St. John’s supports a number of missions, both financially and through the efforts and talents of our members. If you are interested in supporting any of these missions, please contact the church office or any of the contact people listed in the Leadership Directory (available at the Welcome Center). Some of the Missions we Support are:
Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of US Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas. In 2012, LWR provided $14.9 million in goods and assistance to improve harvests, health and education to 7,827,163 people in 35 countries around the world. St. John’s is proud to be able to send quilts and kits prepared by our congregation each year.
Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
The NINA Emergency Fund assists families in the Oregon-Brooklyn School district who have children under 18 with funding for rent and utilities in emergency situations. The fund collects donations from individuals and organizations in the Oregon-Brooklyn community and disburses over $25,000 in assistance each year. This program is administered by Joe Sullivan, Oregon’s social worker through the statewide “Joining Forces for Families” program, which is a service of the Dane County Department of Human Services.
The first home to be built with Habitat For Humanity in this area was in Brooklyn in 1987-1988. After building that home, the people involved decided to join forces with the group that had been formed in Madison, and it became Habitat For Humanity – Dane County.
The Helping Hands Fund, administered by St. John’s, is an emergency fund for individuals and families who live in the Oregon-Brooklyn school district. The fund is supported by donations from St. John’s members, other area churches, and individuals in the community.
The Food Pantry is run by the Oregon/Brooklyn Food Pantry, not the Village of Oregon, and is located at 107 North Alpine Pkwy in Oregon, WI. Anyone living within the Oregon/Brooklyn School District is eligible to use the Food Pantry. The Pantry is intended to supplement its client’s food needs, rather than be the sole provider. Donations of non-perishable, not-expired foods are always welcome; you can drop them off in the cart near the coat closet. St. John’s youth has begun helping to deliver these donations each month.
The Road Home in Dane County serves homeless families with children in collaboration with local faith communities and organizations. The part of the Road Home that we participate in is the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Shelter Program. This program provides emergency shelter to homeless families with children through a network of Madison area churches and synagogues.