Posted on: October 5, 2017
Dear Fellow Parishioner,
We are aware of the suffering and confusion we have witnessed together this year, both within our own community and across the globe. And yet. St. John’s continues to hold steadfast in its abundant outpouring of God’s love and hope. We have come together to comfort the grieving, celebrate weddings, births, and new homes, support a refugee family, donate to disaster relief work, offer “Sanctuary” support for immigrants, welcome dozens of new members, and continue to advocate for justice and peace in the world.
During these turbulent times. it is more important than ever to Feed Our Faith, to nourish the body of Christ, so we can move forth in a troubled world with God’s strength and peace. Last year we closed the endowment gap, fully funding mission and ministry from pledges, which firmed our foundation. This summer, our leadership took an inventory of what would sustain and build up our ministries so we may be a welcoming community fully engaged in God’s service. The result is an ambitious aspirational budget—a clear signal of St. John’s enduring spirit of optimism and courage.
Our goal is to collect 200 pledges for 2018 totaling $640,000, a $64,000 or 11% increase over last year. Achieving this goal will allow us to:
Feed the Faith of our Existing Community: a nourished congregation is a supported congregation. This year’s goal will provide volunteers and programs more support through increased and well developed staff; provide health benefits to staff in need; and finance new formation materials, vestments, and tools we need to serve an evolving congregation.
Feed the Faith of our Extended Community: a nourished community is spiritually fed. Meeting our goal will allow us to reach seekers through a new website; help newcomers get connected through a staff person dedicated to growth and engagement; and assure that those in need of spiritual nourishment don’t go away hungry!
As one vestry member stated, “In order to grow, we must invest up front.” We couldn’t agree more. Before the feast, we must set the table. Therefore, we invite you to bring what you can and help us set the table for our future ministry together.
Yours in Christ,
Erin Weber-Johnson and Sarah Dull, Stewardship Co-Chairs
Sign up for direct deposit online, and/or pay your pledge online, by text, or by app! Click here for details on our new giving options.
We also hope you will pledge your time and God-given gifts by volunteering for, or recommitting to, our ministries. Click here for the Online Volunteer Pledge Form.