Mission Statement for St. Joseph
We are a multi-generational Christian community growing in spiritual life together through liturgical worship, learning, and caring for all God's people. We invite and welcome all to this Holy place.
We have returned to the Sanctuary!!
And we welcome Dan Nebel as our new Minister of Music!!
Friday Night with the Rector, September 14th, 5:30-8:00 Theme is baptism, new beginnings - all our kids are welcome
The Wednesday Noon Group continues with C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters”. The group beings at noon and concludes somewhere around 2pm with a Eucharist. All are welcome. We meet in the LOVE room off of Cron Hall.
Fall Faith Formation for Adults - Begins, September 9th at 9:15. “Following the Way of Jesus” by Michael Curry and others.
Jesus said….. Feed my sheep, not “count them” Thus reads a needlepoint in my office. But there are a number folks among us… and to be quite honest… I was fascinated when I discovered these numbers.
2017 was a very good year!
Ministry at St. Clare’s - 7,800 homeless or working poor were served of clothed by volunteers from St. Joe’s by 364 volunteers working 728 hours.
In addition, Mother Michele fed 600 folks, cooking on the 5th Tuesday.
And we donated $900.00 to help fund food supplies.
Brown Bag Lunch made 1.250 lunch bags in 2017. That means 2,500 sandwiches plus 1,250 pieces of fruit, and 2,500 pieces of candy and 3,750 homemade cookies. It took approximately 85 folks and 850 hours to accomplish this. (Doesn’t include shooting or baking time !!)
Family Promises - had 4 dinners with 3 breakfasts for 14 families and 11 volunteers, each volunteer usually gives 2-3 hours of time So 33 hours of time here. In addition, Tom Frick drives the van at least 60 hours a year transporting families.
The garage sale had 22 volunteers working. Best guess is that over 100 hours were given in this effort. We made $2,830.00 (=after expenses) to fund our outreach work.
Action Center - We made 8 trips to the Action center this year. Four folks did delivery. We sent approximately 10 overflowing bins. Donations included food, school supplies, household goods and clothes.
Hospitality in eating here - No Agenda Meals began this summer and we hosted 4, with average attendance of 35-50 people. We also had a Chili Cook Off Supper, a Pancake Supper and a Palm Sunday Middle Eastern pot luck.
We began working with other Green Mountain Churches and participated 4 interdenominational events.
We had 6 Friday Nights with the Rector.
The Wednesday Noon Group has read 7 Books and spent 104 or more hours discussing them.
We have offered 10 different experiences for Adult Faith Formation.
Office volunteers donated 468 plus hours in the office.