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From the Stewardship Commission
Mr. John Harberts, Chair
Our annual pledge drive is underway. Since our start at the In-Gathering on Sunday, November 5, we have received pledges from two-thirds of those who pledged last year. Our average pledge has increased 14% to a current average of just over over $3,000! This is a terrific start and is encouraging to all of us on the Stewardship Commission. Of course, we have a way to go to reach our budget needs for 2018, but we are encouraged with everyone’s response so far.
Parishioners tell us that in the hustle and bustle of their lives, they sometimes just forget that the pledge drive is going on. They want to pledge but they get busy. “Please call me and remind me!” we often hear from parishioners. So, we have begun calling this week. If you have forgotten to pledge, you will most likely hear from your personal Stewardship contact person this week with a friendly reminder. Please give them a warm and friendly greeting as sometimes this is a difficult task to call and ask for a pledge. We so much appreciate your understanding. We simply want to help you with a friendly reminder. There are several ways to pledge – turn in your pledge card at church or mail it, call Cindi at 842-6260, or pledge on-line. Just let your contact person know how you want to turn in your pledge.
Please remember that the Stewardship drive is also about more than just pledging – important as it is. In the packet we sent out last month, we wanted to be sure you knew we want to connect with everyone. We want to see if there is something we can help with regarding your worship needs or spiritual life. Please let us know how we can help or if you have an idea about something. Perhaps you would enjoy volunteering in some capacity or maybe you want one of the ministries or Father Jared to contact you. We will help make that happen. We plan to connect occasionally during the year – just to say, “Hello,” and see how things are. There is no other reason. This is a start.
We also want you to be well informed about your church. We've shared with you what we did together last year in the Forward in Mission booklet, and now we are looking ahead. You should know that this year’s pledge drive is particularly important. Every year costs beyond our control go up—just like they do in your household. We already run a very tight budget at St. John’s so there is very little if any “excess fat” for us to cut from the budget to meet increased costs when they come.
So, we are turning to you. We rely on your pledge to plan the budget and the canons of our diocese require each year's budget job be balanced. To get to that balanced budget continuing this year's ministry, we'll need total pledges of $318,000—just thirty-five more, if we keep our increased average of $3,000. We had 113 pledges last year, so we think a goal of at least 107 at this average is within reach… with your help.
Parishioners have also told us they want us to do more with our ministries—both within the church and in the larger community. Therefore, after we hit the goal for maintaining our budget, we are hoping to do more in these areas in the year ahead. You can read more about those goals for increased ministry in the Parish Council 2018 Vision.
I continue to be so impressed with the people of St. John’s. Not only have we recently completed a successful Capital Campaign, our annual pledge drive is off to a good start as I mentioned above. If we all work together, turning in a pledge to our community and getting 2018 off to a strong start, not only can we meet the needs of the current budget, but we can achieve the Vision for 2018—a total pledge goal of $362,600. If 120 of the 172 families at St. John's pledge at that $3,000 average, our goal for growth will be met.
This would be a stronger budget than we have built before, but it is possible with your help as you turn in your pledge—or even increase your pledge, if you feel called to go beyond what you initially wrote down.
Again, I thank you so much. Mary and I want to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. We look forward to experiencing Advent and the Christmas season with all of you. You have made Stewardship a joy for all of us on the Commission.
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