St. John’s has partnerships with the parish of St. Philippe et St. Jacques in Gressier, Haiti; a Catholic mission in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala; and the village of Nueva Providencia in Guatemala.

Haiti Partnership

The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is the largest Diocese in The Episcopal Church USA. Through the Diocese of Haiti’s Parish Partnership Program, St. John’s has been connected with the parish of St. Philippe et St. Jacques in the village of Collin, Gressier.

Through donations from St. John’s parishioners, we have paid teacher salaries at our partner school since 2007. With our help, the school has grown from 120 students, preschool to sixth grade, to nearly 400 students, preschool to tenth grade. Students are able to attend school without paying any tuition.

If you would like to be part of the Haiti Partnership or travel to Haiti, please contact the chair of the Haiti Committee, Dianne Pizey.

Guatemala Partnership

Since 2009 St. John’s has made annual trips to Guatemala to work with the Catholic Mission in San Lucas Toliman on the shore of Lake Atitlan in the western highlands. Recently we have begun to partner with a small village outside of San Lucas Toliman called Nueva Providencia.

Nueva Providencia was created after the coffee crash of 2004 when coffee prices dropped precipitously and the coffee plantation went bankrupt. The mission at San Lucas bought the land from the finca and relocated former finca workers and the survivors from of a landslide to the land that has become Nueva Providencia. Consisting of about 45 families, Nueva Providencia now has a school, a water system, and a solar-powered and hydroelectric generating system.

St. John’s has worked on the water system, the hydroelectric system, helped to raise money for a new footbridge, installed fuel-efficient stoves, help build an addition to the school, supply a library for the school, replace a small footbridge, and helped with road construction.

Justice & Service at St. John’s
Justice & Service at St. John’s

They say a mind once stretched will never return to its original dimensions. We believe the same to be true for the heart.

Our members have passion for direct personal service and relationships, broader systemic change, and the pursuit of justice for individuals and whole communities.

Justice & Service Events
June 12, 2021
  • Affordable Housing workday

    June 12, 2021  8:30 am - 3:00 pm

    We have started having work days again - teams of 5 people each working half days. For more details and to sign up, please contact John Corlett.

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June 18, 2021
  • Public Safety Ministry

    June 18, 2021  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Via Zoom

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6287285863

    Meeting ID: 628 728 5863

    A group of St. John's members have been studying the challenge of reformingpolice departments like MPD.  We meet weekly and maintain a Basecampcollaboration site with articles and comments. To join this site, contact Steve Schewe.
     

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June 19, 2021
June 25, 2021
  • Public Safety Ministry

    June 25, 2021  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Via Zoom

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6287285863

    Meeting ID: 628 728 5863

    A group of St. John's members have been studying the challenge of reformingpolice departments like MPD.  We meet weekly and maintain a Basecampcollaboration site with articles and comments. To join this site, contact Steve Schewe.
     

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July 2, 2021
  • Public Safety Ministry

    July 2, 2021  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Via Zoom

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6287285863

    Meeting ID: 628 728 5863

    A group of St. John's members have been studying the challenge of reformingpolice departments like MPD.  We meet weekly and maintain a Basecampcollaboration site with articles and comments. To join this site, contact Steve Schewe.
     

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