In 1984 the national Episcopal Church designated St. John's as a Jubilee Center in recognition of our outreach ministries. All these ministries are led by lay people. Although the Open Hands Food Pantry and the New to You Resale Shop are the most significant, our outreach ministries address extensive and varied needs of our community. Our present outreach ministries include the following:
o AIDS Ministry Committee
o Blood Drive
o Corporate Mission Committee
o CROP Hunger Walk
o Episcopal Peace Fellowship
o Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN)
o Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD)
o Green Committee
o Kitchen Contracts
o Meeting Space
o Mom2Mom Sale
o Mon Ami Day Care & Nursery School
o Pontiac School Project
o South Oakland Shelter (SOS)
- AIDS Ministry Committee - Our mission is to help support local agencies/groups carry out their care for people infected/affected with the HIV/AIDS virus. St. John's is actively supporting community AIDS related organizations by providing building space and volunteers to help them carry out their projects. The organizations we are currently working with include Steppin' Out, Higher Ground, and Visiting Nurses Association of Southeast Michigan and the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition. We are always encouraging others to become involved in this ministry. Watch for Sunday bulletin postings or News and Views articles for these opportunities. We also post flyers on the bulletin board across from the library for anyone wanting to represent St. John's at outside events or wanting to do volunteer work for organizations concerned with AIDS. We also care for people with AIDS by providing blankets, Easter baskets, other useful items and forms of support. Contact: Lee Ann Morgan or Kathy Kustowski.
- Blood Drive: - We had a successful blood drive in the summer of 2009 and another one in January of 2010. The need for blood simply does not go away. Many of our own folks (including your Webmaster) have had to be the recipient of donated blood in the past. The Red Cross Blood Bank has asked us to have another blood drive in the summer this year, and they are offering a scholarship opportunity that one of our high school seniors will be eligible for, so watch the bulletins for further details. Blood can be donated every 8 weeks. Contact: Lillian Melville.
- Corporate Mission Committee - The purpose of the Corporate Mission Committee is to provide assistance for various type of outreach programs. Funds for the work of this Committee come from profits of the New to You Shop. In 2009, the New to You Shop made a total of $13,000 available to the Committee. This enabled St. John's to help in the support of 23 various organizations and programs. As a result, we are extremely grateful for the work of Kathy Williams, her staff & volunteers and everyone who donates clothing and merchandise for sale through the New to You Shop. See the list of programs assisted in 2008 at the New To You Resale Shop website. Contact: Chuck Tucker.
- CROP Hunger Walk - Adults and young adults participate in this walk for hunger held in Royal Oak sponsored by the Royal Oak churches. Participants obtain pledges for their walking and the monies are collected and given to our local community churches association. A respectable portion of the locally received funds goes directly to Open Hands Food Pantry. National Crop Hunger Walk website. Contact: Jennifer Bruns.
- Episcopal Peace Fellowship Committee - Members are engaged in activities to increase the awareness and actions to further peace in individuals and in the world. The activities include symbols like the Peace Pole and Peace Cairn in front of the Church and advocacy actions like letter writing to Congress on the Peace Tax. The group is affiliated with the national Episcopal Peace Fellowship. Contact: Joe and Luella Bassett.
- Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) - Political action group affiliated with the national Episcopal Church. National Episcopal Public Policy Network website. Contact: Bruce Donigan.
- Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) - Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) “works with Anglican and Episcopal partners to provide emergency assistance, such as food, water and shelter in times of disaster. We rebuild devastated communities after the immediate crisis is over. Through our food security and primary health programs, we offer long-term solutions to help people sustain safer, healthier, and more productive lives.”
This is ERD’s statement of purpose. We at St. John’s continue our substantial commitment to the outreach programs of ERD. We do this primarily through our Corporate Mission Ministry, funded by the New To You Resale Shop. In 2009, Corporate Mission responded to needs expressed by ERD by allocating $2475 for many relief efforts. Individual members of the congregation also make personal donations to ERD throughout the year.
Episcopal Relief and Development is an important ministry of our church. As we prepare for Christmas this year, information forms and gift catalogs will be placed in the narthex. Church members are encouraged to remember the people served by ERD with monetary gifts this season. We can feel confident when contributing personally and corporately to ERD that our gifts are being used to alleviate suffering and want in the timeliest manner possible. ERD is considered one of the best relief organizations in the country. Contact: Barbara Heath.
- Green Committee - The Green Committee works with Michigan Interfaith Power & Light (MiIPL) to reduce carbon emissions. It also works on recycling, pollution reduction, energy saving, "Green living" education and related programs. It provides Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate sales at St. John's. For more information see the Green Committee page. Contact: Karen Brown.
- Kitchen Contracts - The St. John's kitchen is a professional kitchen approved by the Oakland County Health Department. In addition to its use in producing Sunday parish breakfasts, feeding the SOS clients, and seving food to other church events, the kitchen is rented to outside caterers. Contact: Linda Pagel.
- Meeting Space - Many groups use our space for meetings and other events. Some have rental contracts and others just make a donation to St. Johns. Contact: Mary Adams.
- Mom2Mom Sale - St. John's hosts a Mom2Mom sale each Spring and Fall. Detail and forms to rent tables at the Fall sale on Saturday, Oct. 17th, 2009, are on the St. John's Mom2Mom Sale website. Contact: Angela Freeman.
- Mon Ami Day Care & Nursery School - Mon Ami is an independent facility that has a rental contract with the church.
- Pontiac School Project - Christmas presents are purchased and given to over fifty children in the Pontiac area. Contact: Barbara Murray.
- South Oakland Shelter (SOS) - St. John’s hosts this homeless shelter for one week each year. Approximately 100 parishioners participate in this program which houses, feeds and provides transportation for clients. More information is available on the South Oakland Shelter website. Contact: Joyce Morey or Charlie Sharp.