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As we excitedly prepare for Christmas, we are also mindful that this season is difficult for so many. Many are feeling significant loss this season: loss of loved ones, loss of homes and jobs, loss of dreams.

At St. John's we feel this tension. Guests, grateful for a warm place to stay and a sense of 'St. John's family', are not truly home. We will celebrate, we will eat, we will pass gifts...and we will be mindful of the pain and hurt many walk with.

Sometimes I believe it's ok, even beneficial, to live with this tension. To love and rejoice with our family while feeling the pain that this world is not as it should be.

So, what can be done with this tension?

If you are free tomorrow evening, we would love to have you join us as we remember those we have lost these past 12 months. There are empty places at the table as we have lost members of our homeless community this past year. The 8th annual Homeless Memorial Service will take place at 7pm at St. John's Parish on Wednesday, December 21st. Refreshments will follow in the fellowship hall. Please join us as we remember and honor their lives, most who were never given a funeral.

Also, as we gather and celebrate with loved ones, let's all be mindful of those around us who are in pain this Christmas season. Hug a little tighter, send that note you've been meaning to send, make that call. Let's make sure that everyone knows they're cared about and thought of this Christmas. May no one walk this season alone.
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Alice BenderGod. Bless you and all you do !

4 weeks ago

Riley John GarbeYou are giving dignity to the rejected in our community. What a beautiful witness you are to the Christmas spirit!

4 weeks ago

Shari Muldoon MurphyWill be there in spirit. God bless all, thank you for your great work.

4 weeks ago

Brian StevensLess we forget!

4 weeks ago

Julia Kerr WittPrayers, blessing, and lots of warm love sent to SJEHS staff and shelter guests!

4 weeks ago

Jaqulyn HertzbergYou are all blessed, thank you for doing the work of God.

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Good morning! Due to the significant wind chill, the shelter will remain open today for those who were in shelter last night. If you're interested in picking up a volunteer shift today, please call the shelter at (920) 436-9344 to schedule a time.

Just a reminder that buses will not be running today (as there's not a home game) so please pray for those who are forced to be out in these elements.
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Susan Marie WittPrayers sent!

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Given the severe storm headed our way, we are expecting even higher numbers in shelter the next few nights. We have been averaging 95-105 guests each evening. At the same time, we recognize that some volunteers will be unable to fulfill their shifts due to long commutes and hazardous road conditions. If you are available and would like to serve at the shelter in the next couple of days, we ask you to head to Volgistics and look to fill in a gap on our schedule. If you'd prefer, you can call the shelter after 4pm at (920) 436-9344 to sign up for shifts as well. Thank you for your support and your prayers during this harsh winter season! ... See MoreSee Less

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Kiefer KohlbeckI feel for you and those people lexi. your all in my thoughts

1 month ago

Barb StrutzIs there a special site to find Volgistics to sign up?

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