Ministry of Encouragement

Several times a year members of St. John’s go on a “Ministry of Encouragement” visit, or an MOE, to a social service agency or nonprofit organization in our community to thank their workers and volunteers for all they do for our community. Although our visits are short – only as long as it takes to set up the food, introduce ourselves, and present a certificate of thanks (about 15-20 minutes) – these MOEs are powerful ways to thank those whose work in our community goes largely unnoticed.

Since the start of this ministry in 2015, we have visited:

Next MOE: The Center Clinic

The Center Clinic, 104 1st St NW, Dodge Center
September 20, 2017

On September 20, we will be going to The Center Clinic in Dodge Center to thank the paid and volunteer staff for the great work they do in Dodge County. For many years they have provided services to the uninsured, underinsured, and low income. If you are not familiar with The Center Clinic, you can learn more at They will also be having a Health Fair that day so we have the opportunity to thank treat the following organizations with representatives at tables: Public Health, Victim Services, Minnesota University/Extension, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Semcac, Nehemiah (AA), Women’s Shelter, Mayo Clinic/Community engagement, Grace Lutheran Church, Adventist Church, Crisis Response, MDH (Sage Program), American Center Association, Mayo Clinic – Kasson, Mobil Unit, Massage, Hair Stylist, Aroma Therapy, along with The Center Clinic Staff.

Like all our MOE visits, our purpose is simple—to acknowledge and encourage the staff in what they do by bringing food and beverages to indicate their efforts are appreciated. We will thank about 40 people and we’d love to have you come along with us but if you can’t, you can still participate by contributing food. We will meet at the church at 8:30 am and carpool to Dodge Center.

Sign up here or at the Welcome Center to donate an item and/or visit with us.

For those donating food/supplies: A table for food will be set up the day before in the narthex. Leave a note on the table if you have items in the kitchen refrigerator.

Mary Adam and Ardis Grovdahl co-lead this ministry and if you have questions or need further information, contact Ardis at or (507) 634-7644.