225-766-4594     230 Renee' Drive   Sunday Worship at 8:30 & 11 a.m. and Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.

Faith Stories: God Sighting

Two men . . . Thomas and John . . . they could have been boyhood friends, playing ball after school and swimming together in the summertime. Maybe they attended the same church and married their childhood sweethearts. They could have grown into adults with successful careers and built strong marriages with happy children and grandchildren.

One, however, became the classic stereotype of a homeless man and comes into the Shepherd’s Market regularly. Thomas’ physical appearance is appalling and his personal hygiene makes it unpleasant for those around him. He has ridden his bike again and expects to somehow load it with all of his food bags and peddle home. Home is now an old house which is far better than the homeless condition in which he once lived. Thomas has severe medical issues, psychological problems, a failed marriage and two children.

The other man, John, works regularly at the Shepherd’s Market. He fits one of the other stereotypes our culture has created. He is successful, well-respected, and he has a large and loving family. John is healthy, active, and leads the life of a true Christian man. Spending many hours weekly at the market, John mingles comfortably among the clients as he has come to know many of their stories.

God was sighted in action that day! Of course, John would not allow Thomas to try to put all of those groceries on his bike. He simply took a break, loaded all of Thomas’ groceries plus his bike onto his truck and took him home. John did what few people would do! He did not judge Thomas, blaming him for his misfortunes, but instead, he acted selflessly in helping a fellow human being.

God sightings are common at the Shepherd’s Market!

Share Your Story of Faith!

The Witness committee is looking to record your experiences working with St. John’s ministries or other activities where you’ve experienced God’s presence. We’ll be collecting the stories and sharing them regularly via email, on our website and our newsletter as space allows. You can either send in a short story or just have a conversation with us and we’ll do the writing. Contact Kathy King ( for more information.

  Be Welcomed. Be Loved.

We are a Christian community called to share our gifts through worship, witness and service so that others will know God and become disciples of Jesus Christ.


Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.

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St. John's United Methodist Church

(Note New Mailing Address)
230 Renee' Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

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  Office hours : Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Fri, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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