As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
– I Timothy 6:17-19
Dear Friend in Christ,
St. John’s is the Church of the Open Door. Generations of parishioners held St. John’s doors open through their gifts of money and time. It is now our turn to support St. John’s and to sustain that tradition of faithful service through our pledge and our commitment to the ministries of our church.
We have so much to be grateful for at St. John’s.
- Liturgy, sermons, and music that inspire our faith
- Programs for children, youth, and adults that teach us about the nature of God and equip us to live our faith to the fullest
- Outreach programs that encourage us to be God’s hands in the world
- Clergy and staff who guide us in times of joy and of mourning
- Opportunities to gather for fellowship and celebration
- A beautiful space in which to worship our Creator
- Opportunities to share our building and resources with our neighbors
- Fellow Christians who pray with us and for us
Each of us has treasure and talent to share. I ask that you join me in pledging to St. John’s this year. Make your pledge a reflection of the gratitude for all we love about St. John’s and your growing commitment to our common work of building God’s Kingdom.
Yours in Christ,
Save time! No more checks, no more envelopes! When you sign up to give your pledge electronically through Direct Deposit, your bank automatically sends your donation to St. John’s each month. It’s that easy! If you would like to sign up for Direct Deposit, please complete and return the Automated Payment Request Form. If you are already signed up for Direct Deposit, you only need to complete the form again if you are changing any information from last year such as amount, frequency, or account information.
We also hope you will pledge your time and God-given gifts by volunteering for one of our ministries. Contact Sarah in the church office at [email protected] or 651-228-1172 x10 and let her know which areas interest you.
The Door to Service:
Faith in Action: Has God given you the knowledge of his blessings and the desire to respond to them by giving of your time and talent? Our Faith In Action ministry needs your help in a variety of community outreach programs addressing homelessness, hunger, and health care.
Office: Can you formulate and carry out plans to fulfill God’s purpose? Do you enjoy working with others on clerical projects? Office volunteers are needed weekly or monthly.
Pastoral Care: Do you have the gift of offering presence and listening to those in physical, emotional, or spiritual need?
Prayer Chain: Are you called to pray for our community, and regularly hold those who ask in your prayers?
The Door to Formation:
Faith Formation Leader: Are you called to confidently and compassionately provide spiritual leadership and teaching to groups of believers?
Godly Play: Is God calling you to help children learn about his love and care?
Youth Volunteer: Are you gifted in working with teens? Do you want to help young people deepen their faith?
The Door to Community:
Coffee Hour: Are food and fellowship your calling? Coffee Hour hosts provide tasty treats after the 10:00 am service one Sunday per year.
Garden Circle: Do you want to help beautify the church grounds with God’s green and growing creation?
Greeter: Are you always ready to say hello and help a newcomer feel welcomed? Greeters serve about one Sunday a month and work in groups to introduce visitors to the St. John’s community.
Hospitality: Do you have the gift of joyfully welcoming and receiving guests of the Church?
The Door to Worship:
Acolytes: Do you want to assist with liturgy? Acolytes carry the symbols of our faith during worship, take the offering plates from the ushers, and help clergy prepare for the Eucharist.
Altar Guild: Are you called to help prepare the Lord’s table? Altar Guild members work in teams, usually one Sunday a month, to care for the altar and its furnishings and ready it for each service.
Choir: Do you have the gift of presenting witness and inspiration to others in music? St. John’s needs both musicians and volunteers to help “behind the scenes” with projects.
Lay Eucharistic Minister/Visitor: Do you want to serve God’s people during communion? Or bring the Eucharist to those who can’t be with us for our Sunday Worship?
Sunday Reader: Is God calling you to share His word aloud in worship? These volunteers read passages from Scripture during liturgy and serve every month or two.
Usher: Does your faith give you confidence to step forward, give direction, and answer questions? Ushers assist parishioners and visitors during Sunday worship and serve about one Sunday a month.