Church offers worship, burials, counseling, food bags, AA support group and vouchers for rent/emergency housing/utilities.
Christ’s Cupboard was created in 1992 to enable the office staff to assist families in need of groceries.It was decided that a brown grocery bag would be filled with basic food items that will help a family through a few days.
Good Samaritan Fund
It was also identified that pastors were called on to help people with utilities, rent assistance and emergency housing. The Good Samaritan Fund was established in 1992 to respond to this need.
Guidelines were developed and pastors were given more resources to offer aid.
Food and Funding
Through all of this time the congregation has provided the only financial support for these ministries. Many congregation members have stepped forward to assist with the day to day work of handling the groceries for the Christ’s Cupboard Ministry—which started out as the “Bags of Groceries Ministry.” In the beginning volunteers would go to the local grocery store and pick up five bags of food at a time.
In recent years we have partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank in Madison. We order food items from the organization each month which are then delivered to St. John. Items not available through Second Harvest are purchased locally by our dedicated shoppers/volunteers.