Outreach Partnerships


Coins for CareNetwork Illinois


Ongoing Beginning in Januarycarenet

Caring Network Illinois was founded in 1981 by pastors and concerned lay people from 55 local churches who wished to do something positive in response to the legalization of abortion. Each year St. John participates in Coins for CareNet. Members take home a baby bottle on Sanctity of Human Life Weekend, fill it with coins, bring it back to church, and CareNet uses to the funds to help provide abstinence education until marriage education, ultrasound, parenting classes, nurse management, and post-abortion stress counseling.



Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)



Times Vary: Two Hours in Morning or One and a Half Hours in Evening

Carpooling Available

fsmcEach month St. John members volunteer to fight world hunger by packing meals at the Feed My Starving Children’s facility in Aurora. It is always uplifting when at the end of the session one prays over the boxes and learns how many thousands of mouths will be fed due to their small donation of one and half to two hours.



Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 


Annually in September & Octoberocc4

Each year St. John partners with Samaritan's Purse to help deliver shoebox gifts to children in need in 160 countries. Each one—packed full of fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items by a family or individual—is sent with a Gospel tract in the child’s native language and prayers that the child who receives it will experience God’s love through their simple gifts.



Phil's Friends



IMG 1682Help provide care and encouragement to children and adult cancer patients by providing needed items for cancer care packs. Donations are collected on an ongoing basis and transported to Phil’s Friends, a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the LCMS, each quarter. 





Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS)


Fourth Friday of the Month

5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

padsOver the past 27 years, DuPage PADS has moved from just managing homelessness to actually treating the whole person. Thousands of dedicated volunteers like those from St. John, coupled with a passionate, professional staff have provided intense restorative intervention for families, individuals, and veterans. Once a month, a group of St. John volunteers travels to St. Margaret Mary Church in Naperville to serve breakfast and assist in the clean-up of the overnight facility.  Even if you cannot go the facility, you can help through the donation of requested food.



St. Matthew Lutheran Church--LCMS, Chicago

Annually in September to December

coatsSt. John supports a sister Northern Illinois District congregation's mission outreach located in Chicago's Pilsen community. St. Matthew's soup kitchen, El Comedor Popular, provides sustenance to the homeless, unemployed, elderly, disabled, and others.  From September to December, a collection is sponsored to collect winter coats, hats, and gloves for those St. Matthew serves.



Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) of the 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC)


Annually in November

remembranceEach year in the fall, St. John hosts the SOS’s annual Remembrance Ceremony to remember our fallen soldiers in all branches of the Armed Forces, to honor our survivors, and to recognize the sacrifices made by them and their families.






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