Ministries and More


Youth Ministry

Two youth and three adults attended the ELCA Youth Gathering July 2015 in Detroit.  The 2018 Gathering will be in Houston, Texas.  
Our Youth helped support the Bethany Center Food pantry with a Souper Bowl lunch in February and shopping for food items.  Our youth also like to go Angel Tree Shopping to purchase items for the Salvation Army Christmas project.

Amazing Grace Day Camp
was held at St John's in 2015, 2016 and 2017 with three counselors from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. 



Community Outreach
During the year various collections are taken to support our community.  During Lent soup suppers were held along with a quarter collection and the proceeds donated to the Upper Valley Career Center GRADS Program.  In previous years proceeds were donated to the Munch Bunch Ministry, the Salvation Army Summer Feeding program and Eagle's Wings stables.  
Bethany Center - We are a supporting congregation and have individuals who help regularly at the center and contribute to the community through the center.  We staff the food pantry in February. 



Rummage Sales
Are held in the spring and fall.  Our next sale is scheduled November 3 -4, 2017 along with a Bake Sale.



Reformation 500 in 2017
October 31, 1517 Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany.  During 2017 several events are being planned to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  
 


Missionary
St John's has been supporting missionaries since the 1970's  Currently we support David and Alicia Brondos who serve in Mexico City.

Women's Ministry
All women are invited to participate in our Women's ministry.  Hope Circle meets from September through June for Bible Study plus opportunities to meet for other activities - a summer gathering where personal care kits were assembled for Lutheran World Relief. ( A new project - Fleece Blankets - are being made for LWR and Hospice.)  Thankoffering service and various other activities.  The women of St John's have been meeting together since they organized in 1898.



Celebrated 125 Years in 2015
St John's was founded in 1890.  A new Church pictorial directory was published in January.  In March, Southern Ohio Synod Bishop Suzanne D Dillahunt preached and helped the congregation begin it's celebration.  April 3, St John's hosted the Piqua Community Good Friday Service.  In June, the congregation hosted Amzazing Grace Day Camp for the community.  Christmas in July was held July 25-26 with a display of crèches and Christmas music.  We also celebrated the 100th anniversary of our church pipe organ at this time.
A German Heritage Lunch was hosted October 25 and the Women of the Church shared a skit November 15 of their "Early Years".  .


Church Library 
Over 1100 resources including books, videos, CD's and more are available for children, youth and adults.


Cub Scout Pack # 76 & Boy Scout Troop # 76
Currently Cub Scouts meet at St John's on Tuesdays at 7 pm during the school year.  Boy Scouts meet Thursdays at 7 pm year round. .


Prayer Chain 
We have individuals willing to pray.  Contact the Church Office 773-3284 if you have a prayer need.

 
Piqua Association of Churches
We participate with other churches in our community.  In 2017 we will host the Community Thanksgiving Service.   We have also participated in the Church Fair held at the Miami Valley Centre Mall in August.