“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.
We have each been given the gift of life and God wants us to live it to the fullest. This means living a life this is defined by love, opening our hearts to give and receive love. In the process we discover that our lives are richer by the loving relationships we have developed with God, within ourselves and with others. It is only natural for us to give out of heartfelt gratitude for God’s love that transforms lives in ways we could never anticipate. – The Rev. Susan Pinkerton, rector
Read the rest of the rector’s letter here
At St. John’s, we use parishioners’ financial gifts to invest prudently in the advancement of our mission, grow our parish and perform good works, bringing our loving gifts to nurture our community and support people in need. The clergy, staff and lay leadership of the parish work together thoughtfully and responsibly to do God’s work with the gifts given by current and past parishioners. – Wes Winterbottom and Virginia Van Dyk, wardens
Read the rest of the wardens’ letter here
We feel blessed to be a part of St. John’s and are proud to support such a warm and vibrant parish. We see God working here at St. John’s in so many ways. We find it easy to pledge to St. John’s and hope everyone will join us in pledging your support, time and talent. – Emmy & June Aziz, St. John’s members
Read the rest of the Azizes’ letter here
Of the many friendships we have made in the Hartford area, the relationships we have with others at St John’s are deeper because of the spiritual connectedness we share with our church friends. While individual prayer, study, and reflection can be meaningful, there is a special power in praying, singing, and worshipping with others. – Kim & Chris Byrd, St. John’s members
Read the rest of the Byrds’ letter here
It is only natural for us to respond with heartfelt gratitude for God’s grace that upholds and flows into our lives.