18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

The single most common theme we hear from our Lord is to care for the poor; to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, visit those in prison.  At St John we believe that it is everyone's call to have a "life-changing and passionate faith in Jesus Christ" that not only changes our lives, but the lives of others within our faith community, beyond our walls to the Cedar Valley and throughout the world!

Lutheran World Relief

Lutheran World Relief is a nonprofit organization that helps families in the world’s poorest communities build the resilience they need to thrive.  St. John supports Lutheran World Relief in several ways. 

Every second Monday of the month, volunteers gather to assemble Mission Quilts.  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.   No sewing experience is needed for these quilts - they are tied with yarn!

St. John also supports LWR through funds gifted through our Endowment Fund.

To learn more about Lutheran World Relief or how you can help, visit their website.

ELCA Global Mission Partner

ELCA missionaries have helped establish growing churches throughout the world. As a result, we are now part of a much larger story — a global community of more than 70 million Lutherans in 79 countries. In this dynamic church, we walk with our sisters and brothers in Christ to share God’s love far and wide.  Through financial gifts from the Endowment Fund, St. John supports this work to build up Christ’s church by sending missionaries and volunteers, training leaders, planting new churches and growing existing ones. 

Our ELCA Missionaries:  Patrick and Jackie Bencke 

Patrick teaches English and Jackie serves as an assistant with music programs at Kyushu Lutheran College in Japan. Both serve congregations with music ministries.   To learn more about the work they do, please read their newsletter:  
Bencke newsletter # 64 (August 2017)