St. John's is active in the Sacramento community at large and strives to helps those in need both locally and in the world. We partner with organizations that work to help those most vulnerable, and we also volunteer with various community groups.

Central Downtown Food Basket

Central Downtown Food Basket is a roaming food pantry that comes to St. John's the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursdays of every month. They provide free, wholesome and fresh food to people who are unable to maintain a constant supply of food in their household.

Community Meals

At least twice a year, the St. John's community comes together to feed our neighbors. These meals are prepared at Easter and the day before Thanksgiving. Help is always needed in preparing the food, setting up, serving and cleaning up.

Family Promise

Four weeks of the year, St. John's opens its doors to Family Promise and houses homeless families. During this week, members of St. John's greet the families, cook dinner and stay overnight in case families need anything. 

Habitat for Humanity

Throughout the year, the St. John's community comes together to participate in "build days" with the local Habitat for Humanity. One major project in which St. John's is currently involved in the Build for Unity, working with other local faith-based organizations to build several houses in an interfaith environment.

Rwanda School Project

The Rwanda School Project works to provide secondary education in Rwanda. Through the Cafe Rwanda cart, and other initiatives at St. John's, we help sponsor students and aid in the growth of the school's campus.

Saint John's Program for Real Change

The Saint John's Program for Real Change was born at St. John's in 1985 to provide emergency shelter for homeless women and children sleeping on our steps. We are proud of the Program and continue to support it through prayers, gifts and service.

The Pilgrimage

With The Pilgrimage, we open Goethe Hall for one night two times a month as a homeless shelter where any man or woman can come stay with no questions asked. They're provided with a home cooked dinner and breakfast.

God's Work. Our Hands

Each September, St. John's takes part in the ELCA's God's Work. Our Hands. Day of Service. The congregation spreads out across Sacramento to a variety of service projects, such as picking up trash around midtown and removing graffiti from buildings and public spaces.


Aimed at getting to know others more deeply and helping them connect at St. John's, the Evangelism team particiaptes in community events and activities, such as Pride and the MLK Jr. March.


September 10, 2017

The ELCA Day of Service is on Sept. 10 and this year most of us will be going to our ministry partner, Saint John’s Program for Real Change, and working on a number of projects.


Help a child feel special on his or her first day at school. Mustard Seed saw over 300 students come through their doors last year. We want to help them have enough clothing to have a new outfit or two to make tough transitions a little easier. Please bring NEW outfits and sturdy shoes, sizes 3T-Adult (for teenagers) to church on or before September 10. We will sort and ready them for delivery as part of God’s Work: Our Hands Sunday.


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