From our Executive Director of
Finance and Administration,
What a busy and glorious Easter season we are having at St. John's! Personally, I've now been a member of the church for about 7 months, and served in my staff role since December.
I am so blessed to have found my forever church home. So many new friends, and so many opportunities to show kindness... after all, to put it simply, that's what it's all about.
St. John's is truly a beacon of hope in our downtown Columbus community. On behalf of our staff and clergy I invite you to proud members, to be inspired by each other, and to actively participate in St. John's incredible journey of growth and transformation.
And now, for a look at what's happening in and around our amazing church!
I joined members of consistory for last night's meeting. We're all committed to wearing our purple shirts when out and about, for instance, on...
"Positively Fourth Street"
This neighborhood is bustling with activity, and not just due to Mound Street construction! Columbus Monthly's April issue highlights the many new restaurant spots around 4th and Main, in this article by Andrew King (click on the link below).
Pastor Gini has issued this "Purple Shirt Challenge":
Visit these neighborhood businesses, wear your purple t-shirt, and spread the message of hope that is St. John's!
A Call for Your Ideas:
Funding The Largest Table
So Many Ways to Get Involved
We all know that every Wednesday, our committed group of volunteers feed 200 “in need” individuals and families a hot, home-cooked meal, in community with other guests from downtown – and we’ve been doing this faithfully for more than 10 years.
Our food expenses alone (although remarkably low, considering the number of meals served) generally exceed $1000 per month. We ask that in addition to considering a donation to TLT, that you do a bit of brainstorming, thinking of ways that St. John's can build our Largest Table fund.
Send your friends this link to TLT webpage, and encourage them to experience how great it feels to support such a worthwhile effort.
We certainly accept in-kind donations of supplies as well. Contact the church office or email your ideas to any staff member.
MAY 14 - Heidelberg Choir Concert
The Heidelberg University
Concert Choir & Chamber Singers
Dr. Greg Ramsdell, conductor
Cynthia Ramsdell, accompanist
The Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers are the premiere choral ensembles of Heidelberg University’s School of Music & Theatre. They will perform in our Sanctuary on Monday, May 14, at 7 pm. Please join us for this concert, which is free and open to the public. Donations help support our continued concerts, both special events and our Triune series.
More Events at St. John's
From our Sunday bulletin, don't miss these events, classes, or ways to help in the community:
How can we respond to the Opioid crisis? Mark your calendar now for May 6 from 12:30-2:30 in Fellowship Hall. We will host an Opioid information session and Narcan training. Come discover more about this epidemic gripping our city. Learn how to stop and overdose and save a life. Free Narcan kits will be available. Register today using the bulletin insert.
Why are you here? Come discover the unique way God has designed your spiritual gifts, personal style and passion for ministry. Check out the Network Class on May 13, 22, and 27 from 12:30-2:30pm.
Town Hall For Our Lives ***rescheduled***Due to the unavailability of our representatives, the Town Hall For Our Lives has been rescheduled to April 21 from 5-7pm at St John’s. Come and hear what your representatives have to say about gun reform and the safety of our children in Columbus at this open forum featuring our local representatives. Watch the bulletin and website for more information.
Southside Community Food Pantry Donations The SSCFP is sponsored by multiple area churches, including St John’s. This month’s specific needs include soup, and other canned goods, peanut butter, and juice. Please place donations in the blue containers as you enter the church.
Healing Broken Circles HBC provides opportunities for those touched by the justice system to heal, grown and thrive. Meetings are open to everyone! HBC gathers on Tuesdays at 6pm for Computer Empowerment Classes, and “Playback Theater” for story sharing.
Love to Sing? Or Ring? Share your musical gifts by joining our traditional choir or bell choir. See May Schwarz, Minister of Music.
Watch this spot in the coming weeks as
St. John's prepares for PRIDE, June 15 - 17
Weekly Calendar, April 15-21
Sunday April 15
Nursery Care available 8:30am
9am Traditional Worship with Holy Communion
10:20am Children Choir Rehearsal
11am Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion
12:30pm New Members Class...Conference Room
Tuesday April 17
6pm Healing Broken Circles...Youth Room
Wednesday April 18
Noon Casual Worship...Sanctuary
12:30pm The Largest Table Meal...Fellowship Hall
3pm Staff Meeting...Pastor Gini’s Office
7:30pm Under the Stars Meal...Mound Street
Thursday April 19
6pm Healing Broken Circles...Conference Room
6:30pm Bell Choir...Bell Room
7:15pm Choir Rehearsal...Choir Room
Friday April 20
8pm Community Group AA...Fellowship Hall
Saturday April 21
5pm Town Hall For Our Lives...Sanctuary
April 29 is Membership Sunday
A Note from Pastor Gini:
Ways to Financially Give to St. John's
There are multiple ways to give to St. John’s, as we continue the remarkable transformation we undertook last year to grow our church into a new generation of faith and practice. In addition to legacy gifts, a time honored giving tradition is the “check/cash and envelope” method for paying your donation to the church either by mail or in the worship offering plate, and donation envelopes are available in the church office. We also have new, convenient ways to give to St. John’s. These include:
1) Automatic, recurring donations through direct deposit (contact the church office or your bank for details);
2) Recurring or one time donations through our church website:
3) Our new online giving “kiosk” at the back of the Welcome Center.
Thank you for generously helping our church members in need.
Senior Pastor and Teacher
St. John’s United Church of Christ