Whether it's providing a meal to a child in our community or sending quilts to refugees in a faraway country, reaching out to help others is a big part of St. John's Lutheran Church.
On the first Saturday of November, the church is filled with crafts, quilts, and baked goods for the annual Fall Festival. Swedish rye bread, ostkaka, and a variety of pies are traditional favorites as well as ham balls for lunch.
There will not be a Fall Festival this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every Tuesday, the quilters gather at the church to do what they do best...make quilts. Some of the quilts are sold at the Fall Festival, but many more are given to people of need. This past year the quilters gave:
12 quilts to flood victims
14 quilts to the Shenandoah Food Pantry
1 quilt to confirmation student
1 quilt for Cancer Research
18 quilts to selected families in Essex that were delivered by the Essex Fire Department.
Open Door Mission
Once a month, members have gone to the Open Door Mission in Omaha, NE, to volunteer and deliver any donations. Members have assisted in the store, sorted clothing, helped unload cars with clothing donations, and served food.
For more information on any of these programs or events, contact us.