Faith Changing Lives

Have you ever thrown a stone into water and watched the little waves ripple through it, moving away from the center but continuing? The same things happen in our lives today - even the little things we do can create ripples in our own life, the lives of those around us and beyond, in places we never imagined the ripple to reach!


Our actions can truly change lives - both of those who receive and those who give!


While we'll never known the extent of the ripple effect of what we do, we can celebrate and rejoice in the reciprocal relationship of giving and receiving that each partnership gives us. Whether you'd like to help locally, nationally, globally, or right here at St. John, you can change lives! 

  • Local:  Habitat for Humantiy

    Habitat for Humanity helps make the dream of owning a home a reality for people who never thought it would be possible. St. John supports Habitat for Humanity through funding by our Endowment Fund and with volunteers.


    Contact Habitat to volunteer


    Learn more about Habitat for Humanity

  • Local:  Love Inc

    Love Inc serves as a local clearinghouse in the Cedar Valley to network our local churches across denominational lines to leverage our collective impact to bless those in need in our community. St. John supports the work of Love Inc through funding by our Endowment Fund, volunteer hours, and inclusion on our Angel Tree.


    Visit Love Inc's website to volunteer or view of list of donation needs.

  • Local:  Northeast Iowa Food Bank

    The Northeast Iowa Food Bank serves 16 counties in Iowa through its distribution center in Waterloo. Volunteers are welcomed to work in the warehouse restocking shelves as well as packing food bags. Recognizing hunger is a year-round challenge but can be even harder in the summer months as children are no longer provided school lunches, St. John holds a month-long food drive in the summer. Food items are collected year round in the collection bin by the main level elevator.


    Visit the Food Bank's website to volunteer , view a list of needed items, or to request assistance for yourself or someone else.

  • Local:  NewAldaya Lifescapes - Sunday Chapel Help

    Two months each year, St. John volunteers assist residents of NewAldaya on their way to and from worship on Sunday mornings at their chapel. Volunteers walk alongside the residents or roll their wheelchair to the chapel. This assistance comes at a time when faith and attending chapel can be extremely important to the residents. 

  • Regional/National:  Lutheran Services in Iowa

    For over 150 years, Lutheran Services in Iowa has stood beside Iowa’s most vulnerable people, fulfilling a promise to respond to the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate service. LSI partners with children, youth and families, people with disabilities, the elderly and people of refugee status – helping people in times of need, strengthening families and advocating dignity and social justice for our neighbors in the community. St. John supports the work of LSI in our community through financial gifts from our Endowment Fund.


    To learn more about Lutheran Services in Iowa, visit their website.

  • Global:  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.

  • Global:  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: