St John the Evangelist Anglican Church Oakmont PA.

Mission Statement of the Outreach Committee

To be faithful stewards and messengers of the Good News to our community and world

Through the Outreach committee in 2013 , St John the Evangelist has supported and provided activities to meet a variety of needs. We provide ongoing for 4 local food pantries: RCAC, Rosedale, Verona and Lower Valley Community Food Bank.

On December 14th 2014, members of the St John congregation braved the elements in order to raise money for the Salvation Army. Ringing the bell for eight hours outside the Walgreens in Oakmont rewarded our volunteers with over $233.

We have just completed a large commitment to LifeWater International to provide a share of a water well and education for upkeep as well as cleanliness standards for a village in Uganda. We have provided funds for 7 open heart surgeries for children in Tibet through the Southeast Asia Prayer Center in Oakmont.

The monies we donate to Blessings in a Backpack each month feed three children for a weekend for a year. Funds are sent to The Christian Appalachian Project to feed and care for the needy there. We support Dr. Jack Demos from St. Margaret’s Hospital and his Surgicorps International all- volunteer group who provide free surgeries in third world countries, many of them children.

We support Light of Life Rescue Mission on the North Side and the Alle-Kiski Hope Center in Tarentum that provides shelter and aide to battered women and children.

Some members of our Church visited Coal Country Hangout in Northern Cambria a few years ago. This organization provides a multi-generational outreach program in a depressed area and we have supported them ongoing since this connection.

Bibles have been purchased this year for both the China Passage Ministry and the Kairos Bible Prison Ministry.

Through the Anglican Mustard Seed Project, we support a Rwandan high school student monthly who aspires to be a Pastor.

At onset of any natural disaster, victims are helped through Anglican Relief and Development or the Salvation Army. We also ring the bells for the Salvation Army every Christmas Season.

We have participated in Adopt-a-Highway for 312 years and 2-3 times a year pick up litter on a 2 mile stretch of Hulton Road and Route 909. We gather 35-40 bags of trash with each adventure.

We prepare and serve a meal to Shepherd’s Heart Ministry in Uptown 2-3 times a year and also gather cold weather items and toiletries for the homeless that are provided for at this Church.

Outreach provides the funds for The St John’s Womens Group to prepare and serve a meal Through the Twin Boros Ministry at The Verona Methodist Church.

The dedicated members of the committee meet quarterly and prayerfully discern commitments to the needs that are brought to our attention.