OUTREACH MINISTRIES AT ST. JOHN’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH . . .
RUMMAGE SALES OUTREACH
St. John’s United Methodist Church’s Rummage Sales Outreach is open the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Items available for purchase include clothing, books, videos, household items and even furniture.
The Rummage Outreach Ministry is coordinated by Mark Aguilar and Rosalina Mendoza. Many volunteers assist them to make this ministry a reality.
The items for sale are donations given to the church for this purpose. We are grateful for the many who systematically deposit items for sale.
SIDEWALK OUTREACH MINISTRY
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On Saturday mornings, a table is set up in front of the Church facility by Cathy Mendoza, Lil Schwenn and Donna Krenke. Coffee, cookies, water and a variety of devotional materials are displayed for people passing by to take.
The Sidewalk Outreach Ministry began as a desire to especially touch the lives of homeless persons with a cup of hot coffee and some cookies during the winter months. As people are invited to get a cup of coffee, conversations have begun and often special needs have been expressed. The Sidewalk Ministry personnel will offer to pray with these people immediately. Some folk have found their way back to worship at St. John’s on Sunday morning.
The committee has purchased low cost Bibles in English and Spanish for distribution and devotional books such as the Upper Room and Daily Bread are made available.
TRACKING TEAM AND CARD OUTREACH MINISTRY
The Card Outreach Ministry of St. John’s United Methodist Committee is carried on by Cathy Mendoza, Mark Aguilar and Melyssa Anderson. Each Sunday the Tracking Team (consisting of Mark Aguilar and Donna Krenke), makes note of persons who are not present. The Tracking Committee attempts to make telephone contact to find out the reason for their absence. This information is then passed on to the Cards Outreach Committee who will send a get-well card or card of encouragement. The Card Outreach Ministry, also, sends cards to those who are in nursing facilities to let them know they are being thought about and kept in prayer.
The Card Outreach Ministry, also, provides a gift bag to people who are first time guests at St. John’s. The gift bags contain microwave popcorn, religious meditation materials, bookmarks and a pen from St. John’s United Methodist Church. The gift bags are a way of greeting guests and making them feel welcome.
Especially needed are Ramen Noodles, crackers, spaghetti sauce and noodles as well as canned food meats and vegetables, cookies and toilet paper. For the month of October spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles and juices are especially needed.
Cash donations are also appreciated so specific items that are needed can be purchased.
OUTREACH/CLOTHING CLOSET (This is in addition to the Rummage Sale Outreach Saturday Ministry)
The Outreach Ministry opens each Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm providing free items of clothing to dozens of persons each month. The Outreach Ministry works in conjunction with the Gospel Rescue Mission of Tucson in providing much needed clothing. The clothing items are hung on movable racks that are made available to the public in front of the Sunday School building. While the primary focus is to provide clothing, the staff helps in directing homeless and financial needs to resources for financial help, housing and medical assistance.
Sausage, block cheeses, crackers, chips and dips are always appreciated. Please feel free to join in this time of fun and fellowship – with or without food!
Each of the above ministries is staffed by volunteers so that any person desiring to become involved in the church’s ministry can find their ‘niche’ in one or more of these areas of outreach.
The staff is also prepared to witness to these persons about their need of a Savior, invite them to attend our regular services and offer to pray with them for needs that are presented.
St John’s United Methodist Church
60 W Veteran’s Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85713
Rev. Ivan Schwenn, pastor