Outreach & Evangelization

Communications Committee

New to St. John’s in 2019 , this committee is a sub committee of the Parish Pastoral Council.. The primary purpose of this committee is to feed, compliment and enhance both existing and new communication avenues of the Parish.  New members are welcome!  Contact Judy Kleman Lesher with interest or questions at yd189uj@yahoo.com.

Contacts: Judy Kleman Lesher at yd189uj@yahoo.com or the Parish Office 667-3419 ext 202 or communications@stjohntippcity.org.


Bereavement Ministry

Supports the family at the time of loss of a loved one and assists in funeral planning.

Contact: Atha Toon, 667-3851

Card Ministry

Volunteers make cards and send them to parishioners for various occasions. This ministry meets the 4th Thursday of every month, except Thanksgiving in room 108 at 9:00 AM.

For detailed information about this ministry, contact  Betty Voisard @ 339-3941; bavoisard@gmail.com

Clothesline Ministry

Volunteers from various area churches, including St. John’s, serve at a used clothing store in Tipp City. Workers put out clothes, prepare the shop, and assist customers with purchases. Each quarter our church receives a percentage of the profits based on the number of volunteer hours our church provides. The proceeds of their efforts fund funeral dinners, and supplies for the kitchen, altar, and Parish. This ministry contributes financially to over 40 Miami County charities.

Contact: Pat Liening at 937-667-0104 or lieningpat@hotmail.com

Funeral Dinners

A service for family and friends so they can relax and visit during a meal after the funeral of a loved one. Volunteers of the Parish set up, cook, serve, and clean up. Additional volunteers are needed to provide side dishes and desserts.

Contacts: Marion King, 667-1387.

Hispanic Ministry

Meets to help integrate the Hispanic people into Parish life and to help meet their unique needs. Volunteers help migrant children with their schoolwork in the fall.

Contact: Ruby Villalobos, 937-825-9741

Ministry of Care

This ministry is St. John’s response to Jesus’ call to love our neighbor through helping our fellow parishioners  Volunteers respond to the call by providing rides, food, and love. There are no meetings. When a call comes in for help, volunteers are contacted to provide that help. Most of it is a one-time service.

Contact: Dottie Zimmerman, 667-6336

Nairobi Mission

Helps the native Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga meet the needs of the street children in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

Contact: Steve Barno, 667-6329.  You can print the current report here… Nairobi 2017 Report

Prayer Circle

Prays for the needs of our Church, our community, our country and our world. Anyone can submit a prayer request by email or phone, and we will join our hearts together in prayer for that intention. Requests are communicated to members by email and phone.

Contact: Lois Cox, 937-901-9134

Respect Life Committee

Under the guidance of the Archdiocesan Office, this committee works to educate youth and adults on the Catholic Church’s teaching on all life issues. The committee also supports various pro-life activities in Miami County. Some activities include: Shower for Baby Jesus, One Rose One Life Campaign, Mother’s Day Rose Sale and 40 Days for Life.

Shawl Ministry

Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:00 AM in room #108
Shawls are knitted, crocheted or woven for someone undergoing surgery, dying, grieving, having a baby, in appreciation, the possibilities are endless. When a shawl is completed a final ritual is offered before being given to the recipient. Go to www.shawlministry.com for more info.

Contact: Betty Voisard, 339-3941

St. Vincent Hotel

The St. Vincent Hotel located on Apple Street in Dayton, Ohio, is operated by the St. Vincent DePaul Society and provides no-cost accommodations for homeless guests. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church has supported the Hotel on the fourth Sunday of each month for over 20 years. Volunteers travel to the hotel to prepare and serve a hot meal to approximately 150 guests. Total time including travel is approximately 3 hours. The minimum age requirement for volunteers is 14 years, but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. St. Vincent DePaul Society has opened a second shelter on Gettysburg Avenue in Dayton, Ohio. This location has a need for additional food donations and volunteers. The Hotel has asked if we can provide lunch or dinner kitchen volunteers at the Gettysburg Avenue location any day of the week. They are also in need of 15 dinner casseroles (all the same) each month. A casserole can be prepared any time during the month and frozen. You can bring the casserole to the office or you can put it in our kitchen freezer marked “St. Vincent” any time.

Contacts: Mike Begley, 667-2882; Parish Office, 667-3419

 St. Vincent Casserole Recipe:

·        2 packages of brown gravy mix plus water

·        8 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes

·        1/3 cup vegetable oil

·        ¼-teaspoon pepper

·        2 pounds ground beef browned and drained

·        1 ½ teaspoon garlic salt

·        1/3 cup minced dried onions

·        4 cups frozen mixed vegetables (corn, peas & carrots)

·        2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

·        2-cups of crushed cornflakes & Durkee French-fried onions for topping (or any other suitable crunching topping)

1.     Prepare gravy mix per directions on package and set aside.

2.     Mix potatoes, oil and pepper together and press in large disposal foil pan.

3.     Brown meat and drain off fat.

4.     To meat, add minced onions, garlic salt, veggies and cheese; mix well.

5.     Next add gravy; mix well.

6.     Pour and layer meat mixture over frozen hash browns (do not mix).

7.     Top with crushed corn flakes & fried onions. 

8.     Cover casserole with foil and label “St. Vincent Casserole” and date.  Put it in church freezer.  Thank you!

* If you wish to eat casserole immediately, do not freeze and cook casserole in oven for 60 minutes @ 375 degrees until hot.

* If you freeze casserole, thaw overnight in refrigerator and cook casserole in oven for 90 minutes @ 375 degrees until hot.


Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry offers caregivers who share Christ’s love, support and encouragement through listening and prayer by trained volunteers. They are available to do whatever is needed to help a person become/feel whole. At this time their major duties are Funeral Planning and follow-up for deceased members of St. John’s.

Contact: Atha Toon, 667-3851

Welcome Home

This ministry reaches out to inactive and alienated Catholics.

Contact: Fr. Andrew Smith, 667-3419

Women of Spirit

The mission is to support, encourage and empower the women of the Parish as they travel the spiritual journey, nurturing and celebrating our relationships with God. They plan events throughout the year.
Contact: Jeannie Fairbanks,  937-572-4291

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