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.


”I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” 

- Matthew 25:35 -

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 22, we will open the door to Goethe Hall at noon for a full, sit-down turkey dinner providing more than 400 meals. It takes at least 150 volunteers to prepare, serve and clean-up for this daylong event. 

Volunteers are all ages. Gifts of money, food, planning and direct service are all needed. We welcome 40 cooked and sliced turkeys, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, pie of all kinds (we need at least 75) and a number of other items.

Central Downtown Food Basket

The mission of this ministry partner is to provide free, wholesome, and fresh food to people who are unable to maintain a constant supply of food due to low incomes, fixed incomes, or homelessness. This is done in a calm and welcoming atmosphere at multiple sites around the city.

Community Meals

The St. John’s community comes together to feed our neighbors at least twice each year, especially on the days before Thanksgiving and Easter. Assistance is needed in preparing food, setting up, serving, and cleaning up. 

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers from St. John’s support Habitat build sites throughout the year. No construction experience is required. 

Family Promise

Family Promise is a program that houses homeless families in local congregations for a week at a time every four months. The families arrive on Sunday evenings, where they are greeted by the St. John’s Host Coordinator and are given a tour of the campus. St John’s volunteers work to set up the rooms, make the beds, organize and cook dinners and Saturday breakfast, stay overnight in case the families need anything, clean up and wash the bedding, and remove and transport the mattresses.

Rwanda Connection

St. John’s has meaningful connections with Rwanda, including The Rwanda School Project, exchange visits, a sister Parish, and Girls Faith Encounter. Recently, our connection have become less concrete. If you are interested in joining a task force to reimagine our connections in Rwanda, please let us know! 

Saint John's Program for Real Change

The Saint John’s Program for Real Change was born at St. John’s Lutheran Church in 1985 to provide emergency shelter to homeless women and children sleeping on our steps. We continue to support it through our prayers, gifts, and service, including preparing meals, volunteering in the office, delivering goods, working in the children’s center, mentoring mothers, and organizing the donation center. There are as many opportunities to volunteer as there are gifts of the Spirit! 

The Pilgrimage

The Pilgrimage is a collaboration of midtown churches, food banks, agencies and volunteers to providing a safe overnight shelter for the chronically homeless in Sacramento. St. John’s generally provides two overnights per month for approximately 150-180 people. Opportunities to volunteer include food pickup, meal preparation at the church, and activities with our homeless guests ranging from music, crocheting, and art.


The evangelism committee strategizes around outreach and events that particularly share the message of God’s love and invite people into Christian Community. Join us if you are interested in joining this group of creative thinkers who are passionate about sharing the love of Christ in a variety of ways.

Social Ministry

Members of the Social Ministry Team act as liaisons between community ministry partners and the congregation to better connect members with service opportunities and knowledge of how to personally live God’s love in the world. The ministries we work with include The Pilgrimage, St. John’s Program for Real Change, Family Promise, Downtown Food Basket, Habitat for Humanity, and our Rwandan connections.


Food items that we would like to keep stocked as much as possible are:

  • Beef jerky/beef sticks (individually packaged)
  • Vienna sausages (pop-top cans)
  • Tuna (the snack variety with no can opener required)
  • Peanut butter cracker packs
  • Fruit cups (we have spoons to dispense)
  • Chewy or soft granola bars/breakfast bars
  • Fruit snacks/roll ups/leathers (individually packaged)

Some important things to keep in mind when providing something to be distributed through the food pantry are:

  • These items are going to people who are living on the street, not necessarily those who have a bit more housing stability and just need help making ends meet. With that understanding, snack items that are individually packaged and that do not require any special tools (like a can opener) are the most helpful.
  • Many of the guests who come to our doors have dental issues that make very crunchy items inedible for them. "Chewy" or soft granola bars are preferred over the crunchy kinds.

We also have an idea list on Amazon with specific products that you can buy and ship directly to St. John's.


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