Ministries at St. John’s

Fellowship Ministries

  • Somewhere Inbetweeners –Twice yearly trips (June and September) to Sylvan Canoe Club, Verona PA for fellowship and lunch (and maybe kayaking and canoeing by the river)
  • Young Families – Parents group that focuses on parenting that instills faith and morals in our children of all ages. Childcare is provided at each meeting.
  • Women of the ELCA (WELCA) – Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s for prayer and devotions to discuss life’s experiences and to perform Christian service activities such as sending cards to shut-ins.
  • Teen Game Night – a monthly gathering of teens for food and fun

Health And Wellness Ministries

  • Having Fun Staying Young – A low impact chair exercise group. Morning sessions are offered Monday and Thursday.
  • Healthy Start Café – Fellowship time before Having Fun Staying Young offering coffee, smoothies and healthy snacks.

Support Ministries

  • The Halos-Widow Support Group – Halos stands for “Helping and Loving Others”. The group practices its name by giving support to each other and new widows. They go out for dinner one Sunday evening a month, as well as trips to various venues. The group consists of some members of St. John’s and some from the community. They try to go out on members’ birthdays and on the anniversary of the spouses death, so they are not sitting at home alone.

Outreach Ministries

  • International Student Outreach – A ministry for International Students who come to the Pittsburgh area for college (in particular LaRoche University) to help them furnish their apartments.
  • A Need for Joy – Provide support (education, clothing, etc.) for children in Tanzania.
  • Saintly Sewers – A group of St. John’s members that sew dresses, backpacks, quilts for our ministry in Tanzania.
  • Forever Friends – A visitation ministry keeping in touch with our shut-ins (at home and in care facilities)
  • St. John’s Knitters – a group that gathers to knit that also does service projects with their means of artistic expression.

Volunteer Ministries

  • Worship Assistant – You can volunteer for several jobs to make our worship possible:
    • Acolyte – Light and extinguish candles on the altar during worship services. Assist with offering. For adults and children, grade 7 and older.
    • Greeter – Welcome people to St. John’s prior to worship and answer questions.
    • Lector – Read lessons and prayers during worship service.
    • Crucifer – Carry cross on special dates during worship services (A few times per year). For adults and children, grade 5 and older.
    • For detailed information and to sign up to assist, please contact the church office.
  • Priscilla Guild – A group of  women whose task is to prepare the sanctuary for all worship services.  Its members care for all worship services and the paraments, vestments and banners that visualize the church year with their colors and symbolisms.  They prepare the vessels and linens used during Holy Communion and Holy Baptism and decorate the church for the Festive Services. They meet once a month.
  • Building and Grounds Ministry – There are several ways in which you can assist in keeping our facilities in good condition:
    • Gardening Group – Maintain and beautify the flower beds. Work includes planting, weeding and watering, but no lawn mowing.
    • Lawn Mowing – Mow and trim grass. Knowledge of lawn mowing equipment a must.
    • Painting-Group – Identifies and paints areas in need of a fresh coat of paint and other varied projects.

Contact the church office for additional ways to get involved.