four twin sheet sets.
Thanks to a $250 Thrivent Action Grant and $100 from the WELCA budget, we were able to purchase all the supplies for the hospice kits.
Photo below is of us standing by the bags of our delivered items inside the warehouse.

TORCH

Also in September St. John’s Women collected donations for TORCH, whose  mission is to support and empower students in graduating from high school and pursuing future goals, with an intentional focus on partnering with Northfield’s students of color, youth from low income families, and first-generation college attendees. Taking advantage of Thrivent Dollars ($250), and cash donations from the congregation, we were able to send each student a warm, cozy throw blanket, and $85 in gift cards from Target, Caseys, and Holiday.

lutheran world relief

September was a busy month, as we also sponsored an Intergenerational event for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) packing school kits.

Education is one of the strongest tools a community has for breaking the cycle of poverty. Ensuring that girls attend school, especially in places where their access is deprioritized, has even stronger results. Lutheran World Relief School Kits contain essential supplies to help children — and in some cases, adults — continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. That learning leads to a better life for them, their families and their communities. These kits join tens of thousands of other kits from Lutheran churches across the nation and are sent to countries around the globe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missions

St. John’s Women give back to their community, nation and the world through projects donated locally and worldwide. Many projects are sent to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and World Vision, and distributed where needs are greatest. St. John’s Women also sell Fair Trade and Thistle Farm products, supporting trade, based on fairness, environmental sustainability and strong relationships between farmers and consumers.

  • Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate

    Equal Exchange is a democratically organized worker-owned co-operative dedicated to building a new model of trade based on fairness, environmental sustainability and strong relationships between farmers and consumers. Farmers earn a fair price for their crops, have access to affordable credit, and can invest in education, health care and sustainable agriculture, building a better future for their families.

    Bold Cafe (St. John’s women’s group) sells fair trade coffee, tea, hot chocolate and chocolate bars from EE. 1st Sunday of the month during the school year, between worship services, in the Commons.

    Contact Dawn Tommerdahl
    women.stjohns500@gmail.com

    equalexchange.coop/

  • Thistle Farms

    The Community of Magdalene, founded in 1997 by Rev. Becca Stevens, provides housing, food, medical and dental care, therapy, education and job training free of charge for up to two years to women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Thistle Farms, a social enterprise started in 2001, provides employment for the women of Magdalene. By hand, the women create natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body.  Magdalene’s core belief is that “in the end love is the most powerful force for change.”

    Bold Cafe (St. John’s women’s group) sells bath and body products from Thistle Farms. 1st Sunday of the month during the school year, between worship services, in the Commons.

    Contact Dawn Tommerdahl
    women.stjohns500@gmail.com

    thistlefarms.org/

  • LWR Farmers Market Coffee
    LWR Farmers Market Coffee is a new line of coffee sourced directly from farmers participating in Lutheran World Relief projects.

    Every delicious cup helps transform poor communities that depend on their coffee crop to feed their families. Farmers are given a stable, predictable, and higher price upfront for their beans.

    New in September: Farmers Market Coffee from Nicaragua! Ground regular and decaf (Swiss water processed). 1st Sunday of the month during the school year, between worship services, in the Commons.

    Contact Dawn Tommerdahl
    women.stjohns500@gmail.com

    LWR Farmers Market Coffee

  • Quilters

    Imagine the comfort that comes from a hug at the time when you need it most. That’s the feeling you can share with an LWR (Lutheran World Relief) Quilt. Through a simple combination of fabric and thread, you can reach out to people in their time of greatest need with a strong message of hope — you are not alone.

    First and foremost, recipients use their LWR Quilts to shield against the cold and rain, and for warm bedding. But their versatility also makes Quilts useful as simple tents, floor coverings, or a wrap to hold a baby on a mother’s back.

    St. John’s Women make and send near a hundred quilts each year. You can help by donating fabric, cutting, sewing, or tying knots.  They meet to tie and finish quilts every Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Fellowship Hall.  Enter the church at door #10 on the corner of Poplar and third street.

    Contact women.stjohns500@gmail.com

    LWR Quilts

  • Knitters

    St. John’s Women knit for the world and knit for home with two knitting ministries.

    World Vision: Knit for Kids 

    Knitters meet on the first and third Wednesdays at 10:00 am -12:00 noon, September to May, to make simple baby sweaters and hats for children. Clothing is distributed by World Vision. St. John’s Women knitted 107 sweaters and 75 caps from May 2015-May 2016.

    Contact Kathy Vang
    women.stjohns500@gmail.com

    Knit for Kids

    Prayer and Baptism Shawl Ministry

    This group knits prayer shawls for those in need of comfort within our church community and baptism shawls for those children baptized at St. John’s.

    Daytime: 2nd & 4th Thursday each month, 10:00am, in the Library.

    All skill levels welcome, even beginners!

    Contact Sue Sharrow
    women.stjohns500@gmail.com

  • School Kits

    Imagine having to choose between a meal or purchasing a notebook. Project Promise School Kits are sent to places where even the few required school supplies may be more than a family can afford. Pencils and paper can help write a positive future. Every year St. John’s Women and Sunday School sponsor an Intergenerational Event. The congregation donates school supplies and works together to fill backpacks one Sunday each Fall.

    Contact Jane Rinehart
    women.stjohns500@gmail.com

    LWR School Kits

  • Baby Care Kits

    Project Promise Baby Care Kits are distributed as part of emergency relief efforts but they are also given to encourage expectant women to seek prenatal care. Help welcome the littlest ones into a caring international community and swaddle them with love!

    Contact: Barb Eaves
    women.stjohns500@gmail.com

    Baby Care Kits

  • Personal Care Kits

    Project Promise Personal Care Kits are shared with people who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence. Give hope through a bar of soap.

    Contact: Julie Zdenek
    women.stjohns500@gmail.com

    Personal Care Kits