Outreach: The Heart of St. John
At St. John we believe that the surest indicator of the health of a faith community is the importance it places on showing the love of Christ to those who need it most. Outreach is a priority, and as such this church has included a significant portion of its annual operating budget, in addition to special offerings, fundraisers, projects and non-budgeted donations. When all sources are combined the amount given the various organizations and ministries, both at home and overseas has averaged around $75,000 in recent years.
Our Outreach Committee has carefully selected nine local non-profit organizations in Henderson County and two overseas organizations to assist in 2018. The local organizations are: Council on Aging, Camplify, Hendersonville Rescue Mission, Interfaith Assistance Ministry, Safelight, The Free Clinics, Children & Family Resource Center, the Backpack Program, and St. Gerard House. The overseas organizations are the Moldova World Children's Fund and Father Deravil's Haitian missions. Each entity is known personally by members of the committee, and their activity is monitored. We have effectively partnered with these recipients, and our goal is to be reliable long-term partners in ministry.
Under the guidance of our deacon, The Rev. Sandy Rex, we also give hands-on assistance to needy families, the Rescue Mission, Adolescent Parenting, and various other causes as the need arises. The youth of our EYC actively raise money for assistance to needy families at Christmas, participate in the annual Relay For Life event promoting breast cancer awareness, and recently have begun to assist a new shelter for homeless teenagers in Henderson County.
Whether in Hendersonville, Haiti, Moldova or Edneyville, we do our best to love our neighbor as Christ loves us. Join us in this joyous work.
The Outreach Committee's Tom Deyerle presents a check to Trina Stokes, Executive Director of the Henderson County Council on Aging. This was one of many outreach checks presented to Henderson County and international nonprofit organizations that help meet the needs of their respective communities.
The Backpack Program began in 2008 when we heard that there were Henderson County school children deemed “nutritionally deprived” at their homes on the weekends. We teamed up with MANNA Packs for Kids in Asheville, a food bank providing over 5,000 bags of weekend food in Western North Carolina.
We currently serve five area schools, from daycare to middle school, adding supplemental food to MANNA bags. We are a totally volunteer group, from meeting the MANNA truck, to shopping, packing, and delivering to the schools. Funding comes from grants, fund raisers, and private donations. Our team welcomes all interested people to join us on Friday mornings, during the school year.