During the month of September, our congregation, along with 29 others throughout the Sacramento community, is honored to participate in the 30th anniversary campaign in support of Saint John’s Program for Real Change. Since its humble beginning as an emergency shelter, founded in 1985 to house some 20 homeless women and their children who were found sleeping on the steps of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the program now supports 180 clients daily, and thus far has been responsible for changing the lives of some 30,000 women and children.
For the longest time, I envied people with rhythm. People like Steven Johnson, who swings and sways in perfect time to our hymnody in worship (just watch!), or Ryan Enright, who not only is a talented organist, but is quite an accomplished tango dancer as well! Just thinking about Ryan dancing makes me feel very self-aware of the dancer I am (and not in a good way)!
What a year it has been here at St. John’s! Some beloved faces have departed, and new ones have come into our staff and church family. Roles have shifted and new projects have filled our hours with exciting work and new relationships in the community and world. It’s an exciting time to be the Church!