While the current pandemic is creating tough economic times for some of our members, many are still able and eager to share their blessings. Below you will find opportunities for giving financially, giving of your time and talent, and resources for those facing hardship.
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” including, “a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.” Yes, this is a time to refrain from embracing but what else is this a season for? In terms of stewardship I believe this is “a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.”
As our Rector concluded in his Finance First Friday blog on April 3, 2020, “Whatever it is [you are facing], Jesus is calling you out of grief and fear, out of an old economy that connects money to worth and into a new reality, into the knowledge that you have gifts to give, that you will receive, and that you can be a participant in drawing out and sharing the gifts of others in invitation and ask.”
Yes, each of us can give – time, talent, prayer – something. We all can receive the care of others. And, we all can ask – for what we need. Whatever this season brings for you – whether you get to plant your blessings of money, time, and talent so they may bear fruit for others, or you are called to pluck the blessings of this parish to meet your needs during this scary time – all is well; for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under the sun.
-Sarah Dull, Executive Administrator
If you are able and would like to offer financial support at this time, St. John’s provides three opportunities to make a difference:
- Donate to St. John’s Mustard Seed fund. This money is passed directly to our outreach partners like the Hallie Q Brown Food Shelf and Project Home homeless shelter. The economic realities of the pandemic have stretched their needs further than ever. We have raised thousands of dollars to help.
- Donate to our Rector’s Discretionary Fund. This money is used by our clergy to assist those in our parish experiencing hardship. Since the lockdown began last year, donations have tripled!
- Continue to pay your pledge, make a non-pledged donation, or continue to support your beloved ministries such as Compline, Evensong, Kayoro, Hearts to Homes, and Farmers Market.
Click the link below or text 651-273-0753 with the amount you’d like to give and where you’d like the funds to go; i.e. “$100 Non-Pledged Donation.” Text “Funds” to see the full list of options. For video instructions for online giving click here.
Gifts of Time and Talent
Think of the myriad ways you are gifted. Are you a good listener? Call another member you know lives alone, or a friend struggling through a divorce, or a family member. Do you find comfort in prayer? Pray for others in our parish, in our world. Do you have technology skills you could use to help others get connected? Are you good at writing? Send notes and letters. Is this a time you could deliver food and medicine? Can you sew? Make some masks for residents at Episcopal Church Homes. For more opportunities to help others during this time, contact Colleen Swope (coordinator for all our Faith in Action ministries) or Jamie Bents (vestry liaison for Faith in Action, and co-coordinator of our Social Justice Every Day ministry).
Spiritual and Need Based Resources
If this is a time of need, know you are a beloved child of God and member of this community. Please follow this link to learn about assistance available and reach out to St. John’s clergy for loving, non-judgmental care.
During times of struggle, we come together as a community of faith, offering what we can, extending our care and compassion to all in need, and accompanying each other on a difficult road, confident that Jesus not only meets us on that road, but has promised to bring us home. We will get through this together.