Ministries at St. John’s

Contact the church office for additional ways to get involved.

Fellowship Ministries

  • 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.

Outreach Ministries

  • International Student Outreach – A ministry for International Students who come to the Pittsburgh area for college (in particular La Roche 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 who sew quilts and school backpacks for Lutheran World Relief.
  • St. John’s Knitters – This group gathers to knit and share materials and patterns, and also performs occasional service projects as a means of artistic expression and community support.
  • St. Johns Stampers – A group of St. Johns and community members who meet one Saturday a month to create greeting cards and other projects, sharing ideas and supplies, teaching others and enjoying fellowship time. All are welcome. There is a charge of $5/person to help cover the cost of materials. Everyone leave with up to 5 cards/projects. Additional cards are available in Highland Hall during Sunday coffee hour for a donation and proceeds benefit St. Johns Family Emergency Fund.
  • Beacon on the Hill Productions – This group uses music and the dramatic arts to reach out to the community, bringing diverse people together as both performers and audience members.

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.
  • Altar 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.


  • Cemetery
  • Christian Education
  • Evangelism
  • Fellowship
  • Finance
  • Mutual Ministry
  • Property
  • Social Ministry
  • Stewardship
  • Worship and Music
  • Youth