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St. John’s supports a number of missions and missionaries, both financially and through the efforts and talents of our members. If you are interested in supporting any of these missions or missionaries, please contact the church office or any of the contact people listed in the Leadership Directory (available at the Welcome Center).

SWANSON UPDATE – October 2022

We thank God for Ed’s new bionic hip! Every day his muscles get stronger, but he still has a ways to go. Please pray for continued healing and strength. Pray also as we get back to our remote assignments, that we can contribute to the Bible translation task in Mexico in ways that are truly helpful and take the load off of those who are living and working there year-round. We are enjoying the Fall colors in Wisconsin and resting in God’s abundant blessings!

SWANSON UPDATE – August 2022

Ed and Melissa continue sharing full-time hours serving the Mexico Branch remotely from Wisconsin. They are amazed at how much interaction they can have with their co-workers on a weekly basis from afar. Pray this month for Melissa as she trains in an experienced administrator into the job of Mitla Center Administrator. Ed is mostly involved in creating digital floor plans of each facility based on photos and dimensions he has collected. This has already proved to be very helpful for working from a distance and planning new projects. As they work in ministry roles, they ask you to pray that they won’t lose their focus and remember that this is God’s work. They want to remember that their labor is in vain unless God builds it! (Ps. 127:1).

Ed & Melissa Swanson
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Serving with the people of Mexico


Ed and Melissa have been in Mexico for about a month now. Ed is in the middle of doing many small tasks (like updating fire extinguishers) in all of our facilities. He has also been asked to research and purchase a new Branch vehicle. Melissa is transitioning out of her temporary Personnel position into another temporary position as Acting Mitla Center Administrator. Pray for more clarity on our roles in the future and for our need for administrators to oversee both of our Oaxaca facilities starting late June.
(A full update letter is posted at St. John’s, on the bulletin board in the Gathering Area.)


Ed and Melissa reached full support and went back to work on March 14! Melissa is working as the Acting Personnel Director through May. Ed is the Mexico Branch Projects Coordinator. They have tickets to return to Mexico on April 19. Ed will do hands-on projects while there. What exactly he will be doing is still being worked out. They are glad to have a complete ministry partner team as they support the work of Bible translation in Mexico.

Ed and Melissa Swanson
Wycliffe Bible Translators


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.