Finance Committee

The purpose of the finance committee is to provide the accounting function and financial reporting for St. John’s.We pay the bills, record income, prepare the financial reports, prepare the budget and oversee the church’s investment accounts. Within those functions we oversee the counting teams and posters and provide member contribution statements.St. John’s financial statements are audited every 3 years and reviewed on subsequent years by an independent CPA firm.For current financial reports, please see the Church Council Meeting Minutes.

The finance committee members:
Beth John -Treasurer
Cathanne Bart- Financial Secretary
Harry Betz
Don Fisher
Joe Kircher
Sue LaPlaunt
Julie Preston
Karen Yergey-Duncan

Hospitality Committee

The hospitality group of St. John’s Lutheran Church extends a welcome to families in bereavement. We are able to offer a luncheon and/or dessert service. The families are asked to provide food trays if possible and we would set up beverages, salads and desserts. We also have servers to accommodate hot trays, if needed. Most grocery stores or delicatessen shops are available to make up sandwich trays and some include salads. We would ask that you contact the church as soon as possible so we can get our committee members notified as to your needs. One of our committee members would be in touch with you for information. We hope to be of comfort to you in your time of need.

Help is urgently needed!

Property Committee

The Property Committee’s primary purpose is to insure that the building and grounds of the church are available to support the mission of the congregation. In short, to insure that the lights stay on, the heating and/or air conditioning systems function as intended, that the rest rooms function and that the building complex is clean and sanitary in order to support ongoing use of the facilities for the ministry of the congregation.
The Committee meets on the first Tuesday evening of each month, at 7:00PM in the Library.

The Annual Operating Budget of the Property Committee is approximately $100,000, comprising between 20 and 25% of the General Fund Budget of the congregation. This budget includes non-discretionary items such as utilities, insurance, janitorial service, lawncare, snow removal, trash removal, extermination services, fire alarm system maintenance, parsonage maintenance and heater/air conditioning maintenance.
The church complex is currently cleaned by an outside cleaning service. They clean and remove trash from rooms in the complex on a Monday through Friday schedule. Routine maintenance items are done either on a volunteer basis by members of the committee, or through outside contractors, depending upon the level of skill and/or equipment necessary. Since the newest portion of the facility is close to 40 years old, there is a continuing need for maintenance.

There is also a Major Projects or Capital Renewal portion of the Budget for larger plant replacement items.
Capital improvement projects which have been completed so far in 2008 include:
-Replacement of the second air conditioning condensing unit which serves the sanctuary (the other unit was replaced in 2007.) This unit was 25 years old.
-Excavation and repair of several damaged/sinking sections of the parking lot. Several of these areas had become a safety hazard.

Projects in progress:
-Replacement of the doors and frames which lead from the choir room and Sunday School room into the Prayer Garden. These doors and frames are deteriorated and the doors do not close or lock properly.

The number and size of projects which can be undertaken by the Committee are strictly a function of the funding that is available in a given year.

The Committee currently has eleven (11) members:
Ralph Carey – Chairperson
Frank Charlton, Bob Crippen, Gary Friedel, CJ Hamilton, Rick Hudson, Derel Keller, Steve MacCall-Carter, Norm Schimpf, Ted Smoyer, Harry Werner

Social Ministry

The Social Ministry Committee meets semi-annually, planning 6 months of programs at a time.The goal of the Social Ministry
Committee is to serve people in need in our community. Here is a summary of a few of our many initiatives.


Food Pantry at St. John’s –Stocked with food donated by the congregation, products we purchase, donations from corporate
sponsors, and from special food drives.  The Pantry is also supported by the congregations from Hatboro Baptist, Church of the
Advent and Horsham Bible. The Pantry currently serves over 500 active families.
Aid-For-Friends – St. John’s collects meals which are given to the Aid-for-Friends organization to be delivered to the
Mother’s Day Boxes – Decorative boxes are filled with personal items which are donated by the congregation.  They are
delivered to A Woman’s Place for distribution to their residents.
Relay for Life – St. John’s participates in the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Hatboro Horsham High
School on Father’s Day weekend.
Backpacks – Backpacks and school supplies are donated by the congregation for distribution to various local organizations.
Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets – Food is collected and distributed to Grace Lutheran Church in the Mantua section of Phila. and
the Food Pantry at St. John’s.
Christmas Giving Tree–The congregation donates gifts which are chosen from “wish list” tags placed on our “Giving Tree” for
distribution to local organizations.

Our committee is just the facilitator…YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN! Your generosity is overwhelming, and your support of our
programs is very much appreciated.


A Woman’s Place  – A facility which provides shelter and assistance to women and their children who have been victims of
domestic violence.
Aid-For-Friends – Provides home cooked meals and the gift of friendship to isolated homebound clients in the five-county
Philadelphia region.
The Breathing Room Foundation  – An outreach program assisting families of cancer patients.  The organization works with the
entire family to help with meals, doctor visits, groceries, living expenses, gifts or just giving the family some “breathing room” –
a meal out, a movie or a babysitter.
The Villa – This facility provides a residential program to house and assist children who have been removed from their homes,
usually by Child Services, due to an unsafe home environment.
Valley Youth House  – An organization which provides shelter for homeless teenagers.  In addition to providing a safe haven for
these youth, they provide food, activities, crisis counseling, individual and family therapy and an on-site school.


Karen Braun Home: 215.628.9076 | Cell: 215.260.5316 |

Sue Cern Home: 215.322.1432 | Cell: 215.620.1819 |

Women’s Ministry

There are many faces of Women’s Ministry and they all are emerging in a positive way.
Women’s Soup and Sandwich- This group was created nine years ago to connect the women of the congregation with fellowship, entertainment, information and food. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month for fabulous programs like: guest speakers from the news and entertainment industry, experts in history, religion, medicine and beauty, music groups along with special programs with a holiday focus. All women who attend bring a sandwich. Drinks, soup and dessert are provided. All women are welcome!!

Women’s Book Club- This group will chose a book to read…usually a new and exciting choice. The club then schedules a meeting to process and discuss the book. Meetings are held in the church library and are announced in advance.

Trips- Trips are sponsored for the women and organized by a professional trip planner who is a member of the St. John’s congregation.

Men’s Group

Each month, the men of the Church meet at the Eagle Diner in Warminster for breakfast, fellowship, and to discuss the needs of the Church. As a group we do such projects as the Property Committee may request, or our usual activities such as outdoor cleanup, hanging the greens and wreaths at Christmas, delivering flowers to the homebound at Christmas and Easter, and so forth. We meet at 9am, on the fourth Wednesday of the month [except in November and December when it’s the 3rd Wednesday]. All men are welcome.