Did you miss last Sunday’s extraordinary worship service? We shared “real life” examples of lives changed by the witness and work of our church! Our memorable time together reminded us all of the importance of “shining our light” in a challenging world, as we continue to offer help and hope in all that we do. If you missed a service, you are invited to view the services online at our church website, www.stjohnschurchcolumbus.org.
This past Monday, our Care Group Leaders, and our Church Board (Consistory), clergy, and staff worked diligently to make wise decisions to guide the faithful ministry of our church for the New Year.
On Wednesday we served a hot, home cooked spaghetti meal to about 200 of our freezing homeless and marginally housed neighbors, many of whom wouldn’t have eaten that day were it not for The Largest Table community meal ministry. We had many families with young children this past Wednesday, and one mother was in tears when she told me how much she enjoyed our church meal because it “smelled like a fine restaurant.”
On Wednesday evening, the Under the Stars Ministry team from our partner churches came to serve another hot meal to those who had gathered around the church in need of care and fellowship. Finally, on Thursday evening, soul-weary folks found solace in our candle lit Taizé worship service. And this doesn’t even mention the daily ministry, justice and advocacy work, and spiritual care of the least, the last, and the lost that our clergy, leadership, and church members offer throughout our community each week.
Each week we make a difference at St John’s, as we continue to live into our call to be “A Beacon of Hope in the Heart of the City.” There are so many people to thank, so many people who are involved – week after week – in these vital ministries. So to those who have dedicated their spiritual lives to this work – thank you! And to those who are just starting this journey with us – thank you!
This Sunday, January 17, we will be remembering our baptisms with The Baptism of Our Lord, from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 3, verses 15-17, 21-22. We will also be welcoming New Member Joanne. Her St John’s Shepherd is Nan, as both women dedicate their time to the Care Ministries of our church. Don’t miss this chance to welcome Jo to our flock, as we celebrate her decision to become a member of St John’s with a cake and punch reception following worship.
With abundant hope for the New Year,