“Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of ‘tithing,’ which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26). The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity.” – From the web site of the Episcopal Church USA
While St. John’s undertakes a dedicated stewardship campaign each fall to encourage members to pledge in support of the next year’s budget, stewardship is much more than a season, and about much more than financial giving. Stewardship is about gratitude for the abundant gifts God has given us, and how giving generously out of that abundance can change our outlook and nurture our relationship with God and others.
For more information about St. John’s stewardship efforts, contact the current stewardship committee chairs, Eleanor Barnes and Stewart Murchie, or the parish office. If you’re ready to make a pledge, you may pledge online here, or request a paper pledge card from the office.
Stewardship FAQs: Find answers to your questions about pledging and stewardship here.
The loving relationships that we form in the process of reaching out to others sustain us and deepen our spiritual awareness of God’s presence in our own lives. As with all good things that bring us joy and delight, we want to share what we have so that others can also experience God’s abundance. With deep gratitude, we acknowledge all that God has given us, including the most precious gift of all, life itself. – The Rev. Susan Pinkerton, rector
Read the rest of the rector’s letter here
To fulfill our mission and increase our impact on both our parish and the surrounding community, we aspire to expand the programs and services that extend God’s grace, building bridges to our community and the broader world. Gifts from our parishioners are the indispensable fuel to accomplish this goal. – Wes Winterbottom and Buffy Ineson, wardens
Read the rest of the wardens’ letter here
[Over my 25 years at St. John’s] so much has changed in my life and the life of our parish, but that sense of St. John’s as home has never wavered…With the persistent support and generosity of time and treasure from each person at St. John’s, this legacy continues and thrives. With little effort, I could list many reasons why St. John’s has enriched my life, yet none are as compelling as the feeling of belonging, the knowledge that whenever I go to St. John’s, I come home. – Lissie Brooks, St. John’s member
Read the rest of Lissie’s letter here
We call St. John’s our spiritual home. In our busy lives of working in different places and raising a one-year-old daughter, being able to return to this place for spiritual refocusing is indispensable. St. John’s provides us with spiritual food, fellowship and an opportunity to build bridges with God and the community we are a part of. – The Stretz family, St. John’s members
Read the rest of the Stretz family’s letter here
It is only natural for us to respond with heartfelt gratitude for God’s grace that upholds and flows into our lives.