Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Frontera de Cristo

“And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?”

 “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” —Matthew 25: 38–40

In response to the biblical call to love our neighbors, the Mission Committee is spending a significant amount of our budget to support the border ministry of Frontera de Cristo–-specifically Presbyterian mission co-workers Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar.

Located in the sister cities of Agua Prieta, Sonora (Mexico) and Douglas, Arizona (USA), Frontera de Cristo works with churches, presbyteries, and secular organizations on both sides of the border to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

Their ministries include a community center, a migrant resource center, a health ministry, a just trade center, and new church development. Their family ministry provides Bible school for children, parenting classes, women’s self-esteem workshops, emergency assistance for families in distress, counseling, spiritual direction, and pastoral presence. They also have mission education activities, bringing together people from both sides of the border through travel and immersion experiences that build relationships and an understanding of issues of migration and faith.

We hope the whole congregation of St. John’s will join us in becoming informed about this work, supporting it through prayer, study, and possibly travel. We will invite Mark and Miriam to visit us when they are available. In the meantime, learn more about this ministry by visiting their website:

Project 150

Please take a colored tag hanging on the white wooden display rack in Martin Hall and return your item to the PROJECT 150 Bin (also in Martin Hall). Requests are for Men’s Medium boxer briefs, 12.5 sized athletic shoes for Men, all sizes (XS to 4X) simple longsleeved pullover shirts (like Hanes brand) that you can find at Walmart or Old Navy. Very simple…grey or black please. Liz McFarland, who runs this program, has said that nothing goes to waste. If they can’t use some items or have a lot of some particular item, she shares with other organizations in town!

We Serve

The “We Serve” group that used to feed the homeless weekly in downtown Reno has found a new place to serve hungry older folks periodically, and also provide these folks with food and laundry assistance in other ways. The location is the Sierra Manor Apartment Complex near Paradise Park, a site run by the VOA (Volunteers of America). We prepared and served a meal there on the Martin Luther King holiday and plan to serve again on Presidents’ Day (February 17). Additionally, we are collecting QUARTERS for laundry assistance and small containers of laundry detergent. You will see a display on the Fellowship Table in Martin Hall after church. Certain food items may be donated directly to the facility for their “pantry” but please email Sarah Deardorff, the Service Coordinator there, for what they might need

Saturday, November 16, 2019

DVRC Special Projects

Volunteers from St. John's assist the DVRC staff with special projects the second and fourth Thursdays each month from 10:00 AM until noon. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information on these projects, please contact one of the Mission Committee members or post a comment below.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Veterans Day Lunch Served

Dinning Room


St. John's Mission Committee served lunch on November 11 (Veterans Day) to about 70 residents at Sierra Manor, which is a Volunteers of America (VOA) facility in Reno near Paradise Park. Numerous residents expressed their gratitude to us for coming out to visit them, and for providing them a meal.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Drivers Needed

The Sanford Center for Aging, which is funded by Nevada Aging and Disability Services, needs volunteers to drive people age 60 and over to appointments, errands and social activities.

Drivers receive mileage reimbursement and can register for flexible hours. It is an opportunity to build friendships and do a service within the community. Auto liability and secondary insurance are included.

Further information can be obtained by emailing or by calling (775) 784-1807.

A flyer is posted on the Mission Board located in Martin Hall. One of our church attendees has found the service to be very reliable and of great help in meeting her needs.