“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.
Through our worship, pastoral care and the many ministries at St. John’s, such as volunteering with students at Grace Academy, feeding hungry people at Loaves and Fishes, singing in the choir, or teaching our children during Church School, we experience God’s grace working in our lives in ways we could never imagine. God’s abundant love transforms and shapes how we see ourselves and how we act in the world, as we become more aware of the many blessings that grace our lives. With this deepened awareness, we understand that all that we have and all that we are comes from God. – The Rev. Susan Pinkerton, rector
Read the rest of the rector’s letter here
To fulfill our mission and increase our ministry in both our parish and the surrounding community, we aspire to expand [St. John’s] programs and services that extend our experience with God to others, building bridges to our community and the broader world. The gifts of our parishioners both sustain us and help us to grow collectively. It is our hope that these gifts will grow and enable us to progress toward that aspiration, and that we respond to God’s grace with gratitude and generosity as a deeply personal act of faith during our annual appeal this fall. – Wes Winterbottom and Buffy Ineson, wardens
Read the rest of the wardens’ letter here
St. John’s Episcopal Church is my spiritual home. Over the past 20 years, I have had the opportunity to experience many meaningful moments and meet incredible people through our parish. I want to share one recent example of how involvement in St. John’s has changed my life. – Lisa Mahoney, St. John’s member
Read the rest of Lisa’s letter here
As a faith family at St. John’s, we bring many hands to any task we take on, and we have an enormous capacity to address the needs of so many…join us, support us, and together we can change many lives. – Mark Proft, St. John’s member
Read the rest of Mark’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.