Equipping for Ministry

Equipping for Ministry

Coronavirus Response Team

With the disruption of the Coronavirus Pandemic in 2020, this team was formed by parishioners who wanted to provide a council of advice to our rector on questions surrounding restrictions and practices and who also wanted to help with “hands-on” needs to put those restrictions and policies into place. They help oversee two of our key COVID-19 documents, our Plan for Safe and Faithful Ministry in the Pandemic and our Notes on Worship Ministers during the pandemic. Contact Father Cramer for more information on how you can be a part of this work. 

 

Endowment Commission

The Endowment Commission is elected by our Vestry to assist them in their oversight of our parish endowments, operating under our Endowment Policies. The consolidated endowment is invested with the Episcopal Church Foundation and operates on a “Total Return” policy, where a small percentage is drawn each year, enabling the principal investment to remain over the long-term.

  • Daniels Trust – 90% of draw used to support the operating budget of our parish mission and ministries, 10% reinvested. (12/31/2018 Value ECF $167,524 • 2021 Draw $3,934) Original Endowment Fund — Used to support the operating budget of our parish mission and ministries. (12/31/2020 Value, $116,206 • 2021 Draw $3,078)
     

  • Original Endowment Fund — Used to support the operating budget of our parish mission and ministries. (12/31/2020 Value, $112,963.44 • 2021 Draw $3,078)
     

  • Landscaping Endowment Fund – Used to support the maintenance and beautification of our campus, including the Memorial Garden and the St. Francis Garden. Gifts of $100 usually result in an inscribed brick in the pathway. (12/31/2020 Value, $45,487 • 2021 Draw $997)
     

  • Idema Mission & Outreach Fund — Used to support the mission and outreach ministries of our parish. (12/31/2020 Value, $15,964 • 2021 Draw $373)
     

  • Music & Fine Arts Endowment Fund – Used to support the musical and arts ministries of our parish. (12/31/2020 Value, $12,348 • 2021 Draw $214)
     

  • Rector’s Discretionary Fund Endowment – Used to provide additional resources to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund which responds to pious and charitable needs that arise in our parish ministry. (12/31/2020 Value, $11,523 • No 2021 Draw)
     

  • Building Endowment Fund — Used to fund various improvements to our building and property. (12/31/2020 $650 • No 2021 Draw)
     

  • Hill Family Christian Education Fund – While not a part of the parish assets, this separate fund is housed at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) and exists to provide funds for expanded or new program costs for children & youth ministry (9/30/2020 Value $81,406 • 2020 Draw $3,108)
     

  • Altar Guild Endowment Fund – Also not a part of the parish assets, this separate fund is also housed at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) and exists to provide funds for our altar guild ministry (9/1/2018 Value $60,348 • No 2020 Draw)
     

A new Endowment Fund may be established by the Vestry with a significant gift (usually $500 or more) offered to “seed” the new Fund. The designation could be to any other area of our Parish Life. Draws are not made until the value reaches $10,000. You can click here [https://www.episcopalfoundation.org/programs/planned-giving/types] to see information on the various types of planned gifts that are possible through our partnership with the Episcopal Church Foundation. 

 

Finance Commission

The Finance Commission assists the Vestry in their responsibility for holding the financial trust of the congregation. They meet monthly to review the financial statements, make recommendations for large financial decisions, and at the end of each year recommend a budget to the Vestry for the year to come. It is an ex officio commission, composed of the Parishioner-At-Large, Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, and Sr. Warden. When elected by the Vestry as “parishioner-at-large,” you serve in that role for your first year, then as Assistant Treasurer in your second and finally as Treasurer in your third year. 

Legacy Society

The SJE Legacy Society is our record of those currently living who have chosen to include St. John’s in their estate planning and have given the Parish Office a record of the designation. When people make an estate provision for the church and count themselves as members of our Legacy Society, they are not just receiving recognition, but giving witness to their faith through the church. You can read more about the Legacy Society in the brochure online here. For more information about how you can include St. John’s in your planned giving, click here for the enrollment form. You can also click here to see the current members of the St. John’s Legacy Society. You can also click here to see information on the various types of planned gifts that are possible through our partnership with the Episcopal Church Foundation. 

 

Property Commission

We are blessed with an historic building, parts of which are more than 150 years old situated on a campus that occupies the entire eastern half of a city block. Our building is active with ministries throughout the week, including community partnerships with English as a Second Language courses, aerobics classes, Al-Anon groups, and Samaritas Addiction Recovery. Our campus includes the St. Francis Prayer and Meditation Garden, the Memorial Garden where many of members choose to be interred, and our Good News Garden which provides fresh produce for our parish feeding ministries. Overseeing this is a big job and the Property Commission, chaired by the Jr. Warden, assists the Vestry in that work. For more information on how you can join and lend a hand, contact the parish office.