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574 S. Sheldon Road
Plymouth, Michigan, 48170

Phone: 734-453-0190
Fax: 734-453-1504
pikegami@stjohnsplymouth.org

Annual Giving Campaign

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2019 ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

 

Through the month of October, St. John’s church is holding our Annual Giving Campaign.  We invite you to prayerfully consider joining us in making a pledge to support to mission and ministry of our church. 

Pledging to support St. John’s is using the gifts God has given us, to do the work God is calling us to do. We are stewards of the many gifts we have received through God’s grace and love.

Our ability to pursue the mission and ministries to which God has called us depends on the generosity of those who are a part of our community.

You can submit your pledge to support St. John’s in 2019 in two ways:

1) Pledge Card - Use the printed pledge card available in the bulletins or click HERE to download the card.  Fill in and return it to St. John’s via postal mail or by placing it into the baskets during Sunday services.

2) SecureGive – Click HERE to enter your pledge for 2019 online.  Simply log into SecureGive, select “Pledges” from the menu and enter to the total dollar amount of your 2019 pledge.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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 “Put simply, life is a God-given opportunity

to become who we are, to affirm our own

true spiritual nature, claim our truth, appropriate

and integrate the reality of our being, but most of all,
to say ‘Yes’ to the One who calls us the Beloved.”

 

                                                                                                                                         Henri J.M. Nouwen

Beloved Saints of Saint John’s:

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry often describes us as “The Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement.”  

What a wonderful and challenging image for us as we move into the next stages of the interim journey, look toward developing a parish profile and begin to talk about stewardship of our parish and wider community.  It’s a good time to ask,  “What does that mean for us? What is God calling us to do as followers of Jesus?”

As Episcopalians, we love our worship.  Our liturgies inspire us.  The Eucharist is at the center of our lives.  We believe the bible is the word of God and we are people of the Word.  

As part of the Jesus movement, we follow the One who loves us so much that he gave his life so that we might understand God’s never-ending love for all of creation.

And here’s the hard part:  As followers of Jesus, we are called to give all of ourselves to God’s work in the world.  In the sixth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus, after teaching us how to pray, talks to us about money, our needs and our hope.  He reminds us that we cannot have two masters.  We cannot love God and money.

Jesus then says:

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

He finishes by calling each of us with these words, “But seek first God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

As the Vestry prepares to share findings from the Discovery Process, we would do well to ask , “How would our church — how would we — be transformed if each of us remembered these words of Jesus?”  The time is ripe for setting new priorities.

Establishing new priorities for ourselves and for our church means transforming how we think about generosity.  That transformation will call upon us to look for generosity in every aspect of our work and in every aspect of our lives.  Remember the tenth chapter of Mark’s Gospel: “Jesus, looking at the man, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

Jesus calls us to take the long view. Again he challenges us to give all of ourselves to God’s righteousness and trust in God’s care.
What a challenge! What transformation!

This is the time to work together to transform generosity in our church, our community and our lives.     

Faithfully,

Pastor Dana Runestad

 

 


 

2019 ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN Q & A's

 

What is a pledge?
Pledging is simply promising to give a certain amount of money to the operating fund of St. John’s next year.  Your pledge commitment is instrumental in the creation of our annual budget supporting all expenses necessary to live out the ministries at St. John's. Each year, we strive for 100% participation from our community. No pledge amount is too great or small.

 

Does my individual pledge make a difference?
Absolutely!  St. John’s relies on the generosity of our community to fund 98% of our budget.  

 

What if I can’t give or can’t estimate my giving for next year?
Pledging is NOT a prerequisite for participating in the common life of St. John’s. We welcome all to share in the celebration of our faith and community regardless of your financial situation.  

 

If your situation is such that are unable to pledge or unable to estimate your giving we encourage you to participate in this year’s campaign.  Please return a pledge card a simply indicate you will give as you are able.

 

I put money in the offering plate.  Why should I pledge?
Loose offerings in the plate are appreciated and help to support St. John’s.  But pledging helps transform giving into a spiritual practice. You make a commitment and fulfilling it becomes a regular practice just like worship and prayer.  When you write down an estimate, you are making a purposeful decision to put God first instead of giving based on what happens to be in your wallet. 

 

How do I make my pledge?  
You can fill out the pledge card provided in the service bulletin, pick up one from the table in the hallway, or click HERE and
return it one of the pledge collection baskets or place it in the offering plate during service.  You also can mail it directly to St. John’s, 574 S. Sheldon Rd., Plymouth, MI 48170.

 

Online Giving!

For those that prefer to submit their pledge electronically you now can use SecureGive, our online giving platform. Simply log into SecureGive, select “Pledges” from the top menu and enter the total amount of your pledge for 2019.  If you’re new to SecureGive, please create an account linked to your phone number and then submit your annual pledge amount.

 

Questions?
The wardens and vestry are always available to answer any questions you may have regarding pledging.  Please contact them through the church office by calling 734-453-0190 or sending an e-mail
to the church office.

 

 


 

 ST. JOHN'S LEGACY FUND


LegacyImage.jpgWhen preparing your Estate Plan please consider a gift to the Church.  Giving to the Church through your will is the most common way to continue your support beyond your lifetime.  St. John’s Legacy Fund was set up to allow for the growth of the Church into the future.   Charitable gifts may take many forms;  a bequest by will or trust, cash, check, securities, personal property and life insurance to name a few.

 

The St. John’s Legacy Society honors the act of giving to God and supports our future service to people in Christ’s name through growth of the Endowments. To access our St. John's Legacy Fund membership application which outlines further details and information on types of gifts to consider please click here

 

Questions may be directed to St. John's Treasurer Beth Frolick-Rapson.

 


 

RESOURCES:

 

St. John's Legacy Society FAQ

Membership Application

Episcopal Church Foundation 

 

 

 

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2019 Annual Giving Campaign

Click HERE for info about the campaign

Click HERE for the 2019 pledge card

Click HERE to make your 2019 pledge online

 

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