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