Dear St. John’s Family,

Psalm 112 speaks eloquently about the theme of Living Generously. It defines such generous living as being gracious, merciful and righteous. To live in such a way, we are to conduct our lives with justice.

Generous living is much more than what we do with our money. We are called to be kind to one another and to all living things. We are called to deal with each other honestly, and to be humble.

I thank God that you are a part of the St. John’s Church community. Your generosity sustains our ministry and is a source of encouragement to me.

Living Generously is a call to action to each of us as followers of Jesus. He showed us the way to live generously: by welcoming the outcast, by overturning the tables of the money changers in the temple, by dining with the poor and healing the sick, by teaching, by forgiving, and by ultimately giving his life so that all might have life abundant

Our many ministries here at St. John’s are empowered through the generosity of all our members. Each week we are nurtured in word and sacrament. We are called by God to care for those who are ill or hurting, and welcome all those searching for a community of faith.

Faith is a journey we make together, not a solo expedition. The annual giving campaign is a special time; a time to reflect on how we live into the generous and abundant life God is calling us to live thorough prayerful, thoughtful, intentional giving to support the mission of Jesus Christ in our church. Jesus said, “I come so that all may have life and have it abundantly.” Living Generously brings us closer to that abundant life.

I invite you to consider how you might live life more generously. Please pray about God’s generosity in your life and then make a pledge that reflects that generosity. You may make an online pledge by clicking here.

I am personally grateful for the wonderful and generous companions in the body of Christ that are ours in St. John’s Church.

Faithfully,
The Rev. Charles E. Connelly
Rector, St. John’s Church