July Outreach Project:  School Supply Drive!!!   This year our school supplies are designated for Rosemont Sixth Grade Center on McCart Ave.  Items needed include:  kleenex, glue sticks (no liquid glue) packing tape or scotch tape, pocket folders (all colors), one-subject spiral note-books, colored markers, colored pencils, and #2 lead pencils.  Items can be dropped off at the Outreach Table during the month of July (and early August); they will be delivered the first week of school.  No time to shop? Monetary donations are welcome! Make checks payable to St. John’s and write “school supplies” on the memo line; outreach volunteers will shop for you!

Serving Dinner at Ronald McDonald House, Aug 6…   Save the date!  Outreach volunteers will prepare and serve dinner at Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, August 6th.  Food items are needed as well as people who can serve dinner. The menu is still in the planning stage.  For more info see Marty or Kendall Smith.

Christ the Redeemer Mom’s Day Out Program…   Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 6116 Southwest Blvd, Fort Worth will be offering a new Mother’s Day Out program on Tues and Thurs, 9:30-1:00 beginning Sept 6, 2016 for children ages 1-3.  Registration opened Apr 18.  For more info contact Jennifer Frederick at 817-386-3000 or email childrensministry@ctrfw.org.

Back Yard Progress…   Over the past several weeks work has begun again on our back property as part of our ongoing project for children and families.  We have had the old asphalt removed, replaced it with new topsoil and sod, and dug a mulch pit in preparation for the new playground.  The work thus far has been funded mostly by some member donations plus a lot of time and labor, under the project management of Scott Price and his company, Fort Construction.  Also forthcoming is a new basketball half-court with pole, backboard, and goal, also graciously donated.  In addition to great efforts and contributions by Scott and his people, many hours have been invested into making this project a success by Marty Smith and Don Lange, as well as Mindy Opitz who has been researching playground equipment options.  At some point in the near future a funding plan for the completion of the project will be put before the whole parish.  With the enthusiastic financial support of many additional members, progress will continue.  In addition to finishing the playground and ball court, plans are to include a play space for very young children, an outdoor seating area for adults with benches, picnic tables, and umbrellas, as well as a glass double-door access from Mitchell Hall.