October, 2016

Dear St. John’s Family:

We are honored to serve as the Stewardship Chairs for this year’s Every Member Canvass pledge drive at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

In the coming weeks, you will begin hearing about this year’s annual giving campaign: “Living Generously.” In addition to the letter from Father Connelly you have already received, you will see inserts in the bulletin.  On Sunday, October 16, we will make some brief remarks at all three services about the timeline of the campaign.  In the weeks following, we will explore together how we can live more generously as individuals and as a community of faith.  Living Generously is more than what we do with our financial resources – though that is certainly important.  To live generously, we are also called to be open to new ideas, to welcome the stranger, to volunteer often, and to forgive those who have offended us.

Your generosity, in response to the abundance in your life, will help fund the mission and ministry of St. John’s and transform lives.

Here is our roadmap for this year’s pledge drive.

  • Beginning Sunday, October 2, and continuing throughout the pledge drive, our Sunday bulletin will include reflections written by Episcopal leaders from across the country. These reflections will cover stewardship and faithful giving in connection with the Gospel reading of the day, and we will use them for prayer and study throughout the week.
  • In late October, we will hear stories of personal transformation through the practice of intentional giving from your fellow parishioners.
  • On October 30, we will celebrate Commitment Sunday, the culmination of our exploration, when pledges will be completed and offered as an act of worship and in response to all that God has provided.

Father Connelly, the Vestry, and stewardship ministry team have set a goal of receiving 100% of pledge commitments from our worshiping community by October 30.  We will be in intentional prayer that each of us will remain open to letting the Holy Spirit lead and guide us in a faithful response to being called to Live Generously. Obtaining all of our pledges by Commitment Sunday will allow us to move forward in our parish mission.  We ask that you please thoughtfully consider St. John’s, its mission, and our parish family as you consider your pledge.

Thank you for joining us as we consider how we can live more fully into a generous life.  May our exploration open us to a new spirit of generosity.

Yours in Christ,

Brett D. Divers                                                             Lockwood Gray

Co-Chair Stewardship Committee                             Co-Chair Stewardship Committee