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Stewardship

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting -(Acts 2:2)

October 12, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Beginning in March of 2020 to the present, including, most recently, the terrible losses in September for many, due to floods, our lives have changed in extraordinary ways. Social distancing requirements and stay-at-home orders altered how and where we were able to work, eat, gather, serve, and worship. Our physical buildings closed, but clergy and parishioners at St. John’s stepped forward to assure that the vital work of ministry continued. Through activities such as Meals to Go ministry, Laundry Love, ECW mask and flower sales, recorded Morning Prayers, on-line services, Ashes to Go and many others, we responded, in both word and action, to the question “What does love require of us?”

This year’s Annual Giving theme, Doing What Love Requires, reminds us that our financial support, in the form of a pledge to the Operating Budget of St. John’s Episcopal Church, is an essential component of our ability to carry out the work of the church. Whether we gather for worship inside our building, in our parking lot, or online, we continue to be the body of Christ through our ministries, our witness, and our care for one another.

We cannot know what lies ahead of us, but we remain confident in the assurance of God’s abiding and steadfast love. Because of your generous and faithful gifts, our church can keep doing what love requires of us by nurturing life-giving, joyful ministries both inside and outside our parish walls.

For these reasons, we ask that you prayerfully consider making a financial pledge for 2022, using the pledge card included with this mailing. Please join others in our congregation in doing what love requires of us.  You may also submit your pledge on the St. John’s website www.stjohnsomerville.org  Go to the “Giving” tab on the top of the page; this will take you to the pledge card.

If you have any questions or would like to further discuss making a financial pledge to St. John’s, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Faithfully,

St. John’s Stewardship Committee: Jean Stamets, Marianne Salanik, Dee Britt, Brad Moor, Mark Hernandez and Alicia Gilmartin

Contact us!

Telephone: 908-722-1250
Email: stjohnsomerville@verizon.net

The Heart of a Pledge Stewardship is:

  • Good News ~ God has given us creative power and we are entrusted to manage this power to re-create the world in the image and likeness of God.
  • Thanksgiving ~ We give thanks to God for all that we have been given and respond by sharing what we have with others.
  • Commitment ~ Are our beliefs reflected in our commitments? How we actually spend our time, talent and treasure is a telling sign of our spiritual life and our stewardship.
  • Joy ~ Through stewardship and sharing we discover our time worth. It brings us closer to God. We feel more grounded and experience deep joy.

As you consider your stewardship of God’s creation:

Your stewardship, how you give of your time, talent and treasure, is a personal decision.

  • Pray ~ Ask God to give you a clear vision of the prudent management of the resources you control.
  • Listen ~ Communication with God in prayer goes both ways, if we let it.
  • Observe ~ Evaluate what you have compared to the majority of people in the world.
  • Decide ~ Determine what portion of your resources should be returned to God for the benefit of others, in Christ’s name.
  • Remember ~ Your commitment is based on your situation now. If your situation changes, it is appropriate that your pledge changes also.
  • Offer ~ Present your pledge of money to God at the Altar and offer your pledge of time and talent through participating all year long.

Fr. Ron Pollock

Fr. Ron Pollock A Stewardship Prayer

 

Loving God, we thank you for the rich abundance in our lives. Open our eyes to see that, in being so blessed, we can in turn abundantly bless others. Open our hearts to feel the powerful generosity of your Spirit and let go of our fear and judgment. Open our ears to hear the needs of this church and community. Open our minds that, whenever called, we offer the world our measureless Love, our generous time, our unique talents and treasure. Quicken our hands to your service, breathe your Spirit into us and touch us with the life of Christ.

Amen.

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“Leaning Forward 2021” – As our St. John’s Stewardship Campaign for 2021,

“Leaning Forward,” enters its second month, we ask you to please take a

moment to view testimonials from 5 devoted members of our parish

community.

Testimonial 1

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Testimonial 5

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