Soup's On September 25th
We continue to hold Soups On at a drive-through meal service. We'll have plenty of food, and anyone can drive up to the church's handicapped entrance between 11:30 and 12:30 to pick up a free hot meal. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our neighbors at First Methodist Church will hand out bags of groceries along our driveway. Anyone in the drive-through lane is welcome to some free groceries. If you know anyone that this would benefit, pass the information onto them.
If you are interested in helping, we have a number of needs:
We would like to give fruit with each meal. Donations of a half dozen pieces of fruit (bananas, oranges, peaches, apples . . .) would be a big help for the meal. If you want to do this, fruit can be dropped off Saturday morning (the 25th) between 9:00 and 11 at the handicap door. If you have a church key, fruit can be placed on the pew inside the handicap door at your convenience.
We have a GREAT group of volunteers that have been running the ‘drive thru’. There are Saturdays when some of them cannot be there. It would be nice to have one or two people available to fill in for the missing volunteer. It would require being at the church from 10:30 to 12:30 for Soups On Saturday. Contact Donna or Wes if you can do this.
Thank you for thinking of St. John’s and Soups On.
New Program Year!
With the passing of Labor Day comes the beginning of a new program year. Here's what we have planned:
Intergenerational activities during Sunday coffee hour in room 108. These activities are intended for parents and children to complete together.
Book club on Zoom, Tuesdays at 7pm. We are starting "Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith" by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg. Contact the church for the link.
Midweek Eucharist, Wednesdays at noon in the chapel. If you work nearby, come over to refresh.
Open Spiritual Conversations, Beginning September 16th at 7:00 in the library. Come join Fr. Brian in the Library on Thursday evenings. This will be an opportunity to discuss faith, spirituality, doctrine, church polity, the Bible, living as Christians in the modern world, and many other topics!
COVID policy update
Per evolving CDC guidelines (and the evolving coronavirus), we will once again require all people to wear a face mask in the church building, both during Sunday worship and during the week. There are a handful of exceptions for eating and speaking from the lectern or pulpit. This requirement applies to the vaccinated and unvaccinated.
Church Newsletter posted
As weekly church newsletters resume, I will try to keep them posted here, along with monthly newsletters.
Easy Fundraisers for St. John's
There are a couple of easy ways to raise money for the church:
If you shop at Acme, save your receipts dated from Aug 6 to Dec 26 and mail them to the church. Acme's Community Cashback program will donate to the church based on the receipts we turn in.
If you shop Amazon, try smile.amazon.com. You can choose a charity (like "St. John's Cuyahoga Falls"), and Amazon will donate a portion of each purchase to that charity.
You can also donate to St. John’s through the Diocese of Ohio’s website. Click this link and choose "Cuyahoga Falls-St. John’s Church" from the dropdown menu under "Designate my gift." You can also set up monthly or weekly donations and give using a credit card or bank routing info.
General Information Regarding COVID
Some activities have resumed at St. Johns. In particular, both AA and NA have resumed in-person meetings. I'll try to keep the calendar updated, but I'd recommend reaching out to Akron area AA or NA for specifics.
If you feel like you need the help of a professional counselor, use this site to find someone who is available for online sessions. Getting through the day in these turbulent times can be hard.
If you are able, reach out to neighbors that you know cannot travel freely during this outbreak. You can show God's love and care through a grocery or prescription run.