My name is Janet Hatland. I am the Director of Campus Care at St. John’s and have the privilege and honor to look after and care for the St. John’s campus for all the ministries that use it. This is a challenging job at times. It is most challenging now with COVID-19, just like it is for us in our everyday life.
Cathy Schimmels, Michael Polze, and I are working extra long hours because we are understaffed to ensure the school, ECC, and church are clean and disinfected daily so our children, members, and staff, can feel confident coming into the buildings, knowing we have done everything possible to clean and disinfect.
A couple of Sundays ago, I was blessed by Pastor Jeff’s sermon Resourcing the Households of Faith – Talents when he spoke of the need for volunteers in the Campus Care Ministry. We’ve been blessed by people giving of their talents. One example is the 8th-grade Discipleship Class at St. John’s School. Doug Raddemann encouraged the 8th graders to grow in faith by putting their faith into actions of service and appreciating all that God gives us, especially our beautiful campus, to manage for Him. The 8th graders raked leaves and took turns disinfecting pews after weekend services (a continuing job requiring more volunteers). Some other people have stepped up to vacuum, clean pews/pew cushions, and paint. Thank you, Lord, for the people who have used their talents and gifts to honor the Lord this way!
This is one of my favorite verses “And whatever you do, in work or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17) What an excellent opportunity for us to Connect, Care & Share in Christ as we serve together in this time of disconnection.
I encourage everyone to use their gifts and talents in ALL of St. John’s ministries as the need is great to further God’s Households of Faith. Please pray for this ministry and all ministries at St. John’s. If you want to help the Campus Care Ministry, please contact me by phone or email, and we can chat about how you can serve the Lord with the talents and time He has given.
God bless you and your Household of Faith in the hope and love of Jesus!
Janet Hatland, Dir. – Campus Care
(262) 334-4901 / Email