“St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is called to grow in meaningful relationships with Christ, with each other, and with the community as we are gathered for worship, equipped for discipleship and sent to care.”
For the past 10 years, the Annual Mission Trip to Marion, Virginia has been one of the many ways we have taken our Mission Statement to heart. St. John’s Disciples have loaded up vans, trucks, and trailers, and made the trip to Marion, Virginia to become the Hands and Feet of Christ, completing home repair projects through Project Crossroads. You might be thinking, “Why don’t we go to other places?” or “Isn’t there a need for us to go to Chicago, Detroit, one of the numerous Indian Reservations that could use our help? These are great questions, because the need is great, and the opportunities we could partake in are numerous. However, for the past 10 years, we have been forming relationships with the community at Project Crossroads, at Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center, with each other, and with the residents of Marion and surrounding communities. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen relationships and community being built through other Mission Trips, but we have a unique advantage by returning to Marion every year. These relationships are strengthened every time we return to Marion. Through every person who has made the journey to Virginia, the bonds that hold our relationship together are made stronger. For every person from here, at St. John’s who are unable to physically go, but have donated to and prayed for the residents of Marion and surrounding areas, our relationship has been made stronger.
We are not called to stay in our own, familiar place. Jesus calls us to go out, into the world, and spread God’s Word and love to all. We are called to grow in community with one another, and what a better way to grow God’s community than helping our sisters and brothers in Christ.
Hundreds of lives have been directly impacted by forming relationships with homeowners and the community
while completing repair projects, growing in relationship with God and other disciples at St. John’s, eating delicious food from Rose Moser, and by playing a round or two of pool, ping pong, and Farkle.
There are hundreds of stories, memories, and photos that have accumulated over the years. We aren’t finished yet!
The Mission Trip Team has been hard at work planning this year’s trip. Led by Ted LaBelle, Jay Barnard, Amanda Johnson, Rose Moser, and Tom & Nancy Ryan, we welcome you to return to the beautiful Appalachian area of Virginia to continue to serve as God’s hands and feet. Our theme this year is “Walk Humbly with God.” We will travel to Marion, Virginia to work with Project Crossroads June 17-23. Come spend another week with us spreading God’s Word and bringing hope to our brothers and sisters in Christ. It will be an exciting week that you won’t forget! There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, March 4 at 9:15 to go over this year’s trip. If you feel God is calling you to go with us this year, or just want to hear what the trip is about, please join us for this meeting. If you have any questions, please talk to Pastor Adam or any of the Mission Trip Planning Team Members.